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Friday, March 8, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Tony LoureyMinnesota Senate, following House, passes health insurance exchange bill
    The Minnesota Senate on Thursday night passed legislation creating an online health insurance marketplace that's slated to be up and running by October.6:45 a.m.
  • MPR meteorologist Mark SeeleyClimatologist says pace of temperature change is remarkable
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a new study on climate change which looks at temperatures going back to the last Ice Age. He also explains the snowy start to March in much of Minnesota. Seeley also has the forecast, which includes rain.6:55 a.m.
  • Capitol Visitors CenterFederal employees are first to feel sequester's effects
    It's been almost a week since the across-the-board federal budget cuts started going into effect. Many of the more than 21,000 federal employees who live and work in Minnesota are starting to get furlough notices. Some are putting off big purchases and travel in expectation of losing as much as a month of pay between now and September.7:20 a.m.
  • World Baseball Classic mixes up Twins spring training
    Tonight in Phoenix, the United States plays Mexico in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. A dozen players from the Minnesota Twins organization are participating, including catcher Joe Mauer and closer Glenn Perkins who are playing for the United States.7:25 a.m.
  • Paul Giamatti and Don CoscarelliIndie star Paul Giamatti revels in new schlock-horror film
    Paul Giamatti is best known for his portrayals of characters wrestling with angst. But in his latest role, the Indie star leaps into sci-fi horror.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate Mostly Blamed For Agency And Court Vacancies, But Obama Isn't Helping
    Lack of a director can leave a federal agency treading water on policy and personnel issues, and several major agencies have been leaderless for years. The Senate also needs to act before federal judgeships can be filled, and some 10 percent of those jobs are vacant.
  • Past Century's Global Temperature Change Is Fastest On Record
    In the past 100 years, average temperatures on Earth have changed by 1.3 degrees. Previously, that large of a swing took 5,000 years. That's the word from researchers who pored over temperature data going back to the end of the last ice age.
  • If A Driverless Car Crashes, Who's Liable?
    Technology isn't the only hurdle for computer-driven cars.
  • U.S. To Honor India Gang-Rape Victim
    The 23-year-old Indian woman who died after she was gang-raped in New Delhi last December is being honored by the U.S. State Department. Secretary of State John Kerry will posthumously confer the International Women of Courage award on Friday, which is also International Women's Day.
  • Displaced Syrians Bring Life To Ancient 'Dead Cities'
    Millions of Syrians who have fled their homes are finding refuge in unimaginable places. In the northern province of Idlib, displaced Syrians have found shelter in ancient archaeological ruins that until recently were frozen in time. In some cases, the living share space with the dead.
  • Persian Empire Treasure Begins U.S. Tour
    The Cyrus Cylinder — an ancient clay piece considered the oldest declaration of human rights — is in the U.S. for the first time. The symbol of Persian tolerance arrives in Washington as formal relations between Iran and the U.S. remain strained. Renee Montagne talks to professor Ahmad Karimi of the University of Maryland about the history of this ancient cultural icon.
  • Pandora Begins Search For Next CEO
    Joseph Kennedy's announcement that he's leaving the popular music streaming service came as a surprise. As CEO, Kennedy oversaw Pandora's development of technology that allows users to tailor their own digital music stream — building a base of 67 million listeners.
  • Ally Financial Only Big Bank To Fail Fed's Test
    The Federal Reserve has released the results of another round of "stress tests" on the nation's biggest banks. Most did well, with 17 out of 18 passing. But some banks were better prepared than others to withstand a sharp downturn.
  • The Life Cycle Of A Social Network: Keeping Friends In Times Of Change
    Facebook has unveiled a redesign of its News Feed, but any social network knows that drastic changes come with risks. Just look at Friendster, a site that fizzled after changes to the interface and a subsequent exodus made it less valuable to users.
  • Lego Looks Into Licensing Deal With 'The Simpsons'
    The Danish toy company is talking with 20th Century Fox, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Lisa and Bart and the rest of the family may take on whole new lives as tiny, chunky plastic mini-figures.

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