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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mpls. blogger's defamation trial could have broader impact
    The civil trial against John Hoff, the blogger better known as Johnny Northside, began this week in Hennepin County, and some legal observers say they're surprised the lawsuit has made it this far.6:50 a.m.
  • Essayist says it's a tough time to be a Minnesota sports fan
    The Gopher basketball teams are reeling. The Timberwolves are, well the Timberwolves. The Wild may or may not make the NHL playoffs, and the Minnesota Twins look like they'll have a few issues to work out these next few months. Throw in a March snow storm and essayist Peter Smith says now is the season of the Minnesota sports fan's discontent.6:55 a.m.
  • State budget releasedDayton's snowbird tax plan may be hard to enforce
    A key part of Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to balance Minnesota's budget is a provision designed to collect state income taxes from snowbirds -- people who flee the state in the winter for warmer weather elsewhere.7:20 a.m.
  • The former speakerA tri-partisan move to minimize politics in redistricting
    It's an issue that always gets lots of heat at the at the state Capitol. It crops up when it's time to redraw Minnesota's political map. That time is coming, and a tri-partisan group of former state lawmakers -- one each from the Republican, DFL, and Independence parties -- wants to change the way redistricting is done. Today, the group will call for a commission of retired judges to take over the job.7:25 a.m.
  • InstallationSteelroots sculpture show born of many challenges
    "Steelroots: Touching the Earth and Sky" doesn't officially open at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen until mid-April. However the 16 sculptures are already in place, and on view.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rebel-Held Libya Creates Interim Governing Council
    In eastern Libya, the Provisional Transitional National Council has announced it is the legitimate government of the country. But it is struggling to organize itself and exert authority. There are also splits within the rebel army as well.
  • Social Media: 'Essential Tool' In U.S. Foreign Policy
    What role do social media and other non-state actors play in foreign policy? James Lewis, director of technology and public policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Ari Shapiro that websites like Facebook are an "essential tool" to America's global agenda.
  • Scientists Grow Parts For Kids With Urinary Damage
    Scientists have been trying for years to grow replacement parts for defective or damaged organs. Now, a report published in a medical journal tells a success story about fixing the urinary tracts of five young Mexican boys. The procedure could ultimately help thousands of children.
  • Ex-Starbucks Exec Helps Develop Global Eye Banks
    Tim Schottman and his team used to open five or six Starbucks a day. So he wasn't fazed when the head of a leading eye bank asked him if it would be feasible to open 900 eye banks around the world in the next two decades. The goal was ambitious: to bring sight to hundreds of thousands, even millions of people.
  • Wis. State Senators Targeted For Recall Elections
    The controversy over a budget measure in Wisconsin continues with protests entering their fourth week. Meanwhile, Democratic senators remain in Illinois to delay a vote on the bill. The stalemate has resulted in another political drama: About half of the state's senators are targeted for recall elections based on their positions on the bill.
  • To Cap Medicaid, Florida Looks To Managed Care
    Florida's annual Medicaid bill runs in the billions — it's nearly one-third of the state's budget. As Florida struggles to close a budget shortfall of $4.5 billion, Medicaid is a target for cuts. Often, that means moving Medicaid recipients into managed care.
  • Nevada Looks To Unions To Close Budget Gaps
    Unlike his GOP counterparts in other states, Nevada's new Republican governor Brian Sandoval is not taking a hard stance against public employee unions. He is looking to state workers to help balance Nevada's budget, but he's not going after their collective bargaining rights.
  • U.S. Wants To Ratchet Up Financial Pressure On Libya
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in Germany discussing ways to put more financial pressure on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. When Ghadafi began attacking Libyan citizens last month, the U.S. and other nations froze his family's assets.
  • Wiretaps May Play Big Role In Insider Trading Case
    Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund company, goes on trial Tuesday, accused of participating in one of the largest insider trading cases in years. The government's case is expected to hinge on the kind of evidence usually presented in organized crime cases.
  • China's Leaders Want To Slow Their Heated Economy
    China will not see a double dip in its economy this year, according to one Chinese official. He was speaking after a new vision was announced for the world's second biggest economy. But can the government make it happen?

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