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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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  • Byron David SmithUnderstanding the line between self defense and murder
    In Minnesota it's legal to own a gun and even shoot an intruder in the name of self-defense but taking the life of another person is a more complicated matter. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Hamline law professor Joseph Olson who has studied self-defense laws and teaches self defense courses, including how to handle a gun.8:25 a.m.
  • Education task forceTask force recommends revamping state education funding
    A state task force is suggesting changes to how the state pays for education as an attempt to create stable and fair funding for Minnesota schools. The effort, however, will face challenges as lawmakers wrestle with the state's budget deficit.10:40 a.m.
  • Talking with a homeless residentAdvocates say progress made in fight against homelessness in Hennepin County
    Advocates for the homeless say they have made progress to end homelessness in Hennepin County. There are 40 percent fewer people sleeping on the streets since 2010 and many more apartments for low-income people. But there's still work to be done, they told a Minneapolis City Council meeting Tuesday.11:20 a.m.
  • Apartment renovationProblem St. Paul apartment buildings re-open with help of private investment
    An east side apartment complex notorious for being unsanitary and even unsafe has been renovated and is opening its doors again. Community leaders are hopeful for the new chapter, but it was painful getting here.11:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Incoming GOP Rep. Yoho Rejects Norquist Pledge
    Amid the current federal budget debate, a handful of Republicans are breaking ranks. They say they're willing to consider tax revenue increases. That goes against a pledge written many years ago by anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist. Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep talks with Florida Congressman-elect Ted Yoho about why, as a new lawmaker, he decided against signing the pledge.
  • Grover Norquist: Pink Unicorns Aren't Real And GOP Won't Break Tax Pledge
    The man behind Republicans' "no new taxes" pledge says Democrats won't propose "real" spending cuts or reforms. It's a fantasy to think they would, Norquist says. So, he says, even those Republicans who are suggesting they might vote for higher tax revenues won't do so.
  • Post-Election, GOP's Immigration Message Evolves
    Electoral math dictates the party change its position on immigration. For Republicans, the old debate was amnesty vs. deportation. But that debate died on election night. The new debate has a new dividing line: legalization vs. citizenship.
  • As Battery Demand Falls, Can Energizer Keep Going?
    Lithium battery sales have fallen dramatically in recent years, as people adopt more and more rechargeable devices. The decreasing need for the batteries has prompted Energizer to close three U.S. plants, including one in northern Vermont.
  • Educators Worry Revamped GED Will Be Too Pricey
    The test long used to demonstrate high school equivalency is getting an overhaul. Many educators agree it's time for an update, but the new GED will be much more expensive and administered only on computers. Some are worried the new exam will be out of reach for many test takers.
  • Damascus Struck By Deadly Car Bombs
    Renee Montagne and David Greene report on bombs in the Syrian capital that hospital officials say have killed 34 people.
  • Opposition Protest In Cairo A Rare Show Of Unity
    Protesters thronged to Tahrir Square on Tuesday night to protest the Egyptian president's recent decision to give himself and a committee drafting a new constitution unchecked power. It was the largest crowd at a demonstration in Egypt since Mohammed Morsi became president last summer and displayed a rare unity of the secular opposition in Egypt.
  • Will China's First Lady Outshine Her Husband?
    She is a wildly popular singer, AIDS activist and major general in the Chinese army. Now, Peng Liyuan is slated to add another title: first lady of China. Peng's husband, Xi Jinping, is expected to become the country's president next year. Military garb has replaced her fabulous costumes as China's image-makers ensure she doesn't overshadow Xi.
  • Online Businesses See Cyber Monday Sales Jump
    The Monday after Thanksgiving is known as Cyber Monday because of all the online shopping deals that are offered up. And this year, online retailers had a field day. A survey by IBM of 500 online businesses found sales jumped 30 percent over last year, as millions of people went online to get their fix of holiday gadgets.
  • HP Mired In Messy Allegations
    Hewlett Packard says it is doing an "intense internal investigation" into its disastrous acquisition of the British software company Autonomy. HP claims it was deceived by Autonomy about the health of the firm's finances. The deal is causing HP to take an $8.8 billion charge against earnings. Autonomy's former CEO has challenged HP to spell out any improprieties it's found.

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