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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Inspecting a basementFlooded-out homeowners near Duluth face limited options a year later
    "This is unsellable land, so if we decide to stay, we're stuck here for the rest of our lives," says Cathedral Pines homeowner Denny Gertzen, a year after the bloated Moose Horn River swallowed his property whole. His dilemma is emblematic of the challenge faced by many people in his community.6:20 a.m.
  • Isle Royale wolvesIsle Royale researchers debate intervention to help wolf population
    With the Isle Royale wolf population down to eight individuals, the National Park Service faces a thorny set of choices to either intervene or let nature take its course. A panel of experts will debate the options and explore possible consequences.7:20 a.m.
  • Duluth Zoo animalsZoo animals had different fates post-flood in Duluth
    Admission to the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth will be free today to mark the one-year anniversary of a flood that inundated the zoo grounds. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Peter Pruett, who's the Director of Zoo Operations.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Director Mueller Told Senate Panel FBI Uses Drones
    Robert Mueller told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the FBI used drones rarely and for surveillance proposes. The DEA and the ATF had both revealed they possessed drones.
  • What Does It Mean That Iran's President-Elect Is A Moderate?
    The man elected to be Iran's new president has been consistently described as moderate. In the days since the election, many have come to question what that means — especially when it comes to the country's nuclear program and its relations with the U.S. Steve Inskeep talks to one of the president-elect's long-time deputies, Hossein Mousavian.
  • Can This Dominican Factory Pay Good Wages And Make A Profit?
    Textile workers in some poor countries like Bangladesh can make less than $100 a month. One factory in the Dominican Republic is trying something different: It's paying workers $500 a month. The company has yet to break even after three years, but the CEO says the business is growing rapidly and he believes it will be profitable.
  • Founder Of Men's Wearhouse Fired By Company's Board
    George Zimmer was the founder and executive chairman of the clothing retailer. For three decades, Zimmer starred in the company's commercials. His catch saying: "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it."
  • Judge Considers Class Action Status For O'Bannon V. NCAA
    A federal judge on Thursday hears arguments over whether a lawsuit against the NCAA should be expanded. The case was brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. He contends the NCAA unfairly benefits from student athletes by forcing them to sign away their licensing rights.
  • Actor James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly While On Vacation
    The 51-year-old actor died on Wednesday in Rome. Reports attribute his death to a heart attack. Gandolfini had been a character actor for years before he was given a chance to read for Tony Soprano in a new series about a New Jersey mob boss HBO was producing in the late 90s.
  • What Makes Rituals Special? Join Us For A Google+ Conversation
    From savoring a morning coffee to lighting a candle each night, people employ rituals all over the world. NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam speaks with behavior scientist Francesca Gino and Slate columnist William Saletan about the role of rituals in human life.
  • Economic Growth In Europe Is Slow But Not As Slow As Before
    Output in the eurozone's service and manufacturing sectors is still falling. But this quarter, that output fell at its slowest rate in more than a year, according to a recent survey. Analysts say that could mean a return to growth could be on the horizon.
  • Fed Warns Stimulus Package Will Be Ratcheted Down
    Investors have been nervous about the Federal Reserve's intentions after hints that it might reduce its massive bond buying program. Amid volatile markets, traders and investors complained they wanted more clarity. Chairman Ben Bernanke obliged on Wednesday after a regular two-day meeting of Fed policymakers.
  • If Supplies Of Oil Are Up, Why Is Gas Still Pricey?
    Supplies of oil have been surging this year, and U.S. drivers, who have been switching to more fuel-efficient cars, are using less gasoline. That would seem to be the right economic combination to push down prices at the pump, but gasoline prices have remained stubbornly high this summer.

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