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Monday, January 14, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Josh DeGreeffHigh Minn. land prices force aspiring farmers to sidelines
    High land prices are making it difficult for young farmers. In one of the most volatile and expensive land markets in history, they generally don't have the financial resources to compete with established producers or investors. For those seeking a start, just renting a few acres is daunting.5:40 a.m.
  • Elmer PierreLawmakers, retailers consider effect of sales tax on clothes
    All but seven of the 50 states tax clothing sales, and the idea of extending the sales tax to clothing in Minnesota has been proposed many times in the Legislature. Supporters say it could help stabilize sales tax revenue, while critics worry that retailers would lose a competitive advantage.6:49 a.m.
  • Minnesota Legislature preview for the week of January 14, 2013
    The new DFL majorities in the House and Senate started the session last week with a message of cooperation and bipartisanship. MPR's Tim Pugmire joins Cathy Wurzer for a look at the week ahead.7:44 a.m.
  • Minnesotans have an appetite for early voting accommodations
    The chairman of the House Elections Committee, DFL-er Steve Simon of St. Louis Park, joins MPR's Cathy Wurzer with a preview of possible legislation this session.8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • 6 Months Of Combat, And No Victor In Syria's Biggest City
    The northern city of Aleppo is split along a front line that's been stagnant recently. The rebels believe they will eventually take the city, but there's no end in sight.
  • Beijing's 'Airpocalypse' Spurs Pollution Controls, Public Pressure
    The air in China's capital has been classified as hazardous to human health for a fifth consecutive day. Environmentalists say it's the worst pollution since monitoring began last year.
  • Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The 'Nones'
    As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. The group of religiously unaffiliated – dubbed "nones"-- has been growing. One-fifth of Americans say they're nones, as are one in three under 30. They're socially liberal and aren't looking for an organized religion.
  • Race Equality Champion Eugene Patterson Dies
    Civil rights advocate Eugene Patterson has died at the age of 89 after being treated for cancer. Patterson was a Pulitzer Prize winning editor and columnist. One of his most memorable columns was written after the church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four girls in 1963.
  • Young Adults Swapping Soda For The Super Buzz Of Coffee
    College students and 20-somethings are drinking less soda these days but more coffee. That means they are getting more caffeine and likely less sleep, which may lead to academic and even health problems down the road.
  • As Hepatitis C Sneaks Up On Baby Boomers, Treatment Options Grow
    Two out of three Americans living with hepatitis C infection are baby boomers, and many will never know the source of their infection. Drugs to treat the disease have many side effects, but dozens of new ones are in the pipeline.
  • Goldman Sachs Timing Bonuses For U.K. Workers
    According to the Financial Times, Goldman Sachs is looking at waiting until the top British tax rate falls by 5 percent in April before paying out bonuses. In December, Goldman paid $65 million in bonuses to its top American-based executives before the tax rate rose for high income earners, as part of the Fiscal Cliff deal.
  • Better Bring Your Own: University Of Vermont Bans Bottled Water
    When students at the University of Vermont resume classes on the snow-covered Burlington campus Monday, something will be missing. UVM is the latest university to ban on-campus sales of bottled water.
  • Football Playoffs Are Moneymakers For NFL, Advertisers
    Just after a heavy weekend of football, Steve Inskeep talks to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal about the business of the NFL in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.
  • Need A Career? Try Making Gelato
    Gelato University in Bologna, Italy, teaches students the art of making Gelato — Italy's creamier version of ice cream. The week-long course costs about $1,200 but it comes with a $1,200 coupon toward the purchase of a gelato maker. The school has more than 6,000 students a year.

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