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Monday, May 17, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Republicans announce budget dealBudget deal reached at last minute; special session called to pass it
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers have reached an agreement on how to close a nearly $3 billion budget deficit, with only a few minutes to spare before the midnight deadline. The Legislature is meeting in a brief special session to approve the deal.7:20 a.m.
  • Tom ScheckPolitics of the session to play out
    The outcome of the 2010 legislative session could affect the political ambitions of some of the key players in Minnesota politics down the road.7:25 a.m.
  • Cash for keysLenders offer 'cash for keys' to speed foreclosures
    With the foreclosure crisis continuing, banks are struggling to clear foreclosures from their books. To help speed the process, many mortgage lenders are offering people cold hard cash to vacate their homes more quickly.7:40 a.m.
  • Minnesota State CapitolWhat didn't happen in the 2010 legislative session
    This year's legislative session may be best remembered for what didn't happen, rather than what lawmakers accomplished as the state's budget impasse overshadowed many of the key issues the Legislature set out to tackle back in February.7:45 a.m.
  • Monday Market report with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest.8:25 a.m.
  • End of session sets up politics for fall
    This year's 2010 legislative session which ended Sunday night may carry major political ramifications for elections later this year. The Republican and DFL endorsed candidates for governor are both sitting legislators. Add to that a governor who's considering a run for president, and political stakes get even higher.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Tea Party Activists Support 'Fresh-Faced' Rand Paul
    Many states are holding Super Tuesday contests this week. In Senate primaries, the party favorites, in both parties, face serious challenges. In Kentucky's GOP primary, the Republican's choice Trey Grayson is under assault from first-time candidate Rand Paul, who is backed by Tea Party supporters.
  • Ark. Sen. Lincoln Faces Serious Primary Challenge
    In Arkansas, Democrats are battling among themselves in Tuesday's Senate primary. Two-term incumbent Blanche Lincoln, a centrist, is facing a strong challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who is being supported by progressive groups and the unions.
  • Border Strut: Where Pakistan And India Meet
    Wagah marks the spot in Punjab where you can walk across the border between the two countries. Tensions melt in a theatrical display as the border is closed for the night. It ends in a handshake between soldiers on both sides. Another stop in NPR's series on life along the centuries-old Grand Trunk Road.
  • Celtics Discover Renewed Vigor In NBA Playoffs
    The Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic to win the opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference final, 92-88 Sunday. In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers host the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
  • Scientists Question Safety Of New Airport Scanners
    Privacy isn't the only concern some have about the new low-energy X-ray scanners introduced at airports across the country. A group of scientists say the amount of radiation the scanners emit may have been understated and wants a more thorough look at the risks of exposing so many travelers to X-rays.
  • CT Makers: Make Sure Scans Are Really Needed
    In February, the makers of CT scanners pledged to do a better job of protecting patients from radiation risks. And a trade group for the companies said safeguards would be added to the scanners that warn technicians when the machines are about to exceed recommended radiation doses. The makers of the machines are now supporting a message of moderation.
  • Volcanic Ash Still Causing Flight Problems
    Airline passengers in northern Europe face more hassles because of volcano ash from Iceland. About 1,000 flights were grounded Monday, and hundreds of thousands of passengers were delayed. Britain's two biggest airports have reopened after being shut down overnight due to fears that a drifting cloud of ash could damage jet engines.
  • The Rise Of State-Controlled Capitalism
    U.S. corporations face a growing threat from countries where governments control big multinational corporations and use them for political gain, author Ian Bremmer says. In China, for example, U.S. firms compete against government-backed domestic auto and aircraft manufacturers.
  • 'Don Giovanni' Canceled Because Of Strike
    The premiere of Don Giovanni at Venice's famed Teatro La Fenice has been canceled. Musicians and singers are on strike. They're among thousands of opera workers across the country who've been striking in recent weeks to protest laws that halt new hiring and limit pay.
  • Scientists Use Canisters To Detect Spilled Oil
    BP has started capturing some of the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. Not much of it has landed on shore yet. But a group of scientists returned from a two week voyage where they encountered huge amounts of oil.

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