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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • More foreclosures comingSecond mortgage-related shock could hit Minnesota
    Some experts say a second mortgage-related shock may be poised to hit Minnesota in the next two years. Experts say now is the time to prepare.6:55 a.m.
  • Judges Hayden, left, Marben, and ReillyRecount trial judges limit Coleman's absentee request
    In a key ruling, the three-judge panel hearing Minnesota's senate election contest says it will allow Republican Norm Coleman's campaign to introduce about 4,800 rejected absentee ballots into the trial for consideration.7:20 a.m.
  • Dominic PapatolaThe state of poetry in Minnesota
    Later this week, Graywolf Press will release a book of poetry by Elizabeth Alexander, who recited one of her works at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. It is a boost for Graywolf, which is based in St. Paul, and the most visible sign of a thriving poetry scene in Minnesota.8:25 a.m.
  • Plastics with BPABan of bisphenol-A proposed at the Capitol
    A state senate committee votes today on whether Minnesota should follow Canada's lead and ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby bottles and other products designed for young children.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iranians Weigh Ahmadinejad's Election Chances
    In June, Iran will decide if it will keep or replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been the country's public face for almost four years. Opinions of Ahmadinejad differ, and he will face opposition — perhaps from former President Mohammad Khatami (left).
  • Co-Founder Of Habitat For Humanity Dies At 74
    Habitat for Humanity co-founder Millard Fuller died Tuesday at the age of 74. He started the Christian house-building charity with his wife in 1976. Fuller believed people of faith must put their faith into practice.
  • Daschle: Fine Line Between Lobbyist, Nonlobbyist
    Obama's new ethics policy puts restrictions on lobbyists taking jobs in his administration. Tom Daschle, who withdrew from consideration to become health and human services secretary Tuesday, earned $2.1 million as a "strategic adviser" to a lobbying firm, but was not a registered lobbyist.
  • GOP Wants Housing Crisis Addressed In Stimulus
    Senate Republicans say they want to change the $900 billion stimulus bill, not bury it. They say they want more of the bill to deal with the problem that put the economy into a tailspin in the first place: Housing. They plan to offer amendments to push down mortgage rates and double the tax break for home buyers to $15,000.
  • N.H. Won't Lose Republican Senate Seat
    Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire has been nominated by President Obama to serve as commerce secretary. The state's governor says he will appoint Republican Bonnie Newman to fill Gregg's seat, should he be confirmed.
  • Former Diplomat, Student Recall Iran's Revolution
    It's been 30 years since the Islamic revolution in Iran. Two men recall their memories of the Revolution — and their very different fates. One man flew with Ayatollah Khomeini from Paris to Tehran in 1979. The other was a student and was swept up in the revolution.
  • Innovation Seen As Key To Curbing Climate Change
    An analysis of the world's greenhouse gas emissions shows the energy plans outlined in Obama's stimulus package are merely a down payment. Raising the price tag on fossil fuel costs is not enough to curb global warming, experts say.
  • Japanese Automakers Warn They'll Lose Money
    Japanese carmakers Mazda and Mitsubishi warn they'll lose money this year. Mazda, which is partly owned by Ford, had expected to make a profit. Toyota and Honda have already warned of losses for this fiscal year ending in March. Japanese carmakers are reducing staff and production to cut costs and prevent a costly buildup of inventory.
  • U.S. Vehicle Sales Continue To Decline
    The new year has started out a lot like the old one for American automakers. Chrysler's U.S. vehicle sales fell 55 percent in January, while GM's fell 49 percent. Ford showed a drop of 40 percent. But the companies say they're still on track to meet government conditions for more loans.
  • Credit Freeze Has Commercial Developers Shivering
    Some of the biggest office and retail developers in New York City are fighting for their financial lives. Rents on prime Manhattan office space are tumbling, and credit is very tight. Many in the industry are pressing the federal government to help, perhaps by guaranteeing loans.

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