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Friday, May 27, 2011

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  • Weather station photoTornado shows how a few seconds can save a life
    In the case of the tornado that hit north Minneapolis on Sunday, residents had at most eight minutes to find shelter after officials activated the first tornado sirens.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyMeteorologist highlights high number of tornados in May
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley who spoke about recent severe weather, and May being the sixth consecutive month of below average temperatures for the Twin Cities.6:55 a.m.
  • Lake CarlosIt's a sunny forecast for Minnesota's tourism industry
    Resorts are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer tourist season. After several slow seasons, there are signs the industry is making a comeback.7:20 a.m.
  • Charles Turck, Hubert Humphrey and Walter MondaleHumphrey's impact far reaching
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Annette Atkins who teaches history at St. John's University and the College of St. Bennedict about Hubert Humphrey. They met at Humphrey's grave in Minneapolis to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth which is today. Humphrey began his political career when he was elected mayor of Minneapolis in 1945. Atkins says Humphrey accomplished a great deal in just four years as mayor, and that led to greater things.7:25 a.m.
  • Killebrew MemorialTwins, past and present, and fans honor Killebrew
    Harmon Killebrew, who died earlier this month from esophageal cancer at the age of 74, was the Twins' first Hall of Famer and first face of the franchise.7:40 a.m.
  • Becky Ervin asks Michele Bachmann a questionBachmann will make it official -- one way or the other -- in June
    Republican Michele Bachmann of Minnesota's 6th District has said she is considering a run for president. She canceled an appearance in Des Moines, Iowa, last night, to remain in Washington for several floor votes. But she spoke to supporters there via video, and said she will make her intentions clear next month.8:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • At G8, Obama Pushes For Aid To Egypt, Tunisia
    Leaders of Egypt and Tunisia, two emerging democracies, joined President Obama and the other seven world leaders meeting at the G8 summit in France on Friday. They were taking part in a discussion on how the world's leading economies can help promote democratic transformation across the Middle East and North Africa.
  • In Pakistan, Doubts Persist Bin Laden Is Dead
    A recent poll found 49 percent of Pakistanis do not believe the al-Qaida chief was killed in the way the U.S. says. The country embraces conspiracy theories – though in all fairness, that could make sense in a place where so many killings go unresolved, and many conspiracy theories turn out to be true.
  • After 4 Decades, ROTC Returns To Yale
    Yale University is the latest elite college to reinstate the Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, back to campus following the repeal of "don' ask, don't tell."
  • Looking For A High-Tech Job? Try Cotton.
    If you want a good job, find a company that creates something that nobody else has. It doesn't have to be computers or biotech; it could be cotton seeds.
  • Of War And Kisses: How Adversity Shapes Culture
    Countries tend to have personalities just like people do. Researchers have set out to define those differences, using a scale that measures how tight a culture's social rules and standards are. It turns out those rules — as simple as where it's appropriate to kiss — are often shaped by a nation's experience with war, crowding and other challenges.
  • Mladic In Serb Prison After 16 Years On The Run
    Former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic faces war crimes charges at the Hague. Adam Smith, author of After Genocide: Bringing the Devil to Justice, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about Thursday's arrest of Mladic, who has been on the run for 16 years.
  • Lebanese Fear Collateral Damage From Syrian Crisis
    The Alawite minority is warning of chaos if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime falls. Their numbers in Lebanon may be small, but the Alawites are well-armed and fiercely loyal to Damascus. That's put residents of the northern city of Tripoli on edge.
  • Google Wants To Make Mobile Banking Common
    Google has introduced new technology that will allow consumers to pay for a lot more things by waving their Android smartphones at cash registers. Google Wallet will, at first, work only on certain phones, and at certain retailers. But the plan is to roll it out more broadly.
  • Hackers Hope Stolen Sony Passwords Are A Payday
    Every day, it seems that Sony announces a new data breach. It's primarily usernames and passwords that are being stolen. Why is the information so valuable?
  • Prominent New Yorkers Say Goodbye To Elaine's
    For decades, Elaine's attracted a who's who of writers, actors, sports stars and politicians. It was a place to see and be seen. Even when it stopped being hip, many kept coming back because of the proprietor Elaine Kaufman. She died nearly six months ago and business dropped off.

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