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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Obama sign executive ordersSome gun rights supporters dispute data on firearms used in self-defense
    More than 20 years ago, the CDC angered gun rights supporters when it reported that a gun in the home is more likely to be used on the resident than on an intruder. Some Minnesota gun owners dispute the data, and say having a gun at home has helped them protect their families and their property.6:55 a.m.
  • Tom BarrettSlow revenue from electronic pull-tabs concerns lawmakers
    State officials concede they are likely to miss even revised estimates of how well electronic pull-tabs will perform financially, concluded a House commerce committee meeting which examined the plan to pay for the new Vikings stadium. The situation has Minnesota lawmakers pondering backups for their backup plans.7:20 a.m.
  • New brewerySmall breweries making big boom across Minnesota
    Minnesota is catching up with the rest of the country and experiencing a "beer boom." In just the last two years, the number of breweries in the state has nearly doubled, driving a proliferation of local beers.7:25 a.m.
  • Sheriff says he won't enforce federal gun laws
    Some county sheriffs around the country have announced that they will not enforce new federal gun laws that they feel are unconstitutional. One of them is the sheriff in Minnesota's Pine County, Robin Cole. Sheriff Cole explained his position to Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Calls On Congress To Act To Reduce Gun Violence
    President Obama has signed into law 23 executive orders allowing federal agencies to strengthen the existing background check system and improve the tracking of stolen guns. But the big items like universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines will need congressional action.
  • Gun Makers Worry Revamped Laws Will Hurt Bottom Line
    President Obama's gun control proposals pit the White House against the gun industry and its powerful lobbying groups. Some of the proposals — especially a ban on assault weapons — could take a bite out of gun makers' revenue.
  • On Religion, Some Young People Show Both Doubt And Respect
    NPR's David Greene talks with a group of young adults who've struggled with the role of faith and religion in their lives. They do not speak of emptiness without religion, but recognize that it fills needs. They talk of having respect for religion, but say that it's not something they identify with now.
  • Mali Ground War Battles Militant Islamists
    French and Malian troops are directly engaging the rebels in combat. For an update on how the fighting is going, Renee Montagne talks to Sudarsan Raghavan, a correspondent for The Washington Post, who is covering events from the capital Bamako.
  • Obama's Plans For Guns Put Focus On Mental Health Of The Young
    The president's push to address gun violence and mental health centers largely on training teachers and others who work with children, teens and young adults to recognize illness as it's developing.
  • Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings
    A New York law that requires mental health professionals to report potentially violent patients probably won't accomplish much, specialists say. Studies show that even highly trained professionals are often wrong about which patients become violent.
  • Car Sales In Europe Decline
    Demand for new cars in the European Union dropped more than 16 percent in December — making last year's sales figures the worst in nearly two decades. Greece, Portugal and Italy all had sales declines of between 20 and 40 percent last year, but even stronger economies like France and Germany experienced declines as well.
  • How Is The Housing Industry's Recovery Faring?
    The Federal Reserve has released its latest snapshot of the state of the U.S. economy. Retail and auto sales were up slightly over the year before — as was activity in the housing sector. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, about housing's recovery.
  • FBI Arrests Dozens In Garbage Pickup Case
    Federal authorities in New York have charged 32 people with using threats of violence to control garbage pickup routes in New York City and its suburbs. Officials say many of the suspects have ties to organized crime.
  • Employee Outsources His Own Job To China
    What began as a company's suspicion that its infrastructure was being hacked turned into a case of a worker outsourcing his own job to a Chinese consulting firm. That's according to reports that cite an investigation by Verizon's security team. The man was earning a six-figure salary.

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