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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • State economists say slow recovery will continue
    State economic officials are hoping their crystal balls are trustworthy. They released a budget forecast Tuesday that predicts a continued, but muted, economic recovery.6:20 a.m.
  • Tom HansonBeyond this year's $1 billion, a bigger state budget problem
    Finance officials are projecting Minnesota will have a $5.8 billion budget deficit in the next two-year budget cycle. Factor in inflation and the problem grows to nearly $7 billion.6:25 a.m.
  • Peter BognanniLife in Peter Bognanni's 'House of Tomorrow'
    St Paul writer Peter Bognanni combines geodesic domes and punk rock in his new novel. "The House of Tomorrow" is an off-kilter coming of age story set in small town Iowa. Bognanni, who teaches at Macalester College, says the book came about from a chance encounter.6:55 a.m.
  • Bill would make U.K. libraries responsible wireless users' actions
    Many United Kingdom libraries and universities are crying foul over proposed legislation that could make them responsible for the actions of people using their wireless networks. The Digital Economy Bill, winding its way through the Parliament, includes a provision that would suspend Internet accounts of users accused of copyright infringement for the third time. The government has refused to provide exceptions for operators of public Wi-Fi hotspots, including Internet cafes, libraries and universities.8:20 a.m.
  • Bob CollinsThe appliance rebate program postscript
    The Minnesota Appliance Rebate Program, funded by $5 million in federal stimulus money, closed just 24 hours after it began. News Cut's Bob Collins was on Morning Edition to talk about why it was so popular in Minnesota.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iraqi Candidates Plan Alliances Before Elections
    Iraq is blanketed with campaign posters as it prepares for Sunday's elections. Most of the campaign slogans clamor for change. But many of the faces on the posters haven't changed from the elections four years ago, although the alliances have shifted. Major electoral slates already are haggling over how to form a ruling alliance.
  • U.S. Plan For Troop Exit Hinges On Iraq Elections
    Parliamentary elections Sunday in Iraq will not only decide who will run the country and test its nascent democracy. The outcome could affect the U.S. role as it begins its phased exit of 100,000 American troops. The Obama administration has pledged to withdraw most U.S. combat troops by the end of August and have the rest of them out by the end of next year.
  • Perry Beats Hutchison, Faces White In November
    Texas Governor Rick Perry has survived a Republican primary election challenge from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Tea Party candidate Debra Medina. Perry will face Houston Mayor Bill White, who won the Democratic primary.
  • Partner In Time: Retirement Funds You Can Age With
    What if you could just pick the year you expect to retire and then let a retirement fund do the heavy lifting? That's what target-date or lifecycle funds promise. They're gaining in popularity, but only about 7 percent of all 401(k) assets are held in such funds.
  • Abortion Still Threatens Health Overhaul Effort
    Once again, one of the issues blocking a health overhaul bill from getting to President Obama's desk is abortion. This time, both abortion-rights backers and opponents dislike the language in the bill passed by the Senate late last year. But for the effort to move forward, the House will have to pass that bill as is.
  • More U.S. Troops Prepare To Leave Haiti
    International relief efforts in Chile are just beginning following Saturday's earthquake. Meanwhile, in Haiti, some of those efforts are being scaled down. The USS Carter Hall was among the first American ships to arrive in Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. But the Navy vessel is preparing to leave as part of a reduced U.S. military presence.
  • 'Beast'-ly Reader: Wingnuts, Murdoch's Mission, More
    Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown shares the best reads about the evolution of the written word. Three of her recommendations involve the reinvention of publishing, and one will show you how to keep the "wingnuts" from getting you down.
  • Family Sues Toyota Over High-Speed Crash
    Back in August, a Lexus began to accelerate on a Southern California freeway. It reached speeds of more than 120 mph. The accelerator was stuck. And in the seconds before it crashed, a recording captured the emergency call for help from the people inside. Relatives of the people killed have filed suit against Toyota.
  • BBC Plans Funding Cuts, Job Losses Could Follow
    The BBC announced Tuesday that it's shutting down digital radio station BBC 6, reducing the number of U.S. television shows it buys and cutting spending on its Web site by 25 percent. It also says it plans to redirect about $1 billion to improving program quality. As many as 600 jobs could be lost if the BBC's board approves the changes.
  • Why Pay For Health Insurance When You Can Steal It?
    Experts say medical identity theft has increased sharply in recent months. Patients use someone else's insurance card, Social Security number or name to receive health care. This can be dangerous for victims, especially if their imposter's health information is recorded in their chart and causes a mix-up.

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