New state funding could push teacher raises A nearly $500 million increase in state education funding approved by lawmakers this spring seems to be clearing the way for teacher pay raises, at least in some parts of the state.6:50 a.m.
Climatologist details historic nature of a recent tornado outbreak MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the historic outbreak of late-season tornados in several midwest states earlier this week. Eight people died in those storms. He also has a cold forecast for Minnesota for the next couple of days.6:55 a.m.
Siefert says specifics set him apart in race for governor Marty Seifert is making another run for governor. The former Minnesota House Minority Leader lost the Republican nomination in 2010 to then-state Rep. Tom Emmer., who went on to lose to DLFer Mark Dayton by less than 9,000 votes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Siefert about his candidacy.7:40 a.m.
Minnesota on the day JFK died At 12:30 p.m. this afternoon in Dallas, Texas, there will be a moment of silence to mark the exact moment when 50 years ago President Kennedy was shot as his motorcade drove past Dealey Plaza. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with professor Annette Atkins who teaches history at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University about how Minnesotans reacted to the news.8:25 a.m.
Gopher football team faces uphill battle with Badgers On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings are in Green Bay to play the Packers. But unlike most seasons, that is not the most highly anticipated Minnesota - Wisconsin border battle football game of the year. That distinction goes to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers, who square off at TCF Bank stadium in Minneapolis tomorrow afternoon.8:45 a.m.
Guilty Plea Expected In Mass. Drug Lab Scandal
The chemist accused of falsifying thousands of drug tests at a Massachusetts crime lab is expected to plead guilty on Friday. Tens of thousands of criminal cases were compromised in the scandal. A judge is suggesting a three-to-five year prison sentence for Annie Dookhan, who is blamed for causing what some say is the most series forensic lab problem in the nation.
2 Reporters Recall The Assassination That Shocked The World
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed American history. It was also a news event covered unlike any before it. Steve Inskeep talks to two reporters who witnessed the events in Dallas 50 years ago: Hugh Aynesworth, then with The Dallas Morning News, and Sid Davis, then the White House correspondent for Westinghouse Broadcasting Company.
California Will Not Extend Canceled Health Policies
California has rejected President Obama's offer to extend canceled health insurance policies. The board that oversees the state's health insurance marketplace voted unanimously Thursday to let canceled policies expire. The board said it didn't want to confuse consumers and disrupt the state's surge in enrollment.
'Hunger Games' Fans Will Enjoy Thrills In 'Catching Fire'
Second movies in a series can be such a comfort: we already know the key characters, we have a sense of where the plot is going — we just have to hang on and enjoy the thrills. Which is what happens with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint
A few short years ago, Simon Gratz in North Philadelphia was among the state's most troubled, violent and academically underachieving high schools. Today, now a charter school, Gratz is very much on the rebound. But critics say Philadelphia can't charter its way out of its school crisis.
Government To Sell Its Remaining GM Shares
The Treasury Department announced on Thursday that the U.S. government will sell its remaining 31 million shares in GM by the end of the year. The government received the stock when it bailed out GM during the financial crisis.
As Inequality Grows, Swiss To Vote On Curbing Executive Pay
The proposal would prohibit a corporate executive from making more than 12 times what a company's lowest-paid worker makes. Opponents warn it could drive companies and jobs out of Switzerland. But there is a growing mood across Europe in favor of limiting corporate pay.
Federal Regulators Crack Down On Payday Advances
Consumer advocates are hailing a decision by federal regulators to crack down on so called deposit advances — a type of payday loan offered by some banks. Going forward, banks will not be allowed to let their customers take deposit advances more than once a month, or take them in consecutive months.