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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • West Central Minnesota S.W.A.T. trainingShoestring collaboration with dreams of robots
    Making do is a recurrent theme for the team of 16 officers, deputies, sheriffs and chiefs from a range of western Minnesota law enforcement agencies making up the West Central S.W.A.T.6:45 a.m.
  • Rick NolanNolan wins in 8th; Quist wins in 1st
    Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has won the Democratic primary in the 8th Congressional District over two opponents, according to the AP. In the 1st District, former state Rep. Allen Quist made a political comeback as well, beating his Republican primary challenger.7:20 a.m.
  • VotingTea party wave rolls over Lake Minnetonka's suburbs
    Cindy Pugh, a co-founder of the Southwest Metro Tea Party, easily defeated Republican Rep. Steve Smith, who was the longest serving member in the House.7:25 a.m.
  • European settlers caught in the middle of the US-Dakota War
    This week marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the US-Dakota War of 1862. Historian Annette Atkins from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's Univeristy talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the white settlers who found themselves caught between government corruption and desperate Indians.7:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Backs Wind Energy, Romney Favors Coal
    President Obama was in Iowa Tuesday, touting the electric potential of wind power. Republican rival Mitt Romney was in Ohio, talking up coal. Each candidate accused the other of standing in the way of the rival energy source.
  • Taliban Showing New Willingness On Prisoner Swap
    At issue is the fate of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known U.S. prisoner of war held captive in Afghanistan. The Taliban may be keen to trade him for some of its leaders held at Guantanamo Bay.
  • Movie Documents 'Janesville' After GM Closes Plant
    Renee Montagne talks with documentary maker Brad Lichtenstein about his new film As Goes Janesville. It is an up close look at wrenching changes the Wisconsin town has been through since GM closed a plant there. Janesville is the hometown of Rep. Paul Ryan, who is GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate.
  • My American Dream Sounds Like The White Stripes
    dream hampton says "Little Room" is an inventory of success, but it is also about Detroit right now.
  • British Bank Settles Money Laundering Charges
    Standard Chartered will pay $340 million to settle charges it used its New York branch to hide illegal international transactions. The settlement covers some 60,000 transactions totaling $250 billion, according to regulators. The bank strongly denied the charges at first, but then backed down agreeing to let a monitor oversee its international transactions and pay a fine.
  • The Law — And Reality — Of Gun Access
    Federal law bars certain people with mental illness from buying or owning guns, but the recent shootings — including one in Colorado — and an incident in Maine underscore how difficult it is to actually keep guns from those who are most likely to be dangerous.
  • 'Odd Life Of Timothy Green' Pushes Too Hard
    The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a "when you wish upon a star" fable in the old school Disney style. Though the film's heart is pure, its execution is so cloying and contrived, it brings on tears of frustration.
  • 'New York Times' Names Mark Thompson As CEO
    Mark Thompson is a former BBC executive, and he will face a different business model from the non-profit British broadcaster. The paper is run by a board that's largely elected by a family trust. Thompson will start in November. The paper has been without a chief since last December.
  • Home Depot Reports Earnings Are Up 12 Percent
    The Atlanta-based home improvement chain reported it's beginning to see improving signs in the housing market. Company officials told analysts that homeowners are taking on more small projects around the house.
  • Twitter Lets Customers Skip Recordings, And Make Choices
    Once relegated to one-time promos and marketing campaigns, Twitter is now a tool businesses use to provide customer service. And for some customers, Twitter can be a deciding factor in what companies they do business with.

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