Minnesota Public Radio features by John Wanamaker http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31174 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:02:30 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by John Wanamaker http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Congressional Republicans targeted; flood forecast gloomy; 'snow bird' taxes; we go 'On the Road' Today on the MPR News Update: Gun sale background checks are again being debated at the Legislature, the latest Red River Valley flood forecast is out, the governor is raising eyebrows with another tax proposal, we talk to the movie director who drove 'On the Road' to the big screen, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:00:13 -0500 The Basillica's link with Rome; background checks for gun sales; death from the flu Today on the MPR News Update were following gun, health care and budget battles at the Legislature. Also, we hear from Catholics reacting to news of a new pope, crime-fighting help for the White Earth reservation, Lou Belamy on the Penumbra Theatre's ordeal, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:19:56 -0500 Health care overhaul cornerstone one step closer to reality Today on the MPR News Update: The Minnesota Senate OKs legislation that would create a health insurance exchange website, advocates for Indian women cheer the Violence Against Women Act, the governor backs off part of his tax overhaul plan, same-sex marriage opponents rally to oppose a bill that keeps moving through the Capitol ... and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:19:44 -0600 Sequestration and economic recovery; less red ink and the state tax outlook Today on the MPR News Update: The impact of looming sequestration on Minnesota's economy, the outlook for taxes in light of a lowered state deficit projection, a deadline for tribal members in a federal settlement, and reaction to a Republican's surprising shift on same-sex marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/sequestration-and-economic-recovery-less-red-ink-and-the-state-tax-outlook?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:27:13 -0600 Gun debate goes another round, this time in the Senate -- with limits Today on the MPR News Update: A state Senate committee is hearing from both sides of the gun debate today, Minnesotans are reacting to news about drivers license data breaches, there's some skepticism about Mayo Clinic's job-creation projections regarding its proposed expansion, and we hear from the wife of a soldier coping with personal battles at home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:54:03 -0600 Mortenson wins the Vikings contract, Mary Joe Copeland wins an award, and a meteor blasts Russia Today on the MPR News Update: We find out who's going to build the Vikings stadium, the president takes time to praise on Sharing and Caring Hands, a massive brawl gives a black eye to Minneapolis South High School, and we've got video of that 10-ton meteor smacking into Russia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:05:24 -0600 Some good economic signals; health care via webcam; photos of January in Minnesota Today on the MPR News Update: Some better economic news coming from Wall Street and the job market; some pharmacists are now consulting with patients via webcam; we ride along on a train trip through Mexico with Central American immigrants; and your photos of Minnesota in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:23:52 -0600 Mayo's expansion plans, Dayton's job creation claims, and the newest food trends Welcome to the MPR News Update. In the news today, the Mayo Clinic's multi-billion-dollar expansion plan for the city of Rochester; Gov. Dayton's budget proposal, and its claims about job creation, are getting more pushback; the race for Minneapolis mayor is already getting crowded; and a look at the hot food trends of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:28:20 -0600 Minnesota National Guard on point for women in combat roles; Dayton on notice over taxes Minnesota's citizen soldiers are helping to lead the way for women in military combat roles. Gov. Dayton continues to find resistance to his just-released budget plans. We have an update on flu deaths. There's a new homeless count. And we hear another perspective on the racial incident at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. All that and more in today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:50:21 -0600 How many bald eagles can a wind turbine kill? Today in the NPR News Update we look into a ruling affecting bald eagles near wind turbines, offer a photo tour of Minnesota's burgeoning breweries, note the increase in flu deaths, and review Prince's Minneapolis gigs. Also: Women at the gun range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:53:40 -0600 Looking for ways to deter gun violence; combating a deadly flu outbreak The flu death toll is climbing, Twin Cities schools are more segregated, civic leaders are looking for answers to gun violence, and the DFL-led Legislature is laying out its priorities, a landmark Minneapolis music venue that's closing up shop and photos of the week. That and more on today's MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:46:16 -0600 The DFL outlines its priorities; some suprises and snubs in the Oscar nominations Today on the MPR News Update, a look at the top priorities of the DFL leaders in the new legislative session, the deal that sells off big chunks of the Supervalu grocery chain, and the nominations -- and snubs -- for the Academy Awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:07:15 -0600 Minneapolis gets a January soaking; St. Paul imagines a great city Today on the MPR News Update: Minneapolis dries out from a messy water main break, a GOP lawmaker resigns to be a lobbyist, St. Paul boosters imagine a great city without Macy's, the DNR likes a plan designed to keep Asian carp out of the state's waterways, and a nationwide child porn crackdown has a Minnesota link. