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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Art Hounds: Week of April 2
    Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.4:44 p.m.
  • A home is surrounded by water in Oakport TownshipEarly crest creates flood insurance mess
    Getting numbers from a disaster area -- like a flood zone -- is always a challenge. Officials say it's too early to know exactly how many homes have been damaged, let alone how much the damage will cost. In Fargo-Moorhead, people are just beginning to tally that information and the calls to insurance agents have begun.5:20 p.m.
  • Gary H. SternWhat does Gary Stern's retirement mean for the Minn. Federal Reserve?
    The head of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve is stepping down. Gary Stern has held the post for 24 years. In that time he has argued strenuously against allowing financial institutions to grow so big that they can't fail.5:24 p.m.
  • Ryks and security areaDuluth airport fears losing $7 million in stimulus funding
    Duluth airport officials need to secure about $5 million in state matching money to receive about $7 million in federal stimulus funding. So far, the Minnesota House has refused to go along.5:50 p.m.
  • Finished suitGrown ups come out to play at Studio Bricolage
    Tomorrow evening, a group of adults will gather in a workshop in South Minneapolis just to make stuff. Studio Bricolage caters to grown-ups who have taken their children to crafts classes and alwys felt an urge to join in. This Friday's theme is paper, and visitors will be able, amongst other things, to learn how to make full-size paper suits.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Ford Executive: Automaker Doesn't Need Bailout
    William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., says the company, which has taken steps to restructure its debt, is well-positioned for the future. Ford, he says, has a new labor agreement, a new health care agreement and has made investments in green technology.
  • GM Could Be Split Up In Bankruptcy Court
    The idea of restructuring General Motors through bankruptcy court has been endorsed by GM's new chairman, among others. The White House says bankruptcy is still just an option. Legal scholars warn a smooth ride through Chapter 11 is easier said than done.
  • Presidential Gift-Giving An Elaborate Process
    When President Barack Obama and first last Michelle Obama met Queen Elizabeth II Wednesday, they gave her an iPod filled with Broadway showtunes. This follows a much talked-about gift of 25 classic American movies on DVD that Obama gave British Prime Minister Gordon Brown last month.
  • Judge: Bagram Prisoners May Challenge Detention
    A federal judge in Washington has ruled that some detainees held by the U.S. military at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan have the right to petition U.S. courts to challenge their detention. The court ruled in favor of detainees who were captured outside Afghanistan and transported there, and who contest their "enemy combatant" designation.
  • Egyptian Film Stirs Coptic Christian Controversy
    The film, translated as One-Zero, was threatened with a lawsuit even before it was finished and continues to draw attacks onlinedue its to frank portrayal of the difficulty Christian couples face in getting divorced or remarried.
  • Michigan Governor Optimistic On Auto Industry
    Gov. Jennifer Granholm tells NPR that she believes President Obama is standing behind the auto industry. She says the last thing she wants to see happen is controlled bankruptcies for General Motors and Chrysler. And she says 2010 will be a great year for the Big Three automakers.
  • GM's Role In American Life
    General Motors has been a part of American culture for 100 years. In some ways, it is American culture. Jamie Kitman, New York Bureau Chief for Automobile magazine, discusses the role GM has played in shaping American life.
  • Nuclear Fallout Solves Heart Mystery
    Scientists say the heart, long thought to be the least regenerative organ in the body, can grow new heart muscle cells. Fallout from atomic tests led to this new finding.
  • Companies Get Leeway In Valuing Assets
    The Financial Accounting Standards Board voted Thursday to ease so-called "mark to market" rules. That will give banks more flexibility on how they value toxic assets and will make bank balance sheets look healthier.
  • What Wall Street MBAs Can Learn From The NBA
    One reason why bankers acted so recklessly in recent years, jeopardizing the global economy? They were paid to. As world leaders call for revamping banker compensation, they could take lessons from the basketball court, where teamwork is rewarded over individual stats.

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