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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Betsy HodgesHodges declares victory, but vote count continues
    Minneapolis City Council Member Betsy Hodges has declared victory in the race to become the city's next mayor. Votes are still being tabulated, because of the city's complicated ranked-choice voting system, but Hodges says her main opponents have called her to concede.6:50 a.m.
  • Voters reshape Minneapolis City Council
    Minneapolis voters unseated three incumbent City Council members in today's elections, guaranteeing that a majority of the 13-member council will be new members.7:20 a.m.
  • Mayor Marlys PalmerCambridge on edge over sex offender transfer plans
    Officials with the Minnesota Sex Offender Program say they are moving forward with plans to move a half-dozen civilly-committed offenders from a treatment facility in St. Peter to a less restrictive campus in Cambridge.7:40 a.m.
  • Climate change conference aims at how best to adapt
    Climate change is already affecting everything from how doctors treat allergies to how cities rebuild storm sewers. With that in mind, transportation planners, public health officials and others will meet in St. Paul today to talk about how best to adapt.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Why Obama Shouldn't Worry About His Lousy Poll Numbers
    It seems obvious to say that a high approval rating helps a president, while a low approval rating hurts him. But there are reasons to think Obama's weak standing in the polls isn't as troublesome as it sounds.
  • Suspicions Bog Down Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program
    Negotiators from Iran and six world powers resume talks Thursday in Geneva on Iran's nuclear program. Iran's Supreme Leader says he's not optimistic, and U.S. officials say "no deal is better than a bad deal." Still, Iran's desire to get out from under crippling economic sanctions may drive progress forward despite the long odds.
  • Shonda Rhimes Knows Where This 'Scandal' Will End
    Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the ABC political drama, spoke with NPR's Renee Montagne about the series — and whether it might survive another administration.
  • After 100 Years, Search Goes On For 2 Sunken Ships
    Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of a storm that ravaged the Great Lakes. Referred to as the "White Hurricane," the storm raged for four days — destroying 19 ships and killing 250 sailors. Eight of the wrecks were on Michigan's Lake Huron. Two ships have never been found, but the search continues.
  • Feingold: Rare Piece Of Good News Comes Out Of Congo
    In the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaders of the once-powerful rebel group M23 announced they are giving up their insurgency. Renee Montagne talks to the U.S. Special Envoy to Congo Russ Feingold about the hopeful signs that peace may come to the eastern part of the country after decades of war.
  • Marine's Family Decides To Talk Openly About His Suicide
    Research shows suicide is high among military veterans. The Veterans Administration estimates 22 veterans kill themselves each day. Often military families choose to suffer these tragedies quietly. But one Marine widow in Connecticut is telling her husband's story.
  • Twitter Sets IPO Price
    Twitter goes public at $26 per share on Thursday. That's up from an earlier planned offering in the $17 to $20 range — and it may signal increased demand from institutional investors like hedge funds. Twitter is valued at just over $18 billion even though it has never turned a profit.
  • No Room For Erasers, As Technology Deletes Pen Businesses
    As mobile devices dominate our work and personal lives, people are buying fewer pens, especially high-end ones. That's doomed many mom-and-pop pen shops, but a few are still holding on, relying on those who treat pens like jewelry.
  • Most Remaining Blockbusters To Close In January
    Blockbuster is going to shut all of its company-owned stores. Some franchise stores will stay open. At its peak, the video rental chain had about 9,000 stores.
  • Movie Rating System Measures Gender Bias
    Some Swedish movie theaters are introducing the system. The scale grades films based on a concept introduced by the feminist cartoonist Alison Bechdel. Whether a film passes or fails depends on whether any of its named female characters have conversations with one another about something other than men.

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