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Monday, December 2, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • PolyMet CEO Jon CherryPolyMet copper-nickel mine: Economic opportunity or too environmentally risky?
    This Friday the public will get its first peek at a long anticipated environmental study of one of the state's most controversial development projects in years: copper and nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota.4:49 p.m.
  • Approaching courtroomJudge orders names of 46 accused priests to be released
    The nearly four-year battle over the list of names, which had been sealed in a 2009 lawsuit, continued in Ramsey County District Court today as attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis argued that some of the names should not be released to the public.5:19 p.m.
  • Panel calls for overhaul of Minn. sex offender law
    Judges would have the option of sending sex offenders who have completed their sentences to less restrictive treatment programs instead of to prison-like treatment facilities where most are detained indefinitely if state legislators decide to accept the recommendations of a special state panel.5:24 p.m.
  • Rental homeHuge private equity firm claims stake in Twin Cities real estate
    So far, Invitation Homes has amassed 700 single-family homes in the area. Across the nation, the company has spent a staggering $7.5 billion to acquire 40,000 properties in 14 housing markets, making it the largest landlord of single-family houses in several cities.5:51 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Works Better But Problems Lurk Below The Surface
    The administration says is now working for the vast majority of users. And as evidence of that improvement, it said that 375,000 visitors used the site on Monday before noon. But that doesn't mean that people who enroll on the site will actually have the insurance coverage they signed up for by Jan. 1. The back end of the system — where the website provides customer and subsidy information to insurers --is still riddled by delays.
  • Could A Tech Giant Build A Better Health Exchange? Maybe Not
    Since the rollout of, many have wondered whether a private company could have avoided the federal site's many pitfalls. Oregon took that route, hiring Silicon Valley titan Oracle to create its state insurance exchange. But two months after its scheduled launch, the website is still not working.
  • Retailers Expect $2 Billion In Cyber Monday Sales
    It is Cyber Monday, the day that's become known for internet shopping deals. Online retailers are expected to set new records. Robert Siegel shares some of what's known about how things are going so far.
  • In The Future, You Could Get Your Amazon Order Delivered By Drone
    The online retailer Amazon made a big splash with its announcement of drone-delivered packages, even though the plan isn't fully ready for flight.
  • Florida Tribe Re-Creates Daring Escape From The Trail Of Tears
    More than 150 years ago, Polly Parker, a Seminole Indian, organized and led an escape from federal troops who were deporting Indians to the West. Parker traveled through hundreds of miles of wilderness to get back to tribal lands. The tribe is marking the event by following that dangerous journey.
  • NBC Will Go Live With 'The Sound Of Music'
    The hills will be alive with The Sound of Music on NBC on Thursday night. Singer Carrie Underwood and Broadway heavy hitter Audra McDonald will star in a new production of the musical, which NBC will broadcast live. For more on why the network is staging this production, Robert Siegel talks to Brian Steinberg, a senior TV editor at Variety.
  • How Technology And Hefty Subsidies Make U.S. Cotton King
    NPR's Planet Money team is manufacturing its own T-shirt. More than 25,000 of the shirts were sold online. And then the team set out to follow the process around the globe. All this week, we'll hear the step-by-step journey of the Planet Money T-shirt. In this installment, a search for the place where the cotton was grown. Find out more about cotton and the Planet Money T-Shirt project here.
  • More Violence In Thailand As Protesters, Government Deadlocked
    Anti-government protesters in Thailand are said to be getting desperate. After eight days of large demonstrations in the capital Bangkok, including the blockade and occupation of government ministries, the two sides have reached deadlock. The governments policy of restraint has weakened public support for the protesters, but they are still demanding that the government be replaced by an un-elected council. Reporter Michael Sullivan joins Robert Siegel to talk about events there.
  • E-Readers Mark A New Chapter In The Developing World
    David Risher, who helped Amazon become an online retail behemoth, has set his sights on a new frontier: global literacy. Using e-readers and cellphone apps, Risher's nonprofit, Worldreader, brings books to students in literature-starved communities.
  • For Anjelica Huston, The 'Story' Starts Long Before Los Angeles
    The acrtess' new memoir might not be the kind of thing you'd expect from a longtime A-list actress and daughter of film royalty. Forget the glamour and debauchery of the familiar Hollywood tell-all. As reviewer Meg Wolitzer explains, Huston's story begins before Los Angeles, a story at once relatable and unique.

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