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Monday, January 3, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Gov.-elect Mark DaytonWith deficit looming, Dayton becomes governor
    Gov.-elect Mark Dayton and the new Republican-controlled Legislature have only about five months to figure out how to erase a record state budget budget deficit of $6.2 billion.6:20 a.m.
  • Pawlenty in Waverly, IowaPawlenty embarks on new phase of political career
    In less than two weeks, Tim Pawlenty embarks on a national tour to promote his new book, "Courage to Stand." Some observers say the tour fits right in with a 2012 presidential campaign.7:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Will New Congress Revive Afghan War Debate
    A new Congress begins work this week, and one issue that has not gotten much attention on Capitol Hill is the war in Afghanistan. Why did Congress sit out the war debate so far, and will the new Congress play a more active role in 2011?
  • EPA To Enforce New Emission Rules On Power Plants
    The Environmental Protection Agency now requires permits for some big emitters of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Some industry analysts warn that the new regulations will drag down the economic recovery. The EPA says requiring permits will not slow down the economy.
  • No Hollywood Ending To Schwarzenegger's Term
    The man some call "The Governator" came into office with sky-high approval ratings, but he leaves with a near-record low approval of just 23 percent. Still, it's hard to know if Arnold Schwarzenegger will be judged on his failures or his successes in the long term.
  • Louisville Has A New Mayor After More Than 20 Years
    Greg Fischer is the new mayor of Louisville, Ky. Leaving office is Jerry Abramson, who served the maximum three terms as mayor of the old city of Louisville, then returned for two more terms when the city and county governments merged.
  • Flushing Out Lead, Metals With Chelation Therapy
    Health care providers use chelation therapy, which draws out toxic levels of heavy metals, like lead, from the body. But some parents are turning to home-based chelation kits and over-the-counter pills, which doctors say can be more dangerous.
  • Scientists Test 'Trust Hormone' For Autism Fight
    Some children with autism are already being treated with the hormone oxytocin, even though it's not an approved therapy. Though early studies are promising, health experts fear we don't know enough about the long-term side effects of taking the drug.
  • Airline Debates Commissions, Facebook Gets Funds
    American Airlines will no longer list flights on the Internet travel site Expedia. American also stopped using Orbitz. It's part of an effort to drive sales to American's website. And, Facebook has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor in a deal that values the company at $50 billion, according to a report in The New York Times.
  • French Device Could Solve Parking Woes
    New technology being tested in France, lets drivers find free parking spots in real time. The technology, which uses cell phones, is being developed together with the French space agency. There is a downside, however, the system also tells the authorities when your meter has expired.
  • 3D Printer Produces Working Flute
    Designed by a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the 3D printer "prints" out the instrument parts based on a digital design. It takes about 15 hours for the machine to print out the flute. After some additional assembly, the flute is ready to play.
  • The '90s May Hold Lessons For The New GOP Majority
    Some observers see a striking resemblance between the incoming Republican majority in the House and the one that was elected in 1994, when a big GOP surge ended 40 years of Democratic rule in that chamber. But have the incoming House members learned from their predecessors?

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