State drug expert reflects on Blaine overdose tragedy An overdose of a designer drug left one teenager dead and two more in critical condition in Blaine yesterday. The drug has been identified by state authorities as 2C-E, a powerful hallucinogen available over the internet. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Carol Falkowski about the risks involved with these legal designer drugs. Falkowski is the director of the chemical health division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.7:20 a.m.
Tribal leaders say prescription drug abuse is epidemic Tribal leaders say abuse of prescription drugs has become an epidemic that plagues their communities. The Red Lake and White Earth Ojibwe bands have both declared public health emergencies to draw attention to the problem.7:25 a.m.
SXSW 2011: Minnesota presence felt at Austin music festival Today will be another busy day at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. This is the festival's 25th year and this one is the biggest yet. Over 1500 bands will perform over four days, including more than 50 local acts from around Minnesota. The Current's Mary Lucia talks about the bands, the music, and how the Minnesota music scene is representing in Austin.8:45 a.m.
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Libyan Rebel Forces Celebrate Security Council Vote
The UN Security Council voted Thursday to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and "take all necessary measures" to protect civilians. The vote came as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi were closing in on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
Japan Keeps Up Efforts To Cool Overheated Reactors
Attempts to douse the troubled units and to restore electricity to the plant's cooling system continue. The Japanese military and the Tokyo Fire Department sprayed tons of water on one of the reactors at the damaged nuclear complex in northern Japan.
U.S. Rescuer Sent To Japan: 'Off The Charts' Disaster
As search and rescue teams from all over Japan work through tsunami debris in the northeast, they have been joined by a team from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Leader Dave Stone, who has worked recently in New Zealand and Haiti, says his team has never seen anything of "this scope and magnitude."
China Pauses To Rethink Nuclear Power Program
Following Japan's nuclear crisis, China has suspended approvals for new nuclear power plants. China is currently building 25 plants. Now all projects will undergo a safety review, though most experts believe Beijing has invested too much in nuclear power to stop its program altogether.
Utah's New Immigration Law: A Model For America?
By enacting bills that focus on both enforcing immigration laws and allowing for guest workers to legally live in Utah, the state's Republican leadership seeks a more business-friendly law than in neighboring Arizona.
16 Games Complete In NCAA Men's Tournament
One of the biggest upsets on the first day of NCAA tournament play came from a Southwest regional game in Denver, where No. 13 seed Morehead State beat No. 4 seed Louisville 62-61.
NCAA Women's Tournament Begins Saturday
Men don't have the market cornered for excitement in college basketball. Women's NCAA play begins Saturday. The University of Connecticut has been the champions for the last two years.
Banks Try To Bring Down Yen's Value
Japanese and European banks have buying billions of dollars and selling billions of yen. It's a coordinated action to try to bring down the value of the yen. Japan's currency has soared since the earthquake a week ago. And that's troubling for the country's economy because a strong yen hurts the country's exporters.
Disaster Relief: How To Make Your Donation Count
Since last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Americans have donated more than $87 million for relief efforts. That's just a fraction of what was given in the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina and last year's earthquake in Haiti. But experts say that's a good thing.