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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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  • Fort Snelling during the Civil WarMinnesota history: The Civil War and training at Fort Snelling
    It was 150 years ago this month when hundreds of young Minnesota men began their training at Fort Snelling to fight in the Civil War. Minnesota was the first state to offer troops for the Union effort. At the Minnesota Capitol today, those who fought will be honored during Minnesota's Civil War Sesquicentennial Day.6:53 a.m.
  • Killebrew fansKillebrew remembered for big bat, big heart
    Minnesota Twins fans and former players say Hall-of-Famer Harmon Killebrew will be known as much for his off-field demeanor as his ability to hit home runs. Killebrew died Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 74.7:20 a.m.
  • Harmon KillebrewFormer Twins executive remembers Harmon Killebrew
    Clark Griffith is the son of former Twins owner Calvin Griffith and was an executive with the team for many years. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about what Harmon meant to fans, teammates, and the Twins franchise.7:25 a.m.
  • The Prairie Island power facilityFederal government clears path for Prairie Island extension
    The federal government says there are no environmental concerns that would prevent extending the life of the Prairie Island nuclear power plant.7:45 a.m.
  • Koch, ZellersOptimism is waning over reaching a budget deal
    The Minnesota Legislature is another day closer to the end of the legislative session and lawmakers are still no closer to a budget deal with Gov. Dayton. The optimism over reaching a compromise, which was displayed earlier in the session, is being replaced by increasingly heated rhetoric.8:25 a.m.
  • Bullying discussionBullying in schools through the eyes of teens
    A Minnesota Public Radio News investigation looked at bullying in the state and what state law and school policies can do to prevent it. To paint an accurate picture of bullying, we wanted to also get the perspective of teens.8:40 a.m.
  • Planting cornWarmer weather is good news for Minnesota farmers
    Minnesota farmers may have turned the corner on what has been a frustrating spring planting season so far. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Mark Steil about that and other agricultural issues in his area of southwestern Minnesota.8:46 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • In Medicare Debate, Both Sides Claim An Edge
    Republicans say Democrats will ruin the program by letting it go bankrupt, while Democrats say the GOP wants to abolish it altogether. It's hard for voters to sort out who's telling the truth, and even harder to tell which party will have an advantage on the issue in 2012. But next week, a congressional election in New York may provide clues.
  • High Gas Prices Fuel Senate's Oil Debates
    Democrats say it's time to end billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest oil companies. Republicans blocked a bill Tuesday night that would have abolished those subsidies. GOP senators say it's time to expand domestic drilling. But Democrats are expected to block that Republican legislation Wednesday.
  • With Technology, Out-Budgeting The Baby Boomers
    For their parents' generation, finances seemed relatively simple — the economy was good, money was flowing. Today's youth, though, live in a tougher economic climate, so many are learning to budget better and earlier. And new technologies — from home software to mobile apps — are advancing their money smarts.
  • Sites That Help Track Your Spending, And Saving
    One of the benefits of the online services, a personal finance expert says, is to help users save toward a goal — like buying a house, or taking a long vacation.
  • Gabriel Metsu: The Dutch Master You Don't Know
    When it comes to Dutch artists, you probably know of Rembrandt and Vermeer, but a man named Gabriel Metsu was once the darling of Dutch painting. He has fallen out of the spotlight, but an exhibit at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., is bringing the master back.
  • U.S. Diplomats Urge Bahrain To Talk To Protesters
    The Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain is ruled by a 200-year-old Sunni dynasty. Bahrain's majority Shiite population has been largely excluded from top government jobs and now wants change. PBS NewsHour reporter Margaret Warner talks to Renee Montagne about the crack down on protesters.
  • Israel Anxiously Monitors Protests In Syria
    Over the weekend, Syria gave Israel reason to worry. Palestinians inside Syria appeared near the border of the Golan Heights, which is Israeli-held territory. Israeli troops fired on protesters trying to cross the line into Israel. Moshe Ma'oz, a Middle East scholar at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, talks to Steve Inskeep about how Israelis are interpreting this incident.
  • Recording Industry Wants More Done To Fight Piracy
    A proposed bill reportedly is making constitutional scholars nervous. A state lawmaker in California has proposed allowing warrant-less searches of companies that make CDs and DVDs. The recording industry is pushing the legislation as part of its battle against piracy.
  • Tenn. Lawmakers Debate Amazon's Sales Tax Breaks is trying to find a state that will allow it to build distribution centers without making it collect sales tax from customers in that state. The online giant already pulled out of deals in Texas and South Carolina after lawmakers tried to force sales tax collections. Amazon has several distribution centers in the works for Tennessee. The General Assembly is weighing the creation of thousands of jobs against sales tax revenue.
  • Many Jobs On The Prairie, But No Place To Live
    The unemployment rate in Aberdeen, S.D., is about half the national average, and more jobs are available than can be filled with local workers. The city has launched a public relations campaign to lure out-of-state workers. Now it's scrambling to make sure that when workers do come, they'll have a place to stay.

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