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Friday, April 13, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Eric and Andrew EllingsenAs marriage debate simmers, taxes complicated for same sex couples
    Filing federal and state taxes can be complicated for many people. But for Eric and Andrew Ellingsen, tax time was particularly tricky and for the first time in their seven years together, they were able to file a joint tax return.5:35 a.m.
  • Michael BrodkorbMichael Brodkorb's request for unemployment benefits rejected
    The state has rejected Michael Brodkorb's request for unemployment benefits. Brodkorb is the former Republican Senate staffer who was fired after he had an affair with his boss -- Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. Brodkorb is appealing the state's decision.6:40 a.m.
  • Town & Country Club head pro Jock Hendry'From Fields to Fairways' tracks early Minnesota golf
    There are nearly 600 golf courses in Minnesota, several of them -- Interlachen, Hazeltine, Woodhill -- with celebrated status. Those courses, along with a number of other private clubs, are profiled in a new book "From Fields to Fairways" from the University of Minnesota Press. It's an exhaustive history of rare photos and little known details of some of Minnesota's most beautiful and exclusive golf courses and how they helped spur development of the state's many public courses.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyMark Seeley on frosty spring temperatures
    Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climatologist and meteorologist Mark Seeley about recent hard freezes.6:55 a.m.
  • Minnesota has high-purity, low-cost heroin
    Cathy Wurzer talks with Minnesota's drug abuse strategy officer about the growing number of young people using heroin.7:40 a.m.
  • Commentary: The lessons learned from an 8-year-old singer
    Many can remember when they first woke up to the suffering and brutality in the world. For commentator Rache Joyce, it happened more than 20 years ago in a sweaty Minneapolis nightclub, when she went to see a Nigerian music legend perform.8:25 a.m.
  • Kent HrbekFormer Twins great Hrbek eagerly awaits his statue unveiling
    On Saturday, Kent Hrbek will join a select group of former Minnesota Twins players when a statue in his honor is unveiled outside Target Field in Minneapolis. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him Friday morning.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • North Korea Rocket Explodes After Liftoff
    North Korea has failed in its attempt to send a satellite into space. U.S. military officials say the rocket broke apart shortly after launch on Friday.
  • Chinese Political Scandal Evolves Into Murder Mystery
    A scandal in China has led to the ouster of a powerful political player, who was once a rising star in the Communist Party. Richard MacGregor, a former China bureau chief for the Financial Times, talks to Renee Montagne about the scandal. MacGregor also authored The Party, a book about China's political system.
  • Surrogacy Experts Help Navigate Murky Legal Waters
    When surrogacy works, it's like a miracle; but when it goes wrong, it goes terribly wrong. A growing number of lawyers are making careers of helping parents- and surrogates-to-be avoid legal nightmares like surrogate mothers changing their minds and districts that have criminalized the practice.
  • Hearing In Megaupload Case To Determine Fate Of Users' Data
    The implications could be great for companies hoping consumers will trust them to store their files.
  • Pakistan's Parliament Approves Steps For U.S. Ties
    Members of Parliament have approved a list of 14 proposals aimed at revamping relations with the United States. This list includes a ban on American drone strikes or any other incursion into Pakistani territory. And, it would bar arms or munitions from NATO convoys that carry supplies through Pakistan for Western forces in Afghanistan.
  • Remembering The Titanic's Intrepid Bandleader
    Wallace Hartley left work as a bank teller to become a conductor. He spent his final moments on the deck of the Titanic, leading the ship's seven musicians in song as they sank into the North Atlantic.
  • Google Announces Stock Split
    Google Inc. plans to split its stock 2-for-1 to preserve its leadership's control over the company. The online search leader also announced a 61 percent jump in profits for the first quarter.
  • Why Tax Day Falls On April 17 This Year
    Taxpayers have a couple of extra days to get their federal returns in this year. April 15 falls on a Sunday. So why are taxes due on Tuesday, April 17, and not Monday?
  • Advice For Diet Soda Lovers: Skip The Chips
    What diet soda drinkers eat may matter more than what they sip when it comes to long-term health effects, according to new research. This may help explain why some people gain weight when drinking lots of diet soda.
  • J.K. Rowling's Next Book: 'The Casual Vacancy'
    J.K. Rowling's publisher has announced her book will be set in an English town, where the death of a councilman sets off "the biggest war the town has yet seen." The publisher is also likely hoping this title can conjure up Harry Potter-sized sales. The children's series has sold a record 450 million copies.

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