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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • What you need to know about Hantavirus
    The South Dakota health department is warning residents about the spread of the potentially fatal Hantavirus.6:53 a.m.
  • Caucus straw pollsWould voter ID amendment really prevent voter fraud?
    Supporters of Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment claim the requirement is needed to protect the integrity of the state's election system. They contend the current system is too loose and open to fraud. But several studies have found cases of voter fraud that the ID requirement would prevent are extremely rare.7:20 a.m.
  • The iPad pull-tab gambling gameAt O'Gara's, getting ready for pull-tab gambling
    A new era in Minnesota gambling could be just hours away if a state board approves electronic pull-tab games that the Legislature is relying on to help pay for a new Vikings stadium.7:24 a.m.
  • Lesson on baseballRochester school prepares students for careers in medicine and technology
    A school in Rochester works to prepare immigrant and minority students for fields such as microbiology, nursing and engineering. Some people are betting the school, now in its second year, can help students who struggle in traditional schools find careers to build successful futures.8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Tunisians Fear Protests Scared Away Tourists
    Tunisian authorities have condemned the attacks on the American embassy and an American school. Many people were surprised that Tunisia was involved in the violence following a film mocking the prophet Mohammed which was made in the United States. Critics say the violence is a wake-up call for the Tunisian government.
  • NATO Suspends Operations With Afghan Soldiers
    NATO says it's scaling back operations with Afghan soldiers and policemen to lower the risk of insider attacks. So far, about 51 international troops have died in such attacks. The U.S.-led coalition's key goal is to get Afghan forces ready to take over security from foreign forces by the end of 2014.
  • As Genetic Sequencing Spreads, Excitement, Worries Grow
    The cost of deciphering a person's genetic code has dropped faster than the price of flat-screen TVs. But some experts are concerned that access to genomic information could stoke fears and invade privacy.
  • Newsmakers Trade Access For Quotation Approval
    Renee Montagne talks to David Carr, the media and culture columnist for The New York Times, about the trend toward journalists agreeing to quotation approval as a condition of access. Carr says he doesn't think the people who are making history should be allowed to rewrite it.
  • Shuttle Endeavour To Begin Voyage To New Home
    Piggybacking on a modified jumbo jet, the retired space shuttle will make its way from Florida to a permanent display site at the California Science Center. After this week's final flight, the 170,000-pound shuttle still has to navigate the streets of Los Angeles, which is no easy task.
  • NASA Probes Record Sounds Of Space
    Twin spacecraft recently began orbiting the earth, and the probes have been sending back strangely beautiful recordings of the sounds of space. Scientists call it the chorus. The sounds come from the magnetosphere, an area where charged particles from the sun interact with the earth's magnetic field.
  • It's No Yolk: Mexicans Cope With Egg Shortage, Price Spikes
    The new crisis in Mexico isn't the drug war or a plunge in the peso. It's eggs. An avian flu epidemic has led to fewer, more expensive eggs — serious business in a country that eats more eggs, per capita, than any other nation in the world.
  • Controversial Drilling Project Is Delayed Again
    The project in Arctic waters off Alaska is being pushed back to next year. Oil giant Shell blames a combinations of problems with an oil containment device, drifting sea ice and the need for permits.This is the second delay this year.
  • Google's Digital Library Plan Hits Another Snag
    Since its founding more than a decade ago, Google has been trying to scan all the world's books to make them searchable online. But the effort has been stalled because of opposition from the Authors Guild. On Monday, a judge put the case on hold while Google appeals whether authors should receive class status.
  • Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer
    Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren't many to choose from. But the domination by brewers such as Asahi, Sapporo and Kirin is ebbing. And some longtime sake makers are now devoting part of their breweries to beer.

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