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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Major flooding hits Duluth
    Heavy rains have caused massive flooding in and around Duluth. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Duluth News Tribune reporter Andrew Krueger.5:25 a.m.
  • Emergency crews helping in flood
    Emergency officials are advising no travel in Duluth. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with assistant Duluth fire chief Erik Simonson.6:20 a.m.
  • Minnesota Zoo dolphinsLegislators want review as Minn. Zoo ends dolphin exhibit
    Days after the Legislature approved $4 million for the Minnesota Zoo, it was announced that the popular dolphin exhibit would come to an end. Some legislators say they would have reconsidered their vote had they known the dolphins were leaving the zoo for good.6:25 a.m.
  • Rising water hits Duluth hard
    Floods shuts down Duluth. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Dan Kraker, who's based in Duluth.7:20 a.m.
  • Housing signsHomeowners appeal to city council to curb student housing rentals
    Fed up with loud parties and transient populations that student rentals bring to their St. Paul neighborhood, some homeowners are asking the city council to restrict new student rental housing in the area surrounding the University of St. Thomas. Critics of the proposed restrictions say they will simply create problems for other parts of the city.7:25 a.m.
  • Kramer and his co-instructor Deb DeMeesterWith ALS at semester's end, a teaching career reframed
    It's summer. School's out. Graduates have been urged to step out into the world. Teachers, including Bruce Kramer, tend to look back on the year.7:40 a.m.
  • Roads closed in and around Duluth
    Floods have prompted MNDOT and other officials to close roads. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with MNDOT spokesperson Beth Petrowske.7:55 a.m.
  • Zoo seal on Grand AvenueAfter flood, zoo animals escape; some perish
    Two seals escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth early this morning after heavy rains flooded the facility and surrounding areas. The zoo's polar bear, Berlin, also escaped from her exhibit area, but was returned.8:35 a.m.
  • Pros and cons of Pawlenty for V.P.
    Speculation is running high about who Mitt Romney will choose for a vice presidential running mate. Among the names being tossed around: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Joel Goldstein, a professor at St. Louis University School of Law, and an expert on the vice presidency.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • G-20 Leaders Promise To Promote Economic Growth
    Leaders of the world's biggest economies wrapped up the G-20 summit in Mexico Tuesday with a promise to work together to promote jobs. The meeting comes amid worrisome signs of slowing growth in the United States and elsewhere.
  • Romney's Every Town Counts Tour Ends In Michigan
    On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrapped up a five-day, six-state bus tour called Every Town Counts. He was trying to show voters a more relaxed person than they've seen so far. Romney also honed his attacks against President Obama.
  • Oxford To Honor Suu Kyi After Years Of House Arrest
    Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is getting an honorary doctorate from Oxford Wednesday. Last week, she formally accepted the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. As she tours Europe, Suu Kyi is being honored for her nonviolent political protest against a military junta that kept her under house arrest for most of the last 20 years. But her philosophy of civil disobedience might have to change to fit her new role as a politician back home.
  • Assange Seeks Asylum At Ecuador's London Embassy
    WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has taken refuge at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He's seeking asylum in the South American country. Assange is trying to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he's wanted for questioning related to allegations of sexual assault.
  • NBA Finals: Miami Takes 3-1 Lead Over Oklahoma City
    The Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-98 Tuesday night. Game Five will be played Thursday night. The Heat's LeBron James has been suffering from a left leg injury.
  • Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny
    Some donors willing to write seven-figure checks to superPACs have gotten something they weren't counting on: attention from the political opposition and the media. One donor says he feels like he has a "target strapped on my back."
  • A New Union Battle As Chicago Teachers, Mayor Clash
    Teachers in the country's third-largest school district have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if the city and their union can't come to terms this summer. The vote is just the latest example of the gulf between teachers, Chicago school officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
  • Investors Look To The Fed For An Economic Boost
    Federal Reserve policymakers release their latest statement on the economy Wednesday, and Chairman Ben Bernanke will attempt to explain the Fed's actions in a post-meeting news conference. There are several things the Fed could do to try to boost growth, but whether they'd be effective is debatable.
  • Another Mayor Proposes Ban On Sweet Drinks
    The mayor of Cambridge, Mass., has proposed limiting the size of sodas and sweetened drinks that can be sold in the city. Henrietta Davis said she was inspired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has introduced a ban on sales of oversized sugary drinks in his city.
  • Study: Fat People Burden Earth's Resources
    Linda Wertheimer talks to Dr. Ian Roberts, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Roberts led the research on a new study on global obesity. It shows that weight, not just population size, should be taken into account when planning how to deal with increasing pressure on resources.

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