MPR News Primers

  • MPR News Primer: Guns and gun laws in Minnesota
    The Second Amendment preserves the right of Americans to own guns. State and federal laws regulate that use and ownership. A spate of mass shootings in Minnesota and across the country have lawmakers mulling new gun laws. But what are the rules now? How does Minnesota regulate firearms?March 11, 2013
  • Orchestra HallMPR News Primer: Orchestra contract negotiations
    The Minnesota Orchestra faces tough financial times as management and musicians to try to work out new contracts.August 18, 2012
  • Sand miningMPR News Primer: Frac sand mining
    In hydraulic fracturing, a sand made from quartz rock plentiful in our region is blasted into shale rock to extract oil and natural gas.March 8, 2012
  • MPR News Primer: Minnesota's wolf hunt
    Gray wolves once faced extinction in the upper Midwest. With decades of federal protection, their numbers rebounded. That led federal authorities in January to remove the wolves from the Endangered Species list, placing them under state control. To help manage the population, the state Department of Natural Resources has authorized a wolf hunt, the first ever in Minnesota, starting Nov. 3. But the hunt's been challenged in court and on the airwaves by opponents who question its wisdom and necessity.October 18, 2012
  • MPR News Primer: Vikings stadium
    Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minnesota Vikings owners have a tentative deal in place to build a new football stadium in downtown Minneapolis, on the site of the current Metrodome. Here are more details about the deal.March 2, 2012
  • MPR News Primer: Voter ID
    Why is there a fight over requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls? Your questions answered.March 5, 2012
  • MPR News Primer: St. Croix River bridge
    Questions and answers about the push to build a new bridge across the St. Croix at Stillwater.February 29, 2012
  • MPR News Primer: Same-sex marriage
    Read this MPR News Primer on efforts to ban and allow same-sex marriage in MinnesotaMay 1, 2013
  • MPR News Primer: The 'right-to-work' debate
    It's a topic so controversial, backers and opponents can't even agree on how to describe it. Republicans call it "right-to-work." Democrats say it has nothing to do with anyone's rights and everything to do with squeezing worker pay and weakening unions.February 2, 2012
  • MPR News Primer: Supermajority on raising taxes
    MPR News primer on supermajorities to raise taxes.February 24, 2012
  • Bigfork ValleyMPR News Primer: Federal health care law
    The federal health care overhaul is here to stay after surviving an epic legal battle at the United States Supreme Court and the contentious 2012 elections. But that does not mean the massive law will remain intact, as enacted. Congress may be tempted to raid some of the Affordable Care Act's funding as part of a deal to avert the collection of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff."December 4, 2012
  • Drill rig in BWCAWMPR News Primer: Copper-nickel mining
    A look at the issue of copper nickel mining in Minnesota.April 11, 2012
  • MPR News Primer: Bonding Bill
    What are bonding bills, and why does the state need one?May 8, 2012
  • Republican responseMPR News Primer: The Michael Brodkorb case
    Former Senate Republican caucus staffer Michael Brodkorb's gender discrimination claim against the Minnesota Senate raises questions about the legal issues involved and how the case might play out.March 15, 2012
  • Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra musselsMPR News Primer: Invasive species
    Minnesota is struggling with a growing mess of pests and plants that shouldn't be here. The state is pressing the fight against invasive species. But is it possible to stop their spread?October 4, 2012

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