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Monday, March 9, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Bill's chairIn Minneota, an empty chair for Bill Holm
    The funeral service in the southwest Minnesota town of Minneota brought together hundreds of people to say goodbye to author, musician and teacher Bill Holm.6:50 a.m.
  • Scott GilbertThe 90-second job interview
    Actors from around the region have just 90 seconds to make an impression at the Twin Cities Unified Theater Auditions.6:55 a.m.
  • CapitolTaxes and budget highlight week at the Capitol
    State lawmakers begin working this week on plans for solving a budget deficit that is now projected at $4.6 billion. Taxes loom large this week as well, with the release of a new report on state tax collections.7:20 a.m.
  • Anoka County Elections Manager Rachel SmithWho's paying for the Senate trial?
    As Norm Coleman's election lawsuit enters its seventh week, court expenses and trial-related costs for counties around Minnesota are increasing.7:25 a.m.
  • David RuppRecovering from a layoff, one step at a time
    Several hundred people in the south central Minnesota community of Hutchinson are trying to figure out how to land their next job. The city's largest employer, Hutchinson Technology Inc., which makes components for computer hard drives, laid off more than one-third of its workforce company-wide at the beginning of this year.7:45 a.m.
  • Chris FarrellMarkets with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets.8:25 a.m.
  • Human embryosObama stem cell order to affect U of M
    President Barack Obama is planning to sign an executive order today that will end limits on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research. One of the institutions that will be directly affected by the change is the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota.8:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • What's Next For Bad Banks?
    Members of President Obama's economic team appear before Congress this week. Lawmakers are likely to ask whether large, troubled banks should be allowed to fail — or whether the government should take them over. There's broad agreement on Capitol Hill that the financial bailout has fallen short. But there's less consensus about what to do next.
  • Where Were The Media As Wall Street Imploded?
    There are plenty of people to share the blame for the collapse of the nation's financial system. But whether the media played an appropriate role in reporting on the health and status of the financial industry is a tough question. Some argue coverage was overlooked; others say it was incomplete.
  • D.C.'s National Mall In Disrepair
    Politicians like to say that the National Mall in Washington DC is America's front yard. The Mall could use some attention. But its isn't just about grass and trees or even money. The head of a citizens group to save the Mall says it's really about vision.
  • Barbie's Life-Sized Malibu Dream House
    Happy Birthday Barbie! The iconic doll turns 50 Monday. As part of a marketing bonanza, Mattel has commissioned a life-sized Barbie Dream House in Malibu.
  • Beckham's Not Breaking Up With L.A. — Yet
    David Beckham and wife Victoria descended on Hollywood a year and a half ago when he signed a five-year contract with the L.A. Galaxy. Now he wants out to play in Italy for one of the best soccer teams in Europe. But the end of an affair is usually messy.
  • N. Ireland Police Hunt For Killers Of 2 British Soldiers
    Leaders of Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant government are pledging to continue ongoing peace efforts. That comes after gunmen fatally shot two off-duty British soldiers over the weekend. It's the first deadly attack on Northern Ireland security forces in 12 years.
  • Chinese In Search Of Justice Face Arduous Task
    Zhang Zhi, a poor farmer from western China, has journeyed to Beijing eight times to petition for an investigation into the killings of his mother and baby son. He is one of thousands of angry citizens who are trying to draw national officials' attention to local abuses of power.
  • U.S. Bank Rescinds Job Offers To Foreign MBAs
    The Financial Times reports that Bank of America has become the first U.S. bank to withdraw job offers to MBA students, who require a special visa known as the H1-B. The bank cites rules in the stimulus plan. Those rules prevent financial institutions that have received government money from applying for these visas if the bank has recently laid off American workers.
  • After 60 Years, Circuit City Closes
    Circuit City closed its doors for the last time Sunday night after 60 years in business. What was the nation's second largest electronics retailer, is in the final stages of being liquidated. About 34,000 people lost their jobs.
  • Stimulus Package Attracts Con Artists
    Federal regulators and consumer advocates say the economic stimulus package has given scam artists a new angle. Web sites touting free government stimulus grants offer hope to people desperate for relief. What they end up with is an unwanted monthly charge on their credit card.

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