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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Voter fraud prosecution of woman, 86, raises questions
    An 86-year-old St. Peter woman with Parkinson's disease and some dementia is facing charges of voter fraud, rasing a number of questions. MPR News speaks with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for answers.3:50 p.m.
  • Greg Martin, owner of Urban BeanFor some city dwellers, race shapes definition of 'urban'
    The word "urban" has come to mean different things to different people. In many cases, its connotation changes based on the racial makeup of the community in which it's being used.3:54 p.m.
  • 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.4:45 p.m.
  • Safe HouseHomeless youth find refuge at Safe House in St. Paul
    From the outside, Safe House is just a non-descript home in a residential neighborhood in St. Paul. On the inside though, what is accomplished goes beyond four walls.4:49 p.m.
  • Lakeland Mold Co.Lack of skilled workers only part of Minn. jobs problem
    The skills gap that has worried economic development officials for years is more complex than some have thought, says a state study.5:20 p.m.
  • VAWA rallyViolence Against Women Act reauthorization hailed in Indian Country
    Minnesota advocates for Indian woman are hailing today's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. For years, the law has supported domestic violence prevention programs aimed curbing things like sexual assault. It has also funded shelters and training for law enforcement. But until now, the law did not cover many cases involving American Indian women.5:25 p.m.
  • Voter fraud prosecution of woman, 86, raises questions
    An 86-year-old St. Peter woman with Parkinson's disease and some dementia is facing charges of voter fraud, rasing a number of questions. MPR News speaks with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for answers.5:50 p.m.
  • Greg Martin, owner of Urban BeanFor some city dwellers, race shapes definition of 'urban'
    The word "urban" has come to mean different things to different people. In many cases, its connotation changes based on the racial makeup of the community in which it's being used.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate Committee Passes Bill Meant To Reduce 'Straw Purchases' Of Guns
    The first major gun bills in nearly two decades had their first hearing in the Senate on Thursday, including an assault weapons ban and a ban on so-called "straw purchases." Still, even in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the legislation faces an uphill battle. Ailsa Chang talks to Melissa Block.
  • VA Offers Free Gun Locks To Help Prevent Vet Suicides
    The Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't track how many free gun locks it gives out or whether they're even effective. Rather, the devices are viewed as a stalling technique in the event a veteran picks up a gun in a moment of crisis.
  • Venezuelans Mourn The Fiery Leader They Had Deep Connections To
    Thousands of Venezuelans have been lining the streets of Caracas, grieving the death of their larger-than-life leader, Hugo Chavez. The outpouring of emotion reflects the huge impact that "El Comandante" had on Venezuelans — and gives a sense of the void he leaves behind.
  • Departing Obama Speechwriter: 'I Leave This Job Actually More Hopeful'
    In 2009, at age 27, Jon Favreau became the second-youngest chief presidential speechwriter in White House history. Despite his youth, he seemed to have the utter trust of President Obama, who called him his "mind reader." He left his post earlier this month and now has his sights set on Hollywood.
  • U.N. Security Council Hits North Korea With More Sanctions After Nuclear Test
    The U.N. Security Council agreed to tighten sanctions against North Korea on Thursday as punishment for its recent nuclear test. The Council's unanimous agreement came after three weeks of negotiation between the U.S. and China, which has opposed such measures in the past. North Korea was furious at the U.N. action, issuing a threat to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons as the sanctions came up for a vote.
  • Young Chinese Translate America, One Show At A Time
    China's so-called fan subtitle groups are trying to change the country's thinking. Every week, thousands of young Chinese gather online to translate popular TV shows like The Newsroom into Mandarin. Some do it for fun, but others see it as a subtle way to introduce new ideas about free thought and questioning authority into Chinese society.
  • If Caffeine Can Boost The Memory Of Bees, Can It Help Us, Too?
    Feeding on flowers with caffeinated nectars gives bees a memory boost, new research shows. Turns out, other studies have found humans can get a similar boost in short-term memory with caffeine — if they're exhausted.
  • Finding Flavor In The Castoff Carrot Top
    Cookbook author Diane Morgan says there's much more to a carrot than the orange part. But too often, she says, the root vegetable's frilly green fronds end up in the trash.
  • Shuttered Meat Packing Plant Could Be A Sign Of Things To Come In Texas
    In Plainview, Texas, one of the town's main employers has shut down — sending 2,000 people scrambling for work. The meatpacking plant closed because there's a shortage of cattle due to the drought and economy. Now, city leaders and residents wonder about the future.
  • Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian Folk Hero, Has Died
    In a country known for its calm and understatement, the singer-songwriter was a passionate nationalist who sought to instill pride through his music.

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