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Friday, May 8, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Disconnected'Disconnected' shows students' lives without computers
    A little over a year ago three Carleton College students did the unthinkable, and went without computers for a month. They also let their classmates videotape what happened. The resulting film called "Disconnected" will air on Twin Cities Public television this weekend.6:40 a.m.
  • Tom DicksonAuthor says there's more to fishing than catching walleye
    Tomorrow is the Minnesota fishing opener, the day when anglers around the state begin their annual pursuit of Walleye and Northern Pike.6:45 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:50 a.m.
  • Minnesota Gov. Tim PawlentyPawlenty vetoes tax bill
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty has followed through on his threat to quickly veto a $1 billion package of tax increases.7:20 a.m.
  • Flu headline, 1918Recalling the 1918 flu pandemic
    While researchers work to understand the current H1N1 flu outbreak, they have one eye on the deadly flu of 1918. That's still the influenza pandemic against which all others are measured. The virus killed tens of millions of people worldwide and tens of thousands in our region.7:45 a.m.
  • Hauser familyFamily lands in court over son's cancer treatment
    The south central Minnesota family says they are following their religion by using alternative medicine, rather than chemotherapy, to treat their son's Hodgkin's lymphoma.7:50 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Stress Test Results Shed Light On Banking Sector
    The federal government has ordered some of the nation's largest banks to raise a total of $75 billion. The Treasury Department revealed the results of its so called "stress tests" to assess the health of the financial system. Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and others will be required to raise more capital.
  • Weak Banks Need To Raise Extra Capital
    How can the banks that need to raise more capital do it? David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Renee Montagne about what the financial institutions can do to raise the money.
  • In Anti-Piracy Fight, Yemen May Be Part Of Problem
    The Yemeni government is trying to portray itself as part of the solution to piracy in the Gulf of Aden region, but others say it might be part of the problem. Sympathy for the pirates runs deep, both among officials and civilians, while the country may be on its way to becoming a failed state like Somalia.
  • As Piracy Insurance Gets Pricier, Owners Try Guards
    Piracy insurance premiums are about 10 times what they were a year and a half ago — due entirely to the increased threat off Somalia. And a small but increasing number of owners have decided it's time to fight the pirates: They're putting armed guards aboard their ships.
  • Wife Of Italian Prime Minister Seeks Divorce
    The personal life of Italy's prime minister, media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, has been the talk of the nation. In a script worthy of a soap opera on one of his TV networks, Berlusconi's wife of 19 years has made a very public request for a divorce.
  • Flu Heads South For The Winter
    Since ancient times, the flu has been one of the most predictable seasonal diseases. It strikes regularly from November to March in the Northern Hemisphere, and from May to September in the South. Scientists are still struggling to find out why flu is seasonal and why it spreads faster in colder weather.
  • Study: More Efficient Ways To Burn Ethanol
    Some U.S. companies currently convert corn and other crops into ethanol, which is burned in cars. But a new study shows that it would be more energy-wise and better for the environment to burn biomass in boilers and make electricity — then use the electricity to power cars.
  • In New 'Star Trek,' A Successful Personality Splice
    The Star Trek franchise has certainly taken its own advice about living long and prospering. The current film is the 11th in the series — and critic Kenneth Turan says it revives the brand nicely.
  • New York Fed Chairman Friedman Resigns
    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced Thursday that Chairman Stephen Friedman had resigned. Friedman was the subject of a recent article in The Wall Street Journal that raised questions about his ties to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Friedman says while he has complied with the rules, he didn't want to be a distraction.
  • More First-Timers Showing Up In Jobless Lines
    With unemployment numbers continuing to rise, social service agencies across the country are facing longer lines than usual. And it's becoming clear that many of those showing up for public assistance are newcomers to the system.

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