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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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  • Lab workMinnesota researchers on the cusp of a diabetes cure
    The cure for diabetes could come from cells from pigs being raised in germ-free pens in Western Wisconsin or from human skin cells in a lab on the University of Minnesota campus. Those two experiments are part of a joint project launched one year ago by the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic to defeat diabetes within a decade.6:50 a.m.
  • Steve SviggumSviggum denies conflict between Senate, U of M duties
    Former state House Speaker Steve Sviggum says there is no conflict of interest between his new job as a senior legislative staffer and his seat on the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents.7:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Cruise Ship Disaster Puts Focus On Safety Concerns
    Some of the survivors of last week's shipwreck off the Italian coast described the rescue effort as chaotic and disorganized. A maritime workers union called the disaster a "wake-up call" highlighting long-standing safety concerns — like ships getting too large to evacuate quickly — and lax regulation.
  • South Carolina: Gingrich's Last Stand?
    In South Carolina, the race to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney is hitting a fever pitch. The state's GOP primary is Saturday.
  • Calif. Gov. Brown's Speech To Outline More Cuts
    California Gov. Jerry Brown gives his State of the State address Wednesday, and things aren't going well in the state financially speaking. Brown has already made huge cuts in government, and faces even more if voters do not back his tax increase ballot measure.
  • Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles
    The once sleepy role of secretary of state is rising in profile and controversy as the business of conducting elections has become more and more contentious over the past decade. From Maine to New Mexico, secretaries of state are making activism their trademark.
  • New Recycling Company Springs From Old Mattresses
    Old mattresses are among the worst kinds of household waste — recyclers don't want them, and neither do most landfills. A new business that started as a college project hopes to move mattress recycling into the mainstream, employing former convicts in the process.
  • Resolve Of Syria's Pro-Government Forces Hardens
    It's been one year since the uprisings began that led to the Arab Spring, but one country is proving particularly resistant to the forces of change. Ten months of protest by Syria's people, haven't convinced President Bashar Assad to step down.
  • French Dilemma: How To Burn Off All That Overtime?
    With a 35-hour work week, many in France have accumulated vast quantities of overtime that they are now required to use this year. It poses a big problem for hospitals.
  • Apple Files Patent Suit Against Samsung In Germany
    It's the latest salvo in the two companies' global patent war, according to Bloomberg News. This time Apple is trying to ban sales of 10 Samsung smartphone models, claiming the Korean company copied Apple's design. It's also suing Samsung claiming it copied the iPad.
  • Co-Founder Jerry Yang To Leave Yahoo!
    Jerry Yang has resigned from Yahoo's board and severed all ties with the company that he co-founded 17 years ago. Yang is leaving at a time when the Internet behemoth has struggled to remain relevant.
  • Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers
    The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have some of the dirtiest air, thanks to thousands of old diesel cargo trucks that pass through each day. But new emissions standards just went into effect banning those old trucks. Neighboring communities are breathing a sigh of relief, but the restrictions are taking a toll on low-wage truck drivers.

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