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All Things Considered
Monday, January 16, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Samantha Flores CastroLatino families battling childhood obesity
    Samantha Castro Flores, 10, is one of the nearly 40 percent of Latino children in the U.S. that are overweight or obese. Although Latino children who immigrate to the U.S. with their parents have lower rates of obesity than their U.S.-born peers, their risk of obesity increases the longer they live here.4:50 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday BreakfastNaomi Tutu at MLK breakfast: 'We are far from the promised land'
    About 2,000 community and business leaders gathered Monday morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Human rights activist Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, spoke at the breakfast and called on the crowd to finish the work still undone.5:20 p.m.
  • Historian Taylor BranchIn Minn. speech, historian marvels at non-violent civil rights movement
    Historian Taylor Branch spoke at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.5:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • GOP Hopefuls Prepare To Debate In S.C.
    Robert Siegel with NPR's Don Gonyea about Monday night's presidential candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • RNC May Face Messy Delegates Issue
    If the GOP presidential race is not effectively over following the South Carolina primary, it could easily drag on for months — with potential confusion about delegate counts. Both Florida and Arizona have violated Republican National Committee rules by awarding their delegates "winner-take-all" before April 1 — which will likely lead to rules challenges, should the delegate count matter.
  • Botox Tax Goes Under The Knife In New Jersey
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey may be able to save a few dollars on their next procedure. New Jersey's legislature has voted to phase out its so-called "Botax" — a 6 percent tax on cosmetic medical procedures like Botox. The bill is currently on Gov. Chris Christie's desk for approval.
  • Dashboard Distractions: New Luxuries Cause Concern
    In many ways, the Detroit Auto Show has become a kind of consumer electronics show for cars, but some worry that the latest developments in dashboard technology — like touch screens — could pull a driver's attention off the road.
  • Liberal Arts Degrees: An Asset At Some Companies
    Technology training and know-how only get you so far in this economy. It turns out many employers now are looking for workers with a broader set of skills. Packaged food giant ConAgra's IT internship program, for example, values a degree in journalism or biology as much as one in computer science. The trend is putting a crimp in the conventional theory that specialization in higher education pays.
  • Shipwrecked Liner's Owner Blames Captain
    The captain of the shipwrecked luxury liner just off the coast of Italy has been arrested and faces accusations of manslaughter, tampering with evidence and abandoning ship. He told a reporter that he was the last one to leave the ship, a claim immediately dismissed by prosecutors. A consumer protection association plans a class action lawsuit against the shipping company that owns the liner.
  • Spanish Town Cheers New Nuclear Waste Plant
    You know Spain's unemployment rate is bad when villagers cheer the arrival of a nuclear waste facility in their backyard — because of the jobs it will bring. That's the case in one tiny Spanish hamlet. The town has been chosen to host a nuclear waste plant that's expected to create much-needed jobs. The mayor calls it "magnificent news."
  • Do Law Schools Cook Their Employment Numbers?
    Many students say they were lured into law school by the promise of high salaries upon graduation, but instead ended up with just a major debt load. How exactly schools calculate their graduates' employment statistics isn't regulated — it's up to students to scrutinize it, the ABA says.
  • Firearms Industry Booms In Montana
    Firearms manufacturers looking for a favorable, pro-gun political climate are moving to Montana. The Flathead Valley in the northwest corner of the state has had a steady gun manufacturing industry for decades, and it's now looking to expand. Despite 10 percent unemployment in the area, gun industry jobs have increased during the economic downturn. Manufacturers now say they can't find enough trained machinists for all the jobs they have to offer.
  • The Frozen Tale Of 'Lord Franklin'
    The late 19th century British Arctic explorer was many things, but not actually a lord.

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