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Monday, March 11, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Beating a drumMille Lacs Band closes deal on St. Paul hotels
    The acquisition is the band's first major expansion from its businesses on traditional tribal lands in east-central Minnesota. Many Indian bands are diversifying their businesses beyond gambling.3:49 p.m.
  • Nanoparticle researchTracking nano technology's environmental risks a tough task
    Concerned about a potential environmental hazard, government regulators and researchers are studying the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products.3:52 p.m.
  • Skyline of downtown Rochester, Minn.Mayor Ardell Brede talks about future of Rochester
    Rochester has recently become a political and economic focal point for Minnesota. Mayor Ardell Brede speaks on the future of the city.4:49 p.m.
  • State of the StateCritics of Dayton's budget turn to income tax increase
    Backing off a proposal to expand the state sales tax, Gov. Mark Dayton will now likely rely on an income tax increase on top earners to erase a projected deficit and following through on his pledge to boost education funding. For six weeks, Republicans have blasted Dayton over the sales tax and are now shifting criticism to the income tax increase.5:21 p.m.
  • TurboTaxMinn. finds more TurboTax problems
    The state Department of Revenue advises taxpayers to not use TurboTax products until the department is convinced all software flaws are corrected.5:24 p.m.
  • Beating a drumMille Lacs Band closes deal on St. Paul hotels
    The acquisition is the band's first major expansion from its businesses on traditional tribal lands in east-central Minnesota. Many Indian bands are diversifying their businesses beyond gambling.5:45 p.m.
  • Nanoparticle researchTracking nano technology's environmental risks a tough task
    Concerned about a potential environmental hazard, government regulators and researchers are studying the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products.5:52 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave
    On Tuesday, 115 "cardinal electors" will be locked inside the Vatican to begin the secretive process of selecting the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. It's one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet.
  • Betting Site Intrade Shuts Down Under Mysterious Circumstances
    The online betting market Intrade has shut down. Intrade allowed customers to wager on the outcome of events such as presidential elections. The company says all betting is on hold until it can investigate possible financial irregularities.
  • Mummy Study Shows Heart Disease Could Be A Natural Human Condition
    Researchers have found hardened arteries after scanning mummified bodies, some of which were more than 3,000 years old. A more modern diet and lifestyle were once thought to be the causes of heart disease, but a new study recently published in the journal The Lancet may prove otherwise. Audie Cornish talks to cardiologist Randall Thompson, one of the study's authors, about the findings.
  • Owens Valley Salty As Los Angeles Water Battle Flows Into Court
    Almost 100 years ago, a water-supply diversion from Owens River helped quench Los Angeles' thirst some 200 miles away. L.A. thrived, but it drained the Owens Lake and created a salt flat that now pollutes the air. A century later, the finger-pointing continues, and this week, the city's water department is back in court over its cleanup plan.
  • Former Detroit Mayor Convicted Of Corruption, Racketeering
    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, was convicted on a variety of corruption charges in federal court in Detroit on Monday. He was convicted on 24 of 30 charges and faces a maximum 20 years in prison.
  • With Withdrawal Looming, U.S. Troops Shift Their Aim
    U.S. and other NATO troops are spending less time fighting the Taliban and more time making local Afghan governments self-sufficient. It's a slow process.
  • A New TV Type: The Spunky, Obsessive Female 'Hummingbird'
    New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum wants to add one more character to that long, familiar list of television's archetypes — the optimistic, ambitious, off-putting leading lady. She says Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope and Homeland's Carrie Mathison both fall into this new category.
  • In Trendy World Of Fast Fashion, Styles Aren't Made To Last
    Chains like H&M and Forever 21 turn out new styles so quickly that they've been dubbed "fast fashion" retailers. While the stores reap big profits, many say the business model has hidden costs, like encouraging poor labor practices and churning out cheaply made products that quickly end up in landfills.
  • Remembering Lillian Cahn, Creator Of The Coach Handbag
    Cahn's inspiration for the high-end leather totes came from her experience delivering noodles during the Depression. "One of her suggestions early on was: Why can't we make a shopping bag, but out of leather?" recalls her husband, Miles Cahn. Lillian Cahn died March 4 at age 89.
  • North Korea Severs 'Hotline' Communication With The South After Sanctions
    North Korean authorities cut off their "hotline" communication with South Korea on Monday as part of their announced withdrawal from the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953. The move came amid a flurry of bellicose North Korean threats, coinciding with the beginning today of joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. The White House also vowed anew to protect U.S. forces and South Korean allies against any threats from the North. Analysts say it is among the most dangerous moments on the Korean peninsula in several years.

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