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Monday, January 2, 2012

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  • Joe Webb, Julius PeppersAs season ends, Vikings insist dome lease is over
    The Minnesota Vikings' loss to the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome Sunday put an end to one of the franchise's worst seasons and renewed the pressure for the state to replace the Viking's home for the last 30 years.7:20 a.m.
  • Iowa presidential dynamics still unsettled on eve of caucuses
    Tomorrow all political attention will be on Iowa as voters attend caucuses and mark the beginning of the GOP presidential nominating process. The race has seen candidates rising and falling over these past few months including Minnesota congresswoman, Michele Bachmann. Minnesota Public Radio has sent a team of reporters, producers and hosts to Iowa for caucus coverage including Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Santorum's Support Builds Ahead Of Iowa Caucuses
    A new Des Moines Register poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers has Mitt Romney in first place, followed by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. But Santorum's popularity is surging. He's hoping to consolidate the state's evangelical vote, like Mike Huckabee did in 2008, and finish second or even first.
  • Biotech Firms Caught In Regulatory No Man's Land
    Companies making genetically modified animals face a regulatory morass in this country. It's not always clear which federal agency has responsibility for regulating a particular animal, and even when one agency does take the lead, the approval process can drag on for years.
  • Egypt, Tunisia Try To Turn Elections Into Democracy
    The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia took place in a matter of days, filling those countries with hope of a brighter future. Both countries have held elections, but creating a democracy will take time.
  • College Football Bowl Preview: Compelling Matchups, Dead Ahead
    College football is set to enter its final week, and that means the biggest bowl games are coming up. The first week of 2012 will feature marquee matchups like Oregon vs. Wisconsin, and Oklahoma State against Stanford.
  • What Vietnam Taught Us About Breaking Bad Habits
    In the 1970s, a sizable number of U.S. servicemen in Vietnam self-identified as heroin addicts. But when they returned stateside, the number of these soldiers who continued their addiction was surprisingly low. Why? Turns out a massive disruption in their environment and routine played a big role in helping them change their behavior.
  • Airlines To Post Fees, Exxon Awarded $900 Million
    Starting later this month, the Transportation Department is requiring airlines to advertise prices which include all of the non-optional fees. That way passengers know the full amount they'd have to pay for a ticket. And, Exxon Mobil received some disappointing news from an international panel arbitrating a dispute between it and Venezuela. The panel awarded Exxon only about $900 million. It had been seeking $7 billion.
  • Why Fear, Greed Block Successful Financial Planning
    Financial adviser Carl Richards gave himself bad advice. During the housing boom, Richards bought a place in Las Vegas with no down payment. He then borrowed more money against his home, and when the economy tanked, he was forced to sell the house for less than the original loan. Richards talks to Linda Wertheimer about an article he wrote for The New York Times, which led to his new book The Behavior Gap.
  • Smirnoff Introduces U.S. To 2 New Flavored Vodkas
    Smirnoff is selling two new flavored vodkas: Fluffed Marshmallow and Whipped Cream. While trying to come up with the right formula, the company studied vanilla-scented laundry soap and candles that smell like cookies.
  • Romney Looks To Finish Strong In Iowa Caucuses
    Concluding that he can win the Iowa caucuses, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney spent the weekend campaigning in western Iowa, a mostly conservative region. After months of making only periodic visits to the state, Romney is making an aggressive final push through Iowa.
  • Newt Gingrich Pushes Back Against Negative Ads
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's poll numbers in Iowa continue to fall — in large part due to a barrage of negative ads over the last month attacking him. So after previously saying he'd only run a positive campaign, Gingrich is now hitting back.

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