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Friday, August 16, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rep. Michele BachmannRepublican candidates spar for chance to replace Bachmann
    Minnesota's 6th Congressional District is a GOP stronghold. There's no doubt the Republican who makes it onto the Election Day ballot next year will be favored to win. That's why four are already in the race.7:20 a.m.
  • Isle Royale wolves prepare to attack a bull mooseThe wolf pack on Isle Royale is growing
    Visitors to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior are hearing and seeing signs of a litter of wolf pups.7:24 a.m.
  • Mayor RybakRybak: lower property taxes was top priority
    When the annual budget setting process started, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had one thing on his mind. "I said, 'No matter what, we're lowering property taxes,'" Rybak told MPR's Cathy Wurzer.7:44 a.m.
  • Hundreds pack St. Paul meeting to vent about East Side violence
    Hundreds of East Side residents in St. Paul packed a church basement and leveled some harsh questions at city officials Thursday night after the shooting death of one man and the severe beating of another.8:24 a.m.
  • Howard SinkerHoward Sinker on expanding the replay in major league baseball
    It was announced yesterday that starting next season, major league baseball is planning to expand the use of instant replay to review disputed calls by the umpires. Currently, only home runs can be reviewed. Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, discussed how it will work and what it could do to the game with Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Oklahoma School Districts Consider Adding Storm Shelters
    It's the first day of school in Moore, Oklahoma. In May, a massive tornado ripped across town, killing 24 and obliterating homes, businesses and two schools. Schools there didn't have storm shelters, but districts across Oklahoma are beginning to make changes.
  • Tornado Tech: How Drones Can Help With Twister Science
    To understand how and why tornadoes form, some researchers are taking to the skies with small unmanned aircraft. The drones, outfitted with an array of sensors, can provide valuable data about the storms, and don't require people to be in harm's way. The goal is to increase the warning time before storms become deadly.
  • Kepler Space Telescope Is Beyond Repair, NASA Says
    Two of the four gyroscope-like wheels that keep the planet-hunting probe pointed in the right direction aren't working. NASA is exploring whether there might be other research projects Kepler can still carry out.
  • Fox Launches 24-Hour Sports Network On Saturday
    For years, ESPN has been the dominant name in sports broadcasting, not to mention the most profitable bundle of channels on cable television. But it will face its first serious challenge when Fox launches its 24-hour national sports network.
  • Time Warner Cable Customers Miss Out On CBS
    For two weeks, customers with Time Warner Cable in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas have been unable to watch CBS with their cable box. Time Warner and CBS disagree over how much the cable company should be paying the television network for transmitting its shows.
  • Athletes Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law
    Controversy over Russia's new anti-gay law is affecting this year's World Athletic Championships. Athletes who are in Moscow for the games are speaking out about the law. How athletes are reacting could be a test for what's to come at the Sochi Olympics.
  • Movie Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'
    The new movie Lee Daniels' The Butler stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in a story that took five years and 37 producers to bring to the screen. The film is inspired by the real life career of a White House employee who served eight presidents.
  • Obama Condemns Crackdown In Egypt
    President Obama is canceling joint military exercises with Egypt and condemning the violence that is taking place there. But the administration has stopped short of suspending aid to the Egyptian military. The U.S. faces a policy conundrum in Egypt, which has long played a key role in regional stability.
  • Heard It Through The Grapevine: Raisin Grower Goes Rogue
    In this "Planet Money" report, we learn about a man many call an outlaw. His crime? Growing raisins and then selling them all. For the last 10 years, he's violated the law and gone against the Raisin Administrative Committee.
  • Ford Lowers Mileage Rating On C-Max Hybrid
    On Thursday, Ford issued a statement lowering the vehicle's stated performance for combined city and highway to 43 miles per gallon. The car had been advertised at 47 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, but tests reportedly showed the figure to be inflated.

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