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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Kerry GauthierGauthier reverses earlier decision; will not run for re-election
    DFL state Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth announced that he will not run for re-election, amid calls to step aside after a scandal in which he admitted to sexual contact last month with a 17-year-old boy at a highway rest stop.6:50 a.m.
  • English practiceCultures, generations mix in this immersive English class
    As anyone who has tried to learn a foreign language knows, the key to fluency is speaking that new language as much as possible. A hundred students from around the world are participating in a intense, immersive-English program right here in Minneapolis.6:54 a.m.
  • Todd HoffnerMankato students return as football coach is hit with child porn charges
    Thursday is move-in day at Minnesota State University in Mankato and thousands of new students will descend on campus to prepare for a new school year. In addition to student orientations and new roommates, they'll encounter a community reeling with disbelief, as the university's head football coach faces accusations involving child pornography.7:20 a.m.
  • Gunner Liebl, clipping a lambMinnesota State Fair opens with bacon ice cream, sword swallowers and swine
    The Minnesota State Fair opened its gates this morning for another 12-day run, and Minneapolis resident Brian Motiaytis was the first in line at the Snelling Avenue gate, eager to carry on where he left off last year.7:44 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Wis. Business Owner Relates To Romney's Resume
    At her family's restaurant on Lake Winnebago, Linda Wendt oversees a staff of almost 50 people. And that, more than anything, has made her feel a connection to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
  • Hurricane Andrew's Legacy: 'Like A Bomb' In Florida
    Hurricane Andrew was small, but it made landfall as one of the most powerful ever to hit the United States. When the Category 5 hurricane crashed into the Miami area 20 years ago, it had a dramatic impact on South Florida and on hurricane-response systems.
  • For Indian Women, Teasing Is No Laughing Matter
    Women on the subcontinent may have gained more economic and political clout in the past few decades, but many still cannot escape indiscriminate acts of violence known as "eve teasing." Commentator Sandip Roy takes a look inside the problem and at what women are doing to fight back.
  • How The Smokey Bear Effect Led To Raging Wildfires
    Huge wildfires are burning in the West — setting new records for damage this summer. These megafires are burning bigger and hotter than ever before. Scientists say climate change and a century-long policy of fire prevention — which inadvertently turned forests into giant tinderboxes — are to blame.
  • Drought Extends Reach, Some Farmers Ready To Quit
    The federal government has declared an additional 23 counties to be disaster areas. And the latest crop estimates indicate more than half of the corn planted this year is doing poorly. Parched lands hurt everyone from farmers and ranchers to barge operators and commodity traders.
  • Federal Reserve May Move To Boost Economy
    Fed policymakers appeared to move closer to a decision to add more stimulus to the economy. That's according to minutes released of the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting. The minutes didn't say what the Fed is likely to do next, but indicated many officials supported keeping the federal funds rate at "exceptionally low levels" at least through late 2014.
  • In Japan, Mobile Startups Take Gaming To Next Level
    An estimated one out of every three Japanese are signed up to play games on their cell phones, helping to grow a mobile gaming juggernaut that's currently dominated by a few Japanese startups. Now, those same startups are eyeing a new playing field — the U.S.
  • Judge: Poker Is A Game Of Sklll, Not Luck
    A federal judge has tossed out the conviction of a man running a Texas Hold 'Em game in a Staten Island, New York, warehouse. The judge says federal gambling law should not apply to poker because it's more a game of skill.
  • Obama Campaign Tries To Up Fundraising Game
    When it comes to fundraising, Republicans have been running circles around President Obama — out-raising his campaign in each of the last three months. The president and his allies don't expect to even the score, but they are trying to bring in more money. Obama even had a basketball fundraiser on Wednesday.
  • Why Do Taxpayers Subsidize Farmers' Insurance?
    Taxpayers spend $7 billion a year to subsidize crop insurance. Economists don't like it. Neither do some farmers.

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