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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Peavey PlazaPreservationists: Don't demolish Peavey Plaza
    Minneapolis' Peavey Plaza is unsafe, inaccessible and too expensive to maintain, say officials with the city's planning department. They want to replace the park with a newly designed plaza they say will better suit the city's needs. Preservationists say the plan goes too far.7:20 a.m.
  • Park TerraceRemembering some of Duluth's lost architecture
    Architectural historians will tell you that Minneapolis has torn down a number of lovely historic buildings over the decades. In Duluth many historic buildings have also fallen victim to fire or the wrecking ball. There's a new book that celebrates the Twin Ports buildings that have been lost to time called "Lost Duluth."7:25 a.m.
  • GOP Senate candidate Kurt BillsVying for Klobuchar's seat, Bills says he can make 'tough decisions'
    Delegates to the state Republican convention will endorse a candidate for U.S. Senate on Friday. MPR News is looking at what each of the candidates is proposing to do about the nation's budget deficit. Today, it's state Rep. Kurt Bills' turn.7:40 a.m.
  • Gary Schiff and Barb JohnsonShould Minneapolis City Council sign off on a new Vikings stadium?
    Two voices from the council appear on Morning Edition to explore their areas of disagreement.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Not Your Cold War NATO: Alliance To Examine Itself
    This weekend, thousands will descend on Chicago to attend a NATO summit. The gathering will focus on Afghanistan, but discussions will also include the future of NATO itself, and whether it can overcome its shortfalls. Recent missions show just how far the alliance is from the solidarity of its early days.
  • Afghan Justice: A Brief Trial, A Lengthy Sentence
    After decades of war, Afghanistan doesn't have much of a legal system. The Afghan government is struggling to set up a court system and public trials. But it's a slow effort, and the Taliban sometimes offer their own brand of justice.
  • Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story
    Four years ago, an atmospheric scientist near Boulder, Colo., stumbled on surprising air pollution data: The region's levels of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, were far higher than anyone would have expected. What was going on? The search for an answer led straight to the natural gas and oil fields of northern Colorado.
  • Remembering Go-Go Legend Chuck Brown
    James Brown's biographer calls D.C. legend Chuck Brown "the square root of funk."
  • Haitian Boy Rescued At Sea, Now A Coast Guard Grad
    At age 6, Orlando Morel was adrift with other Haitian refugees in the waters off the Florida coast. The U.S. Coast Guard picked them up, he was adopted by an American, and now, at 24, he's a Coast Guard Academy graduate, headed back to those waters for duty.
  • TV Networks Try To Sell Advertisers On Fall Lineups
    David Greene talks to reporter Kim Masters about some of the new TV shows coming out of this year's upfront presentations. The upfronts are when the networks present their fall lineups to advertisers and media. Masters is covering the upfronts for The Hollywood Reporter.
  • How To Make Healthy Eating Easier On The Wallet? Change The Calculation
    Legumes, lentils and beans are good for you, and end up costing less than unhealthy food when you calculate the price per average amount consumed. A new USDA study shows eating healthy is not more expensive, people just need to make the right calorie choices.
  • Foreclosures Are Down For Third Straight Month
    Nationwide, a new RealtyTrack report finds foreclosure rates in April were down 14 percent over last year. The rate is at its lowest level in nearly in five years.
  • Fed: Sizeable Risk From Capitol Hill Gridlock
    The Federal Reserve has unsealed the minutes of its Open Market Committee meeting in April. Fed officials warn that a failure to agree on a federal budget plan could mean businesses will delay hiring plans.
  • Betting Better Fake Chicken Meat Will Be As Good As The Real Thing
    A new Maryland company is betting that its mixture of soy, pea powder, carrot fiber and gluten-free flour tastes a lot like real chicken. Beyond Meat plans to expand into fake pork and ground beef next.

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