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Friday, May 18, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minnesota Republican convention preview
    We'll get a preview of the the Minnesota Republican convention from MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik. The convention gets underway this morning in St. Cloud.6:20 a.m.
  • Mark DaytonSome city projects are victims of Dayton's tax bill veto
    Gov. Dayton's veto this week of an end-of-session tax bill has caused some big headaches for several Minnesota cities. The bill included tax provisions linked to a dozen local development projects, which city officials are now scrambling to try to save.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota meteorologist and climatologist Mark Seeley joins Morning Edition from Duluth to talk about this week's weather and look ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • Darwyn BachGovernment support could shift for farmers
    Government support has long served as a safety net for farmers. But Congress could end the program in the farm bill that pays farmers that money whether crop prices are high or low.7:20 a.m.
  • EvacuationHighway 1 Fire edged dangerously close to Ely
    Several small fires quickly grew into a 216-acre blaze. Superior National Forest District Ranger Mark Van Every says the fire got to within a couple of hundred yards of Ely.7:25 a.m.
  • Steve HineAccuracy of government job counts questioned
    Questions about the accuracy of employment numbers have become a point of contention in the hotly contested Wisconsin recall election. But officials in Minnesota are also raising questions about the federal government's job counts, even without a governor's seat at stake.7:40 a.m.
  • 'One Ball Day'Variety in film festival marks a transition in Hmong filmmaking
    The third annual Hmong film festival this weekend features works by artists who tell a variety of stories, signaling a transition in Hmong filmmaking.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Evidence Sheds Light On Trayvon Martin Shooting
    Florida prosecutors have released hundreds of documents, recordings and pictures related to the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman is the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed Trayvon Martin after the two scuffled.
  • GOP Group Abandons Racially Tinged Attack Ad
    Republicans unaffiliated with Mitt Romney had planned to spend millions of dollars on a campaign ad connecting President Obama to his controversial former pastor Jeremiah Wright. The idea raises the question, is it possible to redefine Barack Obama this far into his presidency?
  • Donation Gap Narrows Between Obama, Romney
    Earlier this year, President Obama's fundraising machine ran millions of dollars ahead of even the best-financed Republican presidential candidates. But now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee, the money gap is narrowing.
  • Bike To Work Day: Your Photos, And Riding Advice From Grant Petersen
    For many people, Bike to Work Day is a reason to put air in their bike's tires and see if the chain is too rusty to get them to work. For Grant Petersen, it's just another day — he's been riding his bike to work for three decades.
  • The Long, Long, Long Road To New Rules For Banks
    Nearly four years after the financial crisis — and two years after a major new law was passed — key details remain unresolved.
  • Clemens' Former Trainer Admits Changing Testimony
    The prosecution's star witness underwent a withering cross-examination on Thursday at Roger Clemens' perjury trial. Brian McNamee is the only person with firsthand evidence that contradicts the baseball-pitching ace, but is he a believable witness?
  • Chicago PD Uses New Way To Deal With Protesters
    The NATO summit begins this weekend in Chicago, and police officials say they are ready. Thousands of protesters are expected to hit the city's streets. Authorities say they will quell any violence without fanning the flames.
  • NATO Summit To Reaffirm Afghan Commitment
    The NATO summit in Chicago is meant to showcase a unified, long-term commitment to Afghanistan after the 2014 troop drawdown. The U.S. already signed a strategic security pact with Afghanistan, pledging support for the country until 2024. The Obama administration is looking for other nations to commit as well during the summit.
  • Previewing New Series On Mineral-Rich Mongolia
    Next week on Morning Edition, NPR's Frank Langfitt will have a four-part series on Mongolia. Extracting Mongolia's vast mineral resources may imperil its traditional way of life.
  • Hewlett-Packard Set To Lay Off 30,000 People
    Hewlett-Packard reportedly has decided on a restructuring that will eliminate 30,000 jobs worldwide. The company isn't expected to say anything publically until next week when it announces quarterly earnings.

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