Minnesota Public Radio features by Trisha Volpe http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31246 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:04:44 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Trisha Volpe http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Rare legal twist pits one diocese against another The Diocese of New Ulm is suing another diocese and a religious order, accusing both of sending a priest to New Ulm in the early 1980s without telling the diocese that the priest had a long history of being accused of child sexual abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/new-ulm-diocese-sues-diocese-religious-order?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:01:00 -0500 No felony charges for mom in holding pond crash, deaths Marion Guerrido was behind the wheel when her car veered out of control on a highway ramp. There were five small children in the car with her and it took emergency crews several minutes to rescue the children from the deep water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/no-felony-charges-for-mom-in-holding-pond-crash-deaths?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:49:08 -0500 Video: Demolition, transformation at Ford plant site in St. Paul Nearly 10 months into the large-scale demolition of the former Ford Assembly plant in St. Paul, the site is starting to take shape as a prime piece of real estate ripe for development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/news/ford-plant-site?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:33:24 -0500 St. Paul will pay $1M settlement to families of students killed, injured in landslide The City Council next week is scheduled to approve the settlement with the families of Haysem Sani, Mohamed Fofana and Devin Meldahl, students at Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/lilydale-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:27:22 -0600 Polar vortex hasn't chilled Minnesota's economy Even though this winter's harsh weather has been tough on some people's bank accounts, others have benefited. So the nasty winter isn't having much of an effect on Minnesota's overall economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/minnesota-economy-winter?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 04:00:00 -0600 One in eight Minnesota drivers shouldn't be on the road An analysis of Minnesota court records spanning six years found nearly 310,000 convictions of people driving when the law says they can't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/04/illegal-drivers?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:30:00 -0600 Video: Metro law schools try creative methods to stem declining enrollment The Twin Cities' four law schools have not been immune to this nationwide issue. Since 2010, the number of law school applications has declined, and enrollment is down anywhere from 15 to 42 percent in just the last three years. And so, law schools had to get creative. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2013/12/metro-law-schools-try-creative-methods-to-stem-declining-enrollment/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:13:47 -0600 A look at PolyMet's biggest investors The international commodities and mining giant GlencoreXstrata has invested millions in PolyMet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/polymet-investors?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:27:40 -0600 Injuries among fears pushing some Minnesota kids away from football Football is king in Eden Prairie, and many boys hope to someday play for the town's famed high school team, which has won two straight state championships -- and eight since the mid-1990s. But Eden Prairie coaches are concerned the high school team may not have such a rich pool of players to choose from in the near future. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/10/injury-fear-pushing-many-minnesota-kids-away-from-football/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:56:37 -0500 MNsure roll-out a ripe opportunity for scammers The roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, a confusing process for many people, is a dream come true for rip-off artists. Consumer advocacy groups and government agencies are urging consumers to keep their private information to themselves to avoid being victimized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/health/health-care-scams?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:11:30 -0500 Mom of Lilydale landslide survivor objects to new field trip permission slips Facing parent scrutiny and the possibility of litigation related to the field trip and the landslide, field trip permission slips from Peter Hobart Elementary School look much different that they did last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/school-field-trip-permission-slips-change-after-landslide?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:06:01 -0500 Railroad tracks at site of boy's accident lacked fence, despite law Minnesota law requires railroads to "build and maintain good and substantial fences on each side of all lines of its railroad." There was no fence guarding the tracks where 9-year-old Marshawn Farr-Robinson had his feet severed under a train. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/news/no-railway-fence-where-boys-feet-were-severed-despite-law?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 22:00:00 -0500 Video: Blood spatters leaves clues for BCA We know that DNA evidence has changed criminal investigations, led to arrests and convictions, and helped exonerate those wrongly convicted of crimes. The same is true for another type of forensic science. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/08/video-blood-spatters-leave-clues-for-bca-crime-lab-scientists/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:47:19 -0500 Tips for safe home buying, selling While homeowners are opening their doors to potential buyers, those strangers could cause unanticipated damage. Here are some tips for sellers, buyers and real estate agents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/news/home-buying-selling-tips?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:01:16 -0500 Selling your house? Be on guard for damage during showings The Twin Cities housing market is hot again, but sellers beware. While homeowners are opening their doors to potential buyers, those strangers could cause unanticipated damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/news/real-estate-sellers-beware?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:48:00 -0500 Lilydale landslide: Parents say they weren't warned of field trip's risks [video] "We trusted the school like our family," said the father of one fourth-grader killed in the incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/news/video-lilydale-landslide-parents-werent-warned-of-risk?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:37:04 -0500 Parents say school should have warned them of dangers before Lilydale park landslide The city of St. Paul warns visitors that parts of Lilydale Regional Park are hazardous and unsafe. But when two fourth-grade classes from a St. Louis Park elementary school took a field trip to the park in May, the school did not relay that warning to parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/education/lilydale-landslide-liability?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:00:00 -0500 Video: Parents, children in Lilydale Park landslide speak out Devin Meldahl and his mother Danielle are speaking publicly for the first time about what happened at a deadly fossil-hunting field trip to Lilydale Regional Park. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/07/video-parents-of-children-killed-and-injured-in-lilydale-park-landslide-speak-out/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:06:30 -0500 Amy Senser will not get a new trial The Minnesota Court of Appeals has concluded that the trial court abused its discretion in the Amy Senser vehicular homicide trial, but the judge's errors were not enough to change the verdict. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/news/amy-senser-will-not-get-a-new-trial?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:25:20 -0500 Video: Citizenship can be revoked if obtained through fraud, attorney says If a court finds an immigrant gained status as a permanent resident or citizen through fraud or misrepresentation, that status can be revoked and the person deported, says an immigration attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/video/immigration-attorney-vincent-martin?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:55:31 -0500 Amy Koch speaks on NSA data collection program Former state Sen. Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, who once worked in intelligence communications for the NSA, speaks on the use of government surveillance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/news/amy-koch-nsa?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:22:28 -0500 Lanes opening next week on new Hastings Bridge The new Hastings Bridge is set to open one lane in each direction early next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/01/regional/lanes-open-on-hastings-bridge?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 10:40:16 -0500 Video: Ex-radical Sara Jane Olson takes on new cause Since Sara Jane Olson was released from a California prison four years ago, she's lived a relatively private life in her St. Paul neighborhood. Olson served seven years in prison for her involvement with the Symbionese Liberation Army in the 1970s -- a radical group best known for kidnapping Patty Hearst. Now she's moving back into public life by petitioning the White House to reduce disparities in prison sentences for crack and powder cocaine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/news/video-interview-with-sara-jane-olson?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 15:04:31 -0500 I-5 bridge collapse propels safety issue back into headlines Bridge safety in Minnesota jumped back into the news this week when an Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington state collapsed, injuring several motorists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/25/news/bridge-safety-back-in-news?refid=0 Sat, 25 May 2013 11:58:45 -0500