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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Keira Knightley, Steve CarellRomantic comedy poses apocalyptic question
    Movie director Lorene Scafaria wants to start a conversation about the apocalypse. Her apocalyptic romantic comedy "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is a gentle story with some looting and bad behavior, but also where the characters begin to consider what is really important to them.6:40 a.m.
  • Amity CreekSeveral state parks are still closed because of flood damage
    Cheri Zeppelin, DNR information officer for the northeast region, tells Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer how the flood has impacted Minnesota state parks.7:00 a.m.
  • Flooded apartmentOfficials to assess damage in flood-ravaged Duluth
    State and local emergency management officials on Thursday will begin to assess the damage in Duluth after rain flooded rivers and creeks, sending torrents of water into the city and overwhelming the storm water system. Dozens of streets and highways were closed, giant sinkholes swallowed cars and homes and apartments were flooded.7:15 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Romney, Obama Fine-Tune Pitches To Latino Voters
    The presumptive GOP presidential nominee and the president are taking their stump speeches to a prominent group of elected Latino officials. Both candidates see garnering Latino votes as critical to winning.
  • Mexico's Youth Make Voices Heard Ahead Of Vote
    Presidential elections are July 1, and students have been protesting everything from possible electoral fraud to what they say is biased media coverage in favor of one of the candidates. But the students' influence is in question, given a history of low voter turnout. Plus, some young people simply want jobs.
  • Native American Comic Living The 'Indigenous Dream'
    Comedian Charlie Hill has been doing standup for more than three decades. Considered a hero in the Native American community, Hill says that he's achieved his dreams — but that the American dream is still out of reach for many Native Americans.
  • Sports Artists LeRoy Neiman Dies At 91
    LeRoy Neiman, who painted and sketched the Super Bowl and the Olympics, died Wednesday at the age of 91. You know the paintings when you see them — impressionistic images with bright splashes of color.
  • Fred Hammond: A 'Phenomenon' On The Gospel Chart
    Danyel Smith, former editor of Billboard, says the singer's "I Feel Good" is aimed at young people.
  • Why Wildfire Mitigation Would Pay Off Later
    Crews in Colorado are struggling to get the upper hand on the massive High Park wildfire that's destroyed more homes and property than any blaze in the state's history. With Colorado and the rest of the drought-plagued Southwest coming off a winter with record low snowpack, officials are braced for more fires. But previous forest management techniques could be partly to blame for the severe fires.
  • GPS Study Shows Drivers Will Slow Down, At A Cost
    U.S. traffic officials who hope to get drivers to slow down may have found something that works: a GPS device that gives drivers a financial incentive not to speed. Some 12,000 Americans die every year in traffic crashes caused by speeding, according to government statistics.
  • Why It's Illegal To Braid Hair Without A License
    Licensing rules are supposed to protect the public. But they also raise prices and make it harder for people to find work.
  • Spain Under Pressure To Finalize Bailout Deal
    Spain is in line to get a European bailout of up to $125 billion for its banks. Audits due Thursday will show just how indebted Spanish banks are. But economic uncertainty has already sparked violence.
  • Study: States May Have Trouble Paying Retirees
    A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that the gap between states' assets and how much they'll owe retirees in pensions and health care is growing. According to the most recent numbers for fiscal year 2010, that gap grew 9 percent from the previous year to almost $1.4 trillion.

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