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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Republicans trying to build support for latest stadium plan
    GOP legislative leaders tried to sell their plan in several private meetings on Wednesday with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Vikings officials, and DFL leaders including Gov. Mark Dayton. Lawmakers are more open to the idea, but there is no guarantee the proposal will get the needed votes to pass the Legislature.6:50 a.m.
  • Ron Paul RallyRon Paul could play big role in Republican pick for Senate race
    Supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul will be well represented at this year's Minnesota Republican Convention, when the party endorses a candidate to run against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.6:55 a.m.
  • Chrishaun McDonaldTransgender woman gave up self-defense claim in plea deal
    The murder trial of Chrishaun "CeCe" ended abruptly with a last-minute plea deal Wednesday. The LGBT community rallied around the transgender woman who claimed she was the victim of a hate crime. The case may be done, but the issue isn't going away.7:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Activist Changes His Mind About Staying In China
    Chen Guangcheng is pleading for the U.S. to allow him to leave China. He had said on Wednesday that he wanted to stay in the country. Before that, he had spent nearly a week at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after escaping from house arrest.
  • U.S. Tries To Clarify What Chinese Activist Wants
    State Department officials say they are perplexed to learn that the Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng now says he wants to leave China. They say the subject was not raised during his stay at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he sought refuge last week.
  • Put Away The Bell Curve: Most Of Us Aren't 'Average'
    For decades, teachers, managers and parents have assumed that the performance of students and employees fits what's known as the bell curve — in most activities, we expect a few people to be very good, a few people to be very bad and most people to be average. But new research argues that a lot of people are actually outliers.
  • Watching 'The Avengers' In India, With A Twist
    Once, moviegoers in India waited patiently for the latest Hollywood releases to trickle their way over. That's no longer true for the big popcorn blockbusters like The Avengers, which was in 39 countries before its U.S. debut. A fan in India welcomes the change.
  • Top Universities Expand Free Online Classes
    Harvard and MIT are moving ambitiously into online education, jointly offering free classes to anyone in the world who wants to take them. The courses will include video lessons, quizzes and instant feedback. Online instruction has had a mixed track record, but the universities hope evolving technology will make it a powerful new tool to expand educational opportunities worldwide.
  • Gingrich Out Of The Race, But Still In Debt
    The former House speaker said Wednesday that he's suspending his presidential campaign, and he's ready to help the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, battle President Obama. But Newt Gingrich might have a more pressing problem: His campaign has about $4 million in debt.
  • Plenty Of Gingrich Campaign Memorabilia Left Over
    Newt Gingrich officially pulled out of the Republican presidential race Wednesday. So what happens to the leftover T-shirts and campaign buttons?
  • That New Friend You Made On Facebook? He Might Be Named Mitt Or Barack
    So far this campaign, President Obama has spent six times as much on online ads as on TV. Republicans, meanwhile, have unveiled a key to their online strategy: a new Facebook app.
  • Argentina Takes Over Spanish Energy Firm YPF
    The governments of Bolivia and Argentina have recently seized privately-owned Spanish companies and nationalized them. Members of Argentina's congress are expected to support the president's expropriation.
  • Spain Concerned By Expropriation In Latin America
    Bolivia and Argentina's nationalization of Spanish companies hasn't gone over well in Madrid. Spanish officials say Bolivia and Argentina will pay the price in the long run, as investors become weary of doing business if their assets could ultimately get seized.

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