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  • Michele BachmannMinnesota's Washington delegates differ on federal government shutdown
    Like many people in the United States, members of the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington are frustrated that the shutdown furloughed thousands of federal employees - among them many of the police and support personnel that keep the massive Capitol complex running.6:45 a.m.
  • Kline defends Republicans over shutdown
    Of all the members of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation, Republican Rep. John Kline is closest to the House leadership. He is a committee chairman and a 10-year veteran of budget battles in Congress. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the partial federal government shutdown that's entered its second day.7:20 a.m.
  • MNsure websiteWith a few glitches, MNsure goes live
    The massive, $100 million information technology project wasn't without glitches Tuesday afternoon. Most notably, the website wasn't always able to verify the identity of potential consumers.7:25 a.m.
  • New granddaughterPhotos, technology change self-perception
    As we get older, there's no denying that our bodies change. Photographs of ourselves can be startling, sometimes unnerving reminders of those changes.7:35 a.m.
  • Official: MNsure running smoothly today
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with April Todd-Malmlov, the executive director of MNsure, Minnesota's online health care exchange marketplace. That website and those serving other states launched yesterday with some technical glitches.8:25 a.m.
  • Osmo VanskaIs the Minnesota Orchestra doomed after Vanska's departure?
    The Minnesota Orchestra is now without a music director and principal conductor. As he had threatened, Osmo Vanska resigned from that position yesterday after the planned concerts at Carnegie Hall were cancelled. The concerts, which were supposed to happen in November, were called off because of the orchestra's labor dispute which has been going on for over a year. Replacing Vanska will be a challenge for the orchestra for a number of reasons. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke about that with Drew McManus, a Chicago-based arts consultant and author of the orchestra business blog, Adaptistration.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Why Ted Cruz Looms Large In Government Shutdown Drama
    As the government shutdown continues, the House of Representatives has turned to a new strategy: trying to pass small bills to keep popular pieces of the government open. That strategy, as with others in this fight, is credited to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
  • U.S. Government Closes For Another Day, No End In Sight
    It's Day 2 of the partial shutdown of the federal government. Republicans do not seem ready to compromise on defunding the Affordable Care Act. There are no negotiations between the White House and Congress.
  • Did Kenyan Soldiers Loot Mall During Fight With Terrorists?
    The allegations have shaken people in Nairobi, who just a week ago were hailing the soldiers as heroes after Islamic militants stormed an upscale mall and killed dozens. President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to set up a commission to look into lapses in intelligence and security, and to investigate the accusations.
  • Can Millet Take On Quinoa? First, It'll Need A Makeover
    The grain hasn't quite taken off yet, partly because of perception issues. But farmers are optimistic that the grain, which is high in protein and gluten-free, can compete with quinoa.
  • iPad Program At L.A. Schools Needs Fine Tuning
    Steve Inskeep talks to Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy about the district's $1 billion iPad initiative, which aims to put a tablet in the hands of every student over the next year. The plan has prompted questions about the role of technology in the classroom, and the extent to which it can enhance teaching and improve student achievement.
  • Dekle First Female President At An Iraqi University
    Dawn Dekle has made a career out of running schools in conflict zones. She is the newest president of the American University of Iraq. Previously, she was provost of the American University of Afghanistan. Renee Montagne talks to Dekle about her unique work.
  • U.S. Vehicle Sales Fell In September
    U.S. auto sales slipped 4 percent last month. The only major winners were Ford and Chrysler as automakers were dragged down by a quirk of the calendar and the beginning signs of skittish consumers.
  • World Immigration Called 'Win-Win' For Rich Nations, And Poor
    The number of people who leave their countries to work abroad is soaring, according to the United Nations, which is meeting on the subject this week. More than 200 million people now live and work outside their country of origin, up from 150 million a decade ago.
  • Businesses Cater To Furloughed Government Workers
    In Washington, D.C., dozens of businesses are running shutdown specials for government employees. Furloughed workers can head to several local eateries for a cup of coffee, cupcakes and even pizza — all free when they show a government ID.
  • Day 2 Of Government Shutdown Affects Variety Of Workers
    Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are off the job, while the government remains partially closed for a second day. Most government workers say they are frustrated by the closure as Congress remains in a standoff over the budget.

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