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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The Mississippi DeltaMississippi River's 1926 dead zone holds lessons for Gulf of Mexico today
    Here in the land of 10,000 lakes, zebra mussels and Asian carp have generally topped the list of recent marine environmental concerns. But in the 1920s, before wastewater treatment plants were built, there were far bigger problems.7:25 a.m.
  • Hazelden, Betty Ford Center say they'll merge
    If the merger is approved, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will be the largest non profit addiction treatment provider in the U.S. It will keep its headquarters in Center City, Minn.8:25 a.m.
  • Musical benchSusan Solarz builds a bench for rest (and to pound on)
    Susan Solarz is a sculptor on a mission: to provide more comfortable seating in St Paul - and maybe a little music too. She has made a musical bench out of 270 pieces of PVC pipe. It's designed to be durable, rain-resistant spot for someone to rest their legs, but not someone who wants to take a sleep.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate More Than Likely To Keep Obamacare Intact
    Congress has just days to avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts next Tuesday. Standing in the way is a House provision that cuts off all funding for the health care law known as Obamacare. The aim is to cripple that program just when its major provisions are about to kick in. But the Senate is not expected to pass any bill that defunds or delays Obamacare.
  • House GOP Group Forces Boehner To Choose Sides
    A GOP group in the House is behind an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act through the process of keeping the federal government funded. Speaker John Boehner may have to choose whether to stand by them and force a government shutdown, or makes a deal with Democrats to avert it. Steve Inskeep talks to former Ohio Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette for insight into Boehner's dilemma.
  • U.S. Soldier Fights For Afghan Interpreter Who Saved His Life
    The American military's Special Immigrant Visa Program is designed to grant those in Iraq and Afghanistan who help U.S. forces get visas, especially those whose actions put them in danger. But an interpreter who took up arms to save an American soldier and now faces Taliban death threats has been forced into hiding.
  • Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History
    The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to string a new transmission line project near a cave that contains ancient paintings. The site is considered sacred by Northwest tribes, and one landowner says, "These cultural sites are worth protecting."
  • Wild Weather Tied To Unusual Jet Stream Activity
    The usually well-behaved ribbon of high winds that runs eastward across North America has wandered all over the place recently, and even split in two. That's caused a whole host of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere, including the recent rains in Colorado, bitter cold in Florida and a heat wave in Alaska.
  • What Happens When Stores Let Customers Return Whatever They Want?
    L.L. Bean has taken back a live Christmas wreath that had turned brown and a shirt ripped by a rescue crew after a car accident. Is that any way to run a business?
  • Chinese Online Retailer To Shift IPO To U.S.
    China's biggest online retailer, the Alibaba Group, reportedly has decided it will not launch its Initial Public Offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Instead, it wants to bring the IPO to New York. Alibaba processed $170 billion in transactions last year — more than Amazon and eBay combined.
  • Moroccan Women Have 'Greater Opportunities' In Business
    Nezha Hayat is the first woman to serve on the board of directors of a bank in Morocco. She is involved in running the Casablanca Stock Exchange, and she's pushing for more women to play decision-making roles in the country's economy. David Greene talks to Hayat about her experience rising through the ranks of a field dominated by men.
  • Ellison Skips Out On Keynote Address At Oracle Conference
    Larry Ellison — the billionaire CEO of Oracle — was scheduled to deliver a keynote address on Tuesday at Oracle OpenWorld. Thousands showed up or tuned in remotely, but the nation's third-richest man didn't show up. Instead, he was watching Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup.
  • Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums
    According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, "premiums nationwide will ... be around 16 percent lower than originally expected," and 95 percent of uninsured people live in a state with average premiums that are lower than expected.

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