Two-thirds of of the state is now under an air pollution health alert. In this portion of the state, air quality conditions are considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Today's music is from an Arcade Fire recording at First Avenue in Minneapolis on Sept. 29, 200, made by the engineers at our sister station, The Current. The band will be back in Minneapolis tomorrow night, but this time they will be playing across the street from First Avenue at Target Center.
It's a continuation of a long, cold winter which has left a snow depth that hasn't been seen in many parts of the state since 1950. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a frigid and snowy start for March in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Wild will be in Dallas tomorrow to play the Stars. The Wild have won five games in a row and acquired some new players this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team.
Sister Helen Prejean says it is not enough to be charitable, we must be engaged in the work of justice. She calls capital punishment one of the greatest moral issues of our time.
We discuss "American Promise," a documentary that follows two young, middle-class, African-American boys as they enter a traditionally white, upper-class private school.
We discuss the bills that could make it through the Legislature.
Mayor Don Ness wants Duluth to increase investment in the St. Louis River to improve the city's prospects.
The BBC finds out how knowledge of the seas from Australia's Aboriginal communities can feed into modern ocean science.
Ian Bremmer describes the unfolding events as "seismic."
At the state high school wrestling tournament, St. Michael Albertville High School's Mitchell McKee really wanted to win the state title for his father, who has terminal cancer. And he did win, which means, of course, someone has to lose.
In only the second documented case of its kind, an infant born with the AIDS virus may have been cured of the infection, thanks to an intensive drug treatment begun just hours after her birth. The baby girl -- now 9 months old -- from Long Beach, Calif., is still on that regimen of antiretroviral drugs. But researchers who described her case at an AIDS meeting in Boston this week say advanced testing suggests that she is HIV-negative.
Sled hockey, popularized by war veterans, might be the fastest sport in the Paralympics; players strap on to a tiny sled perched a few inches off the ice, balanced on one double-runner skate. They use two short sticks like ski poles to fly across the ice. Then the sticks flip around, with a hockey blade on the tip.
It's been three weeks since the radiation sensors were triggered and the exhaust dampers at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump slammed shut, putting the repository's massive salt caverns off-limits and the nation's cleanup efforts on hold.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent from a five-year low 6.6 percent. More Americans started looking for work but didn't find jobs. That's still an encouraging sign because more job hunters suggest that people were more optimistic about their prospects.
The people who want to dramatize the traffic congestion in the Twin Cities are doing it again -- making big numbers out of trivial little numbers.
Alan Gerlach has been snowskating since about 2001, just a few years after the invention of the snowskate, which looks like a hybrid between a skateboard and snowboard.
"I think for easily seven to 10 days leading up to the Russian troops as we see them now in the Crimea, we were providing very solid reporting ... where we move from one level of a condition of warning, which I would just describe ... as sort of moderate to one where we believe things are imminent," Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn tells Morning Edition
News organizations have been rolling out stories this week about claims that the CIA may have been monitoring the work of the committee's staffers in recent years and that some of those congressional aides may have left CIA headquarters with classified documents that shouldn't leave that secure facility.
Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, 51, a former deputy commander with the 82nd Airborne Division, admitted to an extramarital affair, "inappropriate relationships" with two other women. He also pleaded guilty to possessing pornography while stationed in Afghanistan, a violation of orders in the conservative Muslim country.
Getting Latinos to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is seen as critical to the law's success. The Latino population is disproportionately uninsured and relatively young, but enrollment hasn't been going well. This, in part, explains President Obama's appearance Thursday at a town-hall-style event hosted by the nation's two largest Spanish-language television networks, Univision and Telemundo.
"This transaction offers us the opportunity to better serve customers by adapting more quickly to evolving shopping preferences in diverse regions across the country," Albertsons CEO Bob Miller said. "Together, we will be able to respond to local needs more quickly and deliver outstanding products at the lowest possible price, more efficiently than ever before."
Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone, developed by the Madison-based company's Institute for the Advancement of Bacon.
The North Dakota State University system's interim chancellor announced Wednesday that names and Social Security numbers of more than 290,000 current and former students and nearly 800 faculty and staff were on the server, which was hacked in early February.
The Saturday afternoon contest is free and open to the public. Teams from across the Midwest and Canada are expected to participate for their chance at a top prize.
The International Festival of Owls is expected to draw nearly 2,000 visitors Friday through Sunday to the city of 979 people. It's a treat for bird lovers and a boon for local businesses.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has accused Lynn Rogers of creating a public safety risk. The agency says bears in Rogers' study area between Tower and Ely in northern Minnesota have come to see people as a food source, and that's made them more dangerous.
Frozen indoor pipes are common every winter. But this year, it was so cold for so long that the pipes that bring water to your house from the main in the street have been freezing deep underground. It's costing some homeowners hundreds of dollars to get their water flowing again.