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Monday, April 29, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Dan Patch rail car'Dan Patch moratorium' bans talk of south metro commuter rail
    Buried deep in the Senate transportation policy bill is a dead horse -- actually, a rail line named after him. The Dan Patch line, named for a famous early 20th century race horse, carries freight between the Twin Cities and Northfield. The idea of bringing back passenger service along that route is so controversial that lawmakers passed a special law to halt discussion of it more than a decade ago. This year, lawmakers are considering whether to lift the "Dan Patch moratorium."6:50 a.m.
  • Senate to tackle taxes and minimum wage
    The Minnesota Senate votes today on a tax bill that would erase a projected $627 million budget deficit and pay for spending increases.7:20 a.m.
  • Fargo and Moorhead to see river crest in days
    The Red River will crest this week in Fargo and Moorhead, several feet lower than originally expected. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Dan Gunderson who was in our Moorhead bureau.7:45 a.m.
  • Bike routeBicycle safety: Minnesota's efforts held up as model for US
    When U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood picked Minnesota to host one of two bicycle safety summits, he held the state up as a model of how a place can increase the number of bikes on the road without increasing deaths.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Hotel Assistance Running Out For Some Sandy Victims
    Six months after Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of low-income New Yorkers are facing homelessness. They've been living in subsidized hotel rooms since the storm, but that funding is about to run out. Advocates say there isn't enough public and low-income housing to accommodate them all.
  • States Question What To Do With Surging Tax Revenue
    After at least three years of red ink, most states have budget surpluses. It's a sign of a recovering economy and leaves states with a new dilemma: how best to spend the money.
  • Obama To Fill Transportation Chief Slot
    President Obama is expected to nominate Mayor Anthony Foxx of Charlotte, North Carolina, to be the next transportation secretary. Current head Ray LaHood said he would step down in January after four years in the position.
  • A Grieving Brother Finds Solace In His Sister's 'Small Town'
    Philadelphia journalist and author Rod Dreher moved back to his hometown in Louisiana after his sister died there in 2010, and adopted the community she left behind. His experiences led to the book The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life.
  • Dissatisfied, Parents In Indianapolis Start Their Own School
    Some parents in Indianapolis, Ind., are taking school choice to an extreme. Bruised after the mayor closed the public charter school their kids attended, and disgruntled with existing school options, they started their own school. It has made it through the first year with 35 students, despite lacking both funding and a permanent home.
  • Shhh, The Kids Can Hear You Arguing (Even When They're Asleep)
    In scans of sleeping infants' brains, certain areas light up when they hear angry voices. But is that heightened activation damaging, or does it mean the children are learning to cope?
  • How To Turn Down The Heat On Fiery Family Arguments
    Psychologists say kids who get entangled in their parents' arguments often suffer shame and low self-esteem. So some are trying to teach parents who feel they just can't stop arguing when they get angry how to "get to calm."
  • Greek Parliament Approves Massive Layoff Plans
    Greek lawmakers approved emergency plans to cut 15,000 government jobs by the end of next year. They have to do it in order to receive more European Union bailout funds.
  • Shoppers Should Avoid Sandy-Damaged Vehicles
    Thousands of cars were damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Others were simply left unclaimed. Now six months after the storm, the car market is beginning to stabilize.
  • After Sandy, Questions Linger Over Cellphone Reliability
    Roughly one in four cellphone towers in the path of Hurricane Sandy went out of service. It was a frustrating and potentially dangerous experience for customers without a landline to fall back on. Now, local officials and communications experts are pushing providers to improve their performance during natural disasters.

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