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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Empty chairApplicants for St. Paul superintendent top 40
    The St. Paul school board plans to name semi-finalists in its search for a superintendent in the coming weeks, as well as host public meetings for those candidates and possibly name a preferred finalist by Thanksgiving.6:50 a.m.
  • Social networking enables inner Minnesotan
    Social networking Web sites aren't just for kids anymore. These days, Facebook and Twitter are teeming with baby boomers and generation Xers. Even Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith has started poking and tweeting. He says the sites are perfectly suited to his Minnesota personality.6:55 a.m.
  • Big Stone up closeImpact of Big Stone II's demise uncertain
    The end of the Big Stone II power plant has electricity companies and environmental groups looking to the future.7:20 a.m.
  • A Coleman representative watches the recountLessons from recount loom large on Election Day
    A year ago on Election Day, Minnesotans entered what would become the longest recount in state history. Today, election officials are applying lessons from that experience to ensure the process goes smoothly.7:25 a.m.
  • Sample IRV ballotFirst IRV election in Minneapolis starts off well
    Minneapolis has begun its first election under the new instant runoff voting system. The system is also called ranked choice voting, because voters now have the option of ranking up to three candidates in order of preference for every office on the ballot.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Fate Of Democrats' Majority Rests On Job Growth
    The economy looms large Tuesday as an issue in New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's re-election bid and the other elections around the country. But President Obama's record on job creation will be front and center once again a year from now, when many more races will be on the ballot.
  • Abortion Language Creates Snag For Health Bill
    Lawmakers thought they had crafted "abortion-neutral language," essentially maintaining the status quo, but neither side of the debate is happy. And the issue is causing headaches for the Catholic Church, where opposition to abortion is running headlong into support for a health overhaul.
  • Health Issues Follow Natural Gas Drilling In Texas
    Vast new natural gas fields have opened up thanks to an advanced drilling technique. While natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel than coal or petroleum, extracting it is still hard, dirty work. Some people who live near the massive Barnett Shale gas deposit in north Texas, have complaints. Health and environmental concerns are prompting state regulators to take a closer look.
  • Law Firms Find Uncertain Economy A Tough Judge
    Law firms have been adjusting to the economic downturn. Nashville's Bass Berry & Sims laid off more than 8 percent of its associates this year. The firm also is pushing trial work away from high-dollar senior partners down to associate attorneys with lower hourly billing rates.
  • Clinton Clarifies Statement On Jewish Settlements
    In Morocco for a meeting with Arab foreign ministers, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to ease concerns that the United States is not pressuring Israel to stop all construction of Jewish settlements. Her task continues Wednesday in Cairo, where she meets with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
  • Chechen Leader's Islamic Policies Stir Unease
    In the war-torn Russian republic of Chechnya, Moscow-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov has ordered the return of Sufi Islam and Chechen traditions as a way to establish control and undercut Muslim extremists. Some in the Kremlin are now beginning to ask what they have unleashed in the unstable region.
  • Best Buy Plans Movie Download Service
    Electronics retailer Best Buy announced Tuesday it plans to start an online service that allows consumers to buy, rent and download movies and television shows. Best Buy has been watching DVD sales slide.
  • Manufacturing Rebounds: Are Jobs Far Behind?
    A report released Monday shows the manufacturing sector has rebounded. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing reading was the strongest since April 2006. The hope now is that companies will start to rehire employees, however many may try to produce more without hiring at all.
  • Doll Fight! The Battle For Holiday Season Sales
    Three relatively new doll lines are poised to lead the market: Barbie Fashionistas, Moxie Girlz and Liv Dolls. Wall Street Journal toy reporter Ann Zimmerman says the battle is shaping up to be one to watch.
  • Baby And Me Wii Game Debuts In Australia
    If playing with a doll wasn't enough on its own, now there's one that can be hooked up to Nintendo's Wii. The new game Baby and Me is only being released in Australia and comes from software publisher 505 Games. The Wii remote control is inserted into the doll's back, and then the doll cries or giggles. It can then be burped or rocked to sleep.

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