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Questioning Bachmann's ethics; bracing for the Red River floods

Monday, April 22, 2013

Today on the MPR News Update we take a look at the ethics probe into Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign. Fargo-Moorhead braces for an expected Red River deluge. And weather forecasters say -- seriously -- we could be in for another April winter storm.

  • Ex-aide to Bachmann prepares to give evidence on alleged payments
    Last week, one of Rep. Michele Bachmann's closest former political advisers said he would provide evidence that the campaign made secret payments to an Iowa state senator.
  • Battening down in Fargo-Moorhead
    Flood preparations will move into high gear this week in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Construction crews and volunteers will build emergency sandbag dikes and earthen levees as the communities prepare once again for a possible record Red River flood.
  • Updraft: April snow storm aims at Twin Cities
    Look away now if you're squeamish, or suffering from Post Traumatic Winter Stress Disorder. The rumors are true. Our next major "winter storm" in spring is taking direct aim at the Twin Cities tonight. It's already snowing heavily in South Dakota.
  • Flight delays with weather; sequester not helping
    It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as federal budget cuts led to cascading delays along the East Coast Monday morning.
  • Best Buy sets new high for recycling electronics
    Best Buy reached a new high for recycling last year, as the retailer collected 173 million pounds of unwanted appliances and electronics.
  • Como Zoo & Conservatory reaches milestone in 10-year expansion
    The 100-year-old Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul has opened a new $2.8 million wing, and visitors got their first look over the weekend. The completion of the wing leaves just one more phase in a project that has taken a decade to complete.
  • Beleaguered caregivers getting help from apps
    From GPS devices to iPad apps that help an autistic child communicate, a growing number of tools for the smartphone, the tablet and the laptop are catering to beleaguered caregivers.
  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged
    The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property resulting in death. The charge carries a possible death sentence. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, made his initial court appearance in his hospital room in Boston today.
  • Police: Bombing suspects planned more attacks
    As churches paused to mourn the dead and console the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing Sunday, the city's police commissioner said the two suspects had such a large cache of weapons that they were probably planning other attacks.
  • Coleman challenger wants brakes on ballpark
    The lone candidate challenging St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's re-election bid wants to put the brakes on the mayor's signature project -- a new ballpark for the St. Paul Saints.
  • Shakopee man charged in food stamp fraud
    A Shakopee man has been charged in federal court with one felony count of food stamp fraud.
  • License privacy breaches could cost millions
    Liability claims for improper uses of Minnesota's driver's license database could reach several million dollars.
  • Anti-mining center to open in Ely
    A group of Ely business owners is preparing to open an "action center" on the city's main street to stir up opposition to copper-nickel mining, saying risk of environmental damage to the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area isn't worth the promised jobs and economic boost to the region.
  • MDs warn teens: Skip the cinnamon challenge
    Don't take the cinnamon challenge. That's the advice from doctors in a new report about a dangerous prank depicted in popular YouTube videos but which has led to hospitalizations and a surge in calls to U.S. poison centers.

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