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Friday, April 16, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rep. Tim WalzRepublicans battle each other for chance to unseat Rep. Walz
    Republicans in southern Minnesota think they have a good chance of returning Minnesota's 1st District seat to the GOP. Republican delegates meet in Mankato Saturday to endorse a candidate to run against Democratic Rep. Tim Walz.6:20 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.
  • Sizing up Minnesota's congressional races
    Minnesota Republicans in the First Congressional District endorse a candidate tomorrow in their attempt to unseat First District DFL congressman Tim Walz. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Isaac Wood, House Race Editor for Sabato's Crystal Ball, who measure's up the congressional races in the state in 2010.7:45 a.m.
  • Hitchcock and VandeSteegThe man who ran to Atlanta
    To many people, the idea of running a marathon is beyond comprehension. So how about 75 marathons in a row? That's exactly what Twin Citian Terry Hitchcock did back in 1996. "My Run," a film about his story will get its local premier at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama: Hospitals Must Grant Same-Sex Visitations
    President Obama is ordering hospitals to extend visitation rights to whomever a patient designates, including same-sex partners. Hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding will be required to comply.
  • Mars Mission Could Pay Dividends On Earth
    President Obama sketched out a vision for the future of manned space travel during a visit to the Kennedy Space Center Thursday. His plan was closely watched in the politically important state of Florida. The president said his plan will keep Americans traveling into deep space, with an eventual goal of Mars.
  • Revised NASA Vision Promises 'Space Coast' Jobs
    Many on Florida's "space coast" had feared a huge loss of jobs with the end of the space shuttle program. Communities from Titusville to Melbourne depend on Cape Canaveral. Obama's NASA vision promises 4,500 jobs will be created.
  • U.N. Probe: Bad Security Blamed For Bhutto Death
    A U.N. commission on Thursday said the assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto could have been prevented. It blamed all levels of Pakistan's government for failing to provide adequate security. It also accused intelligence agencies and other officials of severely hampering the murder investigation.
  • Britons Captivated By U.S.-Style TV Debate
    British voters were glued to their television screens Thursday for the first U.S.-style political debates. An estimated 20 million people tuned in to witness the historic event. The first of three debates was more subdued than U.S. presidential debates. The BBC's Justin Webb talks to Renee Montagne about how the debate turned out.
  • GOP Fires Filibuster Warning Shot On Court Nominee
    The Senate is gearing up for what could be an epic confirmation battle over President Obama's next Supreme Court nomination. The president has yet to announce who he would like to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. But Republicans already are making it clear they have not ruled out using a filibuster to block his next choice for the high court.
  • Seeking A Smoking Gun In A Toxic Asset
    A toxic asset like one purchased by NPR's Planet Money is the subject of a lawsuit. A New Jersey carpenters union invested $100,000 in a mortgage-backed bond now worth $5,000. It wants payback.
  • Self-Made Heroes 'Kick Ass' And Talk Trash
    What happens when teenagers decide to become real-life superheroes? The events of Kick-Ass, perhaps. Based on a popular comic-book series, Matthew Vaughn's brutal comedy is pretty much everything an action flick should (or maybe shouldn't) be: loud, violent and very, very vulgar.
  • N.Y. Doormen Threaten To Walk Off The Job
    Some 30,000 New York City doormen and other building workers are threatening to strike. Their contract expires next week, and the union and building owners remain far apart. There hasn't been a strike since 1991.
  • The Economy Seems To Be Picking Up Steam
    Recent economic news has been positive: Consumer spending is up, the stock market is rising and big bank profits also are higher. Has the economy snapped back? David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, tells Renee Montagne there still are weak signs. For example, the unemployment rate remains at 9.7 percent.

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