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  • Flaherty, OlsonOne on One: The deadly force gun bill
    Should Minnesotans be allowed to use deadly force to protect themselves outside their immediate home? Two people with opposing viewpoints debate a bill that would expand the state's "castle doctrine."6:50 a.m.
  • Mark Dayton, Kurt ZellersDayton speech presses GOP to back jobs proposals
    Gov. Mark Dayton used his State of the State address to push lawmakers to adopt his top proposals while reminding them that Minnesota voters will render a verdict on their performance in November.7:20 a.m.
  • Super PAC strategist says both sides need to play by same rules
    We're a little more than eight months away from November's presidential election, and already much of the early campaigning has been dominated by third-party groups known as Super PACS.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Romney Family Legacy Lost On Younger Mich. Voters
    GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney is campaigning in Michigan, where he was born. Romney's father was beloved — both as president of a car company, and as Michigan's governor. But that was decades ago, and a new generation feels less devoted to the Romney name.
  • How Does Mitt Romney Stop Rick Santorum's Rise?
    The latest threat to Mitt Romney's front-runner status in the Republican presidential field is Rick Santorum, who is tied with Romney in national polls. Ads from the Romney team define Santorum as a friend of K Street, but the former U.S. senator's conservative credentials may help him with Republican primary voters.
  • BP's Oil Slick Set To Spill Into Courtroom
    Testimony in one of the most complex environmental lawsuits ever to reach trial is scheduled to begin at the end of the month. Shrimpers, waiters, housekeepers and others have joined in a federal lawsuit to determine who is responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil spill and how to compensate those affected.
  • Former Rutgers Student Faces Hate Crime Trial
    Jury selection is scheduled to begin Friday in the trial of Dharun Ravi. The former Rutgers University student is charged with using a webcam to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi, who later committed suicide. Ravi faces 15 counts. The most serious charge, bias intimidation, is a hate crime, which carries a possible sentence of 10 years in prison.
  • Age Discrimination Suits Jump, But Wins Are Elusive
    More Americans are working later into their lives, either because they want to or because they have to. For older people who are looking for work, age discrimination is a major barrier. But proving bias can be difficult.
  • Retirement Communities Find Niche With Gay Seniors
    As gay and lesbian people age, finding suitable retirement housing can be a unique challenge. Some facilities allow only married couples to live together, and many gay seniors fear a cold shoulder from staff or fellow retirees. Now, some retirement homes have begun catering specifically to LGBT seniors.
  • Moody's Warns More Credit Downgrades Are Coming
    The U.S. rating agency Moody's announced Thursday morning more downgrades are on the horizon — this time for nearly 20 global banks and dozens of additional European firms. Names like Morgan Stanley and UBS could see their long-term credit ratings affected. It's another indicator of the wide reach of Europe's debt crisis.
  • Apple Urged To Fix Apps That Access Address Books
    Apple is under pressure by consumers and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to enforce its rules when it comes to iPhone apps that upload users address books. Several social media apps, such as Facebook and Twitter, can gain access to a phone's address book, and users often aren't warned what's happening.
  • Many Jobs May Be Gone With The Wind Energy Credit
    The wind power industry in this country has grown fast in recent years, but that could come to a screeching halt if Congress doesn't renew a tax credit that wind farms get for the power they produce. Tens of thousands of jobs now depend on the tax credit, as more wind turbine manufacturers have taken root in the U.S.
  • Kellogg Picks Up A Snack From Procter & Gamble
    Kellogg, the name behind many offerings in the cereal aisle, will now have its name on cans of Pringles. It has purchased the potato chip brand from Procter & Gamble for $2.7 billion.

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