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Monday, November 11, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Vavra at homeAbusive priest hid in plain sight for years, retired quietly to New Prague
    A retired priest who admitted to sexually abusing several young boys and a teenager on a South Dakota American Indian reservation now lives less than a block from a school in New Prague, Minn. Three archbishops and other leaders of the Twin Cities archdiocese kept Clarence Vavra's past a secret, moving him 17 times during his 38-year career. Today, Archbishop John Nienstedt acknowledges that "serious errors were made by the archdiocese in dealing with him," and pledges to disclose the names of other priests who have abused children.5:35 a.m.
  • The Nisbit sand mineSlowing demand for frac sand changes the landscape in southeast Minnesota
    Sand is the crucial ingredient in the oil and natural gas extraction process known as fracking, and there are large deposits of it in the steep bluffs along the Mississippi River. But demand for sand has dropped.7:20 a.m.
  • Marian KrinkeA belated thanks to WWII volunteer for her service to troops
    Veterans Day today will be filled with remembrances of bravery in battle and perseverance at home. Stories like that of Red Cross volunteer, Marian Krinke, don't often get told. On a recent day, though, she led a tour from her armchair through a collection of photographs from WW II and stories that need to be heard before they disappear.8:25 a.m.
  • First win hints at future of Gophers under Pitino
    The University of Minnesota men's basketball team hopes to extend its record to 2-0 when they take on Montana tomorrow night at Williams Arena. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about beginning of the Richard Pitino era as head coach of the team.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Philippine Typhoon Leaves Hard-Hit Areas Suffering
    Supplies are desperately low after a massive typhoon hit the Philippines. Linda Wertheimer talks to Lynette Lim of Save the Children in Manila about the catastrophic typhoon.
  • Western Media In China: Adjusting To The 'Anaconda'
    Staffers at Bloomberg News accused editors of spiking an investigative story to avoid the wrath of the Communist Party. But analysts say accusations of self-censorship go far beyond this one case. One American academic compares China's censorial authority to a "giant anaconda" — its mere presence enough to make people limit their behavior.
  • Doolittle Raiders Offer Final Toast To 71-Year-Old Mission
    On April 18, 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, 80 men took off from an aircraft carrier on a secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, the men became known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. On Saturday, three of the four remaining Raiders met for what is probably the last time.
  • Anger Grows After Black Woman Is Shot By White Homeowner
    A 19-year-old black woman was killed by a white man on the front porch of his suburban Detroit home. Relatives of the victim say she was in a car accident and going door to door looking for help when she was shot by the homeowner who thought she was a burglar
  • 'Downton Abbey' Renewed For Another Season
    Fans of the critically acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey are counting down the weeks until the fourth season airs on PBS's Masterpiece in January. They have even more to look forward to — the series has been renewed for a fifth season.
  • Are Flesh-Eating Zombies The Future Of Television?
    AMC's The Walking Dead has key ratings better than network dramas. The show gets desirable young viewers by not skimping on explicit action, gore or storytelling. So why haven't the networks tried to imitate the show? Blame the FCC, which cracks down on explicit network broadcast content but overlooks cable.
  • Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care
    Self-employed workers are some of the people who could benefit most from insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but figuring out how much coverage will cost can be tricky. Well, we've got answers for them, and also for people wondering about what happens if they don't have any insurance at all.
  • Amazon Offers Sunday Delivery In Selected Cities
    The U.S. Postal Service is teaming up with online retail giant Amazon to deliver packages on Sundays. Residents of Los Angeles and New York can now take advantage of the additional delivery day at no extra charge. Amazon plans to expand Sunday delivery to more cities next year.
  • Greek Shop Owners Resist Opening On Sundays
    The Greek government is pushing stores to open on Sundays, just like the tourist shops around the Acropolis. But mom-and-pop shops that are participating in a pilot program to open seven Sundays a year, say they lost money last weekend — the first Sunday the program was effect.
  • Venezuelan Government Gets Tough On Price Gouging Retailers
    In a pre-Christmas offensive to lower prices, the Venezuelan government has taken over a nationwide chain of electronics and appliance stores that it accuses of price gouging. That's led to huge lines outside the stores as shoppers snap up cut-rate refrigerators and computers. As Venezuela's socialist government combats surging inflation, it's warning that more takeovers are ahead.

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