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Friday, July 26, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • MPR meteorologist Mark SeeleyCool temperatures move in across Minnesota
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about colder-than-normal temperatures in the forecast for most of Minnesota. He also looks back at how heat and preciptitation earlier in the spring and summer will affect crops.6:55 a.m.
  • Los Angeles To Not Enforce Ban On Marijuana DispenMarijuana politics could be heating up soon in Minnesota
    Law enforcement groups oppose making marijuana legal. But state Rep. Carly Melin, the bill's chief sponsor in the House, said it would bring much-needed relief to some patients. There is also a Senate version of the bill.7:20 a.m.
  • Poweshiek skipperling butterfly sideviewZoo trying to prevent extinction of 'most Minnesotan' butterfly
    Biologists at the Minnesota Zoo are scrambling to prevent a modern day extinction of a species that once thrived in Minnesota. The Poweshiek skipperling is a butterfly that lives its whole life in the prairies of the upper Midwest. But the tallgrass prairie is mostly gone. And so is a species that was once among the most common butterflies in Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
  • Lucinda JessonMinnesota's food stamp payment error rate, among worst in U.S., raises concerns
    Minnesota's Human Services Commissioner is raising concerns about incorrect food stamp payments, after the state's payment error rate was among the worst in the nation last year.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Holder Asks For Federal Voting Oversight In Texas
    Attorney General Eric Holder has asked a court to order federal oversight of Texas' voting practices because he says the state discriminated against minority voters during the redistricting process. It's the first in a wave of federal actions to protect voters after a recent Supreme Court ruling threw out part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
  • Prosecutors Say SAC Encouraged Insider Trading
    U.S. officials filed criminal charges against SAC Capital on Thursday. SAC is one of the country's biggest and most successful hedge fund companies. Federal prosecutors say the firm not only tolerated insider trading, it encouraged it. And they say the firm's billionaire founder, Steven Cohen, routinely chose to look the other way.
  • 5 Men Accused Of Stealing Credit, Debit Card Numbers
    U.S. attorneys in New York and New Jersey unsealed indictments Thursday against five men accused of hacking the computer networks of several major corporations. Prosecutors allege the men — four Russians and a Ukrainian — stole hundreds of millions of dollars and some 160 million credit and debit card numbers.
  • Nate Silver On His Move To ESPN, ABC
    Nate Silver received acclaim last year by closely predicting the outcome of the presidential election through exhaustive statistical analysis of polling data. He also drew a lot of traffic to The New York Times' website with his FiveThirtyEight blog. Silver has decided to leave the Times and join ESPN and ABC News to put his statistical approach to work analyzing politics, as well as his first love of sports and other topics. David Greene speaks with Silver about his plans and the role of statistical analysis in reporting.
  • 'The Wolverine' Grumbles All The Way
    The X-Men comic books have made their way back into movie theaters. The Wolverine stars actor Hugh Jackman playing the superhuman role for his sixth time.
  • Don't Blame Your Lousy Night's Sleep On The Moon — Yet
    Over drinks in the light of a full moon, a group of Swiss sleep researchers recently realized they could put a bit of folklore about the moon's disruptive effect on sleep to the test. The answer surprised them and didn't quite win over some other scientists in the field.
  • Pope Draws Crowd For Ceremony On Home Continent
    Hundreds of thousands of faithful gathered at Copacabana for Pope Francis' address on World Youth Day. The visit to Brazil — on his home continent — is his first trip abroad as pope.
  • Obama Administration Caught In The Middle On Iran
    The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's president has presented the Obama administration with a policy challenge. Rouhani was the most moderate of the presidential contenders, and analysts see improved chances for breaking the impasse over Iran's nuclear program. But Congress is moving in the other direction, enacting even tougher sanctions. The Obama administration seems caught in the middle.
  • Toyota Keeps The Top Spot In Sales
    Toyota remains the world's top-selling automaker. Numbers released Friday show the Japanese company sold 4.9 million cars and trucks in the first half of the year, beating out rival General Motors.
  • Citing Dignity, Greek Workers Take Over Factory
    The factory in northern Greece once produced glue for ceramic tiles. But when the country's economy collapsed and workers lost their jobs, they took it over to make environmentally friendly laundry products. Workers do everything from accounting to driving. Their effort is a hit with left-wing groups, but it's not showing up in workers' paychecks.

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