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Monday, March 18, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Winter weather impacts on northern, western Minn.
    MPR's Tom Crann talks to reporters Tom Robertson in Bemidji, and Conrad Wilson at the Collegeville bureau.3:48 p.m.
  • Kelly SmithMinn. schools worry about costs of anti-bullying push
    Minnesota lawmakers are considering beefing up the state's anti-bullying law, and for the most part, school administrators applaud the effort. But as with so many pieces of legislation, there's concern over the cost.3:54 p.m.
  • The proposed Farmers Field NFL stadiumE-bingo approved; aimed at boosting Vikings stadium funding
    The Minnesota Gambling Control board gave the green light to electronic bingo in Minnesota Monday, adding to the expanded charitable gambling that has been slated to pay for the state's share of the $1 billion Vikings stadium.4:50 p.m.
  • Michele Bachmann at MN CapitolBachmann sticks close to home after close election last year
    Since abandoning her 2012 presidential campaign and almost losing her congressional re-election campaign last year, Bachmann has shrunk her national profile and made a point of promoting her efforts to address concerns close to home.4:54 p.m.
  • Health exchangeHealth exchange bill passes Minn. Senate; heads to Dayton's desk
    The Minnesota Senate has passed a health exchange bill on a party-line vote; 39 Democrats voted for the bill and 28 Republicans voted against. Following Gov. Mark Dayton's signature of the bill, Minnesota will become one of at least 17 states that develop and run their own exchanges.5:20 p.m.
  • Kelly SmithMinn. schools worry about costs of anti-bullying push
    Minnesota lawmakers are considering beefing up the state's anti-bullying law, and for the most part, school administrators applaud the effort. But as with so many pieces of legislation, there's concern over the cost.5:51 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Confidence In Cyprus Banks Falters As Government Proposes Deposit Tax
    Cyprus is facing a run on its banks after the government proposed taxing bank deposits. The government has put off a vote on the plan in a bid to calm things down. Banks are set to re-open on Thursday after a bank holiday was declared on Monday.
  • Cyprus' Bank Deposit Tax Would Hit Russian Wallets
    Robert Siegel talks to Corey Flintoff about reaction in Russia to a European Union plan to seize close to 10 percent of large deposits in Cypriot banks and close to 7 percent of all other deposits. Many Russian oligarchs park their money in banks in Cyprus because of the favorable terms and banking regulations there.
  • Obama's Labor Secretary Pick Could Hit Snags Over Immigration Work
    President Obama has nominated Thomas Perez to lead the Labor Department. Perez currently heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, which was recently the subject of a harsh internal review.
  • 'FDR And The Jews' Puts A President's Compromises In Context
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt said little and did less on behalf of Jews trying to get out of Nazi Germany; but he also won Jewish votes by landslide margins and led the Allies to victory in World War II. A new history by Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman revises FDR's performance upward.
  • Can 'Smart Gun' Technology Help Prevent Violence?
    What if a gun could only be fired by its rightful owner? What if it recognized a grip or fingerprint, or communicated with a special ring? It's been a fantasy for years, and in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, so-called smart gun technology is back in the spotlight.
  • Vintage Sounds: The Whirs And Clicks Of Film Cameras
    In the first installment of the series "Vintage Sounds," we hear from listeners who tell us stories about the vanishing sounds of cameras.
  • Local Food May Feel Good, But It Doesn't Pay
    The market for locally-grown food has seen dramatic growth over the last decade. Despite this boost in sales and popularity, evidence suggests that the economics behind the movement still don't favor the farmer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has new programs to try to prop up small-scale operations, but many local farms only survive because they scrape by on below-market wages, or by doing without things like insurance. Many economists say despite the charm of local food, there are relatively few benefits in terms of energy efficiency, quality or cost. They say that we shouldn't knock our system of region specialization and distribution, and that farmers markets, fun though they are, are not good economic models.
  • After Investigation, No Evidence 'Wall Street Journal' Bribed Chinese Officials
    The Wall Street Journal's China bureau was the subject of a Department of Justice inquiry into allegations that the bureau had been bribing Chinese officials in exchange for information. Investigation by the parent company turned up no evidence to uphold the claim.
  • Stalker Who Inspired 'The Natural' Dies; Lived Real Life In Obscurity
    Ruth Ann Steinhagen was 19 when she shot Eddie Waitkus, a Philadelphia Phillie. She had been obsessed with him, and lured Waitkus to a Chicago hotel room. Initially judged to be insane, she was never tried. For about 60 years, she lived a quiet life in Chicago.
  • Among Thousands Of Gun Deaths, Only One Charles Foster Jr.
    Charles Foster Jr., 24, died on New Year's Day in Columbus, Ga., just one of tens of thousands of Americans who will be killed by a firearm this year. While mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn., attract a frenzy of media coverage, most gun homicides, like Foster's, garner little news attention.

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