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Monday, June 6, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Judge who oversaw 2005 shutdown explains 'essential' services
    If DFL governor Mark Dayton and the Republican controlled legislature can't agree on a budget by the end of this month, Minnesota will be forced into a government shutdown. But the state can't shut down entirely, so a court would have to decide which functions of state government are essential.6:20 a.m.
  • Playing shuffleboardEconomic caution, confidence battle in bellwether hospitality industry
    Since June 2010, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues in the state have added more than 5,000 jobs, about a third of the positions lost in the hospitality industry, often used as a bellweather since the start of the recession.6:50 a.m.
  • Governor and GOP leaders to meet on the budget
    Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are expected to meet privately again Monday to discuss how to erase a projected $5 billion budget deficit -- and also how to avoid a looming government shutdown. Dayton said he wants House and Senate leaders to show up at that meeting with a new budget number. But Republicans still appear unwilling to compromise on taxes or spending.7:20 a.m.
  • North High SchoolOnce slated to close, North High celebrates graduation
    Graduates of the class that at one point could have been the school's last said the year was tough, but it made them resilient, and brought them closer together.7:25 a.m.
  • Republican Rep. John KlineKline's education reform vision: less federal cash, more school autonomy
    As the rest of Congress bickers over the debt ceiling, the Minnesota Republican is busy trying to overhaul education laws.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Finding A Disaster's Economic Silver Lining
    The weather this spring has been a tough one for residents and businesses in the Midwest and South. Violent tornadoes, flooding and even droughts have taken their toll. But while some sectors of the economy may have a tough time for a while, others are starting to boom.
  • New Storms, Prior Disasters Burden FEMA's Budget
    As the government copes with this spring's plague of tornadoes and flooding, it is still responding to previous disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to fund rebuilding projects related to Hurricane Katrina and other major storms.
  • China's Rise: A Quest To 'Hug The World'?
    As it reemerges as a world power, the question is: Is China's awakening to be welcomed — or feared? Some point to peaceful 15th century explorer Zheng He to show that China is not an expansionist culture. But others say China's motivations have changed — and a peaceful rise will be difficult.
  • Peruvians Hope Humala Will Focus On The Poor
    Over the weekend, there was a presidential runoff in Peru. The race was between a leftist military man and the daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori. Ollanta Humala, 48, won Sunday after softening his radical image.
  • Think Twice Before Reaching For A Caffeine Boost
    Caffeinated products are everywhere — from energy drinks to strips that dissolve on the tongue. But caffeine is still a drug that affects sleep and mood, experts note — and parents should be cautious about how much their kids are ingesting.
  • Herbal 'Relaxation' Drinks Make Suspect Claims
    As part of a backlash to the energy drink craze, several new relaxation drinks are coming on the market. The drinks claim to reduce anxiety and make it easier to sleep, but the research on their herbal ingredients is spotty and inconclusive.
  • Nintendo Falls Victim To Computer Hackers
    Nintendo announced Sunday that its U.S. servers had been hacked several weeks ago, though no customer data was stolen. A mysterious group called LulzSec claimed responsibility. The same group may be responsible for attacks on Sony, Fox, PBS and a cybersecurity organization in Atlanta that works with the FBI.
  • U.S. Networks Bid On Olympic TV Rights
    Top TV executives are in Switzerland, bidding for rights to broadcast the next two Olympic games: Russia in 2014 and Brazil in 2016. The competition is wide open, especially because of the recent resignation of Dick Ebersol as the head of NBC Sports. He spearheaded NBC's dominance over the games.
  • Apple's Macs Hit By Malware; Are iPhones Next?
    Apple computers have avoided most serious virus attacks, but that era may be over. As the company prepared for this week's developers conference, it was also taking steps to stop a malware "phishing" program.
  • Florida Couple Gets Revenge On Bank Of America
    Bank of America had sent a foreclosure notice to a couple in a Naples, Fla, but the owners had paid cash for their home. They took the bank to court. When Bank of America failed to pay up, the couple's lawyer drove to the local branch with a moving truck and a court order. He said unless the bank paid up, he'd foreclose on it, and seize its assets, like furniture.

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