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Friday, March 27, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Bob CollinsNews Cut families move out of flooding homes
    News Cut blogger Bob Collins gives us an update on the families who live on Riverview Circle in Moorhead, who were told to evacuate their homes last night.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • Volunteers build a sandbag leveeHow to coordinate a river of volunteers
    Tens of thousands of people have volunteered to fill sandbags, build dikes or provide other support in the Red River Valley, as the area prepares for what could be a record flood this weekend. Managing all those volunteers is a monumental task.7:20 a.m.
  • Blower doorStimulus weatherization money has contractors gearing up
    Reducing energy consumption is a major priority in the federal economic stimulus plan. Weatherization contractors are already anticipating new work and making new hires.7:40 a.m.
  • Marking the crestConditions make forecasting the Red River tough
    The flooding Red River was higher than 40 feet this morning and rising. The river has caused a breach in a dike in Fargo, and evacuations are taking place in that city and in Moorhead, Minnesota.8:25 a.m.
  • Dennis WalakerFargo mayor says dikes to stay at 43 feet
    Officials in Fargo have just finished briefing reporters with the latest information on the flooding situation in the Fargo-Moorhead area.8:50 a.m.
  • Band in actionSmall town pep band rocks B-Ball tourney
    Ada-Borup plays Ellsworth today in the Minnesota High School Boys Basketball semifinals. Ada-Borup is a class A school, with only 179 students. Close to half of them play in the pep band, and as director Richard Tuttle explains, it's not your usual pep band.8:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Geithner Pushes New Financial Rules; GOP Skeptical
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner went to Capitol Hill on Thursday with expansive plans to reduce "systemic risk" in the financial system. He called for new rules and better referees. And he was met with skepticism, particularly from Republicans.
  • Obama Adviser: $1 Trillion 'Helpful' Start For Plan
    This week, the Obama administration unveiled its plan to help banks get so-called toxic assets off their books. While it's unclear how far the plan will need to go, Christina Romer, the head of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, says getting a trillion dollars' worth off the banks' balance sheets will be "unbelievably helpful."
  • Scientists Race To Create Better TB Vaccine
    More than 1.7 million people died of tuberculosis in 2007, and that number is rising. The most widely used vaccine is 100 years old, and scientists say it's not up to the task of preventing the global spread of TB.
  • Tesla Rolls Out Electric Sedan For Less Than $50K
    California's Tesla Motors made a name for itself with its sleek but very expensive all-electric sports car. But the company always planned to build a more affordable, family-style sedan. Now it's debuting the Model S, with a price tag under $50,000.
  • Women's Sweet 16: Beyond The Usual Suspects
    In the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, the field is down to the Sweet Sixteen — and it's not all the usual suspects. Steve Inskeep talks to USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan about the competition.
  • Flournoy Brings Pragmatism To Key Pentagon Post
    The point person for the new Afghanistan strategy at the Pentagon is Michele Flournoy, a well-respected analyst who worked in the Clinton administration and is now undersecretary for policy. Flournoy plans to focus on making sure Afghanistan is not a training ground for terrorists, rather than the notion of spreading democracy.
  • Somalis Missing From Minn. May Have Returned
    For months, young Somali men and teenagers have been turning up missing from their homes in Minneapolis. Law enforcement officials have traced them to Somalia, where they are believed to have linked up with a Somali group on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. Now there's word that some of the boys may have returned home.
  • New Fuel Economy Standards To Be Announced
    The Obama administration is expected to announce, as early as Friday, new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. For cars, it will be 30.2 mpg, up from the current 27.5. For trucks, it'll be just over 24 mpg. The administration was required by law to come up with the standards, which go into effect two years from now. Automakers haven't voiced any objections. Some environmentalists say the bump in fuel efficiency standards isn't enough. An administration official told Bloomberg News that more stringent requirements are in the works.
  • GM, Union And Bondholders In Standoff
    When the government agreed to rescue General Motors last year, it set terms: Both the autoworkers union and the GM bondholders would have to take big losses on what the company owed them. As a deadline looms for the carmaker to prove it can survive, the bondholders and the union refuse to make a deal.
  • Real Estate Shows Get Makeover Amid Market Woes
    During the boom in the real estate market, there was also a boom in TV shows about real estate. Now that the real estate market has flopped, TV shows about real estate are getting canceled — or evolving.

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