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Friday, April 15, 2011

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  • Understanding abuseResearch suggests link between family violence, ongoing illness
    Long the work of police officers and social workers, family violence increasingly is being studied by doctors. Some say abuse in the home, especially of children, is as much a medical problem as a social one. About 100 people from around the country are at a conference in Bloomington today, to discuss new studies that suggest early exposure to family violence can lead to illnesses that may last a lifetime.6:20 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyApril showers to include snow in next few days
    University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about how common snow falls in Minnesota in April, and provides a weather forecast for the weekend, which he says is a good one for staying inside and doing your taxes. Tax Day this year is Monday, April 18.6:55 a.m.
  • Checking his dikeAs Red River recedes, cleanup gets under way
    Residents of the Fargo-Moorhead area are preparing to clean up the mess created from their third flood fight in a row. Sandbag dikes and temporary earthen levees will start coming down next week.7:20 a.m.
  • The Prairie Island power facilityPublic show growing concerns over nuclear power at Prairie Island extension meeting
    Growing concern over nuclear power has spurred more interest in the Prairie Island nuclear power plant, and at a meeting Thursday night the public had a chance to grill federal officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the plant's extension.7:25 a.m.
  • Journey through MinneapolisBritish production treats the heist as interactive art
    Several hundred people are expected to try to rob a Minneapolis bank this weekend. It's not a crime spree. In fact, it's all in the name of art. MPR's Euan Kerr got a sneak preview.7:45 a.m.
  • Charles BaxterMinnesota Public Radio presents Writing Minnesota
    Midday presents a special program showcasing some of the most exciting literary work coming out of the state. "Writing Minnesota" weaves together poetry and author interviews, and includes an innovative adaptation of a short story set in a mysterious compound north of Duluth.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Budget Compromise Passed, Up Next: GOP Budget
    Halfway through the fiscal year, Congress has enacted the much-debated budget deal keeping the federal government in business until the end of September. A sharply divided House votes Friday on a Republican budget for the next fiscal year, while an even bigger battle looms over raising the debt limit.
  • When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt (And Why It Didn't Last)
    Andrew Jackson really hated debt. So in 1835, under Jackson's leadership, the U.S. paid off the debt. Here's the story of how it happened — and why we started borrowing again a year later.
  • Inside The Pirate Business: From Booty To Bonuses
    In recent years, Somali piracy has grown into a multimillion-dollar criminal enterprise. Law enforcement sources say the larger pirate syndicates are becoming increasingly professional. Last year, authorities found a pirate contract that even included incentive bonuses.
  • Marathons, Once Special, Are Now Crowded
    The Boston Marathon requires participants to qualify in order to enter — a barrier that once kept the nation's oldest and most elite marathon from filling up. But this year, spots in the race were gone in just over 8 hours.
  • NATO Steps Up Bombing Campaign In Tripoli
    There were more NATO air strikes on targets in the Libyan capital Tripoli Thursday. Libyan officials immediately reported damage to civilian installations. But an official tour of the bombing sites for journalists did not go as the government planned.
  • Starting A Family, Reporting From A 'Burning Land'
    For nearly eight years, married journalists Jennifer Griffin and Greg Myre covered the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. During that time, their life was about reporting on street violence, suicide bombings — and starting a family.
  • Zipcar Shares Do Well In Strong IPO
    The car-sharing company got off to a fast start on Thursday – its first day as a publicly traded company. Shares opened at $18 and rose to $28 by the close of the day. Zipcar, which rents cars to city dwellers by the hour, is growing fast but is still looking for its first profitable year.
  • Ford Expands F-150 Recall Over Air Bag Defects
    Ford is widening an earlier recall of its F-150 pickup trucks to about 1.2 million vehicles. The company had warned there was a possibility a wire could short-circuit and cause the airbags to deploy. The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.
  • Same-Sex Families Get A New Boost From Tax Rules
    Some same-sex couples have to file their federal income taxes in a new way this year. And for some of those couples, it means they'll save a lot of money. Thanks to new rules, they split their income down the middle.
  • Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne Pay Tax Debt
    The IRS reportedly had filed a $1.7 million lien for taxes on the celebrity couple's home. Sharon Osbourne says they have paid the back taxes but had been unaware of the debt earlier. She posted a mea culpa on Twitter: "You have to be on top of your own business affairs."

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