October a wet month so far MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about above normal moisture for much of Minnesota this month. He also says snow is in the forecast.6:55 a.m.
Sen. Klobuchar says new factors at play in next round of budget talks Now that the federal government is open and the debt ceiling has been raised, Congress will attempt once again to figure out a way to reach a long term budget deal. The agreement reached Wednesday is a temporary fix. The government is financed through January 15th and the debt ceiling will need to be addressed again by February 7th. If Congress can't work out a compromise by early next year, the U.S. could be back in the same crisis situation again. One of the lawmakers who helped craft this week's deal was Minnesota DFL Senator Amy Klobuchar. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Sen. Klobuchar on Morning Edition.7:20 a.m.
Claeys faces tough task as Gopher football's acting head coach The University of Minnesota Gopher football team will be in Evanston, Illinois tomorrow to take on Northwestern. This will be the first game with Tracy Claeys as the acting head coach. He is filling in for Jerry Kill who is taking time off to concentrate on treating his epilepsy. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the outlook for the Gophers.8:45 a.m.
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