Minnesota Public Radio features by Paul Tosto http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30374 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:40:48 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Paul Tosto http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 MN National Guard headed to Liberia in Ebola fight Some 700 Guard members from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will be in Liberia for roughly six months, starting in April, the Minnesota National Guard said in a statement Sunday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/11/mn-national-guard-to-deploy-to-liberia-in-ebola-fight/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:14:07 -0600 Guy rips open door, pulls driver from burning car Instead of running away, Robert Renning, "with his bare hands -- bent the locked door in half from the top down. The glass shattered and Renning reached in and pulled Johannes to safety," the State Patrol said. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/06/wow-guy-rips-open-door-pulls-driver-from-burning-car/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:45:20 -0500 $2M for Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' notes Sothebys auction house today announced Dylan's handwritten lyrics to "Like a Rolling Stone" sold at auction for a record $2,045,000. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/06/folk-anger-pays-well-2m-for-dylans-stone-notes/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:36:33 -0500 Rains bring mudslide outside U hospital; Dayton declares emergency in 35 counties Minnesotans across the state woke up to thunder and torrential rain Thursday that triggered flash flooding and dangerous driving conditions in some places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/heavy-rains-cause-traffic-headaches-in-twin-cities-around-the-state?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:24:43 -0500 GOP's Ortman bows out of Senate race, urges unity State Sen. Julianne Ortman urged Republicans to rally around endorsed candidate Mike McFadden in the campaign against incumbent DFL Sen. Al Franken. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/06/gops-ortman-bows-out-of-senate-race-urges-unity/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:13:02 -0500 As feds slam Toyota over hiding sticky pedal, let's remember Koua Fong Lee Toyota's behavior was "shameful" and it "protected its brand ahead of its own customers," U.S. Attorney Eric Holder said. http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/03/as-feds-slam-toyota-over-hiding-sticky-pedal-lets-remember-koua-fong-lee/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:03:58 -0500 Church leaders used hidden funds to cover for abusive priests Internal financial reports show the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for years spent millions of dollars dealing with clergy misconduct. It created a system that allowed church leaders to remove priests accused of misconduct without attracting attention. But it also left the church vulnerable to embezzlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/01/23/secret-accounts-kept-clergy-misconduct-quiet-but-left-archdiocese-finances-exposed?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 State lets schools decide on closing Tuesday; St. Paul, Mpls., Anoka-Hennepin to stay shut Gov. Mark Dayton will not order Minnesota's public schools closed on Tuesday and will leave the decision to individual superintendents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/education/schools-tuesday-cold?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 10:28:53 -0600 Archbishop John Nienstedt's years in the Twin Cities The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced Dec. 17 that Archbishop John Nienstedt voluntarily 'stepped aside from all public ministry' while police investigate a claim that he touched a boy on the buttocks in 2009, an allegation the archbishop denies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2013/12/17/nienstedt/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:43 -0600 Minneapolis council formally backs NYC firm for Nicollet Mall remake The firm was one of three finalists from submissions around the world. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in 2015 and end in 2016. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/minneapolis-council-formally-backs-nyc-firm-for-nicollet-mall/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:30:30 -0500 Missing Minneapolis girl found A 15-year-old girl missing since Saturday has been found after a 911 caller saw her picture on the news, police said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/charo-white-found?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:41:55 -0500 Possible breach of customer info of home brew supplier Customer names, credit card numbers, phone numbers and other data were at "high risk of compromise" after Midwest Supplies LCC found malicious software on its servers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/home-brew-supplier-hack?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:58:14 -0500 State Fair, schools broil in record heat The Twin Cities and southern Minnesota suffered under scorching heat and humidity Monday, creating misery from the Minnesota State Fair to Minneapolis public schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/state-fair-schools-broil-in-record-heat?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:25:12 -0500 Same sex marriage: Basics on the new law A look at some of the basics of the new law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/marriageprimerfinal?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 13:24:41 -0500 Minn. Senate approves same-sex marriage; sends to Dayton The Minnesota Senate Monday voted to legalize same-sex marriage, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton, who plans to sign it into law in a ceremony Tuesday evening. The Senate's 37-30 vote came three days after the House also approved the legislation allowing same-sex couples to be legally married in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/politics/minn-senate-approves-samesex-marriage?