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Monday, October 21, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Sherco PlantXcel Energy Sherco plant returns to service after repairs
    Nearly two years after a failure of one of its units led to extensive damage, Xcel Energy's Sherburne County Generating Station is back to normal.5:25 p.m.
  • Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Jackie Cherryhomes
    Cherryhomes' political career began in 1989 when she unseated the only African-American member of the Minneapolis City Council, Van White. Cherryhomes, who is white, would represent the most diverse ward in the city for the next 12 years. Since 2001, she has worked as a consultant and lobbyist.5:50 p.m.
  • Volunteers anchor tree to the creek banks.Fighting erosion along Minnesota's river bluffs
    When severe flooding this summer worsened erosion around many of the region's cold-water trout streams, environmentalists searched for ways to keep soil out of the water without breaking local government budgets. They decided to try walls of trees.5:55 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • E-Cigarettes: A Nearly $2bn Industry, A Regulatory Wild West
    Electronic cigarettes are popping up in more and more stores around the country and consumers are "vaping" in bars and restaurants with gusto. Sales of the devices are expected to reach nearly $2 billion this year. Until now, the top tobacco companies have been out of the game, but both Altria, which owns Phillip Morris, and R.J. Reynolds are now launching their own brands. Back in 2009, the FDA warned that e-cigarettes could pose health risks. This month, the agency is expected to release a set of proposed regulations on the devices.
  • First Polio Cases Since 1999 Suspected In Syria
    Syria used to have one of the highest rates of polio vaccinations in the region. But since the civil war began, rates have plummeted. Now the crippling virus has likely returned to the country, health officials say. Initial tests indicate that polio has paralyzed at least two children.
  • Why's eBay's Pierre Omidyar Bankrolling A Journalism Startup?
    Glenn Greenwald's series of national security scoops throughout the summer for the NSA convinced him he wanted to do more reporting, and needed a place beyond the reach of the British authorities to do it. He has found a partner in Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire co-founder of eBay who has taken an interest in investigative journalism.
  • How Grambling State Football Went From Top Spots To Boycott
    For 55 years, the legendary coach Eddie Robinson built Grambling State University's football program almost from nothing. Under Robinson's watch, the small school in northern Louisiana sent players to the NFL and broke the NCAA's record for wins. But Robinson is long gone and this year the Grambling State Tigers are winless. Last week, the team boycotted, forcing Grambling State to forfeit to Jackson State University. What's happened to Grambling? Melissa Block talks to Sports Illustrated senior writer George Dohrmann about the boycott.
  • Small Kentucky Town Makes High-Tech Glass Amid Bucolic Farmland
    The small farming town of Harrodsburg, Ky., is the home of Willow Glass, thin and flexible, soon to find its way into the marketplace. It's made by Corning in the same plant that developed Gorilla Glass, the protective cover for Apple's iPhone and now used by more than 30 other makers of personal devices.
  • Sometimes You Need Your To-Do List To Be A Bit Bossy
    Dan Amira, a senior editor at New York Magazine, reviews Carrot To-Do, a to-do list app with attitude.
  • In Gritty Camden, N.J., Old-School Tactics And New Tech Cut Crime
    A new crime-fighting strategy is showing early signs of hope in one New Jersey city. Camden has long been known as the home of intense poverty and crime. But since a new police force started walking the streets a few months ago, violent crime has dropped and many residents and officials say things are finally getting better.
  • At A Younger Age, Mormon Women Are Eager To Share Their Faith
    A year after the Mormon Church lowered the minimum age for female missionaries from 21 to 19, a quarter of all missionaries are now women. The female missionaries might be helping the church's message reach a more diverse population.
  • 'Traces Of You': Anoushka Shankar's Memorial To Her Father
    The sitar player and composer's father, Indian music pioneer Ravi Shankar, died while she was recording her new album, Traces of You. Banning Eyre reviews the record, which features Anoushka's half-sister, Norah Jones.
  • Obama: ACA Is Not HealthCare.gov, Low-Cost Insurance Is
    President Obama has said that buying health insurance on the federal exchange should be as easy as buying goods on Amazon. However, the experience so far has been anything but easy. In a Rose Garden address Monday, Obama expressed his frustration with the problems and aimed to remind folks that the Affordable Care Act is not just a website.

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