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Monday, February 22, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Veto override vote could come this week
    A partisan showdown is looming at the State Capitol this week over health care coverage for thousands of low income adults. DFL leaders in the House and Senate say they'll try to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of a bill to extend General Assistance Medical Care, which passed by wide bipartisan margins. But Republicans in the House are promising a united front to uphold the governor's veto.7:16 a.m.
  • Janesville plantState offers help to ethanol producers after pollution violations
    Minnesota is launching an intensive program to help ethanol producers better comply with environmental laws after pollution control officials cited seven of the state's 22 ethanol plants for violations last year.7:20 a.m.
  • Compost earthwormsNew program to train students to green up their lives
    Winona State University is offering a new program this spring to train a network of people how to green up their lives by teaching composting and other energy-efficient techniques.7:36 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Taliban Resistance Strong In Southern Afghanistan
    The U.S.-led offensive in southern Afghanistan, which is aimed at expelling the Taliban from a key stronghold in Helmand province, is in its second week. The Marines and their Afghan counterparts are claiming some success in this first test of President Obama's military surge. But overall, the fighting in the Taliban stronghold of Marjah shows little sign of letting up.
  • U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Upsets Canada, 5-3
    A great performance by goalie Ryan Miller helped the U.S. hockey team to a 5-3 victory over Canada Sunday night at the Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. It's been 50 years since the U.S. beat Canada in Olympic hockey.
  • Skicross Makes Its Olympic Debut
    Skicross has been popular on the X Game circuit because it is fast and dangerous. In skicross, four skiers race shoulder to shoulder, jockeying for position, flying through the air off jumps and navigating sharp turns, all at freeway speed. Switzerland's Michael Schmid won the gold medal.
  • VA Hospital Upgrades Care For Female Vets
    More than 230,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, but many report that when they return from war, they face another battle at home: getting the care and respect they need at VA hospitals. One VA hospital is trying to make sure female vets see doctors who specialize in comprehensive women's care.
  • Rational Or Emotional? Your Brain On Food
    Anyone who's lost weight knows it can be really hard to keep the pounds off. Scientists think this has to do with a hormone called leptin. Researchers are exploring the role leptin may play in how the brain sees food — either from an emotional, food-seeking mindset; or from a more rational, decision-making approach.
  • Why We Gain Weight As We Age
    It starts sometime during our 50s and 60s: that belly bulge, those "extra" pounds we just can't seem to shed. Part of it is simply the biology of our bodies. Our muscles literally shrink as we age, and that means more calories turn into fat — and it's a lot harder to exercise it off. But the good news is that working out still helps.
  • Lufthansa Cancels Flights After Pilots Strike
    German airline Lufthansa canceled flights worldwide after more than 4,000 pilots began a four-day walkout over job security. Lufthansa expects the strike could cost some $34 million a day.
  • Stephen Green: Bankers Need A Moral Compass
    A book by the chairman of HSBC proposes a "new capitalism" that brings good business and good ethics together. In an NPR interview, Green, who is also an ordained priest in the Church of England, says moral and spiritual values should take precedence over immediate profit for the world's major banks.
  • Famous San Francisco Home For Sale
    Many visitors to San Francisco like to pose for a snapshot in front of the city's famous Seven Sisters. They also are called the Painted Ladies — the famous row of multicolored Victorian Houses. In 1965, Thomas Shannon paid $65,000 for his house. He's selling it for $4 million.
  • Bipartisan Summit Could Help Nudge Health Care Bill
    President Obama meets with the nation's governors to discuss overhauling health care Monday morning. He has scheduled a bipartisan and televised summit with lawmakers from both parties to discuss the legislation on Thursday. The Senate's Republican leader says his party will participate in the event.

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