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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • David HannLegislative pay raise passes narrowly, but easily
    A bill that narrowly passed the Minnesota Senate Tuesday funds state government agencies but also includes pay raises for legislators, the governor and other top officials beginning in 2015. Most lawmakers agree that those salaries are too low, but many aren't willing to support an increase.7:20 a.m.
  • Minneapolis DFL caucus goers pinpoint taxes, business climate as leading issues
    This is the first open-seat mayor's race Minneapolis has seen in 20 years. Incumbent Mayor RT Rybak is stepping down at the end of his third term, and there are at least half a dozen candidates vying to take his place.7:25 a.m.
  • Crossing the streetRochester mayor responds to call for more local money in Mayo expansion
    When the House Tax committee reconvenes today, one of things under discussion will be a new plan for funding improved infrastructure around the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Some lawmakers want the city of Rochester and Olmsted County to kick in more money toward the project. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede about the new plan.7:40 a.m.
  • Playing at the Powerhouse BarSix ideas to fix e-pulltabs and get stadium funding back on track
    The House Commerce committee floated a whole handful of trial balloons for fixing the new gambling that's an essential piece of the Vikings stadium funding. Today's ideas ranged from tax relief to giving bonus machines to the best-performing locations in Minnesota.7:45 a.m.
  • Two Hopkins High School students charged after protest over alleged 'ghetto spirit day'
    Two Hopkins high school students face misdemeanor charges stemming from a confrontation with school administrators that police say turned physical, after the students, who are African-American, were protesting the school's handling of an incident where they say several white students mocked African American culture.8:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • FBI Seeks Bombing Suspects, 'Someone Knows Who Did This'
    In Boston, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are releasing a few more details about two explosions that killed three people and left dozens of others injured. The FBI says the explosive devices may have included a pressure cooker, filled with things like nails and ball bearings. Investigators believe dark nylon bags or back-packs may have been used. But there's still much authorities don't know — like who planted the devices and why.
  • Boston Blasts A Reminder Of 'The Fragility Of Life'
    Psychologists have used the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and other tragedies to track the arc of recovery from incidents like the marathon bombing. Such tragedies make many people think about their own vulnerability.
  • Increased Carbon Dioxide Levels Damage Coral Reefs
    Scientists have been worried about coral reefs for years, since realizing that rising temperatures and rising ocean acidity are hard on organisms that build their skeletons from calcium carbonate. Researchers on Australia's Great Barrier Reef are conducting an experiment that demonstrates just how much corals could suffer in the coming decades.
  • Lionfish Attacking Atlantic Ocean Like A Living Oil Spill
    Scientists say they have few weapons to wield against the poison-spined lionfish, which is gobbling up reef fish in the Bahamas and other habitats.
  • Supporters Turn Out To Pay Respects To Margaret Thatcher
    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be laid to rest Wednesday in an elaborate funeral that will be attended by the queen — her first of a politician since Winston Churchill's death in 1965. Thousands of police will deployed to protect the many expected to line the streets. Thatcher's death reignited anger from those who suffered from her harsh policies.
  • Medford, Mass., Remembers The Girl With The Freckles
    The death of Krystle Campbell in the Boston Marathon bombings has rocked the community where she grew up. Friends and family remember the 29 year old as the kind of person who'd drop everything to help someone. She had a big personality and trademark freckles.
  • Adding Security Along Marathons Would Be Herculean Task
    Marathons are among the most open sporting events. Crowds can press right up against the route as runners wind there way through city streets. But two explosions at the Boston Marathon have raised questions about whether that openness can last.
  • Longtime Sports Broadcaster Pat Summerall Dies At 82
    Summerall was a former NFL player turned sports announcer who is best known for his football broadcasts with booth partner John Madden. Summerall also covered the Masters golf tournament and tennis.
  • West Coast Grocery Chain Fresh & Easy To Close
    The UK's largest retailer is taking a big loss as it announces it will shut down its West Coast grocery store chain Fresh & Easy. Tesco launched the chain in 2007 with nearly 200 stores throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.
  • IMF Trims Its Global Growth Forecast
    Citing Europe's continuing recession, the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its estimate for global growth. The IMF also cut its forecast for the U.S. economy, predicting a growth rate of 1.9 percent.

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