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Monday, April 16, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The US Capitol'Buffet Rule' plays into bigger debate over taxes and spending
    The Obama Administration's Buffet Rule, scheduled for a vote Monday in the U.S. Senate and expected to be filibustered by Republicans, seems destined to become a political tool in the fall election.7:20 a.m.
  • Dragging a dummySt. Paul helps minorities crack into emergency medical services field
    Today is graduation day for the fifth class of St. Paul's Emergency Medical Services Academy. Most are students of color. The city program was created to diversify the pipeline of emergency medical technicians in Minnesota, where the field remains largely the province of white men.7:25 a.m.
  • Stadium, bonding will dominate this week at the Capitol
    State lawmakers return to the Capitol today after a week-long break, but it's still not clear how much they can accomplish in the remaining time before adjourning the session. The list of unfinished work includes a bonding bill and some proposed tax breaks for businesses. There's also an unresolved ethics complaint in the Senate and that Vikings stadium bill. Tim Pugmire is also heading back to the Capitol today, and he talks with Cathy Wurzer about the week ahead.7:40 a.m.
  • SnowHow the weather goes from tornadoes to snow
    On Sunday, warm, moist air helped create a series of tornadoes in central Minnesota. On Monday, much of the state is getting snow. Tony Zaleski of the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service talks to Cathy Wurzer about why this dramatic shift is happening.7:45 a.m.
  • Tina Kerska and her yellow ribbonsMN Guard commander's wife greets homecoming with joy, relief
    Eric Kerska will officially complete his mission as commander of the Minnesota National Guard 1st brigade Combat Team's 34th Infantry Division in Kuwait on Monday. When he comes home, his wife, Tina, will welcome him into a home that has changed a lot in his absence.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Sex Scandal, Cuba' Absence Distract From Summit
    President Obama is back in Washington after a weekend summit in Colombia. The gathering with leaders from throughout the western hemisphere produced some agreement on trade timelines and some disagreement on drug policy and Cuba. The summit was almost eclipsed before it began by a scandal involving prostitutes and Secret Service agents.
  • Hoping For Payout, Investors Become Landlords
    With the huge supply of foreclosed homes, the rental housing market is becoming increasingly dominated by investment companies — not the mom-and-pop operations down the street that used to fill that role. Some experts worry about what kind of landlords the companies will make.
  • Taliban Claims Responsibility For Afghan Attacks
    The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Sunday's multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul. U.S. officials are praising Afghan forces, but questions remain about how the insurgents were able to infiltrate the most secure parts of the capital.
  • A Push To Help U.S. Veterans Fight Homelessness
    Last year, the number of homeless U.S. veterans on a given night fell 12 percent from the year before. But tens of thousands were still on the streets, and more could soon join them as troops return home. President Obama has vowed to end veterans' homelessness by 2015.
  • Clemens Faces Trial (Again) Over Doping Testimony
    Baseball star Roger Clemens goes on trial for a second time Monday on charges that he lied to a congressional committee about using steroids and human growth hormone. His trial last July was aborted when federal prosecutors placed inadmissible evidence before jurors.
  • Why Women Suffer More Migraines Than Men
    These debilitating, painful headaches affect three times more women than men. Migraines play out as a wave of electrical activity travels across the brain. Hormones can provide a trigger.
  • Deadly 'Choking Game' Comes With Big Risks
    Researchers found 6 percent of middle-schoolers in Portland, Ore., have tried a game that involves asphyxiation to get high. About a quarter of them have tried it at least five times.
  • China Loosens Yuan's Daily Trading Limits
    The action by China's central bank widens the range at which the currency can be traded on the international market. The move is seen as seen a step toward addressing foreign complaints that China was suppressing the value of its money to boost Chinese exports, and hurt foreign imports.
  • 'New Rules For Everyday Foodies'
    George Mason University Economist Tyler Cowen talks to Steve Inskeep about his new book, An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies. Cowen criticizes people he calls food snobs, but at the same time, he admits that label also applies to him.
  • Ben & Jerry's Opens Flagship Store In Tokyo
    It's in a ritzy section of town, so the company is hoping to appeal to high end customers with a retro farmhouse style decor. This includes Ottomans covered in vinyl cowhide fabric and the front of a 1960s van mounted on the wall.

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