Despite improving economy, state's homeless population jumps 10 percent since 2015

Newly fallen snow coats walkways and tents at the Minneapolis homeless encampment on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Max Nesterak | MPR News

An increasingly tight labor market was not enough to prevent the growth of Minnesota's homeless population since 2015.

Curlytics: The analytics revolution sweeps into curling

USA curling team members, from left, John Shuster, Tyler George, John Landsteiner, Joe Polo, Aileen Geving and Cory Christensen are honored Tuesday, February 27, 2018 during a public recognition program for Twin Ports Olympians at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center in Duluth, Minn. Derek Montgomery for MPR News

The analytics entrenched in baseball and other sports are meeting the swept ice, thrown stones and hammers of curling. The turn-based game on ice is primed for data derived strategies.

Communities in southern Minnesota wait, watch and brace for flooding

James Hause, left, and Matt Olson use sandbags to hold down plastic on an 11-foot berm Tuesday, March. 19, 2019 in the Prairie Island Indian Community in Welch, Minn. Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

MPR News reporters are fanned out across the state, talking to Minnesotans about how they're dealing with the unpredictable weather and preparing for possible floods. Here's what we're seeing in the southern half of the state.

Appetites: Making wedding cakes with love

Hyun and Jamie's cake with a fly fishing theme. Courtesy of Amy Thielen

Say your friend asks you to make a wedding cake. Are you qualified? Probably not. Should you do it? Amy Thielen is here to say: Yes! Absolutely!

Metro Transit boss: Crisis in customer service sparks improvements on buses and trains

Cain Brewer, associate communications specialist with Metro Transit, says texts from transit riders have risen from about half a dozen a day to more than 26, with more than 50 on some days. Metro Transit said on Tuesday, March 19 that it is doubling the number of people handling rider alerts and text messages from riders about disruptions, conduct issues and safety hazards on buses and trains. Tim Nelson | MPR News

In response to rider complaints, Metro Transit's general manager said he's digging into the agency's rainy day fund to pay for needed improvements on the area's trains and buses.

Evictions are rising in Rochester; this team is trying to stop them

Josh Stone, accompanied by his 2-year-old daughter Haven, talks with Legal Assistance of Olmstead County attorney Kayleen Asmus (left) as part of the Eviction Prevention Project in Rochester, Minn. on Feb. 19, 2019. The project aims to help low income individuals facing eviction. Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

A squad of lawyers, financial counselors and others helps renters work with landlords threatening eviction. The free work helps keep a roof over citizens who might otherwise be homeless in Rochester's extremely tight housing market.

Supreme Court justices seem incredulous at repeated racial bias in jury selection

In a Mississippi death-penalty case, the justices were skeptical of the way the state picked and dismissed black jurors and appeared ready not to uphold the conviction.

5 key points from a new report on Minnesota electricity

Dean Tofteland drives his tractor and sprays one of his fields amongst wind turbines north of Luverne, Minn., June 13, 2014. Tofteland said that he tries to spoon feed his crops to reduce the amount of nitrates that go into the soil. Jackson Forderer / For MPR News

A new analysis from BloombergNEF shows the state is rapidly changing how it produces electricity.

U.S. judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

Trinidad Drilling rigs are seen off of Way Highway 59 outside of Douglas, Wyo. A judge has blocked oil and gas drilling on almost 500 square miles in Wyoming and says the government must consider cumulative climate change impacts of leasing public lands across the U.S. for energy development. The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the past decade faulting the government's consideration of emissions when issuing energy leases. Leah Millis | The Casper Star-Tribune | AP file

A judge has blocked oil and gas drilling on almost 500 square miles in Wyoming. The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the past decade faulting the government's consideration of emissions when issuing energy leases.

Officials: Mother killed herself, her 2 children were killed

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have identified the three people found dead in northwestern Minnesota as a mother and her two young children.

'Hear me by any means necessary': Charlottesville is forced to redefine civility

Deadly violence from a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., shook the nation in 2017. Since then, city leaders have struggled to define what public discourse should look like as once-marginalized voices increase demands for change. Justin T. Gellerson for NPR

After a deadly white supremacist rally in 2017, once-marginalized voices in Charlottesville, Va., are demanding to be heard by the City Council. That has led to a debate over civility.

D.C.'s female judges are central to the Russia imbroglio, often behind the scenes

Some of the least-known but most important figures in the Russia investigation and its aftermath are the women who preside over its headline-grabbing cases.

General Mills fiscal 3Q results top forecasts

A box of General Mills cereal sits on the shelf at Santa Venetia Market on March 18, 2011 in San Rafael, California. Justin Sullivan|Getty Images

General Mills Inc. shares rallied in early trading Wednesday after the food company posted better-than-expected results and raised its guidance.

Trump to nominate former Delta Air Lines executive to lead FAA

The nomination of Stephen Dickson comes as the agency faces criticism for its response to crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max.

Survey: Minnesota media pros say industry has a problem with racial bias

Media professionals in Minnesota say there's a problem with racial bias in news reporting, and a lack of training. Nonetheless, a vast majority say they are at least somewhat confident in their ability to accurately reflect the stories of people from a different racial or cultural background

Nelson wins House seat in special election

Republican Nathan Nelson has won the special election to fill a vacant state House seat in east-central Minnesota.

Mozambique mourns, Zimbabwe buries dead from Cyclone Idai

A wounded survivor is evacuated by helicopter from Chimanimani on March 19, 2019 to a hospital in Mutare, after the area was hit by the Cyclone Idai. More than a thousand people are feared to have died in Mozambique alone while scores have been killed and more than 200 are missing in neighbouring Zimbabwe following the deadliest cyclone to hit southern Africa. Zinyange Auntony | AFP | Getty Images

Zimbabwe is retrieving and burying bodies Wednesday as Mozambique begins three days of national mourning for victims of Cyclone Idai, one of the most destructive storms southern Africa has experienced in decades.

Trump keeps a sharp focus on Ohio for the 2020 campaign

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on border security during a Rose Garden event at the White House Feb. 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency to free up federal funding to build a wall along the southern border. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images

President Trump is returning to the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort.

Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

Cars enter and leave Fox Studios, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. Disney has closed its $71 acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business on Wednesday, March 20, in a move set to shake up the media landscape. The closure paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Chris Pizzello | AP

Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment business, putting "Cinderella," "The Simpsons," "Star Wars" and "Dr. Strange" under one corporate roof.

Supreme Court broadens the government's power to detain criminal immigrants

The ruling responds to two class-action lawsuits brought by legal immigrants who served criminal sentences and then were detained years later.

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