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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Stumbles plague Boston Scientific
    Boston Scientific has had a long run of bad news, and while the company says patient safety isn't at risk, the company's recovery from years of stumbles might be.6:20 a.m.
  • Dr. John NajarianTransplant surgeon writes autobiography
    University of Minnesota surgeon and professor Dr. John Najarian has written an autobiography called "The Miracle of Transplantation: The Unique Odyssey of a Pioneer Transplant Surgeon."6:50 a.m.
  • Flood repetition presents psychological issue
    The Red River is rising -- again. What's becoming an annual event causes a state of anxiety that can take a toll on the mental health of area residents.7:20 a.m.
  • Mexican gray wolfWolf, sprung from her pen, rejected by sisters on return
    A rare wolf that made news recently by escaping its enclosure did not have a good homecoming. So the Mexican wolf will be leaving the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake for good.7:25 a.m.
  • Backing cribbage in a high tech world
    It's the age of Play Station, computer games, Blue-Ray DVD, iPods, Face Book and the Internet. And, while younger Minnesotans ride fun and games off into a high tech future, essayist Peter Smith hopes they'll take one endangered, decidedly low tech Minnesota card game along with them.7:40 a.m.
  • Head of MNSCU unhappy with bonding vetos
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a state bonding bill with $686 million for building and maintenance projects around Minnesota. But that amount is about a third smaller than lawmakers had approved because the governor vetoed 52 of the projects in the bill. The biggest cuts came from proposed projects at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Debate Pledged To Begin Soon On Financial Bill
    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd introduced a bill to overhaul financial industry regulations Monday. The move follows months of bipartisan negotiations that failed to produce agreement on such controversial issues as consumer protection and reining in practices that led to the financial collapse in 2008. The way forward looks murky, but Dodd plans to move the bill through his committee next week.
  • Economists Debate Impact Of Temporary Hiring
    There are thousands, if not millions, of people hoping to use a temporary job as a stepping stone to something more stable. But economists are divided over whether the bump in temporary hiring means a surge in full-time employment is around the corner.
  • FCC Unveiling Sweeping National Broadband Plan
    The FCC wants to speed the Internet to millions of American families who don't currently have access. That's part of a plan the agency will present to Congress Tuesday. Some of the funds could come from an auction of public airwaves. And that could mean a fight with broadcasters currently using the spectrum for free.
  • The End Of 9-To-5: When Work Time Is Anytime
    A public agency in Minnesota is engaged in a cutting-edge experiment with flexible work schedules. It's called a results-only work environment, and it gives everyone in an office ultimate freedom to do their jobs — whenever and wherever they want — so long as the work gets done.
  • Injured Beckham Will Miss Soccer's World Cup
    Soccer star David Beckham's left Achilles' tendon was severed in game over the weekend. The doctor who performed Monday's surgery says the England midfielder is expected to be out of action for about six months. BBC senior soccer reporter Ian Dennis talks to Renee Montagne about Beckham missing the World Cup.
  • Obama Policy Shelves Most Bush-Era Stem Cell Lines
    President Obama's stem cell policy, announced a year ago this month, opened up federal funding for more stem cell lines created from human embryos. But now, scientists are facing a bitter irony — a few popular stem cell lines that could be studied with federal money under President Bush are suddenly off-limits.
  • Bacteria On Your Fingertips Could Identify You
    We all have bacteria growing on our skin, and the kind and number we carry around is unique to each person. Now, researchers say bacterial "fingerprints" could be a valuable forensic tool.
  • Jackson Estate Signs Landmark Deal With Sony
    Michael Jackson is still breaking records. The deal involving the estate of the King of Pop is said to be the biggest recording deal in history. A person familiar with the project says the $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment calls for 10 projects over seven years.
  • Toyota Casts Doubt On 'Runaway' Prius Claim
    Toyota has responded to the latest developments in last week's runaway Prius investigation in San Diego. Federal inspectors say they can't duplicate the acceleration problem the driver reported after his car raced down the freeway at more than 90 miles an hour. Toyota stopped short of calling it a hoax.
  • Dodd Unveils Sweeping Financial Regulation Plan
    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd has unveiled his second attempt at overhauling financial regulations. His first bill flopped. On Monday, he introduced a 1,336-page bill, which includes provisions negotiated with Republicans. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Linda Wertheimer about the chances of this measure succeeding.

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