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Friday, July 8, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • FAQ on Minnesota's state government shutdown
    Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the state government shutdown in Minnesota.3:20 p.m.
  • Lifelong Republican Jeanette GilbertsonVoters sent mixed message, now disappointed with results
    Minnesota voters sent a mixed message last fall when they elected a Democratic governor who campaigned on a "tax the rich" theme, at the same time they gave anti-tax Republicans control of the Legislature. Now many are dismayed by partisan bickering that led to the state government shutdown. That's particularly true in parts of the closely divided House District 25B.3:24 p.m.
  • Sophie dancingThe genteel provocateur
    Writer and film director Miranda July has one of those minds which find ways of examining everyday subjects in new ways. And she often gets quite disturbing results.4:45 p.m.
  • Closed rest stopShutdown's eighth day passes with no talks, no movement
    Minnesota's state government shutdown is headed into its second week, and Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders appear no closer to a budget deal. The two sides didn't meet today, and there are no meetings scheduled for this weekend.4:50 p.m.
  • Essential state worker alone on the job
    Ben Benson is one employee whose work was ruled critical to the government's core functions. He and 12,000 other state workers are still on-duty during the shutdown.4:53 p.m.
  • FAQ on Minnesota's state government shutdown
    Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the state government shutdown in Minnesota.5:20 p.m.
  • Lifelong Republican Jeanette GilbertsonVoters sent mixed message, now disappointed with results
    Minnesota voters sent a mixed message last fall when they elected a Democratic governor who campaigned on a "tax the rich" theme, at the same time they gave anti-tax Republicans control of the Legislature. Now many are dismayed by partisan bickering that led to the state government shutdown. That's particularly true in parts of the closely divided House District 25B.5:24 p.m.
  • Proposed Vikings stadium FAQ
    The state of Minnesota isn't the only thing shut down these days. The deal to build the Minnesota Vikings a new stadium has also slipped into idle this summer as the budget standoff has deepened.5:50 p.m.
  • Shepard FaireyThe Dinner Party Download featuring Shepard Fairey
    Taylor Orci tells a joke, the history of sliced bread and guest of honor Shepard Fairey.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Scrambles To Respond To Bleak Jobs Report
    As the White House tried to put the best face on dismal new employment numbers, Republicans hoped to pin blame on the president.
  • Week In Politics: Unemployment Numbers; Debt Ceiling
    Michele Norris reviews the week in politics with our regular commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times.
  • Brutal Cartels Make Crossing U.S. Border Even Riskier
    The trip across the border has always been perilous, but some Mexican drug gangs are now earning millions each year by extorting and smuggling migrants. Despite the increased danger from the cartels, one 15-year-old who was deported after reaching the U.S. says he'll soon try again.
  • Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's Earthquake Ballad
    Natural gas extraction in an Arkansas town has bolstered its economy but may be literally shaking its foundations. Since drilling began, residents have contended with a wave of earthquakes. Hear the story — then check out a new Bonnie "Prince" Billy song inspired by the events.
  • Cancer Patient Gets First Totally Artificial Windpipe
    A 36-year-old geology student received a synthetic windpipe created in a laboratory from plastic and his own bone marrow cells. The transplant was needed to replace his natural windpipe, which was being blocked by a fast-growing tumor.
  • Love It Or Hate It, Pregnancy 'Bible' Has A Lot To Say
    What to Expect When You Are Expecting is a perennial best-seller, but its detailed descriptions of virtually every moment of pregnancy can also make mothers-to-be a little crazy. Some women in pregnancy crave all that information, but for others, it's information overload.
  • Jobs Report Shows Disappointing Numbers
    The unemployment rate notched up again in June, and the number of new jobs created was far less than what was expected. Payrolls increased by just 18,000 — less than the prior month and way below the level of job creation earlier in the year.
  • Sen. Whitehouse Discusses Debt Talks
    Michele Norris speaks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, about the debt ceiling talks. He has said that the White House may not have the Democrats, depending on what is being proposed.
  • Cameron Vows Full Probe Of Phone Hacking Scandal
    The British prime minister said inquiries would look into the crimes, as well as the general practices of the newspaper industry. At a news conference Friday, he also blamed politicians for their cozy relationship with the media. His statements came as his former media aide, a former News of the World editor, was arrested.
  • Protesters Gather In Hama, Syria
    In Syria Friday, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in the central city of Hama, which has hosted the largest protests since the movement began four months ago. The demonstrators are calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad. Meanwhile, American ambassador Robert Ford is in Hama to express solidarity with the protesters. His trip has infuriated the Syrian government.

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