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Friday, May 21, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Polaris snowmobilesPolaris to shutter plant in western Wis., cut 500 jobs
    Polaris Industries announced Thursday it will shut down its plant in the western Wisconsin city of Osceola, putting more than 500 out of work. Polaris is headquartered in Medina, Minn. and saw its sales take a tumble last year.6:20 a.m.
  • Guard on alertMinn. Guard members prepare for another deployment
    Soldiers and families around Minnesota know there's a deployment in their future. Within the next few months, 2,700 Minnesota National Guard soldiers from around the state will get their training orders for deployment.6:25 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • MPR News/Humphrey Institute poll: No public funds for Vikes stadium
    The latest Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll found strong opposition to using taxpayer money for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The poll also shows a majority of Minnesotans disapprove of the way lawmakers are handling their job.7:20 a.m.
  • Unmanned aircraftNorth Dakota at center of unmanned aircraft industry
    Hundreds of people are in Grand Forks this week talking about the future of unmanned aircraft. The rapidly growing industry could mean big economic development opportunities for the region.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate Passes Wall Street Bill
    The Democratic-led Senate has pushed through the largest rewrite of financial regulations since the aftermath of the Great Depression. But some Republicans and liberal Democrats say the bill, which must be reconciled with a similar House measure, falls short of its goal.
  • CEO Defends Massey Energy Before Senate Panel
    Don Blankenship, the head of Massey Energy Co., testified before a Senate subcommittee Thursday. The panel is investigating the causes of the deadly explosion at Massey's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.
  • Scientists Create First Synthetic Cell
    A team of scientists has created what they say is the first synthetic cell. Although the achievement may pave the way to better ways to make biofuels and vaccine, for some it raises troubling moral questions.
  • Peshawar's Youths Plan Their Future Amid Violence
    In Peshawar, the heart of Pakistan's turbulent northwest, violence has become a shaping force in the lives of young people. As NPR's team completes its series of stories on life along South Asia's Grand Trunk Road, a look at how the city's 20-somethings see their future.
  • Six Years Of 'Lost' Time? Fans Brace For The Finale
    They've been loyal through six seasons of plot twists, and now the devoted fans of the ABC series Lost are finally looking for some closure. NPR's Robert Smith polled fans in New York about what would make Sunday's final episode a satisfactory ending.
  • Offshore Drilling Regulator Under Scrutiny After Spill
    Critics of the Minerals Management Service have long said it was too cozy with the oil industry, but those were problems of little interest to Congress until the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The agency regulates offshore drilling and collects revenues from it.
  • Crisis Communication Requires 'Common Sense'
    Patrick Kinney of Gaffney Bennet Public Relations talks to Lynn Neary about BP's public response to the Gulf oil spill. Kinney worked for Ogilvy Public Relations when it helped BP rebrand itself as "Beyond Petroleum." BP's early response to the oil spill fell short of what experts suggest be done early in a crisis.
  • Women's Baseball Standout Kamenshek Dies
    Dorothy Kamenshek was a star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and '50s. She was the inspiration for Dottie Hinson, the star of the 1992 film A League of Their Own.
  • Toyota Bets Big On Electric Carmaker Tesla
    The heads of Tesla Motors and Toyota have announced a partnership to develop and build electric cars at a recently shuttered auto plant in the San Francisco Bay area. Tesla has been scouting for a site to build its Model S, scheduled to go on sale in 2012.
  • Memorial Day Travelers Get A Break At The Pump
    As the beginning of the summer travel season draws near, something strange is happening at the gas pump. Ordinarily, gasoline prices go up this time of year and stay up for the summer. This, however, is no ordinary year. The economic crisis in Europe and other factors are driving down the cost of crude oil.

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