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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Before dam was removedDNR removing old dams at slow pace
    Minnesota has 1,300 small dams on its rivers and streams. The DNR says at least 100 of them should be repaired, torn down or modified to improve fish habitat. The agency is in a race against time to fix the dams before more of them fail.6:35 a.m.
  • Essayist thanks a special group of veterans
    Minnesota Public Radio essayist Peter Smith has something to say on this Veteran's day. He would like to thank veterans everywhere -- and one small group of vets in particular.6:55 a.m.
  • New Border Patrol stationBorder Patrol increases visibility at new International Falls station
    The U.S. Border Patrol this week celebrated the opening of a new border station in International Falls, a $6.8 million facility that points to the agency's growing focus on Northern Minnesota, another sign that the federal agency has become much more visible in the region since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.7:20 a.m.
  • GravestonesHonoring the fallen at Fort Snelling National Cemetery
    Cathy Wurzer went to the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with history professor Annette Atkins to learn more about the history of that sacred place.7:25 a.m.
  • R.W. Johnson, longtime Anoka County attorney, WWII vet, dies
    R.W. Johnson, former Anoka County attorney and World War II combat veteran, has died at the age of 93. Johnson, who served as county attorney for 32 years, is remembered as a pillar of his community.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iraqis Reach Tentative Deal On New Government
    After an eight-month stalemate, officials in Iraq have a tentative agreement on a new government. The deal expected to be ratified by Parliament on Thursday looks a lot like the previous government, with a few exceptions.
  • Shinseki On Efforts To Help Troops Returning From War
    On this Veteran's Day, Steve Inskeep talks with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki about his efforts to improve the lives of veterans. We ask what this administration has done to improve mental health resources for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Alaska's Write-In Ballot Count In Progress
    The hand count of write-in ballots got under way in the Alaska Senate race Wednesday. The GOP nominee is challenging a raft of write-in ballots that could give the election to incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who ran as an independent.
  • Sen. Rubio: 'Tea Party Poster Boy' Or GOP Insider?
    Marco Rubio is one of the rising stars of the Senate's incoming freshman class. He has become a national face of the Tea Party movement. But he's also a career politician and a former leader of Florida's GOP establishment. So, many are asking, which Marco Rubio will show up to the Senate?
  • Eyeless Larvae 'See' With Full Body Nerve Cells
    Fruit fly larvae like burrowing in the dark, but they have a problem: They don't have eyes. Now scientists in California have shown that the larvae's entire bodies are covered with nerve cells that can detect light.
  • No Place To Call Home For Many Female Veterans
    In the past decade, the number of female vets who have become homeless has nearly doubled to roughly 6,500, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Most of them are younger than 35. But many are not turning to the VA for help, including Cherish Cornish, who found temporary housing from a nonprofit in Brockton, Mass.
  • Some Veterans Return With 'Hidden' Vision Problems
    At least 6,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets have suffered visual damage as a result of brain injury, but many may not even realize it. Sometimes just being near an IED blast can be enough to cause brain injury called hemianopsia and a partial loss of vision.
  • Wal-Mart Offers Free Shipping Online For Holidays
    Consumers may look at it as an extra stocking stuffer, but for Wal-Mart's online rivals it could be the grinch who stole a lot of Christmas sales. According to the New York Times, Wal-mart is offering free shipping for many online purchases. Wal-Mart says it's serving penny-pinching consumers. But the free shipping -- which runs through Dec. 20 -- is a strike at Amazon, one of Wal-Mart's big online competitors.
  • Forecast For Holiday Hiring Looks Up
    Two years ago in the run-up to the holiday season, the retail picture looked bleak, both for seasonal hiring and consumer spending. Both improved in 2009, and retailers are hiring again this holiday season, with many planning to bring on more temporary help than last year. Reporter Shannon Mullen stopped by a major video game retailer's holiday job fair at a mall in Burlington, Mass., to find out what kind of seasonal workers the company is looking for, and who's applying.
  • EPA Gives States Guidelines On Industrial Emissions
    The Environmental Protection Agency has come out with new rules for states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other large industrial polluters. The rules go into effect at the beginning of next year and apply only to new facilities and major expansions of existing plants.

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