MPR News Update for Oct. 22, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
There's a chance of rain across much of Minnesota today...
- Where empty wheelchairs are part of the landscape
Rochester is home to Mayo Clinic, visited by thousands of patients every day. Many of them use wheelchairs. The big curiosity is how they end up all over the city.
- First Lady urges Dems to get to the polls
Michelle Obama told a crowd of supporters in Minneapolis on Thursday that Democrats should not tune out the midterm elections because that will help Republicans. | Election 2014 | Select a Candidate | Policast podcast | Capitol View
- Catheter controversy: Boston Scientific secrets stolen?
Federal prosecutors allege that Aaron Quoc Khieu planned to use Boston Scientific trade secrets to manufacture and sell his own brand of catheters.
- Firewood a hot commodity as rural Minnesotans ready for winter
After last year's long cold winter spiked propane costs and left firewood piles burned to nothing, rural Minnesotans are stocking up on anything to keep their homes warm. | More news from around Minnesota
- St. Paul school staffer to help Ebola-stricken dad
Mariama Kpaka-Sengita has been granted a leave of absence from the school district to care for her father -- but with conditions. | Ebola news
- Experts say McFadden's health insurance ideas don't hold up
The Senate candidate would leave most health care insurance decisions up to states, including whether to require people to buy health insurance.
- Two plead guilty to murders in Minneapolis over the summer
Quanan Machacek was sentenced immediately to life in prison without parole in the death of Cody Rasche. Also pleading guilty to murder was 17-year-old Joshua Ford.
- Ever wonder who's snooping on your calls?
We know mobile phone eavesdropping is happening, but we don't know much about who's listening.
- In death, Post's Ben Bradlee remembered for leading Watergate coverage
The Washington Post's coverage of the Nixon White House scandal is an inextricable part of the man's legacy, and one measure of his success in transforming the Post into a great national newspaper.
- Hospitals struggle to beat back serious infections
Nationally, about 1 in 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection. Some 75,000 people die each year from them -- more than from car crashes and gunshots combined.
- Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls
The toys have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines.
- Brains On: How is video game music interactive?
Video game music has come a long way from the days of Space Invaders. How does it work? | More Brains
- Target offers free shipping on all holiday items
The Minneapolis-based chain said its free shipping offer starts Wednesday and will last through Dec. 20.
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