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Laura McCallum

St. Paul, MN
Editor and Deputy News Director — Minnesota Public Radio

Deputy News Director at @MPRnews, editor of metro unit. Former media jackal. Edina resident and mom. ND native, proud UND grad.

MPR News entry for Murrow Award for Overall Excellence

Mpls. delays action on paid sick time proposal — The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to delay action on a proposed paid sick time measure until next year over the objections of groups representing low-wage workers.

Is the High School Obsolete? — Leaders ranging from the richest man in the world to Minnesota's governor say the same thing -- the American high school needs a complete overhaul. The U.S. lags behind key competitors in math and science scores and graduation rates. MPR explores how well our high schools are doing, and how they can improve.

Behind the scenes of state budget talks — It's been a week since Minnesota lawmakers left the Capitol, after finishing work on a state budget that wasn't completed until a special session and a partial government shutdown. We take a look behind the scenes at how the budget stalemate came, and was resolved, by the state's three top political leaders.

2014 in review: Top Twin Cities stories — 1. Two deadly fires in Minneapolis early in 2014 claim eight lives. A New Year's Day fire in a Minneapolis apartment building forces residents to jump from their buildings. The fire kills three, injures at least 14, and damages a neighborhood mosque. And a Valentine's Day fire kills five children.

To fence, or not to fence the Shakopee women's prison — Dozens of women in white prison uniforms crowd around the door to the only dining room in the Shakopee prison. The room can hold about one-quarter of the prison population, so mealtime takes place in shifts. "We do three breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners," explains Warden Rick Hillengass.

Red door opens for Gilda’s Club Twin Cities — The signature red door officially opens in Minnetonka later today. Anyone who's either battled cancer or watched a loved one fight the battle is probably familiar with Gilda's Club, named in memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died from cancer in 1989. The clubs are gathering places where people living with cancer can come for...

Twin Cities cookbook author John Michael Lerma dies — I first met John Michael in 1999, after I moved into the house across the street from him in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood. I was coming home from a meeting one night, and the power was out on our block.

Life without power for many metro residents — My morning tweet got quite a few responses from frustrated Twin Cities residents still without power after several days. @MPRsLauraMc @cathywurzer @mprnews Ours is one of those homes. Last time I showered or shaved other than by candlelight was last Thursday. - Joe Thiegs (@jthiegs) June 24, 2013 I also heard from Nick Gasper of...

Saints ballpark to cost nearly $9 million more than budgeted — Representatives from the city of Saint Paul, Ryan Companies, Saint Paul Saints and the Saint Paul Port Authority have a conference call at 3 p.m. to talk about the Lowertown Ballpark including recent soil contamination findings. This letter went to city officials in advance of the call.
Oct 19, 2016

@stribrooks @larryrjacobs entirely possible - it's up to you to prevent this catastrophe!

Oct 19, 2016

@stribrooks oh no - so sorry! Better than the #rats spotted in toilets on @larryrjacobs block, though

Oct 19, 2016

Up next on Morning Edition, @peterncox reports on last night's @EdinaMN council mtg discussing officer's stop of pedestrian

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