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Monday, December 17, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Linda BergFlood aid trickles in 6 months after NE Minnesota deluge
    Six months ago this week, flash floods tore through northeast Minnesota, ripping up roads and filling basements. The disaster caused more than $40 million in damage to private homes -- many of them without flood insurance. But some of the hardest hit areas have so far received very little state or federal funding.6:20 a.m.
  • Somali studentsIn Minn., new tactics to help immigrant students
    To boost English learners' performance, some Minnesota schools are trying new approaches designed to help them more quickly grasp the language. Among them is Kennedy Elementary in Willmar, Minn., which has a growing number of students from Somalia.6:50 a.m.
  • Shooting memorialMinnesota teachers are prepared to handle school shootings
    Julie Blaha, president of the teachers union in the Anoka-Hennepin school district, spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about how teachers will talk about the Connecticut school shooting rampage with their students.7:20 a.m.
  • Nick and Bridget OlsenMinn. survivalists put their faith in being prepared
    The rising number of weather-related catastrophes is fueling a growing interest in survivalism. That trend was on display over the weekend at a convention in Bloomington called the Survival Preppers Expo. Organizers said they were providing a resource for people who want to be prepared for a catastrophic emergency.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Ct. Authorities Release Few Shooting Details
    Police continue to investigate why Adam Lanza killed 26 students and staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. Lanza then killed himself. Police are holding the details of their investigation close.
  • Obama Tries To Comfort A Grieving Newtown
    President Obama challenged the nation to do more to prevent gun violence, during an interfaith memorial service for victims of Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. He says the country as a whole is left with hard questions after last week's massacre.
  • Afghan Bomb Attack Kills Young Girls
    An official says at least 10 young girls were killed in eastern Afghanistan Saturday when a bomb went off as they were gathering firewood. It was not immediately clear if the explosion was caused by a newly planted bomb or a previously unexploded landmine, left over from decades of conflict.
  • Egypt Referendum Marred By Irregularities
    In Egypt, unofficial results show the country's controversial draft constitution was narrowly approved in the first stage of a referendum held this past Saturday. The draft constitution has deeply divided Egyptians. The second round of voting will take place this Saturday.
  • Japanese Voters Return Conservatives To Power
    The Liberal Democratic Party won resoundingly Sunday in parliamentary elections that both Washington and Beijing were watching carefully. The conservative LDP's hawkish leader, Shinzo Abe, will become Japan's prime minister for the second time and has pledged to take a harder line on China.
  • EPA Targets Deadliest Pollution: Soot
    The Environmental Protection Agency is tightening the standard for how much soot in the air is safe to breathe. Fine particles come from the combustion of fossil fuels by cars and industrial facilities. They're linked to all kinds of health problems, including heart attacks and lung ailments like asthma. States will be required to clean up their air to the level specified by the new standard.
  • Why Tragedies Alter Risk Perception
    If Friday's school shooting in Connecticut follows the pattern set by other mass tragedies, huge numbers of Americans are worrying about the safety of their kids at school. How is our perception of risk is shaped by tragedy, and what happens when our perceptions do not line up with the facts?
  • Doctors Argue Against Proposed Ban On Vaccine Preservative
    The preservative thimerosal keeps vaccines from going bad in places where there is no refrigeration. Anti-vaccine activists say it should be banned because it contains mercury, but public health officials insist it's safe.
  • iPhone 5 Launch In China Sets Record
    When Apple launched it's iPhone 5 in China Friday, it sold more than 2 million phones in three days. It's great news for the company as there have been some concerns about Apple's long-term outlook and its stock has taken a hit in recent days.
  • Girls, Boys And Toys: Rethinking Stereotypes In What Kids Play With
    A New Jersey teenager who launched a campaign to get Hasbro to make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven is expected to meet with the toy company Monday afternoon. Her campaign seems to be part of heightened gender messaging awareness in toys this holiday season.

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