Boston unites after bombing; Hwy 53 revisited; tornado siren tests today
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Today on the MPR News Update, we're staying up to date with the aftermath of the Boston bomb attacks, talking to Iron rangers about proposed changes to Highway 53, and listening to weather service experts using Minnesotans to pay attention to tornado sirens.
How to keep crowds safe at large events In the aftermath of the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, security is being beefed up at sporting events across the country. We'll talk with security experts about keeping large events safe.
State considers new ways of testing students For students and teachers in Minnesota, this time of year is all about testing. The reading, writing, math and science tests tell state and federal officials how students and schools are performing. Some educators are saying it's time to reevaluate the tests Minnesota students undergo.
FEMA to assess ice storm damage State officials have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess ice storm damage in southwest Minnesota, the first step towards a possible presidential disaster declaration for the region.
Reroute of Highway 53 riles Iron Rangers Highway 53 between Eveleth and Virginia must be moved to make way for an open pit taconite mine expansion. But a newly proposed option would completely bypass both towns.
Prosecutors: Man illegally re-sells assault rifles to help pay mom's mortgage A Minnesota man who did not have a license to buy and sell firearms is accused of purchasing dozens of assault rifles at local stores, then illegally reselling them online at a profit -- to apparently help pay for his mother's mortgage and veterinary bills for a dog, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
US jobless aid applications tick up The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased just 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 352,000. The slight gain kept applications at a level consistent with solid hiring and suggests March's sluggish hiring may be temporary.
Minn. lost 5,200 jobs in March Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped a notch to 5.4 percent in March, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
UnitedHealth's 1Q profit falls 14 percent UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income dropped 14 percent, as the nation's largest health insurer paid out more for medical claims and booked a smaller gain due to leftover insurance claims.
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Phil Picardi newscasts weekday mornings and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away. His duties include compiling, writing and delivering newscasts, sending out a morning news headlines text, and writing news banner headlines and news stories for air later in the day.
Hart is the morning online editor at MPR News. Previously, he wrote the newsroom blog at City Pages in Minneapolis; edited national news for Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul; was a photojournalist in Connecticut and on the Texas-Mexico border; and a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire.