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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • St. Paul police chief suspends crime lab drug testing
    The news comes after two crime lab workers and the director of the lab said this week that the lab does not follow any written procedures for drug testing and does not document most of the steps they take when testing evidence for illegal drugs.7:20 a.m.
  • Chicago's drug problemLaw enforcement's strategy to choke heroin trafficking
    Police in Duluth await official word whether heroin caused a person's death last weekend. Four others are suspected of overdosing on the drug. It's the latest in a string of heroin-related incidents that law enforcement and public health officials have come across. Officials say they have a strategy at work to cut down on heroin coming into Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
  • ProtestMarriage amendment foes winning money race
    Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment on marriage have widened their financial lead but supporters say they are confident the amendment will prevail anyway.8:40 a.m.
  • The details determine flood insurance need
    In the wake of the northeast Minnesota floods, MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dave Szczepanski, president of the Garry Insurance Center, an independent agent in North St. Paul, about how flood insurance works.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Tax Professionals Scrutinize Mitt Romney's Returns
    One question involves how the GOP presidential candidate amassed somewhere between $21 million and $102 million in his tax-deferred retirement account. His aggressive stance toward taxes in the business world is also drawing questions.
  • Romney Takes His Obama Attacks To Northwest Ohio
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spent Wednesday campaigning in Northwestern Ohio, just outside Toledo. Once again, the former Massachusetts governor pressed his "political cronyism" critique against President Obama.
  • Families Sue Over U.S. Deaths In Yemen Drone Strikes
    Civil rights groups and the families of three Americans killed in drone strikes in Yemen filed a lawsuit against top Obama administration officials Wednesday. The suit claims U.S. authorities executed their sons without charge or trial — outside the law and the Constitution.
  • The Cost Of Women's Rights In Northwest Pakistan
    Earlier this month, a young woman who ran a women's rights group was shot and killed near Peshawar. She'd been warned several times about her work. Her death isn't the first of its kind in northwest Pakistan. Still, despite the dangers, such work continues.
  • Former Egyptian Vice President Dies In U.S.
    Egypt's former spy chief Omar Suleiman was appointed vice president at the peak of the democracy uprising in January of 2011. The official Middle East News Agency said in a brief report that Suleiman died at a U.S. hospital early Thursday.
  • U.S. Resident Caught Up In Sudan's Protest Movement
    While his pregnant wife is home in Oregon, Rudwan Dawod faces terrorism charges in Sudan after participating in anti-government demonstrations there. He was visiting family in the capital, Khartoum, en route to starting a volunteer project in recently independent South Sudan.
  • Civil Rights Group, SCLC, Strives To Remain Relevant
    The Southern Christian Leadership Conference opens its annual convention Thursday in Sanford, Fla. The civil rights organization was co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After the civil rights era, some groups didn't stay current, and faded away.
  • Yahoo May Be Marissa Mayer's Biggest Challenge Yet
    Newly named Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer comes with an impressive track record of achievement. She was one of Google's first employees and its first female engineer. But Yahoo's troubles will present her with new challenges.
  • Capital One Settles Over Vendors' Missteps
    Capital One Bank will pay $210 million to settle federal charges that it tricked credit card customers into buying costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring. The case is the first enforcement action from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • International Interest Rate Scandal Rumbles Forward
    An influential group of bankers comes up with the critical interest rate known as the LIBOR. The world uses it as a benchmark for how much to charge consumers on mortgages and other loans. For more on how the rate is set, Renee Montagne talks to Gillian Tett of the Financial Times.

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