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Thursday, May 12, 2011

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  • Looking for workLong-term unemployment hard on economy, individuals
    Over the past year, an average of about 73,000 workers have been out of a job for six months or longer, a third of the state's total jobless population. That portion has grown steadily and shows no sign of abating nearly two years after the official end of the recession.6:50 a.m.
  • Welsch's Big Ten TavernRamsey Co. residents consider implications of possible Vikings stadium
    The question hanging in the air is if a half-cent hike in the county's sales tax is a price too great for a $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills.7:20 a.m.
  • Lake PepinSediment from farm runoff poses a threat to Lake Pepin
    The upper third of the scenic lake in the Mississippi could be filled in over the next 100 years. An MPCA draft report cites farm runoff as a major cause, but state officials have little leverage to compel changes that could save the lake.7:45 a.m.
  • New details emerge on Vikings stadium proposal
    There are new details today about the deal reached between the Minnesota Vikings and Ramsey County. The two agreed on Tuesday to a plan to build a retractable roof stadium on the site of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills. The two sides say it was a handshake deal, and they've released a 12-page list of the terms of the deal.8:15 a.m.
  • Army ammunitions plantPollution at Arden Hills stadium site needs cleanup
    The 430-acre parcel of land in Arden Hills, where the Vikings want to build a new football stadium, is also part of the state's largest Superfund site.8:20 a.m.
  • Art Hounds: Ethnic Dance, Zoe Keating, and "Danger! Will/Robinson"
    The Hounds want you to know about a Minneapolis dance troupe that assumes different global folk identities, a D.I.Y. cellist who creates moody soundscapes for bands, films and fans, and a sketch comedy series that recalls a 1960s TV show in name only.8:50 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Wiretaps Helped Get Hedge Fund Manager Convicted
    Wiretaps played an important role in the government's case against a billionaire hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, who was convicted on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. The guilty verdict is being appealed, and it's expected the legal team will question whether the wiretaps were legal.
  • Memphis Churches Lead In Helping Flood Victims
    As floodwaters recede in Memphis, Tenn., hundreds of people are still living in shelters. What's unique about this effort to shelter, feed and clothe flood victims is that it's not being run by the Red Cross. The homeless are staying at faith-based shelters that are part of an initiative called Shelby Cares.
  • Mind Reading: Technology Turns Thought Into Action
    Scientists are using a combination of software and electrodes implanted on the brain to eavesdrop on the mind. In one experiment, researchers determined what word a patient was thinking; in another, a patient used his thoughts alone to control an image on a computer screen.
  • A New, Somewhat Moldy Branch On The Tree Of Life
    Scientists thought they had described all major types of fungi, from mushrooms to mold. But a newly discovered fungus-like group of microscopic organisms defies classification, and may belong in its own kingdom.
  • Al-Jazeera Reporter Dorothy Parvaz Detained In Iran
    Until recently, the whereabouts of a reporter for the Al-Jazeera English-language channel were unknown. Dorothy Parvaz, who was born in Iran, flew to Syria last month. Syria has deported her to Iran.
  • 'Coordinated Response' Needed To Syria's Crackdown
    The U.S. government has criticized Syria for its violent crackdown on protesters. But so far, the U.S. has not done much more than that. Former U.S. ambassador to Syria Edward Djerejian talks to Steve Inskeep about U.S. policy towards Syria.
  • Capitol Hill Lawmakers To Question Oil Executives
    The heads of ExxonMobil, BP America, Chevron and others have been called to testify before Congress on Thursday. They will be grilled about tax breaks their industry receives. Democrats have introduced Senate and House bills to repeal billions of dollars in tax breaks.
  • France Moves To Ban Shale Gas Drilling
    Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament have voted to ban a controversial gas and oil drilling technique. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is widely used in the United States, but environmentalists say it can pollute ground water.
  • Wanted: Foreign Workers For Germany's Job Boom
    While the U.S., the U.K. and much of Europe brace for spending cuts and austerity, Germany's economy is growing. As manufacturers add extra shifts, there's a new shortage of skilled workers — leading to renewed calls to ease restrictions on immigration.
  • Princess Beatrice's Fascinator For Sale On eBay
    The most memorable headpiece at the royal wedding may be Princess Beatrice's eye-catching fascinator. Some have called the Philip Treacy designed headpiece ridiculous. Whatever you think, the princess is auctioning off the hat on eBay, and giving the proceeds to children's charities.

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