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  • Half of US believes in medical conspiracy theories
    more than one-third of people thinking that the Food and Drug Administration is deliberately keeping natural cures for cancer off the market because of pressure from drug companies, a survey finds. Twenty percent of people said that cellphones cause cancer.March 20, 2014
  • Spring! 50s to 60 degrees by next weekend?
    Just a quickie post this morning telling you (and myself) what most of us want to hear this time of year. It's going to warm up. If the longer range models are right, it may warm up big time by next weekend. We burn off some fog today, then our stronger late March spring sunshine can work on temps and melt some snow.March 20, 2014
  • Here's what the 500-pound 'chicken from hell' likely ate
    For the past decade, dinosaur scientists have been puzzling over a set of fossil bones they variously describe as weird and bizarre. Now they've figured out what animal they belonged to: a bird-like creature they're calling "the chicken from hell." There are two reasons for the name.March 20, 2014
  • Even in region with abundant water, residents turn to bottles and try to conserve
    Southeastern Minnesota has plentiful groundwater sources, but the geology in the region makes some of those sources vulnerable to contamination. So cities deal with the challenge by looking for clean water and urging conservation.March 20, 2014
  • Alzheimer's diagnosis expanding to catch early warning signs
    The goal is to eventually allow doctors to diagnose "preclinical" Alzheimer's in patients who do not have problems with memory or thinking, but who do have an abnormal brain scan or some other sign that the disease may be developing.March 19, 2014
  • State approves new frac sand mining standards
    The voluntary standards address a wide range of issues, including the effect of mining operations how they transport sand on air quality, noise level, roads and bridges.March 19, 2014
  • Westminster Town Hall Forum: Sierra Club's Michael Brune
    Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune speaks at the Westminster Town Hall Forum in Minneapolis about "Protecting Wild Places." He's the author of "Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Coal."Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 19, 2014
  • Duluth, Superior mayors support oil pipeline expansion
    Duluth Mayor Don Ness on Wednesday waded into the controversy over the growing web of oil pipelines across northern Minnesota as he endorsed Enbridge Energy's pipeline expansion plans.March 19, 2014
  • 'Puny human brains' and the beginning of time
    Clem Pryke, an experimental cosmologist at the University of Minnesota and one of the principal investigators on the team that discovered proof of cosmic inflation, joins us to discuss the research.The Daily Circuit, March 19, 2014
  • Flint Hills: Tailpipe pollutants to be converted to fertilizer
    The system, which company officials say makes up roughly half of the overall project, will remove sulfur and nitrogen from gasoline and convert it into a liquid fertilizer.March 19, 2014
  • What we know now about women and Alzheimer's disease
    New statistics show that 1 in 6 women over age 65 will get Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and North Dakota reports that the number for men is 1 in 11. Debbie Richman, the Director of Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and North Dakota talked about the report with Morning Edition host cathy Wurzer.March 19, 2014
  • Three U.S. trouble spots
    We take a look at three spots in the United States that have been making headlines: Puerto Rico, California and Vermont.The Daily Circuit, March 19, 2014
  • Hearings set on Alberta Clipper oil pipeline
    Following a hearing Tuesday night in Hallock, the Public Utilities Commission has hearings set for Wednesday in Thief River Falls and Cass Lake, and Thursday in Floodwood and Duluth. The hearings will conclude with a final forum April 3 in St. Paul.March 19, 2014
  • Aquatic invasive species forum set for St. Paul
    Organizers say that as agencies and researchers strive to protect Minnesota waters from zebra mussels, Asian carp and other invaders, boat manufacturers and other private-sector partners are playing a critical role in the search for long-term solutions.March 19, 2014
  • Snow storm hits heaviest north of Twin Cities
    The storm left streets covered with warm, slushy snow for this morning's commute, and in the Twin Cities Metro Transit is advising riders to take an earlier bus. Trains were on time before the start of rush hour.March 19, 2014

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