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Friday, February 1, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Warm bodiesThe Cube Critics: 'Warm Bodies,' 'Stand Up Guys'
    Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss the 2013 Oscar-nominated short films, "Warm Bodies" and "Stand Up Guys" in this week's Cube Critics.3:24 p.m.
  • Insulin pumpMinn. med-tech companies pushing to end device tax
    The med-tech industry complains a new tax, part of the federal health care overhaul, creates an unfair and unwise burden that'll impede innovation and kill jobs.4:50 p.m.
  • David MannBeyonce dustup just shows how much Americans love their illusions
    Fooled us once? Then please fool us again.4:54 p.m.
  • Mayo Clinic expansionWhat does Rochester need to offer to become a global destination?
    Rochester is in the middle of transition. The city's flagship employer, the Mayo Clinic, proposes to invest billions of dollars over the next two decades to attract more patients, as well as add tens of thousands of new jobs to southeastern Minnesota. But there's a missing piece to the plan before Rochester can become a global medical destination.5:20 p.m.
  • Dayton, NoseworthySome DFL lawmakers say Mayo Clinic finance plan is a bad idea
    Some state lawmakers say questions the wisdom of financing public improvements around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester. The health care provider announced a plan this week for investments totaling more than $5 billion over the next two decades that rely on about a half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. Even Gov. Mark Dayton expressed concern about the precedent it would set, but he said he doesn't want Minnesota to lose the clinic's headquarters.5:24 p.m.
  • U.S. Attorney B. Todd JonesList of B. Todd Jones' critics, defenders grows
    The nomination of B. Todd Jones to become the permanent head of the ATF could be in for a bumpy ride. Jones is the interim director of the agency, and is also the U.S. attorney for Minnesota. This week a former FBI special agent cast doubt on Jones' ability to head the ATF. Another critic backs up those complaints, while the list of Jones' defenders is growing.5:50 p.m.
  • Osmo VanskaConductor Vanska discusses orchestra worries before celebration concert
    As Minnesota Orchestra musicians prepare for a celebratory concert, conductor Osmo Vanska says worries about the lock-out's effect on the orchestra5:54 p.m.
  • Warm bodiesThe Cube Critics: 'Warm Bodies,' 'Stand Up Guys'
    Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss the 2013 Oscar-nominated short films, "Warm Bodies" and "Stand Up Guys" in this week's Cube Critics.6:25 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • White House Tries Again To Find Compromise On Contraception
    Under the proposed rule, employees at nonprofit religious organizations would get access to no-cost contraception, but their employer wouldn't pay for the coverage. The move is another attempt to provide contraceptive coverage without violating the beliefs of religious nonprofits.
  • Week In Politics: Jobs Numbers, Hagel's Confirmation Hearing
    Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss new jobs numbers, Chuck Hagel's Senate confirmation hearing, immigration reform and the legacy of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
  • Outgoing Energy Secretary Warns Of Dangers Of Climate Change
    Secretary Chu is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who came into office with high hopes. He was selected to help the president pursue his green energy agenda and fight climate change. It turned out to be a rocky road. Some of the green companies that got big government loans, like Solyndra, ended up going bankrupt, and the president had to drop his plans to get Congress to adopt climate change legislation. Still Chu helped the country make progress in becoming more energy efficient.
  • Pennsylvania Outdoor Sports Show Caught In Gun Debate Cross Hairs
    The fight over the Second Amendment could cost Pennsylvania businesses more than $40 million in lost revenue thanks to the postponement of one of the nation's largest hunting and fishing shows. Event organizers had banned the display of legal assault weapons, leading several vendors to boycott it.
  • In Prison And Among Zombies, Shakespeare's Reflection Shines
    William Shakespeare gets two modern takes with the Italian art film Caesar Must Die and the romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies. The quirky, curious reinventions show how the words of the Bard can brighten up any story.
  • Stock Market Rallies On Positive Jobs Report
    Employers added 157,000 jobs to payrolls in January, but the unemployment rate ticked up a notch anyway, to 7.9 percent. The monthly jobs report from the Labor Department also said job growth was much better in November and December than originally reported.
  • Pentagon Remains Big Target In Likely Budget Cuts
    Although a fiscal cliff was narrowly prevented at the beginning at the year, there's another budget deadline approaching. If Congress doesn't act, billions in automatic budget cuts will slice military spending, possibly hurting contractors and some personnel.
  • Spain's Prime Minister May Have Received 'Black Money' For Years
    The Spanish newspaper El Pais has published excerpts of accounting logs that allegedly belonged to the former treasurer of Spain's ruling party. Luis Barcenas is accused of handing out envelopes stuffed with cash at party headquarters for years. His notebooks reveal payments to most top Spanish politicians — including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was a deputy party secretary at the time. If the documents are authentic, they are evidence that Rajoy received "black money" for years. The ruling party has denied all charges.
  • Letters: Gun Rights And Gnomes In Oakland
    Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about gun rights and gnomes popping up in Oakland.
  • 'Schroder' Chronicles A Father's Desperate Mistakes
    In Amity Gaige's new novel, Eric Kennedy, aka East German immigrant Erik Schroder, reveals his true identity to his ex-wife and explains why he kidnapped his own 6-year-old daughter.

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