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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • IBM Rochester'Stunned silence' as IBM breaks news to Rochester employees
    IBM's decision this week to move some of its Minnesota operations to New York and Mexico has some wondering how much longer the company will stay in Rochester. The extent of cuts to the company's workforce is yet undisclosed.6:45 a.m.
  • R.T. RybakFiling fee to run for Minneapolis mayor could climb much higher
    Candidates who want to run for Minneapolis mayor may have to pay a higher fee to enter the race. The city's Charter Commission is proposing a raised filing fee of $250, up from $20. Supporters say the move will weed out "frivolous candidates," but critics call it undemocratic.7:20 a.m.
  • Female rockers have a rich history in the Twin Cities
    Sunday night, in honor of Women's History Month, blogger Andrea Swensson will take over the host's chair on "The Local Show" which is heard on our sister station, The Current. In addition to playing some of the great rock music created by Minnesota women over the years, she will interview a few of the pioneering figures from the scene. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Swensson about the upcoming show.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate Panel To Consider 4 Gun Control Measures
    The bills that would restrict the right to own and sell some guns will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. It's the most progress gun legislation has made in nearly two decades, in the aftermath of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
  • In Post-Revolution Egypt, Fears Of Police Abuse Deepening
    Widespread police brutality under Hosni Mubarak helped fuel the uprising of 2011. But two years later, many say the police have begun to act like armed gangs, meting out collective punishment in restive areas. The police say they are the victims, under attack by anti-government protesters.
  • The 'Big Data' Revolution: How Number Crunchers Can Predict Our Lives
    Companies and governments have access to an unprecedented amount of digital information, much of it personal: what we buy, what we search for, what we read online. Kenneth Cukier, co-author of the book Big Data, describes how data-crunching is becoming the new norm.
  • Law Targets Sexual Violence On College Campuses
    When President Obama signs an updated version of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday afternoon, the law will include new requirements for how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault.
  • Challenge To Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban Grows From Adoption Case
    A federal judge could rule as soon as Thursday in the case, which comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is also set to deal with gay marriage later this month. In Michigan, a lesbian couple sued because the state bans same-sex couples from adopting kids. Then, the judge invited them to go even further.
  • Andrew Sullivan Is Doing Fine
    Two months ago, the popular political blogger left the comfortable world of big media and struck out on his own. His bold new plan: Ask readers to pay to subscribe to his blog.
  • Time Warner To Spin Off Magazine Unit
    A statement from the company says that unit will become a separate publicly-traded company by the end of the year, and allow Time Warner to focus on its TV side. Time Warner had been in talks to combine its magazines with another company but those negotiations broke down.
  • BP Bows Out Of Solar, But Industry Outlook Still Sunny
    The energy giant says it has "thrown in the towel on solar." The industry has evolved since BP entered the ring, currently emphasizing cheap production rather than research and development. BP says it just wasn't making money, though it will continue investing in other renewable resources.
  • With Budget Cuts For Ports, Produce May Perish
    Nogales, Ariz., is home to one of the nation's busiest ports of entry. Trucks line up for inspection before heading to grocery stores in the U.S. But the sequester is forcing the ports to make cuts, leading some to fear higher prices for food and strained relationships with foreign trading partners.
  • Pizza Hut To Test Social Media Manager Applicants
    The company is interviewing candidates on Sunday at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. So in the Twitter age of 140 characters, company officials figure applicants should be able to prove they're great in 140 seconds.

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