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Monday, December 15, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Ray SandfordMinnesota man fights forced electroconvulsive therapy
    Ray Sandford says he's losing his memory after having more than 30 electro-convulsive therapy treatments. But his doctors argue the procedure is necessary to treat Sandford's psychotic episodes.4:49 p.m.
  • Economic meetingState budget cuts could begin by the end of the week
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top budget adviser says spending cuts totaling $231 million could begin by the end of the week to address the state's short-term budget problem.5:20 p.m.
  • Senator ColemanSupreme Court to hear absentee ballot arguments Wednesday
    The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on a request by Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign for an order preventing county canvassing boards from opening and counting wrongly rejected absentee ballots.5:24 p.m.
  • Economic downturn has major retailers ailingBetter buys, slower sales for Best Buy
    Analysts expect Best Buy to report a steep drop in sales and earnings tomorrow. However, the consumer electronics giant appears to be on track to become even more dominant in the consumer electronics business.5:50 p.m.
  • BSU track practiceCollege sports teams need to help raise money
    The men's track and field program at Bemidji State University has been saved from the chopping block. BSU officials were looking to pull the plug on the program, in part, to save money but will keep the program for another year as long as it does more of its own fund raising.5:55 p.m.
  • Zoo employeeCity budget pinch squeezing Duluth zoo
    Duluth continues to struggle with budget problems, and now the public housing for the polar bear, primates and other critters at the city zoo may be at risk.6:19 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Extent Of Losses From Madoff Unclear
    Investigators are still trying to determine just how much money investors lost in Bernard Madoff's alleged Ponzi scheme. Estimates run as high as $50 billion. A big question facing regulators is how they could have missed a scheme that may date back as far as 20 years.
  • Florida Pawn Shop Booming After Madoff Revelation
    Since Wall Street investment manager Bernard Madoff's alleged Ponzi scheme was revealed, business has been booming at Royal Pawn & Jewelry Inc. near Palm Beach, Fla., where many of Madoff's investors are based. People have tried to pawn a Ferrari, a Tiffany ring and a yacht worth over $500,000.
  • Missing A Masterpiece? Call FBI's Art Crime Team
    The FBI used to treat cases of art theft just like any other case involving stolen property. But today, a team of special agents at the FBI is devoted to tracking down priceless cultural artifacts. Dina Temple-Raston explores the world of real-life art heists.
  • Re-Creating The Mall Online
    New companies are trying to replicate real-world shopping environments on the computer. Shopping at the new virtual 3-D mall is a little like shopping in Second Life and a little like the actual mall in Seattle.
  • The Holiday Technology Guide: What's Affordable
    Despite the dour state of the economy, there are still plenty of technology gifts that may not be fancy, but may be useful and affordable. Omar Gallaga, technology reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, talks about how to stretch those tech dollars.
  • Obama To Unveil Environmental Team
    President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce his picks for his energy and environment team at a Chicago news conference. Nobel laureate Steven Chu is expected to be Obama's energy secretary; Lisa Jackson is likely to be named the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Group Works To Weaken Electoral College Process
    Members of the Electoral College are meeting around the country Monday to make Barack Obama's election official. Obama's margin of victory has made the process free of controversy, but that hasn't always been the case with the Electoral College.
  • Oklahoma Republicans Shift Political Expectations
    Oklahoma was the reddest state in the union this November, with Republican John McCain carrying every single county. Some residents of one city say they're sore McCain lost, but others say they've been impressed with the president-elect so far.
  • Calif. Mayor Irked By City Council Ruling
    South El Monte, Calif., Mayor Blanca Figueroa works well into the night, sometimes until 2 a.m. However, the City Council, citing security concerns, has told Figueroa that she can work no later than 11 p.m., a move that has both baffled and angered the mayor. Figueroa talks about the ruling.
  • Illinois Panel To Study Impeaching Governor
    Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan has said he is appointing a special committee to review allegations against Gov. Rod Blagojevich and recommend whether the governor should be impeached. Blagojevich was arrested last week on federal corruption charges.

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