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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Former Gov. Pawlenty returns a signed bookFundraising an early campaign test for Pawlenty
    Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is expected to formally launch a presidential campaign in the next few months, has long made the case that a White House bid could be challenging because he lacks the fame and money of other presidential hopefuls.6:55 a.m.
  • Legislative race on the Iron Range may reveal new political trends
    There's an interesting political story developing on the Iron Range. When Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Rep. Tony Sertich to head the IRRRB in January, it created an open seat in the Minnesota House. Sertich is a DFLer who represented the Hibbing and Chisholm area in Distrct 5B for ten years. Five DFLers are competing in a primary today to see who will go onto the special election on February 15. A Republican and an Independence Party candidate will also be on that ballot.7:20 a.m.
  • Target CenterMetro mayors applaud projects, but GOP likely to balk at bonding bill
    Some metro area mayors are pleased with Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed bonding bill, which includes money for repairs to Target Center and roadway improvement near the Mall of America, but getting approved from the GOP-controlled Legislature will be a tough sell.7:25 a.m.
  • Dayton, allies outspent GOP to win governor's race
    Democrat Mark Dayton and his allies spent significantly more than Republican Tom Emmer and his allies to win the race for Minnesota governor.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Cairo Residents Guard Against Looters
    In Egypt, neighborhood watch groups have sprung up in different parts of Cairo amid random robberies, looting and the absence of cops on beats. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson accompanied one neighborhood patrol in an upscale Nile River island community.
  • ElBaradei Reignites Egypt's Democracy Movement
    As the protests continue in Egypt, and the departure of President Hosni Mubarak looks imminent, one man is emerging as a transitional leader: Mohamed ElBaradei. The soft-spoken 69-year-old is a Nobel laureate and long-time diplomat.
  • In Southern Sudan, New Nation Begins 'From Scratch'
    The people of Southern Sudan have voted to secede from the north in July. Now comes the hard part: building a new state after decades of war. The U.S. and other countries are helping. But with little infrastructure, "they are ... starting from scratch in many ways," aid worker Bill Hammink says.
  • Haitians Tear Down Camp On Highway Median
    Haiti's earthquake left more than 1 million people homeless. Roughly 1,000 of those in need of shelter created a place to live on an 8-foot-wide highway median. More than a year after the disaster, the people living in that camp are being moved out of the traffic.
  • Foreign Businesses Close While Egypt Is In Turmoil
    With Egypt in chaos, large parts of the Arab nation's economy have ground to a halt. A lot of people are unable to get to work, and the distribution systems for food and other products have shut down. A lot of foreign companies that make and sell goods in Egypt have decided to close for a while.
  • Florida Judge Strikes Down Health Care Overhaul
    A federal judge in Florida has ruled that the health care overhaul law is unconstitutional. He agreed with 26 state attorneys general who charged that the federal government cannot impose a requirement on people to buy health insurance. The ruling is one of several in district courts for and against the law.
  • Cartoon Of Prophet Muhammad Dogs Swedish Artist
    Swedish artist Lars Vilks has been a virtual prisoner in his own home for weeks now, ever since a suicide bomber attacked Sweden's capital Stockholm. The bomber specifically cited Vilks as one reason for his assault, in which he ended up killing only himself. Vilks has been a target for Islamist militants since he produced a work that depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a dog several years ago.
  • Oil Prices Rise On Egyptian Power Struggle
    Prices have surged nearly eight percent since protests erupted in Egypt. The unrest has sparked fears in the markets that oil supplies through Egypt's Suez Canal could be disrupted. Oil prices were on the rise even before the protests, and that boosted profits at BP. The company announced Tuesday that its profits were up in the last few months of 2010.
  • Android Tablets Gain On Apple's iPad
    Tablet computer shipments more than doubled in the fourth quarter. But while holiday sales were strong for the product, the news wasn't quite so jolly for Apple. According to researcher Strategy Analytics, Apple's iPad went from 96 percent of market share to 75 percent. Tablets based on Google's Android operating system gained ground.
  • Hawaii's 'Big Wind' Power Project Stirs Up Fans, Foes
    In Hawaii, hearings begin Tuesday for the state's extensive windmill project. The plan is for a massive wind farm with hundreds of windmills on several islands. It's the largest renewable energy project for a state racing to get off oil.

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