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  • July 14, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson Updated 6:30 p.m. ET Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP lawmakers say they have reached a deal to end a budget showdown that has led to the state’s government shutdown. Dayton told reporters the shutdown was expected … Continue reading

  • June 29, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    Wisconsin’s controversial new collective bargaining law takes effect on Wednesday. The law severely diminishes state employee’s collective bargaining rights and enacts what is essentially an 8 percent cut in pay for state workers. Salaries are not being directly cut, but … Continue reading

  • May 25, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    Severe weather continues to threaten the lower Midwest just days after the deadliest tornado in 60 years killed at least 122 people in Joplin, Mo. Tornadoes touched down in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, killing … Continue reading

  • May 24, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    KSMU, based in Springfield, Mo., about 70 miles away from Joplin, has been keeping listeners and readers updated with information about how they can help Joplin residents by donating blankets or offering nursing services. When the tornado hit St. John’s … Continue reading

  • May 24, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    In the spring of 2010, more than 500,000 classified documents, including secret diplomatic cables and war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan, appeared on the WikiLeaks website in what was the largest intelligence breach in American history. U.S. Army Intelligence Officer … Continue reading

  • May 9, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    The Mississippi River is expected to crest at 48-feet in Memphis, Tennessee Monday night, and the river has already swelled to six times its normal width. Residents spent the weekend sandbagging and police went door-to-door asking people to evacuate their … Continue reading

  • May 9, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    Pedro Gonzalez/LatinContent/Getty Images The drug-related violence in Mexico continues to escalate. Recently, soldiers discovered 11 more bodies in mass graves in the northern state of Durango. Mexican officials have now found 168 bodies in mass graves this month alone, and … Continue reading

  • May 4, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    As the world digests the news that Osama bin Laden is dead, we collected reporting from public media outlets for a glimpse at the conversations taking place around the nation about bin Laden and the post-9/11 era. Security and the … Continue reading

  • May 3, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    On Tuesday night, PBS’ FRONTLINE will air the first of two stories that delve into al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Correspondents Stephen Grey and Martin Smith explore the Taliban and al-Qaida inside Pakistan. They investigate details of a CIA militia … Continue reading

  • April 29, 2011   BY Lauren Knapp  

    President Obama met with local officials and survivors in Tuscaloosa, Alabama Friday morning and said he had “never seen devastation like this.” The president vowed residents would be given aid to help recover from the damage brought by the storms. … Continue reading

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