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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Century CollegeCentury College braces for bad budget news
    White Bear Lake has one college, Century College, which offers a mix of two-year technical degrees like nursing and engineering. Some at Century College fear big cuts to their funding as lawmakers begin to deal with the state's nearly $5 billion deficit.6:50 a.m.
  • Crowd at the MallWatching history with millions
    MPR reporter Brandt Williams attended President Barack Obama's inauguration with a small group of men from Minneapolis and nearly two million other people.7:20 a.m.
  • President Barack ObamaMinnesotan attends Obama prayer service
    The newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will attend a prayer service this morning at the Washington National Cathedral. Miguel Diaz, a theology professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, was invited to attend.7:25 a.m.
  • Lincoln BibleMinnesotans head home after witnessing historic inauguration
    Many Minnesotans are now leaving Washington, after celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Minneapolis resident Alby Zatkoff is among them. Zatkoff was one of many people who went to the nation's capital without a ticket to the ceremony.7:27 a.m.
  • Contested trailMinnesota county challenges DNR control of trails
    A Minnesota district court judge will decide if 100-year-old ditches were also intended to be public roads. Kittson County wants to open those ditch banks to ATV traffic.7:40 a.m.
  • Webster3M helps produce 3-D images--without special glasses
    3M is working with a number of electronics manufacturers to create cell phones, handheld computers and other small devices that will produce high-definition still images and full-motion video in 3-D.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Rallies Crowd To Meet Country's Challenges
    In his inaugural address Tuesday, President Obama acknowledged that the country faces daunting challenges. But he promised "we the people" will meet those challenges. And the cheering throngs who celebrated his inauguration seem ready to try.
  • Clock Ticking On Obama's First 100 Days
    Barack Obama's first presidential signature declared a "National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation." He also used that signature to officially nominate his Cabinet choices. And, he put all new federal regulations on hold. Stephen Hess, senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution, talks with Renee Montagne about what Obama will do on his first full day in office.
  • Chicago Shows Pride In Hometown President
    Chicagoans were beaming with pride at seeing one of their own sworn in as president Tuesday. Though it was cold in Washington for the inaugural events, it was even colder in Chicago. Hundreds gathered in Pioneer Court along Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River to watch the inauguration on Jumbotrons.
  • A 105-Year-Old Witness To History
    Cold, crowds and long waits couldn't stop Ella Mae Johnson of Cleveland from attending the swearing-in of the nation's first black president.
  • Passengers: Bus Trip To D.C. Was Worth It
    A caravan of four buses from Louisville, Ky., arrived in Washington, D.C., in time for Tuesday's inauguration ceremonies. From the National Mall, the passengers witnessed the swearing in of Barack Obama, the nation's first black president. One man said he wouldn't trade the trip for anything.
  • For Inaugural, Congress Suspends Party Divisions
    President Obama and Vice President Biden were sworn in Tuesday on the steps of the Capitol, where both had served as senators. For many Republican lawmakers, national pride trumped political loyalty on Tuesday.
  • Smugglers' Tunnels Still Operating In Gaza
    Israel and the United States have each said that the key to maintaining a cease-fire in Gaza is shutting down the tunnels used to smuggle arms in from Egypt. Much of the smuggling is done by nomadic Bedouins. They say the tunnels won't be shut down until the Egyptian government treats them fairly.
  • Foreign Stocks Fall, Following U.S. Market's Lead
    Nearly every stock market in Asia fell Wednesday. In Japan and South Korea, leading indicators slid 2 percent. Hong Kong was down almost 3 percent. Investors there were reacting in part to Tuesday's plunge in the Dow Jones industrial average. The 4 percent drop in the Dow was one of the worst stock market declines on any Inauguration Day.
  • France Bailing Out Its Auto Industry
    French carmakers are getting their own bailout. The French government said it is willing to make massive investments to save its two big auto manufacturers, Renault and Peugeot. However, that aid comes with strings.
  • Treasury Nominee Geithner Faces Senate Panel
    The Senate Finance Committee is expected to hear from Timothy Geithner Wednesday. He's President Obama's choice to be Treasury secretary. Geithner will have to explain how he missed paying $34,000 in payroll taxes when he was working at the International Monetary Fund. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Steve Inskeep about what else might come up at the hearing.

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