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Friday, April 17, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Boat ride groupFlood waters still isolate many rural homes
    Many roads in rural parts of North Dakota are still under water because of flooding. In Cass County, it's not just the Red River that's causing flooding. The Sheyenne River and other tributaries have made parts of the county a lake.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.
  • Dan McElroyThe numbers behind Minnesota's unemployment rate
    Minnesota's unemployment rate is still better than the nation's -- but not by much. Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate crept up from 8 percent in February, to 8.2 percent in March. The national rate is 8.5 percent.7:20 a.m.
  • College graduatesEconomy seen behind shifts in college application numbers
    Applications are up at the U of M and state colleges and universities, while applications are down somewhat at the state's private colleges for the fall semester. One big reason: the economy.7:25 a.m.
  • The Lovrich family with Mac, months before he diedTerminally ill children often get inadequate pain treatment
    A conference in the Twin Cities this week tackles the problem of proper pain management in children and gives doctors training for working with their families.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Analyst: Banks Need Fundamental Reforms
    Bank analyst Karen Petrou says the United States can expect to see a lot of volatility in the financial industry. She says the industry as a whole — including the 20 largest banks — have not yet made fundamental reforms to stabilize the industry.
  • The Bankers Who Warned About 'Too Big To Fail'
    In their 2004 book, Gary Stern and Ron Feldman, top executives at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, cautioned the world about systemic financial risk and the need for more oversight. They admit to a fleeting sense of "I told you so."
  • Numbers Game: Dip In Air Traffic Hurts Las Vegas
    The recession has hit every part of the airline industry hard. There are fewer tourists dragging suitcases past the ringing slot machines and glitzy billboards that line the terminals at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, where air traffic is down 15 percent.
  • Allegiant Air's Success Comes With No Frills
    Allegiant Air is a rare success story in the troubled airline industry. Its ticket fares are often some of the lowest on the market — but they are available mostly to travelers who live in smaller towns and don't mind paying extra fees for some basics.
  • Obama To Attend Western Hemisphere Summit
    President Obama travels to Trinidad and Tobago to attend the Summit of the Americas. The leaders of every country in the hemisphere, except Cuba, will be at the meeting. Cuba was suspended from the Organization of American States in 1962. The global economic crisis is expected to dominate, but issues such as trade, migration and narcotics trafficking also are on the agenda.
  • Donors Bolster Pakistan's Flagging Economy
    Pakistan is getting more development money from international donors. Led by the U.S. and Japan, the group pledged more than $5 billion on Friday to help Pakistan's troubled economy, and fight the spread of terrorism in the islamic nation and neighboring Afghanistan. Maria Kuusisto, an analyst with Eurasia Group, explains why Pakistan needs aid so urgently.
  • Treatment Lacking For Afghanistan's Addicts
    Afghanistan's growing drug abuse problem is outpacing meager efforts to combat it. A U.N. program in Kabul is overwhelmed with up to 1,500 heroin and opium users a day. Experts say U.S. efforts to stabilize the country are being undermined by too little support from the West for drug prevention and treatment programs.
  • Dealers, Private Equity Firm May Buy GM's Saturn
    Some Saturn dealers have teamed up with a private equity firm to try to buy the brand. GM has put Saturn on the chopping block. Their group is called Telesto Ventures, named after one of the moons that circles Saturn.
  • British Government Offers Carbuyers Incentives
    The British government is trying to give electric cars a boost. It's offering car buyers up to $7,500 if they purchase electric or hybrid cars. It's part of the British government's $400 million plan to promote low carbon transport over the next five years, as well as giving a boost to the ailing auto industry.
  • Payless Introduces Eco-Friendly Shoes
    One of the country's biggest shoe companies is trying to bring eco-friendly fashion to the feet of the masses. Payless ShoeSource introduced its first line of "green" footwear this week.

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