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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Tea party'Tea Party' could boost sagging caucus attendance
    Attendance of tonight's precinct caucuses isn't expected to match 2008's record turnout, but Republican leaders expect to see an increase in attendance among one group -- the Tea Party.6:25 a.m.
  • Natalie DarwitzFormer Gopher Darwitz predicts U.S. will take gold in Vancouver
    Former Gopher hockey star Natalie Darwitz predicts youthful energy and speed will help the U.S. women's hockey team capture the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver this month.6:55 a.m.
  • Last year's floodLocals have 6 options for Red River flood diversion
    The Army Corps of Engineers says Fargo-Moorhead officials can choose from six options for a flood diversion project. The decision they make will cost hundreds of millions of dollars and affect the community for decades.7:20 a.m.
  • George W. BushChanges face No Child Left Behind; details still murky
    This year, President Bush's landmark education policy will be revamped by the Obama administration, but Minnesota is still waiting to see how a new bill could affect education in the state.7:25 a.m.
  • Essayist urges attendance at caucuses
    It's Groundhog Day, and in Pennsylvania, and Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, which means he forsees six more weeks of winter. Well, if your winter has settled into a dull, drab routine, our Morning Edition essayist Peter Smith says snap out of it, because tonight you've got a big event to go to, and it's right down the block.7:40 a.m.
  • Gas pedalToyota dealer gearing up for gas pedal fix
    Millions of little steel bars about the size of a postage stamp are on their way to Toyota dealers across North America and Europe right now. They're meant to reinforce potentially faulty accelerators that have forced a sweeping recall of Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs. The company is telling customers with questions about the situation to talk to their local dealer.8:25 a.m.
  • Joe MauerSpeculation about Mauer deal growing
    Twins fans are buzzing this morning because of a report that Joe Mauer may be ready to ink a 10-year contract with the Minnesota Twins. The 26-year-old catcher was the American League's Most Valuable Player last season and his current contract with the team runs out at the end of the 2010 season.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama's Plan: Deficits Now, Budget Discipline Later
    The federal deficit will hit record heights this coming year, in part because the Obama administration wants to spend another $100 billion on immediate tax cuts and government spending to spur job growth. But even when the economy is on stronger footing, freezing discretionary spending doesn't touch the bulk of federal spending — which is on Medicare and other entitlements, along with defense spending.
  • Tea Party Star Leads Movement On Her Own Terms
    Bickering within the fledgling Tea Party movement raises questions: Where is it heading, and can it become a unified organization? Blogger, teacher and movement organizer Keli Carender, aka Liberty Belle, weighs in with her take on Tea Parties. She's still trying to figure out if she's going to speak at the convention. After all, who needs to meet in Nashville, when there's YouTube?
  • Haiti Rebuilding Efforts Look To 2004 Tsunami
    Ideas are beginning to form on how Haiti would be rebuilt, and who would do it. It won't be easy or cheap. But the response after the 2004 tsunami that struck southeast Asia shows it is possible.
  • Researchers Await Their Turn In Haiti
    As thousands of Haitians try to flee devastated Port-au-Prince, disaster researchers are clamoring to get in. Experts in the relatively new field of study could offer valuable insights into the effectiveness of relief efforts.
  • Congress To Hear Testimony On Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, the top military officer, testify before Congress on Tuesday about the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. They are expected to discuss what the Pentagon would need to do if Congress chose to abolish the federal law that prohibits homosexuals from serving openly in the military.
  • A Look At U.S. Policy On Family Planning Abroad
    During the Bush administration, conservatives opposed even the use of the term "reproductive health services." U.S. support for family planning abroad declined significantly. Now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that under the Obama administration, millions of women worldwide will have greater access to family planning, contraception and HIV counseling and treatment.
  • How Health Care Fares In Obama's Budget Freeze
    President Obama's proposed three-year freeze on most non-defense programs in the budget has spared most of the popular health programs at the Department of Health and Human Services. But with the huge health overhaul still on hold and a deadline at the end of February to fix Medicare payments for doctors, Congress can't afford to ignore health for very long.
  • Toyota Sales Report To Gauge Recall's Impact
    Toyota's quality chief said Tuesday at the company's headquarters in Japan that he does anticipate a big impact from the company's massive recall. He says he's worried about sales. The sales numbers for January are due out later Tuesday and could show the initial effect of the recall.
  • Trustee Of Madoff's Estate Sued By Victims
    Some of the victims of Bernard Madoff's financial scheme will be in court Tuesday. They are suing the court-appointed trustee of Madoff's estate over the way he figured their compensation.
  • Economic Problems Threaten Greece's Place In EU
    Greece is experiencing a budget crisis so severe — a deficit that is four times the EU limit — that the country could be in danger of losing the euro as its national currency. The government has promised tough austerity measures. But many Greeks say they are in no mood for sacrifice.

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