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Friday, April 27, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • John CollinsFunding for St. Peter hospital renovations in doubt
    A proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton to fund a $40 million renovation of the state's largest facility for people declared mentally ill and dangerous has stalled at the state Capitol.3:00 p.m.
  • Rep. Kline on House passing student loan bill
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to hold down interest rates on some student loans. But the measure faces a veto threat from President Obama, who doesn't like the funding source. Republican Rep. John Kline spoke to The Daily Circuit shortly after the vote.3:52 p.m.
  • Apology lettersMinn. inmates pen apology letters to their victims
    The Minnesota Department of Corrections marked Crime Victims' Rights Week with a voluntary class where prison inmates learn how to write letters of apology to help them understand a victim's viewpoint.4:49 p.m.
  • Pass blockedGranny basketballers: 'You've got to keep active'
    The Faribault Hot Shots and the Wanamingo Bulldogs, the state's two self-described "granny" basketball teams, will host two Iowa teams Saturday in Minnesota's first granny tournament.4:54 p.m.
  • Amy SenserState patrol expert reconstructs Amy Senser's fatal hit-and-run
    After detailing the size and estimated speed of Amy Senser's Mercedez SUV, and the height and weight of the man her vehicle struck and killed last August, an accident reconstruction expert for the Minnesota State Patrol testified Friday that the impact would have felt more powerful than just striking a construction cone.5:20 p.m.
  • PoliGraph: DFL claim on student loans is inflated
    DFL party chair Ken Martin and the White House, which came up with the talking point, mislead on how a change to loans would affect students.5:43 p.m.
  • PoliGraph: Obama advisor right on tax cut claim
    President Barack Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod's statement is right on the cost of the tax cuts, and by at least one estimate, right on the effect of the cut.5:45 p.m.
  • The Cube CriticsCube Critics: 'The Raven,' 'Monsieur Lazher'
    They're back in the saddle: Arts reporter Euan Kerr back from a restful vacation in his homeland, the Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis going through withdrawal after a week with no movie banter.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Mixed Signals: Weaker Growth, Higher Profits
    The U.S. economy's growth slowed in the first three months of the year. Consumers spent more than expected, but companies invested less in new equipment even though profits were surprisingly strong. Economists say businesses need to grow more to drive the economy forward.
  • Week In Politics: GDP, European Debt Crisis
    Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss new GDP figures and the European debt crisis.
  • Letters: Baseball Drama, 'Children Of The Rainbow'
    Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about a foul baseball snafu and thousands of Norwegians who gathered in song.
  • Blind Chinese Activist Flees House Arrest
    Chen Guangcheng is one of China's best-known activists for his fight against forced abortions. Security forces had been stationed outside his house for 18 months, but he managed to escape. His exact whereabouts are unknown, but supporters say he's safe.
  • Review: 'That Deadman Dance'
    Kim Scott's new novel That Deadman Dance explores the historic first meetings of the aboriginal peoples of Australia and European settlers in the early 19th century.
  • Nonprofit Hospitals Faulted For Stinginess With Charity Care
    Nonprofit hospitals pay no federal, state, or local taxes. In return, they are expected to offer a community benefit, including free and discounted care for low-income patients. But a study by the Congressional Budget Office found that, on average, not-for-profits are providing only slightly more uncompensated care than for-profit hospitals.
  • NHL Playoffs Head Into Second Round
    Robert Siegel talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the NHL playoffs.
  • For Baseball Fans, May The Force Be With You
    What if Darth Vader was controlling not just the Death Star, but also the Yankees? Commentator Hart Seely thinks he, like Luke's father, can influence plays on the field from afar. How do you affect your team from your couch? Tell us your secret baseball-watching rituals in the comments.
  • Obama Team Changes Line Of Attack Against Romney
    Republican Mitt Romney is sticking with his long-standing attack on President Obama as someone not up to the job of turning around the economy. But the Obama campaign has stopped portraying Romney as a flip-flopping, say-anything politician. It is now characterizing him as an extreme conservative.
  • Closure Of Chicago Mental Health Clinics Looms
    By the end of the month, Chicago plans to shut down six of its 12 public mental health clinics. It's a decision that's brought clinic barricades, arrests and a 24-7 vigil by protesters who hope to keep the clinics open. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the consolidation plan will actually mean more care for the mentally ill.

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