Minnesota Public Radio features by Trisha Volpe http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31246 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:45:24 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Trisha Volpe http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Female veterans press VA hospitals to meet their needs VA centers have been slow to meet the health care needs of growing numbers of female veterans. Women at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center are helping change the system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/31/women-veterans-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Motorcyclists press for tougher distracted driving laws Mary Berger nearly died in an accident when a driver didn't see her motorcycle. She wants more penalties added to state law for careless drivers who kill or hurt people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/20/motorcycle-saftey?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:40:49 -0500 Sex offender in MN program: 'You know you're going to die there' A sex offender who committed crimes as a juvenile testified Thursday he's no longer violent but still locked up. The trial could decide the future of Minnesota's controversial sex offender program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/19/sex-offender-case-mn?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:25:19 -0600 Sex offender describes years trying for release from program Dennis Richard Steiner is the first patient to take the stand in a class-action lawsuit. More than 700 offenders say the program is unconstitutional because releases almost never happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/17/sex-offender-describes-years-trying-for-release-from-program?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:49:39 -0600 Trial may bring changes to sex offender program Hundreds of civilly committed sex offenders are suing Minnesota, claiming it's unconstitutional to keep them locked up indefinitely. State lawmakers aren't sure how to fix the system. A federal court trial starts today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/06/court-case-changes-sex-offender-program?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Peterson says he wants to play for Vikings; decision in judge's hands A federal judge heard arguments Friday from the NFL and its players' union and is now weighing whether the league's suspension of Peterson should stand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/06/adrian-peterson?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:20:27 -0600 Jury finds Fitch guilty in cop killing Brian Fitch was convicted Monday night of murdering Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick during a July 30 traffic stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/fitch-trial?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 22:28:55 -0600 Brian Fitch defense: 'Busy' drug dealer but no cop killer On the trial's first day, prosecutors showed squad video in court of the shooting of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick. Fitch's lawyer said police rushed to judgment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/22/fitch-trial?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:50:49 -0600 Trial of accused cop killer Fitch begins today in St. Cloud A Dakota County judge ordered Brian Fitch's trial moved to Stearns County last month, citing extensive media coverage in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/fitch-trial-begins?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Complaints allege improper spending by ex-East Ridge High principal Newly released documents list complaints investigated by the South Washington County school district about Aaron Harper's use of public funds. He resigned suddenly in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/07/complaints-allege-improper-spending-by-exeast-ridge-high-principal?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:23:05 -0600 Ex-offenders hope new law offers a new start Criminal pasts can keep people out of jobs and housing. Soon, those who have paid for their mistakes may see their records wiped clean. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/23/expungement-law?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis police see promise in pilot project to use body cameras Videos of Minneapolis police show that body cameras easily capture officers' interactions with the public. But officers can decide whether to use them and when to turn them off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/10/mpls-police-body-camera-pilot?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:41:05 -0600 As police cars add more tech, worries about distracted driving grow While distracted driving crashes involving police remain rare, there's growing concern the technology packed into squad cars is creating its own hazard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/12/police-distracted-driving?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:30:00 -0600 Attack on nurses points to growing risk of Minnesota hospital violence A patient at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood hit four nurses with a metal bar on Sunday, police said. To prepare for such risks, hospitals statewide are tightening security. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/07/maplewood-hospital-attack-points-to-growing-risk-of-hospital-violence?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:50:50 -0600 Prosecutors oppose new trial in 1980s MN serial murder case Billy Glaze, convicted of murdering three women, doesn't deserve a new trial despite recent DNA evidence, prosecutors say. A Hennepin County judge will have the final say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/31/prosecutors-oppose-new-trial?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:26:32 -0500 Judge OKs trial in killing of Boston Scientific exec A Ramsey County judge ruled Friday that the murder case against Lyle "Ty" Hoffman can go to trial and entered a "not guilty" plea on Hoffman's behalf. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/03/hoffman-case-to-trial?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:21:30 -0500 Focus on concussions transforms high school football in Minnesota High school football has changed. An MPR News-KARE 11 survey of more than 100 school districts throughout the state shows that some take more steps than others in the drive to prevent player head injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/30/high-school-concussions-transform-high-school-football-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Football head injuries: How much can helmets help? Experts disagree over how to rate the safety of helmets that high school football players use and even over how much any helmet can prevent concussions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/head-injury-helmets?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:15:00 -0500 Unnatural disaster: How to avoid being ripped off by contractors after a storm Advocates warn consumers about fly-by-night contractors and urge homeowners to be vigilant and to do their homework before hiring anyone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/03/unnatural-disaster-how-to-avoid-being-ripped-off-by-contractors-after-a-storm?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:19:45 -0500 New lawsuit alleges decades-old abuse by deceased priest The man says he was barely 13 when the Rev. Alphonsus Ferguson first assaulted him. An attorney for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said the church has no record of complaints against Ferguson during his time at Guardian Angels Church in Hastings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/02/ferguson-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:35:24 -0500 Q&A: Billy Glaze case puts DNA analysis in spotlight Sophisticated DNA analysis that can identify a person's genetic fingerprint today didn't exist when Billy Glaze was tried and convicted in the late 1980s for the murders of three American Indian women in Minneapolis - Kathleen Bullman, Angeline Whitebird Sweet and Angela Green. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/21/billy-glaze-innocence-project?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:52:00 -0500 Prosecutors: Case against 1980s killer overwhelming despite new DNA tests The Innocence Project says new DNA evidence points to a different man. But in their filing, prosecutors say the evidence against Glaze is overwhelming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/prosecutors-billy-glaze-evidence-overwhleming?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:36:03 -0500 Law enforcement takes another look at 1989 Minneapolis serial killer case One day after the Innocence Project filed a petition asking a Hennepin County judge to grant convicted Minneapolis serial killer Billy Glaze a new trial, the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office decided to take another look at his case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/04/billy-glaze-law-enforcement?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:10:00 -0500 DNA tests show man innocent of 1980s Minn. murders, lawyers say Newly discovered DNA evidence may prove that Billy Glaze, a man known as a serial killer in Minnesota, might be innocent -- and that the real killer is someone else. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/innocence-project-billy-glaze?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:10:36 -0500 Tracking the most dangerous intersections for Minneapolis cyclists Since 2009, records show there have been approximately 1,400 crashes involving bicycles in Minneapolis, at least seven of which resulted in fatalities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/bicycle-safety-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 21:10:00 -0500 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