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Live, down to earth, unscripted interviews that aim to connect, inform and entertain. Real people share real stories with Cathy Wurzer. It’s journalism that doesn’t take itself too seriously and puts people first. read less

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Minnesota Now is a podcast for every Minnesotan who wants to stay updated with local news. Listeners receive a brand of journalism that's lighthearted and approachable. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is behind the show.

Host Cathy Wurzer is an Emmy-winning MPR News host. In this podcast, she shows her versatility as a host, examining the weather, sports, health care, and more. Apart from Minnesota Now, she also hosts MPR Morning Edition.

In one podcast episode, she brings out the full climate cast with help from local meteorologists. Paul Huttner discusses the climate change status quo with the latest research. It's right here in Minnesota, right now, and the rest of the world too.

On politics, the Minnesota Now podcast examines the latest in the Twin Cities. Is there new legislation from the capitol that would impact Minnesotans' lives? Who better to ask than Gov. Tim Walz himself? Cathy also examines the businesses in downtown St. Paul. How have they been holding up following their post-pandemic re-opening?

Meanwhile, there's also fun and exciting sports news to discover. Minnesota Aurora's Paola Then is going to the Women's Under-20 Continental Championship. Each episode offers something new to the listeners. So to keep perspectives fresh, Minnesota Now also features other contributing guests. There's Emily Bright, Angela Davis, and Chris Farrell, among others from the MPR News family.

This Minnesota Public Radio News podcast is a great way for Minnesotans to stay updated. Cathy's friendly with her guests and professional with the topics discussed. Its live and unscripted format gives a sense of realness and reliability. That's why the audience finds it easy to relate and appreciate. But while it's meant for the locals, first of all, anyone interested in the local state of affairs can enjoy it too. Whether in or out of state, listeners can expect fresh new Minnesota Now episodes daily.

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Gun rights advocates say young adults have a right to carry handguns, federal court agrees
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Gun rights advocates say young adults have a right to carry handguns, federal court agrees
Minnesotans ages 18 through 20 could soon be able to legally carry handguns, after a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the state's age limit on concealed carry permits is unconstitutional. Attorney General Keith Ellison's office could still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and a spokesperson said they are considering whether to do so. As of now, the ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a win for gun rights advocates and three young adults who sued against the state's age limit. The cited the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, in which a 6-3 majority ruled people have a right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense.The Minnesota law, passed in 2003, allowed only people over 21 to apply for a permit to carry a handgun—the federal limit is 18. MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke about the ruling with Rob Doar, Senior Vice President of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, which was a plaintiff in the lawsuit.In a statement to MPR News, Attorney General Keith Ellison said he was “extremely disappointed” by the ruling. “This epidemic of gun violence will continue unabated unless we do something about it. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court's Bruen ruling made that far more difficult by opening the floodgates to litigation from gun advocacy groups looking to undo reasonable safety legislation.“This year alone, Minnesota has experienced at least four mass shootings. Just days ago, a 20-year-old tried to take the life of the former President of the United States. It is extremely troubling that Clarence Thomas' misguided opinion in Bruen is preventing us from acting to protect the public from senseless violence like this. The people of Minnesota want and deserve solutions that reduce shootings and improve public safety, and today's ruling only makes that more difficult.”