News & Features Archive

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's Friday afternoon and this weekend we are stealing away to Thief River Falls, five hours northwest of the Twin Cities. (08/01/2014)
For years, many Somali-American money transfer businesses in the Twin Cities have had a hard time staying in business. (08/01/2014)
Hoda Badawi is an American of Egyptian descent.
A new exhibit at the Walker Art Center traces the history of Minnesota's Muslim community from 1880 until the present. (08/01/2014)
Higher education isn't getting cheaper, but how families pay for it is changing.
According to police, much of the violence that plagues city communities is caused by young people involved with gangs who get guns.
Instead of a 150-day goal, the MPCA now faces a 90-day goal for about 70 percent of business applications for air, land and water permits.
Economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich gave an "Aspen Lecture" on the politics and economics of inequality. Reich says the wealthy would do better with a smaller share of a rapidly growing economy than a larger share of an economy that's not growing--and his words, is "essentially dead in its tracks." And if we don't have a buoyant and growing middle class, the poor can't ascend to it.
The state Homeland Security and Emergency Management division said Friday that the declaration now covers 32 counties and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and Prairie Island Indian Community.
The statute allows parents who object to the change to opt out of long-term storage of their child's screening data.
On Friday, the Labor Department reported that while employers hired 209,000 workers in July, the growth rate was not strong enough to push part-timers forward.
Coming to a mailbox near you: claims about DFL State Auditor Rebecca Otto's record on voter ID.
That revelation came as part of the first-degree murder charges handed down Friday by the Dakota County Attorney's Office against Fitch, the suspect in Wednesday's killing of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick.
As wildfire season rages in California, firefighting help is coming from an unexpected place: prison.
Stretches of some major Twin Cities roads will close this weekend, creating more than a few driving hassles.
Today's Morning Edition music is from Paul McCartney and a recording from a live performance of his during a U.S. tour in 1976.
The Minnesota Department of Health can store newborn blood samples and test results indefinitely under a new law that goes into effect today.
Charges are expected today in the shooting death of 49-year-old Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick. The incident comes as police departments nationwide are grappling with a recent uptick in gun violence against officers.
The Minnesota Lynx have extended their winning streak to eight games.
The panel responds to the uproar over Los Angeles Clippers' Don Sterling's racist comments and compares that to the decades' long battle to change the name of the Washington Redskins.
Selfies, sports movies and ping pong ball performances. Weekend fun in and near the Twin Cities.
Average job gains over the past six months reached 244,000 in July, the best such average in eight years.
The recall covers motorcycles from the 2014 ½ model year.
Cantor had previously said he would serve his full term, which would have ended in January.
Thousands of gay couples have obtained marriage licenses in the first year.
A small group of environmentalists in Vermont isn't squeamish. Instead of flushing their pee down the drain, they're collecting it with special toilets that separate No. 1 and No. 2.
Smoking is far more common among those living below the poverty level, those with GED-level education, and among American Indian or Alaskan Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates are also much higher in the lesbian, gay and transgender community.
The magazine ranked the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 543rd in 2009 and now ranks it 108th, largely because of its production of high-quality graduates who become leaders.
Labor and other advocacy groups began pushing for a higher minimum wage last year, when Democrats took control of the Minnesota legislature. But it took them until this year to pass a bill because of disagreements over how much to boost the wage floor.
A communications safety net has been spreading across the 2.5 million acre wilderness for a decade. That net is enabling more rescues but officials warn it should not give people false confidence they can explore the wilderness area without proper preparation.
In this latest installment of our Young Reporters series, Jake Schultz follows Brittany Clardy's story and the new shelter for trafficked girls that bears her name, Brittany's Place.
For Nevaeh Hoffman, 12, and Gabrielle Dow, 11, learning doesn't stop in the summer months. The two friends from Redwood Falls, Minn., have spent their past few summers attending the Dakota Wicohan camp where they learn and practice aspects of their Native American culture, including riding, language and their favorite -- hoop dancing.
In this episode, Tom Crann and Dr. Jon Hallberg discuss how far we need to go to prevent the spread of germs in health care settings.
This time on "Pedal Hub," a look at how to make the Twin Cities' newest light rail line work for you as a cyclist.
In this episode, a wrenching medical essay prompts Dr. Hallberg to reflect on compassion in health care.
In this installment, we'll ponder why we ride, review how Minneapolis become a biking mecca, and praise cargo bikes.
In this installment of "Counter Stories," we feature a discussion of Minnesota's new minimum wage law and its socioeconomic impact.
This is the inaugural episode of "Counter Stories," a new MPR News podcast featuring discussions with people of color on life in Minnesota.
In this episode of "The Interpreters," recorded this past winter, we talk trains, science shows, student riots, and crows...lots of 'em.
In this episode of "MNnext," Maddy Mahon queries former state demographer Tom Gillaspy about how the trend away from marriage has accelerated among Gen Y members.
In the debut episode, the tragic death of comedian and actor Robin Williams has put the problems of suicide and depression back in the news.
In this installment, host Maddy Mahon and former state demographer Tom Gillapsy examine the future of jobs for millennials.
On this episode of the Interpreters, we discuss the epiphanies of New Age music, the inadequacies of "The Monuments Men," and cultural differences in the sharing of food.
In this debut episode, former state demographer Tom Gillaspy helps us understand the future of housing.
In this debut episode, the Pedal Hub crew debate the pros and cons of bike helmets, and commuter biking and B.O. in the workplace.
In this episode of "Pop Till We Drop," recorded earlier this summer, Alex's faith in social media is restored when he learns to harness the power of the hashtag in his new marketing job -- which leads to a discussion of hashtag and twitter protocol, and how some hashtags may have actually improved society.
In this episode of "Pop Till We Drop," the podcast featuring a Gen Y take on popular culture, we feature a conversation recorded last winter about the allure and danger of binge watch-worthy television on Netflix.
This is the inaugural episode of "Pop Till We Drop," a new bi-weekly podcast from MPR News in which three 20-somethings examine their place in a pop culture-obsessed world.
"The Interpreters" is a new podcast from MPR News that explores culture from many angles. In this inaugural episode, the hosts talk about the threat gentrification poses to artists in St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood; the culinary value and cultural significance of regional cookbooks; and the odd experience of being an Airbnb host.

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