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Friday, February 22, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Document: Southwest LRT technical issues to solve
    Engineers are beginning to hammer out the design specifics of the Southwest LRT. They've identified 25 technical issues they need to solve to make the design work.6:20 a.m.
  • Kelly Terry, Sarah Davis, Saige PacholokU of M women's hockey team goes for a perfect season
    The defending national champion University of Minnesota Women's hockey team goes for its 41st straight win tonight on the road against St. Cloud State. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talks with head coach Brad Frost about his record-setting team.6:50 a.m.
  • MPR meteorologist Mark SeeleyWet, warm weather is on the way
    University of Minnesota meteorologist Mark Seeley talks with Morning Edition'S Cathy Wurzer about the winter storm affecting a large portion of the Midwest. Plus, a new seasonal outlook calls for weather that is wetter and warmer than usual.6:55 a.m.
  • State of the StateTax overhaul: How Minnesota compares to other states
    Many states are in the middle of major tax overhauls. Minnesota's governor is proposing to expand the sales tax and lower the corporate tax rate while loopholes are eliminated and tax rates raised on the wealthiest individuals in the state.7:20 a.m.
  • St. Paul Police DepartmentSt. Paul police crime lab review: Prosecutors will reconsider some drug convictions
    Ramsey and Dakota County prosecutors, prompted by independent reports that found serious flaws in the St. Paul police crime lab, will reconsider certain drug convictions in the past two years.7:40 a.m.
  • Musician BeckLocal artists take on the Beck Song Reader
    Some local musicians have accepted a creative challenge presented by Beck, who's eager to hear how different musicians interpret his compositions. The Current's David Campbell discussed the project and the latest edition of Local Current Live with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:43 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Ex-Inmates Speak Out About Labor Camps As China Considers 'Reforms'
    In China, authorities can send people to re-education through labor camps for years without trial. Beijing says it is considering reforms to the notorious system, though it's not clear what that might mean. The people who know the camps best — former prisoners — say closing them is long overdue.
  • Missing London Mural Up For Auction In Miami
    A mural by the mysterious graffiti artist Banksy was removed from a wall in London and turned up at a Miami auction house for sale Saturday. London neighbors are protesting, the auctioneers will only say that it was not obtained illegally, and Banksy, as usual, isn't talking.
  • Feds Set New Rules For Controversial Bird Flu Research
    In early 2012, experiments that made H5N1 bird flu more contagious caused an uproar. People feared that mutant viruses could escape the lab and kill people. To prevent a repeat, the government has unveiled a policy describing how scientists should study dangerous pathogens and toxins.
  • Up For Best Picture: 'Life Of Pi', 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'
    Morning Edition goes back into the archives to hear from the directors of two films nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, which will be handed out Sunday. Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin, both have elements of magical realism.
  • 1 Week Later: Following Up On Destructive Meteorite
    A flaming meteor streaked through the skies over Russia last Friday. It exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs over the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk. A thousand people were injured; most of them were watching it and were cut when the shock wave shattered windows.
  • Honey, It's Electric: Bees Sense Charge On Flowers
    Bees and flowers communicate in colors, scents and shapes. Now scientists have discovered that bumblebees can also sense flowers' electric fields. This sixth sense helps them remember and recognize nectar-rich blooms while foraging.
  • At A Trade Show, Power Tools Fit For The Amish
    The Amish don't drive and don't connect to the electrical grid. Yet a growing number of Amish people are leaving farming for manufacturing. That means they need tools — and power.
  • Obama To Urge Japan To Join Trans-Pacific Partnership
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Obama at the White House Friday for discussions that will focus on both security and economic issues. The U.S. is pushing Japan to join a regional trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but Japan wants the U.S. to agree to special conditions first.
  • Boeing Believes It Has Safety Fix For 787s
    Boeing is formally laying out its case for the 787s to be returned to the sky. The Dreamliner has been grounded since last month when batteries overheated. Senior company officials meet with the FAA administrator Friday.
  • Oscar Swag Bag Isn't What It Used To Be
    On Sunday, nominees who don't win an Academy Award will take home more than $47,000 worth of consolation gifts. Sounds like a nice haul but in 2010, the swag was worth more than $90,000.

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