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Red River uncertainty; Franken on immigration; standardized test scrutiny; cutting air pollution

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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  • Filling bagsFargo downsizes Red River flood fight after revised forecast
    After a revised forecast, Fargo is downsizing efforts to fight. Red River flooding. The revision from the National Weather Service on Wednesday means fewer sandbags will be needed to prepare for a river crest expected late next week.
  • Sen. Al FrankenFranken: E-Verify ID check 'isn't ready for prime time'
    The Minnesota Democrat is concerned that mandatory requirements in the immigration overhaul bill making its way through the Senate could be burdensome for small businesses.
  • Minnesota CapitolMinn. House passes bill raising tax on income, alcohol, tobacco
    The Minnesota House has passed a tax bill that raises a number of taxes, gives subsidies to businesses and provides property tax relief to homeowners and renters.
  • Online shopperSenate poised to pass online sales tax bill
    The U.S. Senate is debating a bill that would to allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers, a change worth billions of dollars. Both of Minnesota's senators support the bill.
  • MCA-II testsOnline testing problems worry state education officials
    Troubles with administering the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests in schools have been going on for a week. Some state education officials some fear the testing delays might hurt student test scores.
  • Hazy day in St. Paul24 ways to reduce Minnesota's air pollution
    A group of representatives from industry, environmental groups and government agencies that worked for a year to come up with ways to reduce air pollution in Minnesota is announcing 24 recommendations to help the state avoid federal air pollution penalties.
  • Climate CastLocal warming? They see it in China
    From floods in Fargo to droughts in China, locales trace at least some of their troubles to climate change. But in China, they say they are able to detect local warming from local pollution.
  • Minnesota Vikings mascot RagnarVikings poised for tonight's NFL draft
    General manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings have been inundated by trade talk for the 23rd and 25th overall selections they'll have on Thursday night.
  • All five living presidents, past and presentBush joined by father, Obama, Clinton, Carter at Presidential Center dedication
    Five American presidents past and present gathered in Dallas Thursday for a rare reunion to salute one of their own at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
  • Mobile FacebookWhen going online becomes a political act
    Social networking sites are playing a larger role in how Americans get involved in politics and civic affairs. A new study from the Pew Research Center showed that nearly 40 percent of Americans now engage in political activity on a social network.
  • New MnDOT commissionerMnDOT chief Zelle waits for word on transportation bills
    MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle is keeping a keen eye on the transportation budget bills working their way through the Minnesota House and Senate. Those measures seem to be sputtering as the legislative session enters its final weeks.
  • Boston bomb suspect goes silent after being read rights
    Sixteen hours after investigators began interrogating him, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings went silent: He'd just been read his constitutional rights.
  • 13 sickened after eating raw milk cheese
    Thirteen people in Minneapolis have become sickened with after eating a Mexican-style cheese made with raw milk, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Scientists tracking new bird flu closely
    Health officials are on high alert following news that a new strain of bird flu has emerged in China. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He has a team in China watching the disease.
  • 3M profits flat; cuts 2013 guidance
    First-quarter profits for Maplewood-based 3M barely rose, as the company posted net income of $1.1 billion. Sales for the first three months of the year grew two percent to $7.6 billion.
  • Jobless aid applications near 5-year low
    The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the second-lowest level in more than five years. The decline suggests hiring is improving from last month's sluggish pace.

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