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Friday, January 30, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Boat made of booksThe Walker Art Center celebrates the book as art
    The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is celebrating the book as an art form with it's exhibition "Text/Messages." It features books from the Walker's library, created by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Kara Walker among others.4:45 p.m.
  • Turkey farmMinn. Health Department issues pandemic flu plan
    Minnesota health officials are taking steps to figure out just how to dole out health care resources if a pandemic strikes.5:20 p.m.
  • Digging outDuluth braces for LGA cuts
    Duluth officials are trying to come to terms with their most recent budget crisis -- cuts in Local Government Aid announced this week by Governor Pawlenty. Even though the cuts are not as big as once anticipated, city officials say they have little left to cut after struggling to fix the budget last year.5:24 p.m.
  • Joe Manksy testifiesSenate trial focuses on absentee processing
    Attorneys for Norm Coleman are using Day 5 of his Senate election lawsuit to show that the handling of absentee ballots was a rushed job that sometimes resulted in mistakes.5:50 p.m.
  • Mark KieferIce sailing competition is Winter Carnival's first
    One of the new additions to the "Coolest Celebration on Earth" this year is an ice sailing competition.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Economy Shrinks In Last Quarter Of '08
    The economy shrank at a pace of 3.8 percent in the final three months of last year, the worst performance in more than two decades. At the White House, President Barack Obama took note as he was launching a task force to focus on helping the middle class.
  • Obama Eyes GOP Sen. Gregg For Commerce
    President Barack Obama has approached Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) about being secretary of Commerce. The move would add another Republican to the Cabinet, but if Gregg left the Senate, it would be up to New Hampshire's Democratic governor to name a replacement.
  • Week In Politics Examined
    This week, the Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele as its chairman, President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan passed the House with no Republican support, and Obama criticized near-record Wall Street bonuses. Political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times weigh in.
  • Bloomberg: New York Could Cut 20,000 Jobs
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's financial picture is so dire that it may need to lay off 20,000 workers. The city faces a $4 billion deficit for next year.
  • 'Dusty': PBS Vet Takes Kids' TV Out Of The Box
    In 2005, PBS decided not to air an episode of a children's show because it featured a family with gay parents. Now a real-life kids'-TV writer has built a stage play around the story behind the episode that didn't air.
  • In '06, Rich Earned More, Paid Less Tax
    The incomes of the 400 wealthiest Americans in 2006 was $263 million, a 23 percent jump over the previous year, the Internal Revenue Service says. That same year, the very wealthy paid, on average, an effective tax rate of 17 percent — the lowest in 15 years. Bill Gale, co-director of the Tax Policy Center at the Brookings Institution, talks about the numbers.
  • Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback Of Sorts
    Almost all keyboards made since the early 1990s are, frankly, no good. A tiny group of writers and hackers know better. They use vintage IBM keyboards. Ugly, built like tanks, and, most importantly, with a spring under each key, and which clicks when you press it.
  • Scientists Watching For Alaska Eruption
    Alaska's Mount Redoubt could blow its top imminently, scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory say. Ash could spew 50,000 feet into the air and could reach Anchorage, 100 miles away. Tom Miller, a scientist emeritus at the observatory, says an eruption could come anytime within a few hours or weeks.
  • Ahead Of Clash, Super Bowl Game Examined
    The National Football League is gearing up for its championship game on Sunday between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburg Steelers. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks about the game, the history of both teams and their coaching similarities.
  • Kurt Warner's Comeback
    It's widely believed that Kurt Warner's performance this season will help secure him a place in the NFL Hall of Fame. Not bad for a guy who has come back from the trash heap more times than Mariah Carey.

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