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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Art HoundsArt Hounds
    Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:45 p.m.
  • State Sen. Ron Latz discusses guns laws, executive orders
    State Sen. Ron Latz responds to points made by Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole, who told MPR News that because a legislative body has not approved President Barack Obama's executive orders, it's not a law he can enforce.4:50 p.m.
  • Bald eagle nextSE Minn. wind project that could harm eagles moves ahead
    Federal officials have given a developer the green light to move ahead with a controversial wind project in southeastern Minnesota that, if approved, would be the first time a wind farm has been given permission to legally kill bald eagles.4:55 p.m.
  • Flu shotFlu deaths climb to 60 this season
    The newly released case numbers brings the state's influenza death toll to 60 so far this flu season. However, the Minnesota Department of Health says there's nothing particularly unusual about the situation.5:20 p.m.
  • TextingEducators challenged by social media and rumor control
    Rumors at school are nothing new, but social media allows rumors to spread much faster and further than before. A growing number of school officials these days are finding themselves in situations of social media management and damage control.5:24 p.m.
  • Fergus Falls marching bandFergus Falls High School band to march in inauguration parade
    The Fergus Falls High School marching band is on its way to Washington, where the band will march in the Inaugural Day Parade on Monday.5:55 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Algerian Forces Wanted To Send Firm Message To Militants With Gas Plant Raid
    Algerian forces attacked the oil and gas facility being held by Islamist militants in the eastern part of Algeria on Thursday. Reports indicated that some hostages were freed, some were killed and some were still in the compound with their captors. Before the Algerian forces attacked, militants said they held about 40 hostages from a variety of countries. Reports say that some militants were also killed in the military operation.
  • France's Hold On Former African Colonies Important To Its Sense Of Self
    Audie Cornish talks to Howard French, associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a former, longtime foreign correspondent for The New York Times, about the relationship between France and post-colonial Africa.
  • Bump On The Road For Driverless Cars Isn't Technology, It's You
    New technology is getting us closer and closer to the point where cars will drive themselves. Automakers are testing and refining systems that will make this happen. But our love for control may keep us from riding in these cars anytime soon.
  • After Years Of Huge Deficits, California Starts To See A Fiscal Turnaround
    California's fiscal health is looking better. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a budget that will leave the state in the black, which is a big change from previous years. But California's long-term financial outlook still looks bad.
  • Kansas Bets On Tax Cuts To Spur Economic Growth
    The economy has been growing in Kansas, but the state's budget is still projected to be in the red next fiscal year. A tax cut passed last year is aimed at growing the economy, but it's predicted that there will be a significant shortfall first.
  • Anonymity In Genetic Research Can Be Fleeting
    Researchers were able to identify 50 people whose DNA had been posted anonymously on the Internet for genetics studies. The results highlight a trade-off in making genetic data widely available for researchers and protecting personal privacy.
  • It's Legal For Some Insurers To Discriminate Based On Genes
    A 2008 federal law is supposed to protect people from having their genes used against them. But it only applies to health insurance — not, for example, long-term-care insurance. That's exactly the type of insurance people might seek after learning they're genetically predisposed to some medical problem down the road.
  • Seattle High School's Teachers Toss District's Test
    The teachers say the test, which evaluates their performance as well as the students', is a waste of time. The district is planning review of the test's effectiveness but still expects that it will be administered. As protests against standardized tests percolate nationwide, Seattle may cause a greater ripple effect.
  • Notre Dame Defends Star Linebacker As Story Of Triumph Over Loss Unravels
    Manti Te'o — a linebacker for Notre Dame and a former Heisman Trophy candidate — has come under fire for allegedly making up a girlfriend who died of cancer. Robert Siegel speaks with sports correspondent Mike Pesca for more on the story.
  • Beleaguered American Airlines Looks For A Fresh Start With New Look
    American Airlines unveiled the first change to its logo and the look of its planes since 1968 on Thursday.

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