Climatologist talks about ice forming on some lakes MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about reports of some lakes and ponds in Minnesota beginning to freeze as winter approaches. Seeley also has the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
Mementos to be salvaged as Metrodome is set to retire With its Teflon-coated fiberglass ceiling, the Metrodome opened in 1982 and has since lived up to its nickname as Minnesota's "rec room." With just 45 days left before retiring the stadium, the tenants are getting ready to move out and taking some mementos of the place's history with them.8:25 a.m.
Unusual circumstance hasn't stopped a top Minn. college football team The Minnesota State Mankato football team looks to complete a perfect regular season tomorrow when they take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team and some strange circumstances it has had to handle along the way.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Apologizes, Offers Fix To Insurance Cancellations
President Obama has acknowledged the fumbled rollout of his signature health care law has hurt his credibility and that of fellow Democrats. He offered a minor change to the law in hopes of calming Democratic nerves, and beating back bigger changes proposed by House Republicans.
Health Care Cancellation Cure Could Lead To Higher Premiums
The health care fix announced by President Obama on Thursday may be good news for some consumers, but it creates a big headache for insurance companies and regulators. An insurance industry trade group warns the last-minute change could destabilize the market and lead to higher premiums.
Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Rules
The Philippine disaster is an example why it increasingly makes sense to buy food close to where its needed rather than ship it across the globe. Most U.S. food aid, though, travels to hotspots from U.S. ports. Critics say that wastes time and money.
With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops
Nervous over a steep spike in armed robberies, several Oakland, Calif., neighborhoods have pooled funds to hire private security patrols. And while some residents feel safer, others worry that there is no one policing the private police force.
In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise
France is deep in debate, wondering if there's a resurgence of an old colonial racism, or if people have just become more tolerant of bigots. The questions stem from a series of race-based taunts against Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is black.
Bacterial Competition In Lab Shows Evolution Never Stops
Day after day, workers at Michigan State University care for and feed colonies of evolving bacteria. The original microbes have produced more than 50,000 generations in the 25 years since the experiment began. Despite predictions the bacteria might someday reach a point where they would evolve no more, the results show they keep changing.
A Rancher And A Conservationist Forge An Unlikely Alliance
Scientists suspect that warming air and rivers, as well as smaller winter snowpack, is endangering western trout. But on a ranch in Montana, methods to protect trout from the effects of cattle ranching are helping the trout become more resilient to the inevitable change in their environment.
Lockheed Martin To Close Plants, Lay Off Workers
Lockheed Martin says it's forced to reduce costs as federal defense spending declines. The nation's largest military contractor announced plans on Thursday to eliminate 4,000 jobs over the next year and a half. It also plans to close plants in several states including California, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Judge: Google's Book Copying Doesn't Violate Copyright Law
Google has prevailed in a long-running lawsuit over the millions of books the company has digitally scanned without permission from authors and publishers. A U.S. Circuit Court judge has ruled that it's "fair use" when Google scans portions of books for public to use.
Game Consoles Marketed As Multimedia Living Room Boxes
PlayStation 4 is out, and next week, the new Xbox is released. These systems do a whole lot more than just play video games. Microsoft in particular is selling non-gamers on its system's television features. For more, Steve Inskeep talks to Christopher Grant, editor-in-chief of the video game website Polygon.