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 16:12:16 -0500 Minn. House passes same-sex marriage bill Six months after Minnesotans rejected a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage, the Minnesota House Thursday made an historic turn, voting to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/politics/same-sex-marriage-passes-in-minn-house?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 14:54:31 -0500 MPR News Primer: Same-sex marriage Read this MPR News Primer on efforts to ban and allow same-sex marriage in Minnesota http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/mpr_primer_marriage_amendment?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 11:23:45 -0500 Map: Permit to carry firearms This maps shows counts by county of currently valid permits from applications received May 2003 to December 2012 and valid on or before December 2012. MPR News calculated the number of permits per 1,000 residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/news/map-permit-to-carry-firearms?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 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? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/gunprimer?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:32:51 -0500 Map: Minn. gun permit concentration There's no doubt Minnesota's seen a big jump in the number of handgun permits issued by county sheriffs. But where are those guns? /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/03/permits_to_carry_where_are_they_concentrated.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 14:20:58 -0600 Minn. or Wis.: Which economy is doing better? Has Wisconsin out muscled Minnesota the past two years on jobs and the economy? No. Basic economic measures continue to show Minnesota outperforming Wisconsin. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/minnesota_or_wisconsin_which_economy_is_doing_better.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:26:14 -0600 Dayton well ahead of potential GOP opponents, poll says Halfway through his term, Gov. Mark Dayton holds solid public approval numbers and new polling suggests he would beat ex-Sen. Norm Coleman in a race for governor next year. Fifty-three percent of voters back Dayton's job performance, while 39 percent disapprove, according to survey results released today from the firm Public Policy Polling. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/poll_dayton_well_ahead_of_potential_gop_opponents.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:28:58 -0600 Dayton's budget plan includes higher taxes, spending Calling for an end to "gimmicks and fiscal games," Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed an overhaul of Minnesota's tax and budget system that would raise hundreds of millions more from high-income taxpayers and high-dollar clothing sales, and pump much of the new money into education and property tax relief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/politics/dayton-releases-minnesota-state-budget-plan?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:00:21 -0600 How does Minnesota's sales tax stack up? At 6.875 percent, Minnesota has one of the highest sales tax rates of any state in the nation. But it's also one of the few states that exempts clothing from the tax. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/how_does_minnesotas_sales_tax_stack_up.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:08:42 -0600 MPR News Primer: Climate change The atmosphere is warmer. But is that a problem? Is global warming simply a temporary, cyclical phenomenon or evidence of a slow motion crisis? How much of what's happening can be traced to humans and their industries? What, if anything, should be done to stop climate change? Is climate change real? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/environment/climate-change-primer?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Voter ID Amendment Debate The debate over Voter ID is explored through a four-week dialogue. /collections/special/2012/campaign/amendments/voterid/discussion/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:28:52 -0500 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/mpr-news-primer-minnesota-wolf-hunt?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:01:29 -0500 MPR 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? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/mpr-news-primer-invasive-species?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:34:10 -0500 Should voter ID concerns in South Carolina affect how Minnesotans vote? As Election Day approaches, some voter ID movements around the country are starting to feel a push back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/some-voter-id-states-put-voter-id-on-hold?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 08:24:06 -0500 Businessman, tinkerer Reuven Rahamim looked to a bright future Reuven Rahamim was a tinkerer with an entrepreneur's DNA. Hours before he was shot and killed, he talked enthusiastically of his newest projects and the legacy he one day hoped to leave behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/news/profile-reuven-rahamim?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:04:07 -0500 MPR News Primer: Orchestra contract negotiations The Minnesota Orchestra faces tough financial times as management and musicians to try to work out new contracts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/18/orchestras-primer?refid=0 Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:14:02 -0500 Class of 2011 negotiates with tough economic realities We asked some 2011 graduates to tell us what their first year in the job market has been like. Most of them have finally found work, but some remain underemployed after months bouncing between unpaid and paid internships, contract work and unemployment. /features/2012/06/classof2011/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:12:10 -0500 Minn. boy falls short in Geographic Bee Gopi Ramanathan from Sartell, Minn. did not place in the top three at today's National Geographic Bee held in Washington DC. A 14-year-old from Texas was the winner, and a student from Wisconsin came in second. /collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2012/05/minnesota_kid_falls_short_in_g.