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Friday, October 5, 2012

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  • State epidemiologist Ruth LynfieldUp to 1,000 Minn. patients may be linked to meningitis outbreak
    The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that as many as 1,000 patients may have received contaminated steroids that have been implicated in a national meningitis outbreak. Two Twin Cities-based health care groups used steroids from the same product lots that have been linked to the deaths of five patients and 30 illnesses in six states.6:06 a.m.
  • Abdifatah IsseWitness at al-Shabab trial describes escape from Somalia
    If it weren't for a skin rash, two Twin Cities men who traveled to Somalia to join radical insurgents might still be there today. Instead, the young men are cooperating witnesses for the federal government in the trial of a 46-year-old former janitor from Minneapolis.6:35 a.m.
  • Packing up the officeALS leads to a medical leave of absense
    Bruce Kramer will no longer lead faculty and staff as dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas.6:45 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyForecasters aren't sure what will happen this winter
    University of Minnesota Meteorologist Mark Seeley says the changing climate is making it more difficult for forecasters to figure out what kind of a winter we will have this year. He talked about the uncertainty and the worsening drought with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.6:53 a.m.
  • Tom DooherPrickly debate over contours of Minn. teacher evaluations
    A new law will require Minnesota school districts to evaluate all of the state's more than 50,000 public school teachers every year starting in the 2014-15 school year.7:21 a.m.
  • Babatunde LeaIn his hands: Babatunde Lea channels African drumming traditions
    Babatunde Lea likes to tell people that, as a child of an African-American family that loved Afro-Caribbean music, he knew how to dance the mambo and cha-cha-cha before he could walk.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Romney Campaigns In Virginia On Debate Momentum
    The day after the first presidential debate, GOP challenger Mitt Romney rallied thousands of supporters in rural Virginia. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was there too, cheering on his running mate following Wednesday's strong debate performance in Denver.
  • Wis. Crowd Welcomes Obama After Lackluster Debate
    President Obama's campaign acknowledges that GOP challenger Mitt Romney had the stronger performance in this week's debate. One of Obama's closest advisers acknowledges the president will "have to adjust" his approach to future debates.
  • U.S. Speedskater Admits To Sabotaging Rival's Skates
    Simon Cho says he tampered with another racer's skates at the World Short Track Team Championships last year after being pressured by his coach. The coach, Jae Su Chun, denies the claims.
  • Scientists Use Stem Cells To Create Eggs In Mice
    Scientists in Japan report they have created eggs from stem cells in a mammal for the first time. And the researchers went on to breed healthy offspring from the eggs they created. While the experiments involved mice, the work is being met with excitement — and questions — about doing the same thing for humans someday.
  • U.N. Troops Expected In Haiti For Another Year
    The U.N. Security Council is likely next week to approve Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's recommendation that the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti be extended for one more year. The mission has been there since 2004 when a violent uprising forced the then president into exile.
  • In Haiti, Aid Groups Squabble Over Rival Peanut Butter Factories
    Two organizations with a mission to feed the malnourished set up competing factories in Haiti. The problem is, just one factory could probably satisfy the country's demand for the life-saving peanut product.
  • Liam Neeson Is The Most Valuable Asset For 'Taken 2'
    At a beefy 6'4", Liam Neeson, the star of Taken 2, certainly looks physically imposing, but he can also act. The counter-intuitive notion of casting someone who can be human and vulnerable as an action hero is what made the first Taken so watchable.
  • Bacon Shortage Is Hogwash
    Rumors of a looming pork shortage have been greatly exaggerated. A British group caught the world's attention when it issued a news release predicting a bacon shortage. U.S.-based agriculture economists say while there won't be any bacon lines, get ready for higher pork prices.
  • Preventing Silicon Valley's 'Immigrant Exodus'
    A new study from the Kauffman Foundation shows that the number of immigrant entrepreneurs in the country has fallen slightly. But according to Vivek Wadhwa, an author of the study, the drop is especially steep in Silicon Valley.
  • Mystery Solved: Why Was Some French Honey Green?
    Beekeepers in eastern France were upset to find their bees were producing honey in unusual shades of blue and green. A nearby biogas plant processed waste from an M&M's factory. The bees were snacking on the candy coating. The waste treatment plant says it's storing the candy waste more securely.

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