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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • MCA-II testsOnline testing problems worry state education officials
    Troubles with administering the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests in schools have been going on for a week. Some state education officials some fear the testing delays might hurt student test scores.6:50 a.m.
  • Filling bagsFargo downsizes Red River flood fight after revised forecast
    After a revised forecast, Fargo is downsizing efforts to fight. Red River flooding. The revision from the National Weather Service on Wednesday means fewer sandbags will be needed to prepare for a river crest expected late next week.7:20 a.m.
  • Scientists tracking new bird flu closely
    Health officials are on high alert following news that a new strain of bird flu has emerged in China. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He has a team in China watching the disease.7:25 a.m.
  • Minnesota Vikings mascot RagnarVikings poised for tonight's NFL draft
    General manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings have been inundated by trade talk for the 23rd and 25th overall selections they'll have on Thursday night. "Whether you believe me or not, I'm telling you it's been the most active it's been in a while because of where we're picking," Spielman said.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Shifting Retail Landscape Tilts Support For Online Sales Tax
    The U.S. Senate seems ready to let states collect sales tax from more online retailers. Support for the measure has increased as businesses have converged their online and offline sales. "We're looking for consistency" in how taxes are collected, says the owner of a St. Louis pet store chain.
  • Family Doctors Consider Dropping Birth Control Training Rule
    But reproductive health advocates says there's a big problem with leaving contraception training out: Many residency programs these days are run by religious hospitals that don't believe in contraception.
  • Step Aside, Gents. Witness The Rise Of Women In Coffee
    From handpicking to sorting, it's women's hands that take on much of the labor involved in producing coffee around the world. New initiatives are empowering women to reap more of the financial rewards.
  • A Tale Of Mice And Medical Research, Wiped Out By A Superstorm
    When Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan last year, thousands of lab animals drowned and many scientists lost months or even years of work. The specialty animals can be very difficult to replace, but researchers say the loss of animal life is emotionally devastating and difficult to get over.
  • Lady Gaga Writing A New Song Is Like A Factory Investing In A New Machine
    The government is about to change the way it accounts for the economic value of music and movies.
  • Presidential Libraries Inspire Design Of George W. Bush Center
    On Thursday, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. David Greene talks to former first lady Laura Bush about the library and life after the White House.
  • GE Capital Cuts Off Credit To Gun Dealers
    The lending arm of General Electric has stopped offering financing to retailers whose primary business is selling guns. Around 75 retailers are immediately affected. A company spokesman says this is a response to "industry changes, new legislation and tragic events."
  • House Panel Examines Government Loan To Fisker Automotive
    The founders of financially troubled Fisker Automotive were grilled by Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The electric car maker received a $529 million loan from the Department of Energy in 2009. The carmaker is now on the edge of collapse. Fisker has laid off most of its employees and hired bankruptcy advisers.
  • NTSB Wraps Up Hearings On Boeing's 787 Battery Issues
    The National Transportation Safety Board has completed two days of hearings on the problems affecting Boeing's fleet of 787 Dreamliners. Those jets will have newly designed batteries housed in a fire proof containment box. There are other safety enhancements too.
  • Virgin America Offers Seat-To-Seat Service
    The service is available on all of its U.S. flights. It allows passengers to send unsolicited treats to fellow travelers at the touch of a button.

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