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Monday, April 27, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Gay  couples in Iowa prepare to marryMinn. same-sex couples plan to marry in Iowa
    Dozens of same-sex couples in Minnesota are already planning weddings in Iowa, after that state's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. The ruling allows same-sex partners to wed starting today.6:50 a.m.
  • Road damage in Clay CountyRed River flood damage becomes more visible
    Water levels on the Red River continue to drop and now preliminary damage estimates are coming in from Fargo and Moorhead.6:55 a.m.
  • Taxes and health care lead agenda at Capitol
    Despite veto warnings from Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate passed new tax increases last week. And they're expected to give the Republican governor another veto target today with the passage of a large finance bill for Health and Human Services programs.7:20 a.m.
  • Mose Stamps and Marian DicksonEducation is key to preventing another foreclosure crisis
    The demand for first-time homebuyer classes is up sharply as people move to buy up the cheap foreclosures saturating the market.7:25 a.m.
  • Mike OsterholmMinnesota prepares for possible swine flu outbreak
    Minnesota health officials say they are stepping up monitoring and are asking doctors around the state to send in specimens from patients of any kind of respiratory symptoms that may be related to a unique strain of swine flu.7:45 a.m.
  • Chris FarrellMarkets with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets.8:25 a.m.
  • State epidemiologistMinnesota state epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield
    Minnesota state epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said no cases of the swine flu virus have been detected yet in Minnesota, but she thinks it's likely that we will see some cases in the future.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Global Health Officials Work To Contain Swine Flu
    U.S. health officials have declared a public health emergency as the number of suspected cases of swine flu — here and abroad — continues to grow. At the same time, a White House spokesman says, "It's not a time to panic." Swine flu has been confirmed in five U.S. states — as well as Mexico, Canada and Spain.
  • Swine Flu Shuts Down Mexico City
    Mexico has been hit the hardest by swine flu. More than 100 people have died there of suspected cases, and hundreds more have been sickened by the virus.
  • Glossary: Health Terms Matter
    Health officials use different terms to describe the emergence of a particular illness, and the progression from outbreak to epidemic to pandemic.
  • An Aged Electric Grid Looks To A Brighter Future
    The nation's electricity grid is facing a crisis — it's outdated and unprepared for increasing demand and a future that includes more renewable sources of energy. A new digital smart grid is part of the picture envisioned by advocates, as is building new electricity infrastructure.
  • New Online Game Grabs College Students' Attention
    A new online war game called GoCrossCampus is storming through colleges and universities. The rules are similar to the board game Risk. Students bring glory to their schools by battling for virtual territory.
  • IMF, World Bank Take On Reviving Global Economy
    The world's finance ministers have wrapped up their spring meetings at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington. Those institutions are carving out major new roles for themselves in the effort to revive the global economy. But first they'll have to decide how to divide up the responsibility.
  • Inner Ear 'Rock Slides' Lead To Vertigo
    Tiny crystals, or ear rocks, in the inner ear help us to balance. But when these pebbles fall into the sensitive ear canal, they can cause dizziness. Doctors say that for most people, a very specific 15-minute exercise can help move these pebbles back where they came from so they can be cleared away by the immune system.
  • Exercise Can Improve Balance For Older Americans
    Balance can degenerate with age and health problems. But many therapists say there are exercises that can make a difference for older Americans.
  • Hollywood Goes To Court Over DVD Software
    RealNetworks recently released RealDVD software that allows people to copy DVDs onto a computer. That did not make the Hollywood studios happy, because they see it as a way for customers to steal movies. The two sides are in federal court Monday in San Francisco arguing the legitimacy of the software.
  • Would You Pay More For This Song?
    Earlier this month, online music retailers like Amazon and iTunes switched to a new pricing system. Blogger Mario Armstrong joined NPR's Renee Montagne to talk about how the changes will affect consumers and the industry.

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