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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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  • Joplin tornado damageWhy don't we pay attention to tornado warnings?
    Some experts say the National Weather Service has been slow to improve the delivery of tornado warnings. Social scientists say the weather service has often ignored decades of research on human behavior. Weather service officials say they're responding to those concerns.6:40 a.m.
  • Teen pregnancy preventionEngaging teens in pregnancy prevention may be paying off
    Amid the lunchroom hubbub at South High School in Minneapolis, a group of students wearing matching black sweatshirts strikes up a conversation about teen pregnancy with a group of eight boys.7:25 a.m.
  • Pete HegsethHegseth seeks Medicare, Social Security overhauls
    Delegates to the state Republican convention will endorse a candidate for U.S. Senate later this week. MPR News is looking at what each of the candidates is proposing to do about the nation's budget deficit. Today, it's Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth's turn.7:40 a.m.
  • National Plan to Address Alzheimer's DiseaseMayo Alzheimer's expert lauds new federal initiative
    Dr. Ronald Peterson acknowledged that the 13-year deadline may seem short for an affliction that, at least for now, has no proven treatment. But he says that the goal will invigorate research.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Debt Ceiling Debate Is Revived In Washington
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned on Tuesday that the U.S. will likely hit its debt limit sometime before the end of the year. At the same event in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner promised that any increase in the nation's debt ceiling would have to be accompanied by corresponding budget reductions. .
  • Appeals Court Moves Toward Identifying Donors
    A ruling this week by a federal appeals court means non-profit groups running one type of political campaign ad will no longer be able to keep their donors secret. The appellate order, however, could be appealed.
  • Certain Ford Retirees Face Major Pension Decision
    Ford Motor Company is making tens of thousands of white-collar retirees decide whether they want to keep getting their pension in monthly installments, or get a lump sum payout. Ford sees the unprecedented move as a way to reduce the company's liabilities.
  • Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking
    Is fracking making people sick? The question has ignited a national debate. A proposed study in northern Pennsylvania could help resolve the issue. By mining more than 10 years' worth of patient records, researchers hope to better understand the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on health.
  • 'Cloud City': Like Walking Inside A Kaleidoscope
    A new exhibit has opened on the roof of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's called "Cloud City." The piece stands 28 feet tall, and is composed of 16 many-sided pods.
  • Atlanta Opens New International Air Terminal
    The $1.4 billion project includes 12 new gates and eight security checkpoints. It's designed to allow international travelers to bypass Atlanta's main terminal. Officials hope it will attract more international businesses to Georgia.
  • Poll: Americans Show Support For Compensation Of Organ Donors
    Federal law bans payments for organs. But about 60 percent of Americans support health care credits as compensation for organ donors, the NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll finds.
  • Fischer, Kerrey Win Senate Primary In Nebraska
    Nebraska state Senator Deb Fischer won the Republican nomination Tuesday to run for a U.S. Senate seat in November. She will face former Senator Bob Kerrey, a Democrat who represented the state from 1988-2000.
  • Testimony Winds Down In Edwards Corruption Trial
    This could be the last day of testimony in the John Edwards trial. Edwards was a rising star in the Democratic Party until an extramarital affair derailed his political ambitions. He's charged with accepting secret payments of almost a million dollars to cover up the affair and pregnancy.
  • Bershire Hathaway Buy 10 Million Shares Of GM
    Berkshire Hathaway, owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, spent more than $200 million on the car company. It's the first time Berkshire has invested in an American automaker.

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