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Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Evening rushMnDOT seeks input on tough, 20-year transportation plan
    Roads, bridges, airports, rail and other transportation wishes total $65 billion, while the state has about $15 billion to spend.7:20 a.m.
  • Digital switchLocal TV station goes digital-only
    The era of digital broadcast television is here. Several TV stations around Minnesota made the switch from analog to digital TV signals Tuesday night, despite a new law that changed the nation's deadline for the transition to June 12.7:25 a.m.
  • Judges Hayden, left, Marben, and ReillyTestimony of election officials continues in Senate trial
    A Scott County election official resumes testifying this morning in Republican Norm Coleman's Senate election contest about how her county processed absentee ballots.7:40 a.m.
  • Obama and BushBush departure costs some artists their muse
    The change of administrations in Washington means some Minnesota artists have lost their muse. For eight years, the there was no shortage of theater, art and music lambasting the presidency of George W. Bush. But how will political art fare now that a Democrat has taken up residence in the White House?8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Stimulus Signed, Obama Moves To Foreclosures
    In Arizona Wednesday, President Obama outlines a plan to help homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages. He's promised to devote at least $50 billion to the effort to stem the rising tide of foreclosures. This is the second piece of the president's economic recovery strategy. The first piece became law Tuesday when he signed the massive economic stimulus bill.
  • 2 Colorado GOP Voters Discuss Stimulus, Obama
    President Obama signed the stimulus bill Tuesday in Colorado, a traditionally red state that nonetheless supported him in November's election. Steve Inskeep talks with two Republican voters there: Steve Leich voted for Obama and Reeves Brown did not. Both worry the stimulus package doesn't do enough to create jobs, but they continue to support the president.
  • Holder's Prosecution Program A Model For Justice?
    As U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., Eric Holder sent prosecutors into communities to get to know residents and local law enforcement — ties that prove helpful when putting together criminal cases. Fifteen years later, as Holder takes the helm of the Justice Department, his innovative program is still thriving.
  • Baseball Slugger A-Rod Tries To Start Fresh
    New York Yankees star third baseman Alex Rodriguez says one of his goals this season is to win back the trust of baseball fans. In his first news conference since admitting he used performance-enhancing substances, A-Rod says he's hoping fans see his actions as a youthful mistake. ESPN's Bob Holtzman talks with Ari Shapiro about whether A-Rod can start over.
  • Still No Budget Deal In California
    California still doesn't have a budget. That's despite dire warnings that layoffs, spending freezes and a major meltdown of most state government functions are imminent. Republicans aren't going along with a plan to close the state's $40 billion budget gap. The deal is still a single Republican vote shy of passing.
  • Is It Time To Declare Some Big Banks Dead?
    Some of the nation's biggest banks may be so weak they can be described as "dead men walking." As the government attempts to stabilize the nation's financial system, officials must decide whether to continue to prop up banks as private entities, nationalize them or shut them down.
  • German Bill Permits Nationalizing Troubled Banks
    The German cabinet has approved a bill that would permit the forced nationalization of troubled banks as a last resort. Officials have been considering several options to gain control over problem banks and prevent a financial crisis. One of those banks — Hypo Real Estate — already has received nearly $130 billion in loans and state guarantees. The bill moves to parliament, where lawmakers can still offer amendments.
  • SEC Charges Texas Financier With Massive Fraud
    The government has accused Texas financier Robert Allen Stanford of duping tens of thousands of investors. The SEC has charged Stanford and his companies with lying about returns on offshore certificates of deposit and a mutual fund program. The fraud is alleged to total more than $9 billion.
  • Toymakers Go Back To Basics At N.Y. Trade Show
    At this year's Toy Fair in New York, there's less emphasis on presentation and more on the products themselves. Some manufacturers are surviving the economic downturn by producing more affordable toys and dropping costly models. Buzz words on the exhibition floor include "classic," "safe," "green" and "made in the U.S.A." The makers of longtime favorites LEGO and Slinky report strong sales. "In these times, people want basic toys," the head of Poof-Slinky Inc. says.
  • Original Sasha, Malia Dolls Spur eBay Bidding War
    The company that makes Beanie Babies had two dolls named after the Obama girls. Ty Inc. called them "Marvelous Malia" and "Sweet Sasha." The first lady complained, so Ty pulled the original dolls from the shelves and reintroduced the duo as "Marvelous Mariah" and "Sweet Sydney." The originals have sparked a memorabilia frenzy on eBay, where they're selling for as much as $3,000 a pair.

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