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Friday, February 5, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Auto serviceMinn. Toyota dealerships begin recall repairs
    Minnesota Toyota dealerships have begun fixing gas pedals in cars subject to a massive recall, and one dealer says so far, customers understand the situation.4:14 p.m.
  • Study: More Minnesotans without health insurance
    The number of Minnesotans without health insurance has gone up 28 percent in the last two years.4:44 p.m.
  • The CuratorMinnesotans flock to get a 'Foot in the Door' at the MIA
    If you have ever dreamed of having your artwork displayed in a major art museum, you might want to cart something over to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This weekend the MIA is accepting entries for its "Foot in the Door" show, which it mounts every 10 years.4:48 p.m.
  • Minn. Senate committee approves bill to move primary election
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers are proposing to move the state's primary election from September to August to comply with a federal law, but there's concern that the move could lower voter turnout5:20 p.m.
  • January unemployment rate drops to 9.7 percent
    The unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly in January to 9.7 percent from 10 percent while employers shed 20,000 jobs, the government said Friday.5:23 p.m.
  • Northshore phone outage may spur improvements
    Officials on the North Shore are hoping a communications collapse last week might improve their chances of securing stimulus money to prevent similar problems in the future.5:50 p.m.
  • Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
    Soldiers from Minnesota's National Guard Red Bull brigade continue to return home from their deployment in Iraq. The first units were welcomed home two weeks ago and another group of 200 return home Friday evening.5:54 p.m.
  • Auto serviceMinn. Toyota dealerships begin recall repairs
    Minnesota Toyota dealerships have begun fixing gas pedals in cars subject to a massive recall, and one dealer says so far, customers understand the situation.6:14 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Jobless Rate Falls To 9.7 Percent
    The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent in January, down from 10 percent the month earlier. Still, government figures show the economy lost another 20,000 jobs last month.
  • Week In Politics Reviewed
    The jobless rate fell to 9.7 percent in January, but the economy still shed 20,000 jobs during the month. Also, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) put a hold on all of President Obama's nominees over funding for projects in his home state. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard offer their insight.
  • Forget Portholes, Space Station Gets 360-Degree View
    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon get to enjoy "a room with a view." Space shuttle Endeavour is bringing up a dome-shaped observation module with a total of seven windows, giving astronauts unprecedented views of Earth and space.
  • Levi Johnston Helps Make Pistachios 'Hawt'
    The unlikely spokesman takes a crack at promoting the nuts for Paramount Farms, which controls 60 percent of America's pistachio crop. The company decided to use well-known but less costly celebrities to promote its product.
  • Britain Unveils Shatterproof Pint Glass
    Britain's government unveiled Thursday a shatterproof pint glass to counter the 87,000 violent incidents involving glass each year, many of them in the nation's pubs. The new glasses use two separate technologies to prevent shattering. David Kester of Britain's Design Council, which came up with the prototype, offers his insight.
  • The Economics Of Snowstorms
    A winter storm hitting the mid-Atlantic region Friday and Saturday has already garnered nicknames including "snowpocalypse" and "snowmaggedon." The National Weather Service's forecast of 1-2 feet of snow has led to school and office closings, canceled flights and a run on grocery stores. Scott Bernhardt, chief operating officer of Planalytics, a company that studies the impact of weather, discusses the costs and benefits of a snowstorm.
  • Snow Advice For The Frantic Mid-Atlantic
    The first flakes have fallen, and with upwards of 2 feet of snow expected to wallop parts of the East Coast this weekend, one Midwesterner offers her tried-and-true advice for bearing with a blizzard. And no, it doesn't involve standing in a two-hour line for milk.
  • Shiites Mark Holy Day In Iraq
    Close to 100 Shiite pilgrims have been killed and dozens wounded this week by a spate of bombings in Baghdad and the holy Iraqi city of Kerbala. The violence comes as millions of pilgrims flock to the city to mark the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shiite Islam. The pilgrims culminated their journey Friday with gatherings in both cities.
  • Letters: Toyota, AIG, Gays In Military
    Listeners say we are over-covering Toyota. They also praise an interview about AIG bonuses from, and we hear a story about gay men serving in the military from a listener who heard our coverage of the possible repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.
  • Capturing England's Wild 'Red Riding' On Film
    In the complicated, often gory films of The Red Riding Trilogy, a serial killer and a rogue police force are both terrorizing a disillusioned Yorkshire town. Pat Dowell speaks with a director, the screenwriter and the novelist behind a startling cinematic epic — one based on a story that's entirely too true.

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