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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rena Moran of St. PaulAsset-building program for poor tries to win back state support
    The state may give new life to a program that helps low income people build savings to fund an education, a business, or the purchase of a home. When program participants save $40 a month in an account the program adds $120. FAIM says it has helped nearly 1,800 people save $2.5 million over the last 12 years. But the program lost its state funding two years ago and wasn't included in the governor's first proposed budget this year.3:49 p.m.
  • Modern MapleAppetites: Seasoning with maple syrup
    It's sugar time in Minnesota, with maple sap flowing and being cooked down to delicious syrup around the region.3:53 p.m.
  • Power linesIce storm: Worthington declares state of emergency
    More than 70,000 utility customers in southwest Minnesota and eastern South Dakota were without power over the last 24 hours as freezing rain wreaked havoc with power lines and utility poles.4:49 p.m.
  • John BandemerCharges filed over alleged St. Paul sex trafficking ring
    Ramsey County prosecutors have charged two St. Paul brothers, their uncles and a woman in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring that involved at least 10 victims over several years.4:55 p.m.
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center FairviewSanford withdraws from Fairview merger talks
    Sanford Health is withdrawing from merger discussions with Fairview, acording to a statement released by the company.5:20 p.m.
  • Mayor RybakRybak delivers final state of the city from the future
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak used his 12th and final State of the City speech Wednesday afternoon to deliver a message -- from the future.5:50 p.m.
  • Rena Moran of St. PaulAsset-building program for poor tries to win back state support
    The state may give new life to a program that helps low income people build savings to fund an education, a business, or the purchase of a home. When program participants save $40 a month in an account the program adds $120. FAIM says it has helped nearly 1,800 people save $2.5 million over the last 12 years. But the program lost its state funding two years ago and wasn't included in the governor's first proposed budget this year.5:54 p.m.
  • Modern MapleAppetites: Seasoning with maple syrup
    It's sugar time in Minnesota, with maple sap flowing and being cooked down to delicious syrup around the region.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Bipartisan Group Of Senators Agrees To Background Check Plan
    More than three months after the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., the U.S. Senate is poised to bring a gun bill to the floor on Thursday. It's far weaker than what gun control advocates had hoped for, but nonetheless faces a Republican filibuster because gun rights groups say it goes too far.
  • 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Push For Background Checks
    "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," a group founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is airing ads pressuring members of Congress to pass gun control legislation. Melissa Block talks with Mark Glaze, the group's director, about the Senate compromise announced Wednesday and the group's strategy.
  • Test Tube Baby Pioneer Helped Bring Millions Into The World
    Robert G. Edwards, a British physiologist who won a Nobel Prize in 2010 for helping develop in vitro fertilization, died Wednesday. He was 87. Audie Cornish talks with Rob Stein about Edwards' work and the controversy that still surrounds the techniques he helped create.
  • A New Way To Make The Most Powerful Malaria Drug
    The relatively scarce "sweet wormwood" plant has long been the only source of the herbal drug artemisinin. A new trick for making artemisinin in the lab should help even out supplies around the world, scientists say, and cut the cost of malaria treatment.
  • Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms
    Cities are finding beneficial and lucrative ways to dispose of solid waste, while also helping farmers. But a lot of sewage still ends up in landfills or being processed at big, industrial incinerators.
  • Immigration Activists Call For Faster Policy Reforms
    Thousands of protesters descended on Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, demanding action by Congress on immigration. Audie Cornish talks to Don Gonyea.
  • Some States Hike Gas Tax; Va. Tries New Route To Fund Roads
    Revenues from gas taxes often fall short of what's needed for repairs and construction of the nation's roads, so states are starting to take action. Some are considering an increase in the state gas tax while others are getting creative.
  • A Mother's Fight Against 3 Strikes Law 'A Way of Life'
    Shane Reams owes his freedom from prison in no small part to his mother's 17-year campaign to change California's tough three strikes sentencing law. Sue Reams' work is not done, she says, not when people are still in prison "for stupid things" like stealing baby food.
  • Freshlyground: Polished African Pop On The Global Dance Floor
    Driven by Zolani Mahola's powerhouse voice, the band is one of the most talked about musical acts out of post-apartheid South Africa. Although its latest album features an American producer, its desire to hang onto the past while establishing a place in the future is decidedly South African.
  • Honus Wagner Baseball Card Gained Value From An Early Recall
    A U.S. District court judge is wrestling with punishment for a sports memorabilia dealer. William Mastro is accused of altering a rare baseball card before selling it. The 1909 Honus Wagner card demands upwards of $2 million at auction. Melissa Block talks with memorabilia magnate Ken Goldin about the case and the card.

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