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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • HHS Secretary SebeliusMedicare discrepancies hang over Sebelius' Mayo visit
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's visit to the Mayo Clinic today comes after a recent report that Minnesota will receive money earmarked for states which provide low-cost, high-value health care. But just how much money Minnesota will receive is far from certain.7:20 a.m.
  • Minnesota nonprofits win $30 million case against Wells Fargo
    A Ramsey County jury has ruled against Wells Fargo bank in a case involving nonprofits. The Minneapolis Foundation, the Medical Foundation, and others say Wells Fargo invested their money in securities the bank knew were risky. Media reports say the nonprofits have been awarded about $30 million in damages, and today, the judge hears arguments over punitive damages.7:45 a.m.
  • Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.North Dakota's oil rising in importance
    President Obama has suspended all new deep-water drilling permits for six months and extended a moratorium on continued drilling at 33 deep-water exploratory wells in the Gulf of Mexico. With deepwater oil drilling on hold for the time being, what are the other domestic sources of oil?8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Oil, Fishing Industries Entwined In Miss. River Delta
    The mammoth oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, sparked by the explosion and sinking of a deep-water oil rig, now surrounds the river delta, all but shutting down fisheries. But the oil industry still has many friends there. As Louisianans fight the crude invading their coast, many also want to repel efforts to limit offshore drilling.
  • Browner: Government Monitors BP's Every Move
    White House energy and climate change adviser Carol Browner talks to Renee Montagne about the administration's response to the Gulf oi spill, and the evolving relationship between the administration and BP.
  • Senators Fed Up With Secret Blocks On Nominees
    President Obama is still struggling to get scores of his key executive and judicial branch appointees confirmed by the Senate, where lawmakers are stalling them anonymously. Now Democrats and even some Republicans say they want to curtail the use of "secret holds" or do away with the practice altogether.
  • House, Senate Differ Over Regulations On Derivatives
    The financial regulatory bill headed for a House-Senate conference would set up federal oversight of the controversial derivatives market. It requires most derivatives be vetted through clearinghouses. The Senate bill would require banks to spin off their derivatives business.
  • In Limbo: Hollywood's Box Office Drama
    Kim Masters tells NPR's Steve Inskeep why major projects like The Hobbit are on hold.
  • Touting Gains, Obama Pushes For More Economic Aid
    While the U.S. economy is moving in the right direction, President Obama says, the recovery still needs help from the federal government, including things like extending unemployment benefits. But his approach is meeting resistance from Republicans -- and some Democrats.
  • Historic Numbers Of GOP Women Run For Office
    There are many Republican women running for office this year. Driven by economic concerns, anti-incumbent fever or inspired by Sarah Palin, it seems to be a new day for the GOP. Next Tuesday's primaries feature many first tier GOP women.
  • May Was A Good Month For Automakers
    Ford and GM enjoyed double-digit sales increases compared to last year. Japanese and Korean carmakers also posted higher U.S. sales, with the exception of Toyota. Consumers are jumping back into SUVs -- perhaps thanks to lower gas prices and good financing deals. Last month, truck and SUV sales rose 22 percent.
  • Ford To Eliminate Mercury Brand
    Ford Motor Company says sales of its Mercury brand are so dismal that it will stop making the cars this year. The automaker says it will divert the resources it was devoting to the ailing brand to boost Ford and Lincoln sales.
  • A Percussionist's Life: Beating The Drum For Gigs
    Full-time musicians typically have to have an entrepreneurial spirit, juggling multiple opportunities to make ends meet. That's the case for Ivan Trevino, a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, who plans to teach and perform to start paying back $60,000 in student loans.

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