Young and underwater, homeowners face tough decisions Falling home prices mean many homeowners in their 30s now owe tens of thousands of dollars more than what their houses are worth. As they ponder their choices, they're sinking under the weight of so-called negative equity.6:55 a.m.
Vikings stadium has air of inevitability at the Capitol Just a week after the Vikings stadium proposal appeared to be dead, it's back and nearing full votes in the House and Senate. DFLer Ryan Winkler tells Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer about why the stadium bill has been revived.7:25 a.m.
University of Minnesota researcher rescues valuable tissue samples Thanks in part to a professor at the University of Minnesota, tissue samples gathered decades ago are being used today for important medical research. A new DNA analysis process called polymerase chain reaction is revealing new information about infectious diseases.
For example, scientists have learned new things about Hepatitis C by analyzing blood serum that was collected from airmen during the Korean War.
It's likely that blood serum would have been destroyed if it wasn't for the efforts of Dr. Edward Kaplan. He's a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Minnesota.
He told MPR's Cathy Wurzer that when he found out about the serum samples, being stored in Cleveland, he came up with an innovative and inexpensive way to get them delivered to the University of Minnesota.7:45 a.m.
Neutrinos, smelt and dredging are in the news in Duluth Reporter Dan Kraker talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the stories that people are talking about in Duluth.
Kraker tells us about a new sub-atomic research facility, the growing need for dredging in Lake Superior and the running of the smelt.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
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Ford's credit rating was raised from junk status to investment-grade by Fitch Ratings — it's another step in the company's turnaround. Ford nearly collapsed in 2005. Since then, it has mortgaged many of its assets, even using its blue oval logo as collateral to borrow money. Under the leadership of CEO Alan Mulally, Ford has repaired its balance sheet and improved its vehicle lineup.
Carmakers In China Rev Up As Industry Shifts East
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'Bittersweet Season' Details Caring For Aging Mom
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Despite Cease-Fire, Syrians Are Still Dying
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Romney Has 5 More Primary Wins Under His Belt
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Get Ready To Celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day
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iPhone Sales Add To Apple's Profits
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Activists Disrupt Wells Fargo Shareholders Meeting
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Are Bribes The Norm In Mexico's Business Culture?
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