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Monday, May 3, 2010

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  • Memorial to slain officerSuspect in cop killing could face charges Monday
    Charges could come as early as Monday for a suspect arrested in connection with the killing of a Maplewood police officer over the weekend. Police are still investigating what led to the shooting.6:20 a.m.
  • Chimney Swift towerFinding homes for chimney swifts
    There's one Minnesota bird that has an unusual habitat problem -- the chimney swift. As more homeowners put caps on their chimneys to keep out the rain and other critters, the swifts are losing places to inhabit and find food.6:25 a.m.
  • Ryan VernoshFor Minnesota's new Teacher of the Year, achievement gap is an everyday reality
    The 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year is Ryan Vernosh, a sixth-grade teacher at Maxfield Magnet Elementary School in St. Paul. The award is a bright spot for a school that has had its share of bad news in the past.6:45 a.m.
  • TCF Bank StadiumHouse expected to take up alcohol rules at U of M stadium
    This week the Minnesota House of Representatives is expected to take up legislation that would allow the University of Minnesota to serve alcohol in premium seats and private suites at its football stadium.6:50 a.m.
  • Minnesota State CapitolBack to work at the Capitol
    The two big political conventions are now out of the way, and legislators have just two weeks left to deal with the budget deficit, education policy and a Vikings stadium bill that supporters will unveil later today. Tim Pugmire previews the week ahead at the Capitol.7:20 a.m.
  • Funeral for slain officer could be held this week
    A funeral honoring slain Maplewood police sergeant Joseph Bergeron will likely be held later this week. His fellow officers say he'll be remembered as a true public servant.7:45 a.m.
  • Chris FarrellWhat does the Help Wanted Index tell us?
    Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell explains what the Help Wanted Index is and how it reflects the health of the economy. He also compares the United/Continental merger with the Delta/Northwest merger.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Says Oil Spill Damage Could Be Unprecedented
    President Obama traveled to Louisiana Sunday to assure coastal residents that the government is doing all it can to control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He had little good news to offer, though. Oil continues to flow out of control from a wellhead nearly a mile below the surface of the Gulf, and Obama warned it could keep flowing for a long time.
  • Gulf Town Asks God To Protect Its Livelihoods
    News that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closed much of the Gulf to fishing came Sunday as colorfully decorated boats lined up in Bayou La Batre, Ala., for a yearly ritual in the town that calls itself the "seafood capital of the state."
  • Shots Still Reverberate For Survivors Of Kent State
    It was 40 years ago Tuesday that the Kent State University shootings -- which killed four people and wounded nine others -- stunned the nation. For many there on May 4, 1970, it was a life-changing event. But students on the Kent campus today say it had little bearing on their choice of college.
  • Some Cuban Barbers Unhappy With Their New Cut
    Hundreds of state-run Cuban beauty salons and barber shops are getting a free-market makeover. Economic reforms under President Raul Castro are transferring the businesses directly to employees. But some of the new entrepreneurs are worried about high taxes and other burdens.
  • Irregular Period? It Could Be More Than Just Stress
    One in 100 women will have symptoms of primary ovarian insufficiency well before the age of 40, some even in their teens and 20s. Doctors say many miss the signs, and need to get checked out and treated -- for the sake of their fertility and the health of their bones.
  • A Genetic Drive To Love, Yet Distanced By Differences
    People with Williams syndrome are known for being biologically-programmed to be loving and trusting. Yet some of the other symptoms of the disorder -- such as difficultly focusing, hypersensitivity to noise, and struggles with planning and organizing -- actually make it very hard for them to develop close relationships with others.
  • Continental, United To Merge In $3 Billion Deal
    United Airlines and Continental Airlines say they're joining to form the world's largest airline. The new airline will keep the United name and be based in Chicago. The merger needs approval from shareholders and regulators.
  • Distributors Slow To Embrace Local Food Movement
    As the "buy local" movement gains in popularity, the food distribution industry is facing an overhaul. Large food distributors are unwilling to swallow the extra cost and complexity of delivering local products. And smaller farms often lack the resources to make efficient large-scale deliveries.
  • Scripps To Offer New TV Food Channel
    The Cooking Channel, a new 24-7 food chanel, debuts later this month. Scripps Interactive Network, which also owns the Food Network, says it is aiming for younger "foodies" with its new channel. The Cooking Channel will emphasize international cuisine and advanced cooking techniques.
  • BP Will Pay For Gulf Oil Spill Disaster, CEO Says
    "We will absolutely be paying for the cleanup operation. There is no doubt about that. It's our responsibility — we accept it fully," BP chief Tony Hayward told NPR when asked whether his firm will shoulder the costs of stopping the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and paying for the damage.

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