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 11:31:19 -0500 Edina Care and Rehabilitation Center storm plan Edina Care and Rehabilitation Center's storm readiness plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/storm-ready-edina-care-center-storm-plan?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:53 -0500 Target Field's severe weather preparedness plan Target Field's severe weather preparedness plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/storm-ready-target-field-severe-weather-plan?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:38 -0500 Valleyfair's storm readiness Valleyfair amusement park's storm readiness plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/storm-ready-vallefair-storm-plan?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:32 -0500 Eden Prairie Center's storm plan Eden Prairie shopping center's storm readiness plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/storn-ready-eden-prairie-center-storm-plan?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:23 -0500 Uptown Minneapolis storm preparedness plan The storm preparedness plan for the Uptown shopping and restaurant district in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/storm-ready-uptown-weather-plan?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:07 -0500 Storm plans are in place, but can't protect everyone Is the Twin Cities metro area ready to handle a major tornado, like the one that swept through Joplin, Missouri, a year ago? We take a look at how various public and private entities are prepared in this special report from MPR News and KARE 11 News. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/storm-ready-scenario?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:07 -0500 Edina High School storm readiness plan Edina High School's storm readiness plan speaks primarily to what would happen if severe weather occurred during school hours. The school also hosts many events -- indoors and outdoors -- outside of regular school hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/storm-ready-edina-high-school-storm-plan?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:06 -0500 Hennepin County Medical Center storm preparedness plan Hennepin County Medical Center's emergency plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/storm-ready-hcmc-severe-weather-plan?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:02 -0500 If you're stuck in traffic, you have no good choices You're stuck in Minneapolis rush hour traffic on Interstate 94, near the Lowry Hill Tunnel. A thunderstorm spins out a tornado nearby. What can you do? Not much. You're now among the most vulnerable people in a tornado. There are no good options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/storm-ready-stuck-in-traffic?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 05:00:09 -0500 MPR News Primer: Copper-nickel mining A look at the issue of copper nickel mining in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/coppermining-primer?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 MPR 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/frac-sand-mining-mpr-news-primer?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 MPR News Primer: Voter ID Why is there a fight over requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls? Your questions answered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/voter_id_faq?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:00:02 -0600 MPR News Primer: St. Croix River bridge Questions and answers about the push to build a new bridge across the St. Croix at Stillwater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/primer-stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:11:24 -0600 MPR News Primer: Supermajority on raising taxes MPR News primer on supermajorities to raise taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/supermajority-primer?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:08:42 -0600 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/right-to-work-faq?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Vikings stadium FAQ Questions and answers about the proposals for building a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/vikings_stadium_faq?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:57:55 -0600 FAQ: U.S. Postal Service cuts It was founded before the revolution. Its fundamental mission is written into the U.S. Constitution. But it's been a long time since anyone saluted the U.S. Postal Service, which showed again today that in an Internet age it's struggling simply to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/postal-service-faq?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 12:37:38 -0600 3 things to know about the mortgage mess All day Tuesday, Oct. 25, The Big Story Blog followed the Minnesota mortgage mess after President Obama announced a new plan to provide some refinancing relief for Americans who are "underwater" on their mortgages. Here are some conclusions: http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/3_things_on_mortgage_mess?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:07:20 -0500 Live blog: Debt downgrade reaction, Minnesota news In Minnesota, local governments are watching markets closely this morning to figure out if the downgrade in the national debt credit rating will affect them. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/LIVE_UPDATES_Markets_react_to_SP_downgrade?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 08:34:43 -0500 Judge rejects retailers' plea to waive alcohol buying permit Bars and other businesses unable to buy beer and other alcoholic beverages because of the state government shutdown better hope lawmakers finish a budget deal this week because they won't be getting any help from the courts. /collections/special/columns/shutdown/archive/2011/07/judge-rejects-plea-to-keep-alcohol-flowing-in-shutdown.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:35:22 -0500 Dayton: New budget talks unlikely until Tuesday The governor says he will resume negotiations with GOP leaders after the Independence Day holiday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/shutdown/archive/2011/07/dayton-new-budget-talks-unlikely-until-tuesday.