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All Things Considered
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • All aboardWill the stimulus bring a high-speed rail line to the Twin Cities?
    President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill Tuesday afternoon and $8 billion is being dedicated to fund high-speed passanger rail. Such train lines hadn't been included as part of the stimulus plan until late in the negotiations.5:20 p.m.
  • Construction zoneState senator proposes $300M bonding bill
    State lawmakers have begun work on a $300 million borrowing plan for publicly financed construction projects.5:24 p.m.
  • Medtronic headquartersMedtronic stock rises after positive earnings report
    Fridley-based Medtronic's stock price has shot up 6 percent in midday trading after the medical device maker reported a jump in third-quarter earnings.5:50 p.m.
  • Cable Television InstallationTPT taking advantage of digital TV conversion
    The digital TV conversion has been delayed to take place by June 12, but a lot of TV stations are making changes this month anyway. Perhaps no broadcaster in Minnesota has taken more advantage of the promise of digital television than Twin Cities Public Television.5:53 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Stanford charged In $9B Fraud
    Texas financier R. Allen Stanford and three of his companies were charged Tuesday with a fraud centered on high-interest CDs. The SEC says Stanford orchestrated an investment scheme that promised "improbable" interest rates.
  • Obama Signs Stimulus Bill
    President Barack Obama traveled to Denver Tuesday to sign the economic stimulus bill. Approved by Congress on a largely party-line vote last week, the bill is designed to inject nearly $800 billion into the economy through tax cuts and new federal spending.
  • Questions Sought On The Stimulus Plan
    Listeners are asked to present their questions about the stimulus plan. Our experts will provide the answers in a few days.
  • L.A. Officials Destroy Notorious Gang Headquarters
    Los Angeles authorities demolished the Avenue Street gang's headquarters, which police say was a symbol of gang violence. In recent years, police raided the house 14 times, arresting more than a dozen suspects and confiscating drugs and automatic weapons.
  • Liberty Steps In To Save Sirius XM
    Sirius XM and cable giant Liberty Media announced Tuesday that Liberty will loan Sirius $530 million in exchange for a 40 percent stake in the company. The loan is a life-saver for Sirius XM, which was preparing for a possible bankruptcy filing.
  • Facebook Users Angry Over Change In Legal Terms
    The updated terms of use were published by the social networking site earlier this month. The terms explain Facebook's wide-ranging permanent rights to all material posted on the site, even after users delete their accounts. But one scholar says little has actually changed.
  • Burris Tried To Fundraise For Blagojevich
    U.S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) acknowledged Tuesday that he tried to raise campaign money for ousted Gov. Rod Blajojevich as he vied for Illinois' vacant seat on the U.S. Senate. Pressure on Burris to quit his Senate seat has mounted since revelations over his weekend testimony.
  • On Asian Tour, Clinton Meets Japanese Officials
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Japanese officials that she will keep North Korea to its pledge of giving up nuclear weapons. Clinton is touring Asian nations on her first mission as America's chief diplomat. She visits Indonesia Wednesday.
  • Far-Right Israeli Politician Holds Key To Power Deal
    In Israel, an ultranationalist politician is now the key power broker in efforts to form a new coalition government. Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Israel Our Homeland Party, has enraged Israeli Arabs as well as ultra-Orthodox Jews.
  • 'The Queen Of Bling' Preps For The Oscars
    Third-generation jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz has adorned Beyonce, Barbra Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor.

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