Stories from June 12, 2024

Expert: Prosecutors may litigate Feeding Our Future fraud case like mob scheme
Longtime St. Paul criminal defense attorney Jack Rice forecasts what the initial trial and verdicts in the Feeding Our Future case could mean for the 45 remaining defendants.
Appetites: The best way to find and cook wild mushrooms
It’s prime season for mushroom foraging, but why risk the poison ivy says Appetites regular Beth Dooley, author of “The Perennial Kitchen.” She said you can pick up all kinds of wild mushrooms at your nearest farmers market — and she’s got plenty of tips for how to cook them, too.
Victim group calls on Twin Cities Archdiocese to add names of alleged abusers to list
The group presented five names of former priests — two living and three deceased — who held positions within the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese, that have previously been recognized as credibly accused of abuse by other Catholic entities, but not in the Twin Cities. 
A state Senate Ethics Committee deferred action today on a complaint against a DFL senator charged with burglary. And federal agents this morning raided the home of a second Feeding Our Future defendant amid an investigation into the attempted bribery of a juror.
Cuts to St. Cloud State University degrees, faculty get final approval
The university will eliminate about 90 programs and 13 percent of its full-time faculty, or 54 positions. SCSU’s acting president said the cuts are necessary to correct a structural budget deficit caused by years of spending that outpaced student enrollment.
Have we reached peak yoga in the U.S.? The CDC wants to know
Around 1 in 6 U.S. adults practice yoga. The mind-body activity has grown and evolved over recent decades, into more accessible versions that reflect a current focus on mental health and mobility training, researchers say.
Man serving life sentence for 1998 murder awaits next steps after call for exoneration
The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office has called for the full exoneration of Brian K. Pippitt — a man serving a life sentence for a 1998 homicide.
Will PWHL Minnesota drama overshadow league’s future?
Minnesota's Professional Women's Hockey League has celebrated success and dealt with controversy in the past two weeks. Ian Kennedy with The Hockey News spoke to Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer on what’s happening.
DNR: Elko New Market can pump more groundwater to supply bottled water plant
The DNR said its test results show the increase would not negatively affect aquifer levels or nearby lakes, rivers and streams. Elko New Market will be required to investigate and address any potential impacts on nearby private wells.
Dive teams find 13-foot-long crack in hull of freighter that reported taking on water on Lake Superior
The U.S. Coast Guard says dive teams found a 13-foot-long crack in the hull of a Great Lakes freighter that started taking on water on Lake Superior last weekend.
FBI raids Burnsville home of a second Feeding Our Future defendant
Mukhtar Shariff was one of five defendants convicted Friday of stealing 47 million dollars from taxpayer-funded child nutrition programs. Jurors found two others not guilty after a five-week trial.
‘Untapped market’: Rapidly growing Yemeni coffee chains set sights on Twin Cities
Qamaria Yemeni Coffee Co., and a second chain opening this fall, fill a need for after-hours social spaces for young Muslims — and also draw coffee connoisseurs.
With short-term budget fix in hand, Minneapolis school board turns to long game: school closures
District leaders will begin walkthroughs of campuses this summer, as part of a study that will inform a school closure plan, the school board chair tells MPR News. A budget passed Tuesday relied largely on one-time funding to close a $110 million deficit.
Biden nominates assistant U.S. attorney to serve as federal judge in Minnesota
President Joe Biden has nominated Laura Provinzino to serve as Minnesota’s next federal judge. Provinzino is a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Minnesota.
First lady Jill Biden to visit Duluth as Biden campaign launches outreach to older voters
First lady Jill Biden will visit Duluth on Thursday, as she kicks off her husband's outreach to older voters. The effort will blend rallies and phone banks with social events like bingo nights and pickleball games.
North Dakota voters say yes to age limits for Congressional candidates
A constitutional amendment approved Tuesday bars North Dakota politicians from Congress if they would reach their 81st birthday before the end of their term.
Jerry West, a 3-time Hall of Fame selection and the inspiration for the NBA logo, dies at 86
Jerry West, who was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame three times in a storied career as a player and executive and whose silhouette is considered to be the basis of the NBA logo, has died.
‘Horror Movie’ questions the motivation behind evil acts
Paul Tremblay’s latest tale is dark, surprisingly violent and incredibly multilayered — a superb addition to his already impressive oeuvre showing he can deliver for fans and also push the envelope.
Why postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders so often go untreated
MPR News host Angela Davis and her guests talked about why perinatal mood disorders are so common, and the barriers that keep many new parents from seeking and receiving the help they need.
In North Dakota GOP primaries, U.S. Rep. Armstrong wins for governor and Fedorchak for House
U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong has won North Dakota's Republican primary for governor, while longtime public utilities regulator Julie Fedorchak has finished first in a rambunctious GOP race for the House seat he will vacate.
Tovar hits 3-run homer, Quantrill throws six scoreless innings as Rockies beat Twins 5-4
Ezequiel Tovar hit a three-run homer, Cal Quantrill kept his strong run going with six scoreless innings and the Colorado Rockies held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Minnesotans are divided over Israel’s military action in Gaza following the October Hamas attack in Israel, but the U.S. response to what's happening there doesn’t appear to be a deciding factor for the upcoming presidential election. And the search for a new director of the University of Minnesota's Holocaust Studies center is on hold after the U offered the job to a controversial Israeli historian.
Gable Steveson banks on himself in career switch: From wrestling champ to NFL bid with the Bills
Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson is banking on himself in attempting to make a career switch from wrestling to playing defensive line for the Buffalo Bills.
Trump could — and wants to — shake up U.S. foreign policy even more in a second term
Promising to revaluate NATO and reshape global trade, former President Donald Trump is crafting foreign policy that picks up where he left off after his first term and takes things to the next level.
Sandy Hook survivors to graduate with mixed emotions without 20 of their classmates
About 60 of the 330 kids graduating from Newtown High School will also be carrying the emotional burden of knowing that many of their former classmates won't get to walk across the stage with them.
Minnesota poll: Voters split on U.S. support of Israel’s war with Hamas, but it’s not a top issue
Minnesotans are divided over Israel’s military action in Gaza as it responds to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, but it doesn’t appear to be a deciding factor for them in their November presidential vote, new poll results released Wednesday morning show.
This prison newspaper in Minnesota has been publishing for more than a century
A newspaper in a Minnesota prison began publishing more than a century ago. The paper covers prison life and gives its writers purpose. It’s one of around two dozen similar publications nationwide.
Where were you 6 years ago when the MPR raccoon scaled a St. Paul skyscraper?
Relive the highs and lows of the day with the coverage we featured of the little critter that could, as well some as anecdotes from MPR staff and audience members like you.
Scholar says he still wants U Holocaust center job despite controversy
The University of Minnesota has put its search for a new director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies on hold after its job offer to a controversial Israeli historian drew strong objections from two professors and some members of the Twin Cities Jewish community
What's next for Hunter Biden after his conviction on federal gun charges
Hunter Biden’s legal woes are not over after his conviction on three felony firearms charges in a trial that put a spotlight on his drug-fueled past. Now, President Joe Biden’s son faces sentencing, and another trial on tax charges in the middle of his father’s reelection campaign. 
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