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Monday, March 4, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Head Start classAs Dayton pushes for preschool, a success story in cultivating young minds
    Supporters of early childhood education say that many children could benefit from programs like Bigelow Head Start in St. Paul and that this could finally be the year that Minnesota takes educating young children seriously.6:50 a.m.
  • The Minnesota CapitolHealth insurance exchange legislation no longer has bipartisan support
    The Minnesota House and Senate are set to vote this week on legislation that creates a state health insurance exchange. But what was once touted as a bipartisan effort to help consumers shop for health coverage appears now to have little if any support from Republicans. Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wuzrer about the week ahead at the Capitol.7:20 a.m.
  • LaTisha GietzenOn the Iron Range, debating whether long-term prosperity follows more mining
    Mining has always been a boom and bust industry on the Iron Range. But proponents of the PolyMet plant and another proposed copper-nickel mines by Twin Metals, say the area is poised for a rebound. While backers of the mines tout the jobs they could bring, opponents ask whether those jobs are worth the environmental risk to the region's lakes and rivers.7:25 a.m.
  • Monticello nuclear power plantXcel seeks 10.7% rate increase
    The first public meetings are set today on a proposal by Xcel Energy to increase rates by 10.7 percent across the state. The utility's proposal would raise the prices paid by 1.2 million electric customers in Minnesota. But the state Department of Commerce has gone on record as saying, the hike is too high. Laura McCarten, an Xcel Energy Regional Vice President, talked about the proposed rate increase with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Scientists Report First Cure Of HIV In A Child, Say It's A Game-Changer
    Scientists say a Mississippi child has been cured of HIV. The research findings, released Sunday, could help cure other HIV-infected newborns.
  • Sequestration Cuts Will Build Slowly
    Since Congress and the White House were unable to find an alternative route to reduce the deficit, automatic spending cuts known as sequestration went into effect Friday. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about the impact of the cuts.
  • After Keystone Review, Environmentalists Vow To Continue Fight
    A report released by the State Department Friday says the pipeline won't have much of an impact on the development of oil from Alberta. But activists who oppose the project aren't giving in.
  • Will Emergency Manager Help Or Hurt Detroit?
    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced last week that he'll appoint an emergency manager for the city of Detroit. That means an unelected person will have sweeping powers to try to stop Detroit's financial hemorrhaging.
  • 2013 Selma Marchers Remind Justices Of Voting Rights Act
    Thousands of people marched across a bridge in Selma, Alabama, Sunday — a reenactment of what's known as "Bloody Sunday." In 1965, civil rights protesters attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery but were quickly met by police. Bloody Sunday galvanized support for the Voting Rights Act. This year's commemoration comes just days after the U.S. Supreme Court heard a challenge to a portion of the law.
  • Your Child's Fat, Mine's Fine: Rose-Colored Glasses And The Obesity Epidemic
    Despite current trends, most parents assume their own kids won't grow up to be overweight adults. That 'optimism bias' has neurological roots, brain scientists say.
  • Selling Kids On Veggies When Rules Like 'Clean Your Plate' Fail
    Involving kids in preparing dinner may be a better way to get kids to eat their vegetables than strictures like "no dessert until you eat your vegetables." But health experts say there's nothing wrong with an occasional treat.
  • ExxonMobil On Trial For Contaminating Drinking Water
    The giant oil company is on trial in New Hampshire. The state says Exxon and other companies knew the additive would pollute. Exxon says the chemical hasn't harmed anyone and was a requirement of federal law to help reduce air pollution.
  • 'Consumer Reports' Offers Tips For Doing Taxes Online
    More self-preparation tools have become available this tax season. Some people may be anxious about doing their taxes online, but an expert from Consumer Reports says it's worth a shot.
  • Winery To Experiment With 'Drunken Treasure'
    Mira Winery, based in Napa Valley, is the first American winery to experiment with aging wine in the ocean. Four cases of the winery's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon are in specially designed cages and sitting at the bottom of the Charleston Harbor; sommeliers will test the wine in three months to record any unique results.

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