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.
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.
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.
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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