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Monday, August 13, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • LRT securityHD cameras and station design intended to enhance LRT security
    High-definition surveillance cameras are just one security feature that light rail planners considered when designing the 18 new stops along the Central Corridor.6:05 a.m.
  • Plainview farmer Michael ZabelFor Minn. corn farmers, a patchwork of lean vs. plenty
    While there are some dry spots around Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the state's farmers will produce slightly more corn this year than last year.6:50 a.m.
  • Former Minnesota Gov. Tim PawlentyPawlenty's future might lie in Romney Cabinet or 2014 Senate race
    Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Sunday he was not disappointed he wasn't picked for the vice presidential slot. One political expert says he might get a Cabinet position in a Romney administration, or run in 2014 against DFL Sen. Al Franken.7:20 a.m.
  • Janatopoulos with votersRange prepares to replace veteran lawmaker Rukavina
    The competition to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack has received most of the political attention in northeast Minnesota. But there's another hotly contested DFL primary under way in the region: The battle to be the DFL's nominee to replace state Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia.7:25 a.m.
  • Dry corn plantsIs it possible to reverse global warming?
    July was the 10th straight month that the average temperature in Minnesota was above normal. Is this a preview of the type of weather that will be normal in the future? Is there anything that can be done to reverse the trend?8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Disagrees With Romney-Ryan Economic Vision
    President Obama says he wants this campaign to be about ideas and differing outlooks for the future. The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate offers the chance for just such a fight. Ryan is the author of a conservative and controversial budget.
  • Ryan Offers Bold Ideas To GOP Presidential Ticket
    GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan stopped off in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin Sunday. Ryan has represented Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District for 14 years. In that time, he's gained national attention for proposing sweeping changes to the way government works while also watching out for his constituents.
  • Fla. Voters To Decide Contentious GOP Primary
    Florida's 7th Congressional District was born out of redistricting. It pits longtime Rep. John Mica against freshman Rep. Sandy Adams. She has the backing of the Tea Party, but he raised more money. The contest has been particular nasty, with both candidates bringing distinct ideologies and styles.
  • Consumer Bureau Targets Improper Floreclosures
    The head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau says he wants to "extend new protections to consumers against the kind of shabby customer service and law-breaking by mortgage servicers that has been so thoroughly documented." The bureau has proposed new rules to help homeowners facing foreclosure. But housing advocates say it will all depend on enforcement.
  • Egypt's Military Chiefs Dismissed By New President
    Egypt's first freely elected president made history Sunday when he ousted top military chiefs. Mohammed Morsi had been hesitant to confront the country's top brass, who've long been suspicious of the Islamist leader. But in one fell swoop, Morsi shifted the balance of power, ordered top generals into retirement and asserted civilian authority over the military leadership.
  • Got Heartburn? Maybe You Should Rethink Your Drink
    Spicy, acidic foods and heavy meals often get blamed when we experience heartburn. But researchers say that uncomfortable feeling may also be linked to what we're drinking: namely, alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated beverages.
  • Too Much Calcium Could Cause Kidney, Heart Problems, Researchers Say
    Calcium has been touted to stave off osteoporosis and promote bone health. But new research suggests going overboard on calcium consumption could lead to kidney stones or even a heart attack.
  • Gasoline Prices Keep Moving Higher
    Prices at the pump jumped 18 cents over the last couple weeks which is the biggest increase so far this year. The Lundberg Survey shows that heading into the weekend, the national average price of a gallon of self-serve was $3.69. Analysts say the spike is in part because of some refinery and pipeline issues across the country.
  • Poland Watches Warily As Euro Crisis Spreads
    Poland is part of the EU but hasn't yet adopted the euro single currency. An economic success story during rough times, Poland's economy grew an average of nearly 4 percent annually since 2008. But now there is concern that the crisis in the eurozone may threaten the country's post-communist run of prosperity.
  • Math Model Helps Predict Olympic Medal Winners
    Researchers used economic principles to predict which countries would win the most medals at the London Olympic Games. The study was 95 percent accurate for the 2008 games. And this time around, it was 97.7 percent accurate.

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