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Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Conservative press conferenceAudio: Michele Bachmann, in her own words
    Michele Bachmann's political life led from the Stillwater school board to Congress, a failed presidential bid and a narrow re-election to a fourth term. We've collected some audio clips of those moments.6:50 a.m.
  • Michele BachmannRepublicans eye 2014 run for Minn. 6th District seat
    At least eight Minnesota Republicans are considering a run for the 6th District congressional seat that Rep. Michele Bachmann is leaving at the end of her fourth term.7:20 a.m.
  • Bachmann's options for her re-election war chest
    U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is no longer among the congressional candidates scrambling to raise money for the 2014 elections. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Hamline University School of Business Professor David Schultz about her campaign fundraising.7:25 a.m.
  • Mike McFaddenMike McFadden steps up against Sen. Franken
    Minnesota business executive Mike McFadden announced today that he'll be a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He is the first GOP candidate to announce he will try to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Al Franken.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Expected To Select Next FBI Director
    President Obama is expected to name former Justice Department official James Comey as the next director of the FBI, sources tell NPR. Comey is a Republican who has a reputation for bipartisanship and even-handedness.
  • Select Senators Stall Budget Process
    For years, literally, congressional Republicans called on the Democratically controlled Senate to pass a budget. They marked the days, reaching more than a thousand before the Senate finally did pass a budget earlier this year. Now Democrats are borrowing a page from the playbook, counting the days since the Senate passed a budget and demanding a conference committee.
  • Breathing Easier: How Houston Is Working To Clean Up Its Air
    Intensely smoggy days are striking less often thanks to better technology that pinpoints problems, and laws that have prompted fixes. Still, scientists say they haven't yet tracked down all the sources of the pollution fouling the region's air.
  • Blackhawks Beat Wings, Will Meet Kings In NHL Conference Final
    The Chicago Blackhawks were on the verge of elimination from the National Hockey League playoffs. But in overtime Wednesday night, they came back to beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series.
  • Years Of Combat Experience, And Just Turning 20
    Colombia's FARC rebels are engaged in peace talks with the government, but the group is also stepping up recruitment of child soldiers. Thousands of children may have become rebels in recent years, and efforts are underway to rehabilitate some of them.
  • Palestinian Girls Look For Ways To Protest, Without Stones
    What's the most effective way to protest? Teenage Palestinian boys have a long tradition of throwing stones at, and getting arrested by, Israeli soldiers. Palestinian girls say they are no less patriotic, but most don't believe that stone throwing is the best way to achieve their goals.
  • Motorola Mobility To Add Jobs In Fort Worth
    Cellphone maker Motorola Mobility has announced it is opening a manufacturing facility that will provide some 2,000 new jobs in Forth Worth, Texas.
  • Investors Approve Empire State Building IPO
    The Empire State Building is going public. The landmark's owners approved a plan this week to offer shares of the building to Wall Street investors. The plan, however, was not without a fight.
  • Theaters And Studios Squabble Over Shortening Movie Trailers
    Trailers can devour 20 minutes before a movie — and that's without including any other advertising. Theater owners want studios to cut trailer lengths, but the studios are resisting.
  • Amazon Scraps TV Show Focus Groups
    Amazon asked subscribers of its video-streaming service to do the jobs usually left to focus groups and executives. The company released 14 pilot TV shows, then looked at customer reviews and view counts. Amazon announced five pilots have been approved for a full season.

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