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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Shoveling in DuluthFirst the storm, now the arctic blast
    Northeast Minnesota is digging out from over two feet of snow that's fallen in some places since this major winter storm began on Monday. That's wreaked havoc on the roads -- but it's also transformed the region into a winter playground.6:45 a.m.
  • Inside the concentrator buildingPolyMet's copper-nickel mine rekindles decades-old environmental debate
    The battle over copper-nickel mining has its roots in a 1948 discovery by Fred Childers, of Ely. He discovered mineralized rock while blasting to build a Forest Service road.7:40 a.m.

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  • Little RichardLegendary rock and roll pioneer Little Richard turns 81
    Little Richard was the original rock and roll wild man of the 1950s, but he also made a number of gospel recordings like this one. Richard was born into a very religious family and is an ordained minister of the Church of God of the Ten Commandments. He stopped playing rock and roll for many years because he came to believe that it was the devil's music. Richard quit touring relatively recently, not for religious reasons, but because he was having trouble getting around after hip surgery. Happy birthday to a true music legend.8:49 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Pressure Mounts On Fast-Food Industry To Pay Workers More
    Workers and advocates for higher minimum wages will be staging protests at fast-food restaurants and major retailers on Thursday. They want these companies to significantly raise the wages for their lowest paid workers. So what would happen, if for example, McDonald's raised its lowest wage to $15 an hour? In some cases, that would double the pay workers get now.
  • Temp Worker Writes Of 'Belly Of The Online Shopping Beast'
    David Greene talks to writer Gabriel Thompson about his experiences as a holiday temp worker at a fulfillment center warehouse. Thompson wrote about his experience for the magazine The Nation.
  • Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh
    The business that transformed the nation is the product of an obscure but hugely influential trade deal — and a cultural struggle over Korean food.
  • HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over
    Probably the best feature of the retooled HealthCare.gov website is that you can actually use it. People are now able to get a customized list of plans and prices, and click through to see an insurer's provider directory. Still, better though it is, it's clearly not 100 percent.
  • Teens Who Feel Supported At Home And School Sleep Better
    The notoriously short night's sleep that many tired adolescents get isn't all about surging hormones and too much homework, according to a sociologist who looked at shifting sleep patterns from ages 12 to 15. Teens who report good relationships with family and schoolmates tend to sleep better.
  • IRS Targets Money Transfers In Social-Welfare Politicking
    With the sharp growth in politically active social welfare groups, there's a booming business in transferring money among them. The IRS wants to stop those transactions but it won't be easy.
  • Apple Gets Business Boost In China
    Wireless phone carrier China Mobile has signed a deal with Apple to offer iPhones on its network. According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal would give Apple access to China Mobile's 700 million subscribers. That's about seven times more subscribers than Verizon — the largest mobile carrier in the U.S.
  • Help-Wanted Ad Shows Depths Of Spain's Unemployment Problem
    Having trouble wrapping your head around southern Europe's staggering unemployment problem? This week, Ikea advertised for 400 jobs in a new megastore on Spain's Mediterranean coast. It got more than 20,000 online applicants in 48 hours, before the retailer's computer servers crashed.
  • Wal-Mart Brings Jobs To D.C. And Complaints Over Low Wages
    Wal-Mart has opened its first two stores in Northwest Washington D.C., earning cheers from the Mayor and residents who said they'd be happy to shop in the city and not in the suburbs. But there have been months of debate over the wages the big box store pays its employees. Some activists and lawmakers say employees aren't being paid enough.
  • A Toast To The End Of Prohibition
    The 21st Amendment of the Constitution was ratified 80 years ago — ending the prohibition of alcohol as imposed by the 18th Amendment in 1920. There is no denying alcohol does play a big role in our economy. According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, 1.78 million Americans are employed by the brewing industry alone.

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