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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

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  • Working with a patientAmerican Indian health advocates bridge gaps in care
    Doctors and others who work with American Indians say using specially designated advocates can improve care for American Indian patients while they're in the hospital -- and improve health outcomes once they return home.6:45 a.m.
  • Eric StahlHomeowners tapping super-efficient water heaters to save money
    Thousands of homeowners in Minnesota are saving money and electricity by using super-efficient water heaters that can be heated at night and provide hot water all day.6:50 a.m.
  • Child protection among losers in first round of budget cuts
    Republicans have said cuts to state spending would not impact the state's most vulnerable residents, but their first budget bill may break that promise.7:07 a.m.
  • DNR issues special hunting permits to aid in CWD testing efforts
    The DNR is issuing special hunting permits near the area where a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease last fall. The permits allow landowners to shoot whitetail deer as part of a special harvest to test for the fatal brain disease. Cathy Wurzer spoke with MPR reporter Elizabeth Baier from our Rochester bureau to talk about this and other stories in southeastern Minnesota.9:00 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Checking Up On Michelle Obama's Anti-Obesity Effort
    This week, first lady Michelle Obama is promoting the first anniversary of her Let's Move! initiative — aimed at solving the problem of childhood obesity. Many in the public health community have applauded her efforts, but some Republicans say the campaign smacks of government overreach.
  • Obama's Rhetoric: A 'Bear Hug' To Business?
    In recent public speeches, President Obama has increasingly used words like "investment" and "competitiveness." Linguist John McWhorter says the president's use of that terminology "gives the business world a kind of oral bear hug in some very rhetorically effective ways."
  • In Egyptian Uprising, A Tale Of Two Risks For U.S.
    U.S. policymakers face a dilemma: The democratic process in Egypt, if allowed to run its course, could bring to power a new government unsupportive of U.S. priorities. But if the democratic process is blocked, the outcome could be equally damaging to U.S. interests.
  • Certain Breast Cancer Patients May Nix Node Surgery
    A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association is causing a stir among doctors who treat breast cancer. It says many women who have breast cancer cells in their underarm lymph nodes don't need more surgery to remove other nodes in that area.
  • Without Language, Large Numbers Don't Add Up
    A new study offers clues about just how much language affects humans' understanding of numbers. Researchers found that Nicaraguans who were born deaf and never learned Spanish or formal sign language developed gestures to express approximate amounts but not exact numbers.
  • Jailed American's Case Stokes Fury In Pakistan
    U.S. officials say the American accused of murder is a diplomat who is being held illegally. But their silence on key questions surrounding the man and the exact nature of his job is helping to keep the controversy alive.
  • Le Pen's Daughter Takes Over National Front Party
    In France, the far right National Front party has a new leader. Marine Le Pen has taken over from her father, who founded the party. She wants to move the long vilified party closer to the country's political mainstream.
  • Many Automakers Report Increases In Sales, Profits
    Leading the way are Germany's carmakers, including Audi. The luxury brand — which is owned by Volkswagen — says global sales rose more than 20 percent. An Audi official said January was the best on record.
  • Probe: Driver Error Caused Unintended Acceleration
    The Transportation Department says an investigation into sudden, unintended acceleration of Toyotas shows they were caused by mechanical problems, not electronic glitches. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says NASA engineers examined hundreds of thousands of lines of software code to look for flaws.
  • Detroit Housing Offer Lures Cops Back From Suburbs
    Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has come up a new effort to revitalize the city: He's offering renovated homes in Detroit to police officers for as little as $1,000 down. The idea is to lure them back and to improve public safety. More than half of the 3,000 officers live outside the city.

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