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Friday, July 12, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Traps filled with mosquitoes dry in the labMetro mosquitoes triple 10-year norm
    No doubt about it, the mosquitoes are bad this year after a very wet spring. But exactly how bad are they? This week, the mosquito population is three-times as high as the 10-year average.5:35 a.m.
  • MPR meteorologist Mark SeeleyNot all heat waves are the same
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about heat waves in the 1930s and the 1990s that were very different. He also had the statewide weather forecast for the weekend.6:55 a.m.
  • Republicans successful in effort to split off food stamps from farm bill
    It's been a busy 24 hours on Capitol Hill. Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House passed a farm bill without a section of the proposal that included food stamps. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Washingon-based reporter Brett Neely about the new bill.7:20 a.m.
  • The Lake Harriet BandshellRecalling Minnesota's community bands and bandshells
    Bandshells and band concerts have a long, rich history in our region. Today, the professional chamber orchestra Minnesota Sinfonia performs at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis.7:45 a.m.
  • On SetScreenwriters bring timeless lessons 'Way, Way Back'
    You can learn a lot in how people introduce themselves. Clearly, screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are old and good friends. Instead of jumping on offers after winning an Oscar for "The Descendants", the two decided to return to a coming-of-age script they had wanted to produce for years.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Zimmerman's Side To Push Self-Defense In Closing Argument
    In Sanford, Fla., on Friday, George Zimmerman's defense delivers its closing argument in the murder trial of the Neighborhood Watch volunteer. He's charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
  • One Trayvon Martin Case, But Two Very Different Trials
    The trial of George Zimmerman has been about big social issues in the nation, like race, politics and gun laws. But those issues have been sidelined in the courtroom.
  • Senate Democrats Fed Up With Filibusters On Nominations
    Senate Democrats are once again threatening a rules change to allow President Obama to win approval for his executive branch appointments on a simple majority vote. Republicans complain that this strike against the filibuster is both unfair and a bad precedent.
  • Mary Hamilton, The Woman Who Put The 'Miss' In Court
    Mary Hamilton, a field secretary for the Congress of Racial Equality, was arrested at an Alabama protest and refused to answer the judge unless he called her "Miss." It was custom for white people to get honorifics, but black people were called by first names.
  • Newtown Families Criticize Donation Payout Proposal
    After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, millions of dollars were donated to help the people of Newtown, Conn. Who gets that money, and how it's divided, has become a contentious issue for families already struggling with their grief.
  • Israel's Internal Battle Over Ultra-Orthodox Soldiers
    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are exempt from military service in Israel, but a proposed law would change that. It would be a major social shift that is part of the larger question concerning the role of the ultra-Orthodox in Israeli society.
  • In Southern Syria, Rebels Say U.S. Support Is Critical
    After a string of defeats, Syrian rebels have scored rare victories around Dera'a, a key battlefront near Damascus. Rebel commanders say those gains could be lost without a dependable arms supply and promised U.S. aid. So far, those weapons haven't materialized.
  • Microsoft CEO Reveals New Corporate Structure
    CEO Steve Ballmer has shuffled the organizational deck at Microsoft, breaking down long-standing barriers within the company. Microsoft has been criticized for internal turf battles and slow-footed responses to changes in technology.
  • Apple To Appeal Ruling It Fixed E-Book Prices
    A federal judge this week ruled that Apple conspired to raise prices of e-books, handing a victory to the Justice Department. Another winner in the fallout from this case was Amazon, the dominant seller of e-books.
  • Chuck Foley, Co-Creator Of Twister, Dies At 82
    Foley and business partner Neil Rabens invented the game — which they originally wanted to call Pretzel — for Milton Bradley in 1966. Twister is now manufactured by Hasbro, and the company says it remains a top seller.

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