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Thursday, April 11, 2013

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  • Fighting elementsWinter roars back in April, bringing hundreds of car crashes, canceled flights
    The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is listing more than 150 flights cancelled so far today, and MnDOT is listing roads in hazardous condition from the South Dakota state line to Slayton and Marshall.6:45 a.m.
  • Mayo Clinic presidentLawmakers irked by Mayo Clinic CEO's comments
    Members of the state House Tax Committee had some sharp words Wednesday for Mayo Clinic.6:55 a.m.
  • Power linesWorthington area still coping with ice
    A late winter storm is hitting Worthington, Minnesota and the surrounding area hard with ice and power outages. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Worthington bureau reporter Mark Steil about the latest.7:20 a.m.
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center FairviewSanford ends bid for Fairview
    Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services says it will focus on finding a permanent CEO now that rural health care giant Sanford has pulled out of merger talks. Sanford announced Wednesday it felt "unwelcome" and was cutting off discussions of a potential partnership with Fairview. At the same time, Fairview moved away from a merger with the University of Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
  • 3-D printing models3-D 'printing' is Eden Prairie firm's next big thing
    What comes out of your printer? These days you can print a wrench, a working clock, or a killer design for a custom motorcycle. Objects designed on a computer can be sent to machines known as 3-D printers that will build them layer by tiny layer. An Eden Prairie-based company helping usher in the 3-D printing world.7:40 a.m.
  • "The Angels' Share"Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival returns with worldly lineup
    The annual Minneapolis binge of cinema from around the world begins Thursday night with two sold-out screenings of a heist movie involving a barrel of rare scotch. By the time the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival wraps up three weeks from now it will have screened over 200 films, and provided a host of opportunities to talk and learn about modern film.7:45 a.m.
  • Emergency response cranks up around Worthington
    A major winter storm is hitting southweatern Minnesota hard. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Julie Anderson who's with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety about emergency services that have been activated in that part of the state, and with reporter Tim Nelson about traffic, and with meteorologist Craig Edwards about the forecast.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • How Hugo Chavez's Policies Affected Ordinary Venezuelans
    Ahead of this weekend's election to elect a successor to the late President Hugo Chavez, Morning Edition visits a poor neighborhood that was a center of support for Chavez during his 14 years in power.
  • Texas Contractors Say Playing By The Rules Doesn't Pay
    With a large labor force willing to work for low wages, construction may appear to be a lucrative field for contractors in Texas. But prices have been driven so low that many say they can't compete if they play by the rules. Instead, some misclassify their workers or turn a blind eye to undocumented laborers.
  • Stroke Patient To Get Wish, Will Meet Bob Seger
    Seven years ago, Evie Branan suffered a stroke that left her in a semi-coma. In May of 2011, she tumbled out of bed, bumped her head and woke up. Her first words: "I want to go to a Bob Seger concert."
  • D.C. Circuit Court Limps Along With Four Vacancies
    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for Sri Srinavasan, who is nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. That key court has four vacancies, and no one has been confirmed since before President Obama took office.
  • Thousands Rally In Support Of Immigration Overhaul
    The issue is a minefield for congressional Republicans, who face enormous consequences regardless of the outcome. Many party leaders believe legislation is critical to improving their standing with Hispanics, while many in the conservative base threaten a revolt if the resulting legislation makes it possible for undocumented immigrants to gain legal status.
  • Sen. Rand Paul Tries To Repair GOP's Image With Minorities
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky gave a speech Wednesday at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He began by posing this question to the audience at the historically black school: How did the party that elected the first black U.S. senator, the party that elected the first 20 African-American Congressmen become a party that now loses 95 percent of the black vote?
  • Japanese Auto Manufacturers Recall Vehicles Over Airbags
    The recall affects some 3 million vehicles made by four Japanese car makers: Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda. All are citing a problem with passenger-side airbags, which causes them to deploy abnormally and potentially cause a fire.
  • Federal Housing Administration May Need Bailout
    Reverse mortgages are to blame, and the agency has until Sept. 30 to determine whether it needs to tap the treasury. The FHA commissioner said in a statement that if not for the reverse mortgages, the agency would have had a $4 billion surplus at the end of the year.
  • How Will Obama's Budget Affect You?
    President Obama released his buget plan Wednesday, two months late. David Greene talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the White House proposal. How important is it, really?
  • Louvre Shuts Down For 1 Day Over Pickpockets
    Workers at the Louvre in Paris say the pickpockets who operate inside the galleries have become increasingly aggressive. More than 100 employees stopped working Wednesday in protest.

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