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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mayo ClinicTax subsidies aimed at specific companies to encourage job creation
    A jobs and economic development budget bill headed to the Minnesota Senate cuts the unemployment insurance tax for businesses, provides funding for job training and spends taxpayer money to jumpstart business expansion in the state.5:35 a.m.
  • Family of Terrance FranklinLack of information frustrates relatives of 2 men killed
    The investigation continues into the deaths of two men and wounding of two Minneapolis police officers. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau released new information, but grieving relatives of the dead men say they want to know more about what happened.6:45 a.m.
  • Ethan RutherfordEthan Rutherford's short stories about long trips
    Short-story writer Ethan Rutherford's tales range from the voyage of a Confederate submarine to a science fiction saga about hunting for whales in the middle of a desert. Each of the stories in his debut collection "The Peripetetic Coffin" involve journeys which seldom end well.6:50 a.m.
  • Better weather dampens wildfire near Menagha
    Firefighters will be working to contain a wildfire in northwestern Minnesota today. That fire near Park Rapids has already destroyed at least a dozen homes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Robertson who was at a charred part of the landscape near Menahga, Minnesota.7:15 a.m.
  • Alan FrazierDrone aircraft help Grand Forks police fight crime
    The unmanned aircraft are small enough to fit in the trunk of a squad car, and let officers search areas from a different perspective while saving time and money, but privacy advocates worry they might also make it easy for police to spy on people.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Stem Cell Milestone Revives Intense Ethical Debate
    Scientists in Oregon have achieved something that has eluded researchers for years. They have created stem cells that are tailored to individual patients, made from cloned embryos. That would open the door to treating many diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and many others. But researchers face ethical dilemmas.
  • Cloning, Stem Cells Long Mired In Legislative Gridlock
    The news that scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the creation of Dolly the sheep. It's a fight that has, over the past decade and a half, produced a lot of heat and light and not a lot of policy.
  • Tina Brown's Must-Reads: On Luck, Good And Bad
    In the latest edition of Word of Mouth on Morning Edition, Steve Inskeep talks to Newsweek editor Tina Brown to get her reading recommendations.
  • Wrestlers Grapple To Save Sport From Olympic Chopping Block
    In New York's Grand Central Terminal Wednesday, wrestlers from Iran, Russia and the United States faced off in what was dubbed "Rumble on the Rails." This meet was more than just a show of diplomacy and sportsmanship. The athletes want to rally support for their sport which could be excluded from upcoming Olympic games.
  • South Dakota Officials Miss Historic Meeting With Tribes
    Federal officials met with South Dakota's nine Sioux tribes on Wednesday for a historic summit in Rapid City. A year in the making, it was an effort to address long standing concerns over the high number of Native American children the state places in white foster homes. State officials, however, didn't show up for the meeting.
  • Sequestration May Make Hurricane Season Stormier Than Usual
    The Atlantic Hurricane season starts in just a few weeks. With sequestration, the National Weather Service has ordered furloughs and a hiring freeze that have left vacancies throughout the agency, including the National Hurricane Center. Florida's governor and others are wondering if that will affect the state's ability to prepare and respond to a storm.
  • House Committee Approves Farm Bill With Food Stamp Cuts
    The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved a sweeping farm bill that would trim the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. The panel rebuffed Democratic efforts to keep the program whole, as debate on the farm bill turned into a theological discourse on helping the poor.
  • Researchers Don't 'Wine' About The Cold, Their Grapes Thrive
    A dozen universities are collaborating on a sort of extreme winemaking project: How cold a climate can a grape survive and still make good wine? The Northern Grapes Project is inventing wines the world has never seen before, winning wine awards and creating a new crop for struggling rural economies.
  • Space Station Astronauts Get Dibs At New 'Star Trek' Movie
    NASA has announced that the three astronauts on the International Space Station were first to watch Star Trek Into Darkness. It opens in theaters on earth Thursday.
  • Obama Acts To Control 2 Big Controversies
    The White House on Wednesday tried to turn the fire hose on two big flare-ups. The administration released 100 pages of emails related to the Benghazi terrorist attacks in Libya, and President Obama announced that the acting IRS commissioner is stepping down.

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