An unusually cold December This has been the coldest month of December statewide since 2000. This month brought average temperatures across the state that were 7 to 13 degrees colder than normal, with many nights well below 0 degrees. Some communities will report average monthly temperatures for December that fall within the coldest ten historically.
University of Minnesota Meteorologist Mark Seeley talks about this month's weather and more with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.6:54 a.m.
Gophers play Syracuse in the Texas Bowl The University of Minnesota football team is in Houston where they will play Syracuse this evening in the Texas Bowl. The game caps a remarkable season for the Gophers. Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, previews the game with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.8:45 a.m.
Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard
Women are supposed to do three pullups, part of the new physical test intended to determine whether women are ready for ground combat. The pullup test has been put on hold because most female recruits have been unable to meet the standard.
Looking Back On A Roller Coaster Year For The GOP
It's been a long year since Republicans vowed to rebrand their party as friendlier to women, minorities and younger voters. Even if its longer term problems remain, the party finds itself in surprisingly good shape going into the 2014 midterms.
Voting For Academy Award Nominations Begins Friday
There are a lot of of strong films and performances to choose from this year. Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Kim Masters, editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter, about some of the contenders for nominations. Masters is also host of The Business on member station KCRW.
Long-Term Unemployment Benefits To Expire On Saturday
The holiday season will come to an abrupt end for people who have been unemployed for more than six months. Federal long-term unemployment benefits didn't make it through this month's budget negotiations, and are set to expire on Saturday.
Strategist Kilcullen: Warfare Is Changing In 3 Ways
In these last days of the year, Morning Edition is having conversations that look ahead. Co-host Steve Inskeep talks to David Kilcullen, who spent 22 years in the Australian army and advised U.S. Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, about how warfare is different than it used to be.
Interest Rates Move Higher On Signs Of Improving Economy
Long-term interest rates are ticking higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond hit 3 percent Thursday. After a long period of extraordinarily low rates, analysts say the improving economy and a slightly less accommodating Fed will combine to make borrowing a bit more expensive.