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Friday, December 4, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Superintendent Charles RickSt. Louis County schools face major change, regardless of $80 million vote
    Voters in St. Louis County head to the polls Tuesday for a special election that carries both a large price tag and potentially large ramifications for education across northern Minnesota.4:49 p.m.
  • Michelle EntsmingerA view from inside the Petters trial
    Tom Crann talked with Michelle Entsminger, one of the jurors on the Tom Petters fraud trial that ended this week. The jury returned a sweeping verdict against the businessman, finding him guilty on all 20 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.5:20 p.m.
  • CubesThe economy through the lens of British TV ads
    Once again, in what's become a uniquely Twin Cities holiday tradition, the finalist in the British Television Advertising Awards are on show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.5:53 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Jobs Data Boosts Recovery Hopes
    The Labor Department said Friday the number of Americans who lost their jobs in November was fewer than expected. The jobless rate fell from 10.2 percent to 10 percent, raising hopes the economy is on the mend.
  • Week In Politics Reviewed
    This week President Obama announced he was sending 30,000 troops to Afghanistan as part of his strategy for the country. Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times offer their insight.
  • From Dickens Himself, Notes On 'A Christmas Carol'
    Charles Dickens performed his famous story in public more than 150 times. Now the handwritten changes he made during those hugely popular readings are on display at the New York Public Library.
  • Aide Shoots Guinean Leader In Head
    The head of Guinea's military junta, Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, was being flown to Morocco for medical treatment after being shot in the head by an aide. Analysts say this suggests splits the ruling junta and comes weeks after the massacre of 157 people at a sports stadium.
  • Chicago Canal Flooded With Toxin To Kill Asian Carp
    Authorities dumped 2,300 gallons of a fish-killing toxin into a 6-mile stretch of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, targeting the invasive Asian carp. Although none of the fish have actually been seen in this part of the canal, Asian carp DNA was found in water samples.
  • Questions On Health Care Legislation
    Senators are continuing their health care debate on Capitol Hill. Listeners ask questions about the legislation.
  • University To Use Earth's Temps To Heat Its Buildings
    Ball State University is constructing the largest geothermal heating and cooling system in the country — and environmentalists are watching it closely. The university plans to use more than 660 acres to heat and cool nearly 50 buildings, and phase out its coal boilers. If the project is successful, officials say it will cut the university's emissions in half.
  • Time Runs Out On U.S.-Russia Arms Control Treaty
    The landmark 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expires Friday night. The U.S. and Russia are negotiating to replace the agreement, but the work is not done. One major issue is extending key verification measures. Both sides say they will abide by the treaty terms as the deadline passes.
  • Amid Comcast Deal, NBC's Zucker In Spotlight
    As Comcast prepares to take over majority ownership of NBC Universal, it has signaled the intention to make Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC Universal, head of the new venture. Zucker has spent his entire career at NBC, and has been successful in building the audience of several NBC cable holdings such as MSNBC and Bravo.
  • '30 Rock' Ex-Writer On NBC Sale To Comcast
    The news this week of Comcast buying NBC Universal from General Electric presents many questions about antitrust issues and synergy. But for the NBC show 30 Rock, the deal presents new challenges. The oddly self-referential sitcom often pokes fun at NBC and parent company GE. Donald Glover, a former writer for the show who now acts in the NBC sitcom Community, offers his insight.

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