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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Michele BachmannBachmann ends White House bid
    Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday morning that she is suspending her bid for the White House.6:20 a.m.
  • Michele and Marcus BachmannVoters assess Bachmann's future in 6th District
    U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's decision to drop out of the contest for Republican presidential nominee brought mixed reviews from her constituents in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, where voters are assessing her bid for the White House and weighing her future as their congresswoman.6:55 a.m.
  • Retailers lining up to fill space when Bloomingdale's vacates
    The Mall of America will undergo a major big transformation this year when Bloomingdale's, an anchor tenant since the mall opened in 1992, will close its store. Several new tenants have been lined up that will increase traffic and sales, say Mall of America officials.7:20 a.m.
  • Government watchdog groups say MNGOP should face fines
    Two government watchdog groups are calling on state and federal regulators to fine the Minnesota Republican Party for violating campaign finance laws.7:25 a.m.
  • Untitled Feminist ShowPlaywright strips topic of feminism bare in new work
    The word "feminist" hauls a lot of baggage nowadays. It can draw every kind of reaction from unquestioning acceptance to eye-rolling, from immediate understanding to boiling anger.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • GOP Candidates Rush To N.H. Ahead Of 1st Primary
    Now that the Iowa caucuses are over, all eyes are on New Hampshire and its Republican presidential primary which is next week. Rick Santorum says since his good showing in Iowa, his campaign has raised half as much money as it had in the previous several months.
  • Obama: Recess Appointment Was An 'Obligation'
    President Obama campaigned outside Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday, where he announced the appointment of a new consumer watchdog. The president used a recess appointment to install Richard Cordray. That might have been routine, but the Senate is not officially in recess.
  • Bahrain: The Revolution That Wasn't
    Bahrain put down an uprising and said it would introduce changes. But so far, little has changed in a country where Shiite Muslims make up most of the population but have very little power.
  • Youssou N'Dour Sets Sights On Senegal's Presidency
    In Senegal and around the world, Youssou N'Dour is a well-known singer, businessman and humanitarian. Though he lacks political experience, he is challenging Senegal's veteran leader and other candidates in next month's presidential election. Will his popularity translate into votes?
  • Quakes Jeopardize Ohio City's Economic Recovery
    There is a natural gas drilling boom going on in Youngstown, Ohio. But a series of earthquakes there has renewed focus on activities like drilling and mining that are known to cause earthquakes. Now people in the area are weighing safety over economic growth.
  • How Fracking Wastewater Is Tied To Quakes
    Small earthquakes in Ohio and Arkansas associated with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas have taken many people by surprise. Gas industry executives say there's no hard evidence that their activities are causing these quakes. But some scientists say it's certainly possible; in fact, people have been causing quakes for years.
  • Kodak Lays Groundwork For Chapter 11 Filing
    The legendary American photo company is reportedly preparing for bankruptcy. The Wall Street Journal says that Kodak could avoid bankruptcy by selling off a trove of patents. But Kodak wants to file Chapter 11. That would allow it to continue operating, but would release it from debts, including its obligations to retirees.
  • Yahoo Taps PayPal President To Be Its New CEO
    Scott Thompson, 54, has a tough job waiting for him at Yahoo. The company has been struggling to find its way as Google, Apple and Facebook surge ahead. Yahoo fired Carol Bartz as its CEO in September after losing patience with her attempts to turn around the company.
  • The Real Holiday Party For Weight-Loss Firms? It's Now
    The first week of the year means big profits for weight-loss firms. Some companies are looking to expand their customer base by specifically targeting men. Others are teaming up with big employers.
  • Hallmark Channel Cancels 'Martha Stewart Show'
    The industry that Martha Stewart built up around herself is going through some tough times. In addition to her show being canceled, the New York Post reports that Home Depot plans to end its current deal to sell Martha Stewart branded paint. The decision was made due to poor sales.

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