Tuesday, June 12 – The Equal Rights Amendment was intended to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters. It was first introduced way back in 1923. It finally passed congress in 1972, but it failed to get the required 38 states to ratify it by the 1982 deadline. Recently, Illinois lawmakers symbolically voted to ratify, putting it still one state short. Today, in acknowledgement that the amendment never became law, there’s an effort underway in Minnesota to put an Equal Rights Amendment in the state constitution. But is it still needed? Here to discuss why this effort is underway is Kathleen Murphy, co-founder of the Equal Rights Amendment Minnesota Coalition. ~~~ From Harvest Public Media, we get a story about lawsuits against meat companies over manure smells. ~~~ Ilonna Pederson is a ND Native and the founder of The New York Kammermusiker. She joins us with news of this year’s visit to North Dakota by this renowned double-reed ensemble. ~~~ Horticulturist Ron Smith stops by with some timely yard and garden advice.