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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • How Minnesotans survived major winter storms in the 19th Century
    Weather forecasters gave Minnesotans plenty of warning about the winter storm that's hit almost the entire state. Of course, Minnesotans throughout history developed their own methods for handling severe weather appropriate to their times.6:45 a.m.
  • Stadium conceptGambling revenue to pay for stadium is risky
    Paying for a new NFL stadium could depend on millions of dollars in new gambling revenue. But new data show gaps between the promise and the reality of gambling expansion around the country — at times, wide gaps.7:20 a.m.
  • Gov. Mark DaytonQ&A: Dayton previews state budget forecast
    The governor discussed the coming state budget forecast, the castle doctrine bill, a potential change to the way teachers are laid off and progress on a new Vikings stadium.7:25 a.m.
  • Stillwater LiftbridgeStillwater bridge plan faces hurdle in the House
    The U.S. House is expected to debate today and vote Thursday on a bill to allow a new $700 million, freeway-style bridge across the St. Croix River. Lobbying to sway the final outcome are both the bill's sponsor and its biggest opponent.7:40 a.m.
  • Conflict over moratoriums flares up in southeastern Minnesota
    On Wednesdays, Morning Edition checks-in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Elizabeth Baier in Rochester about a few stories she's covering in southeastern Minnesota. Baier has been following the moratoriums several southeastern Minnesota counties have passed as they figure out how to regulate silica sand mining in the region. Companies are looking at the sand to help in the oil and natural gas industry. But now there are bills in the Minnesota House and Senate that would limit these moratoriums.8:25 a.m.
  • Angela Timberman, The Birds'The Birds' roosts at the Guthrie Theater
    Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1963 horror film "The Birds" unnerved the world with its tale of murderous avian attacks. However, even the movie strayed from the darker issues of human nature that run through the short story upon which it is based. Conor McPherson's stage adaptation brings back that claustrophobic darkness.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Romney Scratches Out Close Victory In Michigan
    GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney turned back challenges from former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in Arizona., where Romney won easily, and in Michigan, where he eeked out a close win in the state where he was born. Before Tuesday night, Romney's last primary win was in Florida a month ago.
  • 29 GOP Delegates In Arizona Go To Romney
    Mitt Romney walloped his closest GOP rival Rick Santorum by about 20 percentage points in Tuesday's Arizona primary. Arizona was a winner-take-all contest so Romney came away with 29 delegates.
  • Do NASCAR Races Contribute To Motorists' Wrecks?
    New research indicates that five days after major NASCAR races, there is a measurable increase in traffic accidents caused by aggressive driving.
  • Newfoundland Gives Whole New Meaning To Ice Cold Beer
    Spring brings in one very unusual business in northern Canada: iceberg harvesting. Every spring, icebergs break off Greenland and float south. For residents of Newfoundland, on Canada's Atlantic coast, icebergs are a regular seasonal sight, but they still have some special qualities that Newfoundlanders are serving up with a dash of alcohol.
  • Record Low Interest Rates Raise Inflation Concerns
    The Federal Reserve plans to keep short-term interest rates near zero until 2014, about 18 months longer than planned. Rates have already been low for several years, and there's much debate about the benefits and costs of the Fed's policies — including the message it sends that the economy's recovery is slower than expected.
  • After Quran Burnings, U.S. To Review Afghan Mission
    The deadly violence in Afghanistan over the burning of Qurans by the U.S. military has brought the American-led NATO mission to a crossroads. Among the dead have been four Americans — two of them by an Afghan policeman inside a supposedly highly secure government ministry building. The U.S. pulled all its advisers from those ministries.
  • Drone Strikes Tracked Near Afghan-Pakistan Border
    Pakistani journalist Pir Zubair Shah has been following drone strikes in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than half a decade. He talks to Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep about his recent article in Foreign Policy magazine titled "My Drone War."
  • Apple Share Prices Soar On iPad 3 Speculation
    Journalists have been invited to an Apple product event next month. The company issued the invitation Tuesday and that was enough to send the company's shares to another all-time high. There's wide speculation the event will introduce the next generation of Apple's iPad tablet.
  • Japanese Autos Lead 'Consumer Reports' Ranking
    Japanese automakers hold down the top spots in the annual auto quality rankings by Consumer Reports. Honda lost the top spot to Subaru. A spokesman for Consumer Reports said that while U.S. automakers trailed the pack, the gap had narrowed.
  • Nailing Down The Appeal Of Pinterest
    Pinterest, the hot new social media taste-sharing site, isn't necessarily about how many friends you have. It's about interacting with people you may not know and in the process developing a certain style. But can the site, which has gained millions of users in a short period, sustain its stellar growth?

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