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Thursday, April 5, 2012

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.4:44 p.m.
  • Yutyrannus huali, feathered dinosaurMacalester scientist discusses discovery of feathered dinosaur
    The fossil remains of a feathered dinosaur as big as a school bus were recently discovered in China, according to an account in the journal Nature.4:50 p.m.
  • Dayton vetoes school payback bill
    Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a Republican-crafted bill that would have repaid state IOUs to Minnesota public schools more quickly.5:20 p.m.
  • Minnesota State CapitolBonding bill in doubt this session
    State lawmakers are heading home for a week-long break with a bonding bill still unresolved for the 2012 session. With adjournment likely within the next few weeks, Republicans leaders in the House and Senate have not yet taken votes on their competing proposals for public works construction projects.5:24 p.m.
  • Asian CarpUS official skeptical of closing locks to bar Asian carp
    State and federal officials agree invasive Asian carp pose a threat to native wildlife in Minnesota's rivers. But today in Bloomington, the Obama administration's top official working on the problem indicated he is skeptical the latest proposal would work to stop the fish's spread.5:50 p.m.
  • Zebra musselsZebra mussel population decline in St. Croix puzzles scientists
    Scientists have noted a surprising drop in the invasive zebra mussel population in the St. Croix River.5:52 p.m.
  • Colin Steen of Maple GroveTravelers should expect 'pricey' summer airfares
    Summer airfares are climbing as airlines pass on higher fuel costs and cut back on flights, running counter to the long-term trend.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Bipartisan Bills Don't Mean An End To Gridlock
    President Obama hosted a bipartisan bill-signing on Thursday — the second in as many days. But some analysts say it's not a sign that partisan gridlock is fading.
  • Santorum Takes Campaign To Home State
    In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, there's a temporary lull in the voting. On April 24, voters go to the polls in five states, including Pennsylvania, former Senator Rick Santorum's home state. The last time Santorum faced the voters in Pennsylvania he suffered a crushing, 18 point loss. With former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney consolidating his front-runner status, Santorum risks another loss in the Keystone State by staying in the race.
  • Can Baseball Ever Get Clean?
    On baseball's opening week, Audie Cornish talks with ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn about how far the MLB has come in regulating steroid use among its players.
  • State Government Takes Financial Reins In Detroit
    Detroit has reached an agreement with the state of Michigan that the Motor City hopes will help it avoid going bankrupt.
  • Phone Tracking Big Business For Cell Companies
    Earlier this week the American Civil Liberties Union revealed information it obtained from a FOIA request to local police departments across the country about how police track and tap cell phones, often without warrants. Also contained in the release is information that cell carriers make money by charging law enforcement for that information. Robert Siegel speaks with Andy Greenberg of Forbes who has looked into fees.
  • Family Ties To Marriott Heirs Pay Off For Romney
    Hotel tycoons J.W. and Richard Marriott have each donated $750,000 to the superPAC supporting Mitt Romney. The Romney and Marriott families share their Mormon faith — and a friendship that dates back a generation.
  • White-Nose Syndrome: A Scourge In The Bat Caves
    The disease has killed more than 5.5 million bats in the eastern United States and Canada and is making its way west. White-nose syndrome has been diagnosed in three Missouri bats — the first confirmed cases west of the Mississippi — and scientists say it won't stop there.
  • Early Spring Means Bugs — Lots Of Bugs
    There seem to be a lot of bugs in certain parts of the country this spring. Richmond, Virginia reports an unusual amount of cankerworms this spring; Iowa experienced surprisingly thick swarms of fungus gnats about two weeks ago; and then there's the increasing issue of stinkbugs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish talk about what people are seeing, and what experts think is going on.
  • Review: 'Carry The One'
    In a new novel from Carol Anshaw called Carry the One, the repercussions of a single shared moment in her character's lives reverberates for years. Reviewer Alan Cheuse thinks the book plays out well in this review. Cheuse teaches writing at George Mason University.
  • Kerry Washington On Bringing Washington 'Scandal' To TV
    Kerry Washington has a new network drama about a crisis manager in D.C. She says it might remind you of other D.C. shows, but it's got its own interesting inspiration.

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