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Friday, October 12, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Keeping an eye on the legislative races in Minnesota
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer wanted to get a feel for what's happening overall with legislative election strategy. She spoke with GOP state Rep. Jenifer Loon and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen about their election efforts.6:45 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyTemperatures below normal in Minnesota
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer speaks with University of Minnesota Meteorologist Mark Seeley who says many in the state have observed below normal temperatures this month.6:55 a.m.
  • Cravaack, NolanOutside money flowing into 8th district race
    As Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack and his Democratic challenger former Congressman Rick Nolan face off in Minnesota's 8th District Congressional District race, special-interest groups are on track to outspend their campaigns.7:20 a.m.
  • Crystal SugarNational union boycott against Crystal Sugar
    The AFL-CIO will kick off a nationwide boycott of American Crystal Sugar on Monday in a bid to return 1,300 union workers to their jobs at five sugar beet processing plants.7:35 a.m.
  • Checking makeupThe rise and fall of drive-in movie theaters in Minnesota
    Thinking about what to do this weekend? What about catching the final two nights of movies at the Cottage View Drive-In theater in the Twin Cities suburb of Cottage Grove?8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • No. 2s, Biden, Ryan, Square Off In Combative Debate
    Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan engaged in a memorable and highly combative debate Thursday night in Danville, Kentucky. It's the only time the two men, who occupy the second spots on their party's presidential tickets, will square off before the election.
  • Native American Tribe's Battle Over Beer Brews
    The Oglala Sioux tribe has accused Anheuser-Busch and Pabst, among others, of illegally selling millions of cans of beer a year to the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which is officially dry. Some argue beer makers aren't to blame and that addiction issues run deep.
  • Ben Affleck 'Smartly Directs' His New Movie 'Argo'
    Argo tells an incredible true story: How a CIA agent rescued six Americans from the jaws of the Iranian Revolution with a little help from the good folks of Hollywood. Besides directing it, Affleck also stars in Argo.
  • Meningitis Symptoms Could Be Dormant For Months
    Federal health authorities says the number of people infected with meningitis has risen again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 14 people have died and 170 people have been infected. Thousands of people received the infected steroid shots and are awaiting news whether they will develop meningitis.
  • Forest People Return To Their Land ... As Tour Guides
    In 1991, the Batwa forest people of Uganda were evicted from their land to make way for gorilla conservation. Like other displaced Central African hunter-gatherers, when they lost their forest, they lost much of their identity. A new program is trying to help them earn money and reconnect with their roots.
  • Kaki King: A Guitar Wizard Conjures New Colors
    The notorious shredder says her latest album began as a set of solo guitar pieces — but once she entered the studio, she enhanced them using every instrument at her disposal.
  • Pentagon Revising Cyber Rules Of Engagement
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told business leaders the Pentagon is developing capabilities to ward off attacks on the nation's infrastructure. He says foreign actors have already probed key systems that could cause damage and even death — and the Pentagon has a key role to play in stopping such efforts.
  • Kelp For Farmers: Seaweed Becomes A New Crop In America
    Seaweed farms off the coast of Connecticut may provide financial relief for farmers and environmental benefits for the ocean, not to mention tasty inspiration for chefs. The plant is used in many products from biofuels to cosmetics. But the big question is: Will Americans eat the stuff?
  • Survey: 1-In-10 'Dual-Screened' Presidential Debate
    The Pew Research Center surveyed about 1,000 Americans to find out how they watch the presidential debates. Eleven percent watched on two screens — on a computer or mobile device and on TV. The numbers are higher among younger viewers.
  • Fact Checking Thursday's Vice Presidential Debate
    A team of NPR correspondents joins Renee Montagne to give the vice presidential debate a "Close Read." The discussion will take up the foreign and domestic issues covered in the debate with analysis and fact checking. Reporters include: John Ydstie, Julie Rovner, Michele Kelemen, Larry Abramson and Tom Bowman.

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