Nurses land pay raises, new injury protections

Minnesota Nurses Association members stage an informational picket outside Children's Minnesota in St. Paul. Mark Zdechlik | MPR News

Four more Twin Cities hospital systems have reached tentative contract agreements with their nurses unions — including a pay raise and new protections for nurses injured on the job.

Can fertilizer fuel greener tractors?

An experimental tractor designed to run on diesel fuel and ammonia is field tested on June 4, 2019, near Morris, Minn. Dan Gunderson | MPR News

University of Minnesota researchers developed a tractor engine that can run on a mixture of diesel fuel and anhydrous ammonia, a common nitrogen fertilizer.

Court documents: Accused Minn. mosque bombing plotter attempted to escape

Michael Hari Courtesy of Sherburne County Jail

Federal prosecutors say that an Illinois man accused of firebombing a suburban Twin Cities mosque tried to escape from custody while being transported to Minnesota.

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era rule for coal-fired plants

Smoke rises in this time exposure image from the stacks of the La Cygne Generating Station coal-fired power plant in La Cygne, Kansas, in 2012. Charlie Riedel/ASSOCIATED PRESS

It's replacing the Obama rule with a less ambitious one that gives states more discretion in regulating those power plants.

More bad buzz for bees: Record numbers of honey bee colonies died last winter

An annual survey of beekeepers shows the rate of colony death last winter was the highest reported since the survey began thirteen years ago.

Fed leaves interest rates unchanged for now

The Federal Reserve left rates alone, despite pressure from President Trump to pump more money into the economy. But the central bank signaled a willingness to cut rates in the future if needed.

Hope Hicks testifies on President Trump's potential obstruction of justice

The former Trump aide's appearance before the Judiciary Committee is the first time an official from the White House agreed to show up. But Democrats say she is not answering their questions.

Previewing the Timberwolves' NBA Draft options

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, left, new team President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, center, and CEO Ethan Casson pose after a press conference introducing Rosas at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Monday, May 6, 2019. Elizabeth Flores | AP Photo

The Minnesota Timberwolves' newly appointed President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas and his retooled front office have important decisions to make, before the clock ticks down on their selection in Thursday's NBA Draft.

Hemp farmer charged with selling drugs

Luis Miguel Hummel hold a jar of hemp flower that he harvested at 5th Sun Gardens, his hemp farm in Lanesboro, Minn., on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Hummel bartended in town when he first moved to Lanesboro, which is where he met the family who sold him the five acres of land his hemp farm sits on. Evan Frost | MPR News

A Minnesota hemp farmer is facing charges after authorities claimed his products had more than the legal limit of the compound that makes users high.

Hong Kong's leader backpedaled, but here's why the opposition movement continues

Under a "one country, two systems" policy, Hong Kong is connected to China but with its own legal protections. Protesters view the extradition bill as a threat to that arrangement.

Walz rips DFL staffer’s ‘murder boat’ tweet

William Davis, the party’s deputy communications director, is facing criticism for calling the newly christened Navy ship USS Minneapolis-St. Paul a “murder boat.” He has since deleted the tweet.

Why the American shoe disappeared and why it's so hard to bring it back

Footwear companies face big costs in potential new tariffs on more Chinese imports. Almost all shoes sold in the U.S. are made overseas. Only about 200 factories remain. One man tried to change that.

Red Lake pursues food sovereignty; a tractor would be nice, too

David Manuel runs the Red Lake test garden. He says the heritage tomatoes grow much larger thanks to fish gut fertilizer, from the Red Lake fishery, on Aug. 23, 2017. John Enger | MPR News

Red Lake Nation hopes to grow enough healthy, organic food to feed the entire tribe. It has plenty of land and abundant natural fertilizer. The only thing it doesn't have is enough equipment.

Endangered toads bred at Como Zoo released in Wyoming

The Wyoming toad is one of the rarest toads in the world. It has been the focus of a nationwide breeding program -- including at the Como Zoo in St. Paul. It's one of just a handful of other breeding facilities. Courtesy of Como Zoo

The Wyoming toad is one of the rarest toads in the world. It has been the focus of a nationwide breeding program -- including at the Como Zoo in St. Paul. It's one of just a handful of other breeding facilities.

Nearly 71 million people forcibly displaced worldwide in 2018, UN report says

The record number headlined the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees' annual "Global Trends" report published Wednesday, just a day before World Refugee Day.

Humongous horns: Texas longhorn from Alabama sets world record

Poncho Via stands on a field of grass in Clay County Alabama at the Green Acres Farm in 2017. The steer currently holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest set of horns ever. ***NOT FOR USE AS FILE ART; ONLY FOR USE WITH NPR STORY*** The Pope family

This steer isn't much different from other Texas longhorns except it holds a world record. Poncho Via's horns were measured at nearly 11 feet wide; that's bigger than the Statue of Liberty's face.

Minn. leaders meet to address threats to lakes, rivers

Threats to Minnesota's lakes and rivers, and how to best combat them, brought people from around the state together in Walker this week.

Trump kicks off 2020 campaign at Orlando rally

President Trump arrives to speak at his reelection kickoff rally at the Amway Center, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. Evan Vucci | AP Photo

At the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., Trump reminisced about his 2016 campaign, describing it is as a "great political movement" and "a defining moment in American history."

33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest U.S. drug busts

Authorities search a container along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. U.S. authorities have seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine from a ship at a Philadelphia port, calling it one of the largest drug busts in American history. The U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia announced the massive bust on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. Officials said agents seized about 16.5 tons of cocaine from a large ship at the Packer Marine Terminal. Matt Rourke | AP Photo

U.S. authorities seized 33,000 pounds of cocaine from a ship at Philadelphia's port in what they described as one of the largest drug busts in American history. The haul could have been worth more than $1 billion on the street.

Photos: Here's all the new food you can eat at the State Fair this year

Nordic waffles in pebbles and bam bam and al pastor varieties: Pebbles and bam bam with warm Reese’s chocolate peanut butter cups and fruity cereal; and waffle al pastor made with Mexican-style marinated pork, pineapple, onions, cilantro and salsa verde. Find it at Nordic Waffles at the West End Market, southwest section. Courtesy of Minnesota State Fair

It's time to start planning how you'll eat your way through the Great Minnesota Get-Together. The new lineup includes waffles with warm Reese's chocolate peanut butter cups, cheesy Sriracha funnel cake bites and battered duck wings.

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