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:38:39 -0500 DEED: 55+ unemployment doubled since Great Recession Seventeen thousand Minnesotans 55 and older were unemployed on average in 2007 just before the Great Recession. Last year it hit 34,000. Most of those job cuts came to people 55 to 64 years old. /collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2011/05/55-unemployment-doubled-since-great-recession.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 13:53:03 -0500 In flood's path, 'Everything that means everything to me' Mara Solberg and her husband Warren live 300 feet from the Wild Rice River on their Horace, N.D., farm. They expect both roads from their home will be impassable soon, but don't plan to leave. /collections/special/columns/floods/archive/2011/04/in-floods-path-everything-that-means-everything-to-me.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:47:25 -0500 MinnEcon: The Minnesota jobless gap that isn't closing Last week was good for jobless rates. Minnesota's January rate fell below 7 percent, the first time since 2008 the announced monthly rate was less than seven. Earlier today, the U.S. rate also fell to a nearly two year low. And yet we know the announced rate never tells the complete story of the job markets. /collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2011/03/the-mn-jobless-gap-that-isnt-closing.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 10:08:01 -0600 MinnEcon: Construction takes it on the chin As bad as it's been, the state's monthly unemployment data has brought bits of encouraging news to the state's job markets at some point during the year. But not in construction. /collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2011/01/construction-takes-it-on-the-chin.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:15:18 -0600 Haves, have-nots and the housing market Job. No job. That remains the bright line dividing Minnesotans who are feeling an economic recovery and those who aren't. The phenomenon can be seen in all kinds of economic data, including the latest report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership. /collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2010/12/haves-have-nots-and-the-housing-market.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 06:21:33 -0600 Real estate scam alert: Renting someone else's house on Craigslist A recent online ad for a $700 suburban house rental seemed too good to be true -- and it was. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2010/05/too-good-to-be-true-the-latest-real-estate-scam.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 12:58:03 -0500 Report: Minnesota housing foreclosures tide rises again Overall, the HousingLink data showed nearly 7,000 Minnesota foreclosures in the first three months of 2010 -- up 31 percent over the same period last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2010/05/minnesota-housing.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 14:05:54 -0500 MinnEcon: Your recession in six words Readers of MPR's economy blog, MinnEcon, responded to our request to sum up the recession in six words with pain, wry humor and the resilience of surviving the recession. /collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2010/03/six-word-recession-wordle.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:39:00 -0500 Widow, ex-wife move in together to keep a horse farm alive Two women in central Minnesota forged an unusual partnership to help a horse farm survive the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/horse-farmers?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 12:51:25 -0600 MinnEcon@Work: Railroad conductor program Dakota County Tech runs one of the few public railroad conductor programs in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/minnecon-railroad?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 08:39:34 -0600 MinnEcon@work: The Coffee Guru Nate Hrobak has gone from "slinging lattes" at an Uptown Minneapolis shop to one of four green coffee buyers for Caribou Coffee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/coffee-guru?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:52:12 -0500 Fire, flood devastate town north of Fargo First the floodwaters hit. The water was so deep that more than 120 people had to be rescued by boat. Then a home caught fire and burned to the ground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/red_river_flood?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:45:00 -0500 Budget deficit: Pawlenty remains opposed to tax increases Minnesota is facing a projected budget deficit of more than $5.27 billion over the next two and a half years. Gov. Pawlenty is again ruling out tax increases as a way to close the gap. We're updating the story throughout the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/budgetforecast?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 10:00:03 -0600 Minnesotans react to Obama victory Barack Obama came to St. Paul in June to claim the Democratic nomination, a milestone that resident Brian Grandison said at the time would be "empty and meaningless" if the Illinois senator wasn't elected president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/minnesotan_react_obama_victory?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 01:26:38 -0600 Incumbents win in 6 of 8 House races Incumbents continued to win the night in Minnesota's congressional elections. Incumbent U.S. Rep. in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th Districts have all been re-elected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/04/minnesota_results?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2008 21:13:11 -0600 Poll close in Minn.; pushing to record turnout numbers Polls closed minutes ago across Minnesota after voters packed high school gyms, churchs and community halls across the state to have their say on issues from school levies to the next president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/04/polls_1?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2008 06:48:21 -0600 Not a Protester? Thou Doth Protest Too Much On the last day of the Republican National Convention, John McCain calls for a shakeup in Washington. But for many living in the host city, business as usual sounds pretty good. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/rnc_hassled?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 18:18:01 -0500