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Friday, January 18, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • University of Minnesota climatologist Mark SeeleyCold weekend ahead
    This coming weekend is expected to be extremely cold throughout Minnesota. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about weather history and the weekend forecast.6:50 a.m.
  • New power line materialPower line technology allows for bigger loads
    More efficient power lines are helping some utilities meet increased electric demand. The new lines use a composite material that allows them to carry two or three times more electricity than a traditional power line.7:20 a.m.
  • ThinkingWhy it's difficult to make a movie from a comic book
    If you want to make an animated film out of a comic book, logic suggests just taking what's on the pages, make it move and slap it on the screen. Not so says Marjane Satrapi. She wrote the best selling "Persepolis" graphic novels and directed an award winning film based on the story.7:25 a.m.
  • President Bush expected to call for stimulus bill
    President Bush is expected to make a public call Friday for an emergency fiscal stimulus bill. The goal is to get cash quickly into the pockets of consumers and jump-start a sagging economy. Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell provides analysis.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Asian Markets Favor U.S. Economic Stimulus Plan
    Asian stock markets respond positively to news America's plans to rescue the U.S. economy. America is Asia's biggest export market and it is hampered by an ailing U.S. economy. The U.S. economic stimulus package is meant to prevent the U.S. economy from slipping into a recession.
  • Saudi Inflation Blamed on Falling Dollar
    In oil-rich Saudi Arabia the price of food is rising, and so is discontent. Ordinary residents of the monarchy are circulating text-messages urging a milk boycott. Inflation has some economists calling on Saudi Arabia to revalue its currency.
  • Safety Experts Consider Fireproof Elevators
    A common sign in and near elevators urges use of the stairs in case of a fire. But some people can't navigate stairs because of health problems or a disability. So safety experts now favor elevators specially designed to provide a safe and reliable means of evacuation.
  • 'Taxi to the Dark Side' Examines Torture by U.S.
    Taxi to the Dark Side is as shocking and disturbing as its title. Its subject matter is torture as a weapon of choice in the war against terror. There are pictures and videos from Abu Ghraib. But most distressing is how readily the U.S. government turned to torture.
  • Pope Declines Speech at Rome University
    Italians rally to support Pope Benedict after he cancelled a speech for the opening of the academic year at Rome University following student protests. The students and some professors say the pontiff's reactionary views and "anti-science" attitudes made him an unsuitable speaker.
  • Evangelicals Key to South Carolina GOP Primary
    In South Carolina, evangelicals will make up roughly half of the electorate in the Republican presidential primary Saturday. They are credited with helping Mike Huckabee win in Iowa.
  • Latino Vote Focus of Nevada's Democratic Primary
    Hispanics in Nevada are poised to have a substantial say in choosing the Democratic presidential nominee. The Democratic Party is aggressively courting the community for caucus participants in Saturday's caucuses. Many of them are savoring the moment as a sign of political clout.
  • GE Loses Consumers' Personal Records
    GE Money, a unit of General Electric that handles credit card operations for J.C. Penney and other retailers, says a computer tape carrying personal information from 650,000 customers is missing.
  • VIP Fans of Patriots Dither over Game Guests
    The undefeated New England Patriots play for a chance to go to the Super Bowl this weekend. It's the hottest ticket in the Boston area. For bigwigs with corporate suites at Gillette Stadium, deciding who gets to go to the game is a delicate art.
  • Companies Use Fees to Counter Bargains
    From hotels to cell phone bills, companies attach a barrage of hidden, extra charges. One reason is the Internet. Online shopping permits consumers to comparison shop for bargains. So companies are countering low prices with hefty fees.

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