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Friday, October 11, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rebekkah BrunsonLynx win growing hometown fan base, along with championship
    The Minnesota Lynx have won their second WNBA basketball championship with a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Dream. And the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis was packed last night for a free viewing of the third match in the best-of-five WNBA championship series.5:35 a.m.
  • Minneapolis actorsHollywood turns to Minneapolis for 'Captain Phillips' casting
    Barkhad Abdi, who plays the pirates' leader, has been mentioned as a possible contender for best supporting actor at this year's Academy Awards.6:44 a.m.
  • MPR meteorologist Mark SeeleyMark Seeley: drought area shrinks; frosty weather on the way
    University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley reports October is off to a surprisingly wet start, but frost hasn't been a problem for most farmers and gardeners...yet.6:50 a.m.
  • E. coliNDSU discovery could reduce E. coli's power to make us sick
    Bacteria are much more dangerous when they form a social network called a biofilm that allows them to communicate and protect each other. Researchers at North Dakota State University have figured out a way to prevent it from forming.7:20 a.m.
  • Lynx roll to WNBA championship
    In sports, the Minnesota Lynx are once again the champions of the WNBA. The Lynx beat the Dream 86-77 in Atlanta last night to win their second championship in three years. The Lynx went undefeated in the post season. Maya Moore was named the MVP of the Finals. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the Lynx, and about University of Minnesota Gopher head football coach Jerry Kill, who's taking an indefinite leave to focus on his health.8:45 a.m.
  • New album celebrates Minnesota lumberjack songs
    Twin Cities musician and scholar Brian Miller has been discovering and preserving the songs that lumberjacks in the northern Minnesota woods were singing in the 19th century. Miller and Randy Gosa will perform Friday, Oct. 11 at the Hinckley Fire Museum in Hinckley, Minn. On Saturday, Oct. 12 they will play at a CD release party at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul.8:48 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Mood Changes: Parties Are Talking About Budget Deadlock
    The partial government shutdown has entered its 11th day. The White House and Republican leaders met on Thursday. And for the first time, there's a sense of optimism that the parties might get the budget standoff settled.
  • In History, House Speaker Has Never Been Removed At Midterm
    There's been a lot of loose talk about how House Speaker John Boehner could lose his job if he doesn't stay on the right side his Tea Party caucus. But House rules actually make it very difficult to get rid of a speaker in the middle of a congressional term.
  • Why Scientists Held Back Details On A Unique Botulinum Toxin
    Journals usually require researchers to reveal genetic sequences for a toxin that is the subject of a scientific paper. The requirement was waived for a new botulinum toxin because of security risks.
  • Snowden's Leaks Lead To More Disclosure From Feds
    Leaks by Edward Snowden prompted the intelligence community to declassify details about super secret phone and Internet surveillance. But with every detail government lawyers release comes the pressure and the legal obligation to release more.
  • 'Captain Phillips' Review And Why Boston's Accent Isn't Easy
    Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, is based on a real-life case of a freighter overtaken by Somali pirates in 2009. You might know the story, but critic Kenneth Turan says this film will exceed your expectations. Plus, Morning Edition investigates what it takes to have a convincing Boston accent.
  • Boulder, Colo., Feels Furloughed Government Workers' Pain
    Boulder, Colo., is home to a large number of non-essential workers furloughed by the government shutdown. The economic impact is beginning to be felt in the city as the political standoff has continued. It is now in its 11th day.
  • The Shutdown News Isn't All Bad For A Few American Indian Tribes
    The government shutdown has some American Indian tribes bracing for the worst. They've seen cuts to food distribution, child care and financial assistance. At the same time, a handful of northern Arizona tribes are seeing an unexpected spike in tourists who were turned away from nearby national parks.
  • Shutdown Is A 'Necessary, Unfortunate Tool'
    Patricia Rucker is the president of her local Tea Party branch in Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Her husband is an essential federal employee who hasn't been paid since the government partially closed. While Patricia is worried how her family will pay their bills if the closure persists, she fully supports the shutdown if it means change in Washington.
  • North Dakota Farmer Finds Major Oil Spill
    A farmer was harvesting when he found crude oil spewing out of the ground and covering an area the size of seven football fields. More than 20,000 barrels have been contained. The oil came out of a pipeline owned by Texas-based Tesoro Logistics.
  • Commissions From Managed-Futures Market Can Wipe Out Profits
    Steve Inskeep talks to David Evans about his investigative piece appearing in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets Magazine. The story, "Fleeced by Fees," is about consumers losing profits on their financial investments due to fees and commissions.

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