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:46:39 -0600 Red Bull vets get to work; DNR assesses the wolf hunt Today on the MPR News Update, we learn about an effort to help war veterans integrate into the workforce, what the DNR hopes to learn from the state's first official wolf hunt, the impending closure of downtown St. Paul's only major retail store, and how the newest members of Congress will fare on bitterly divided Capitol Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:14:25 -0600 'Chasing Ice' and climate change; mineral exploration on hold Today on the MPR News Update page: Top state officials have declined to approve the sale of 31 leases to explore for minerals. Players in this past spring's Vikings stadium endgame say they're reluctant to reopen the deal struck in May. And we speak with the filmmaker behind a new documentary on climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 12:13:24 -0600 A Cold Spring police officer ambushed and killed A small town southeast of St. Cloud reels after a police officer is shot. Minnesota's congressional delegation tackles the fiscal cliff. And those zany British television ads are back for viewing at the Walker Art Center. Those stories and more in the MPR News Update http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:17:18 -0600 Wish lists coming early to DFLers, movie business ramping up again in Minn. Today on the MPR News Update, Democrats set to take control of the Minnesota Legislature are going to be seeing a long wish list of funding requests from various interest groups. The debate over what the Vikings can do regarding seat license fees for their new stadium continues. Minnesota colleges are looking at ways to improve students' readiness for the workplace. And a new movie about University Avenue shows how its gritty, quirky nature could provide some clues as to what its future might be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:34:19 -0600 Behind the lines in the fight against the marriage amendment How Minnesota United For All Families took on the marriage amendment - and won. Also, DFLers pick leaders in the Legislature, how demographics affected this year's elections, and why some members of our two premiere orchestras are packing their bags. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:40:57 -0600 A glancing blow in the final days of the presidential race The vice president is up in Superior, Wis., today and the man who wants his job will be here Sunday. Religious rifts abounded at last night's debate over the marriage amendment. A Minnesota native may be hearing Oscar whispers. And there's sobering news about the walleye count on Lake Mille Lacs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:41:18 -0500 A shooting rampage in Minneapolis A normally quiet neighborhood in Minneapolis is rocked by a workplace shooting that leaves five dead and more injured. The Vikings settle on an architect to design their new, billion-dollar home. Minnesota's two premiere orchestras may be headed for a lockout. And we have photos from the passing of an era at the Cottage View Drive-In. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:28:41 -0500 For University Ave. businesses, the light at the end of the tunnel may be light rail Today on the Update: Duluth's rush hour is slowed by unhappy logging truckers. University Avenue businesses in the Twin Cities are sprucing up to attract light rail customers. Other states offer little in the way of guidance on living with a voter ID law. And the president is promoting the idea of "economic patriotism." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:41:16 -0500 Outside political interference, or help? Today on the MPR News Update: Well-heeled outside political organizations are starting to pour money and other resources into Minnesota. The childeren of illegal immigrants are looking for ways to prove they qualify for a program allowing them to stay in the country. The state has embarked on am effort to increase safety for pedestrians. We have photos from that bizarely refereed NFL match last night between the Packers and Seahawks. And the feds are telling Minnesota to crack down on food stamp fraud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:58:27 -0500 How do you separate campaign fact from fiction? The Daily Circuit asks whether this is a fact-free presidential campaign. Obama leads the fundraising race. Americans seem numbed to the slowly mounting number o0f troop deaths in Afghanistan. There's new signs of life in the Boundary Waters charred by last year's wildfire. And Twin Cities school districts are putting a new emphasis on keeping kindergardeners in their seats. That and more on the MPR News Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:39:20 -0500 The marriage amendment battle moves to the State Fair Over at the State Fair, supporters and opponents of the marriage amendment are vying for attention and votes. Lawmakers are meeting in Saint Paul today for a special session to consider a $167 million package of aid to communities in Northern Minnesota hit by storms and flooding earlier this summer. And Mitt Romney raised money in a sprint through the western Minneapolis suburbs yesterday and declared that big businesses in the U.S. are "doing fine." All that and more in today's Update. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:47:00 -0500 The State Fair opens, with everything from wine to swine In the Update today, the Minnesota State Fair gets underway, Minnesota State Mankato deals with a scandal involving allegations of child pornography, and a legislative seat the DFL once had locked up is now up for grabs. And we look at the challenges faced by Minnesotas two premiere orchestras, and whether both can survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/mpr-news-update?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:43:44 -0500