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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Bachmann willing to compromise on Bush tax cuts
    Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday she is willing to compromise on a tax bill and still expects to have a big impact on the next Congress even though she has ended her bid for party leadership.6:20 a.m.
  • Recount process has essayist writing about process
    The post-election canvassing in the Minnesota governor's race is all but complete. The final, official decision on whether or not to recount the governor's race is less than a week away. The entire process has essayist Peter Smith thinking, well, process.6:45 a.m.
  • Alzheimer's awareness month puts focus on early screening
    In Minnesota, there are nearly 98,000 people living with Alzheimer's disease, and the numbers are only going to go up as our population grows older. MPR's Morning Edition spoke with one of the world's foremost experts in the field of dementia and Alzheimer's research.6:55 a.m.
  • Student survey: More college plans; less drinking, exercise
    Young people in Minnesota are smoking and drinking less and more are thinking about college, but many of them could also be doing more to exercise regularly.7:20 a.m.
  • Exiting the trainNorthstar marks a year of commuter rail service
    This year, nearly 600,000 people have stepped aboard the line's trains for the half-dozen round trips Northstar makes daily between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis.7:25 a.m.
  • McCollum defends earmarks, vows to save light rail funds
    U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., on Tuesday defended congressional earmarks, saying limits have been put in place and that the money spent on them represents only a small part of the overall federal budget.7:40 a.m.
  • Sean Simonson, Bernardo VigilCatholic school paper deletes student editorials on Catholic DVD, gay teens
    A student newspaper at a suburban Catholic school has sparked a debate over free speech by criticizing a Catholic DVD and defending gay teens. The DVD denouncing same-sex marriage was sent by Minnesota's Catholic bishops to parishioners prior to the Nov. 2 election.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Freshman Lawmakers Learn Congressional Guidelines
    Orientation for freshman lawmakers began on Capitol Hill on Monday. More than 80 newly elected House members are in Washington for a week of seminars and meetings that will teach them what happens after they take the oath of office.
  • Gregg: U.S Needs To Find The Path To Fiscal Responsibility
    Sen. Judd Gregg heads back to New Hampshire in January after three terms. He's retiring just as his pet issue — the federal deficit — has become one of the hottest issues in Washington. As a member of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Gregg spent nine months studying fiscal policy and coming up with a plan to keep the country from going broke.
  • Cuts To University's Humanities Program Draw Outcry
    Facing drastic budget cuts, the State University of New York at Albany has suspended student admissions to the French, Italian, Russian, classics and theater programs because of low student enrollment. The announcement has provoked a debate on the value of a humanities education.
  • Supernova Shines Light On Black Hole Formation
    Astronomers believe they have glimpsed the birth of a nearby black hole, which could explain how black holes form and evolve over time. The story began in 1979, when a Maryland man discovered a star in the throes of a violent explosion.
  • No. 1 UConn Faces Off Against No. 2 Baylor
    The University of Connecticut women's basketball team is at the top of the AP poll for the 45th straight week. The No. 1 Huskies will meet the No. 2 Baylor Bears on Tuesday night. UConn is on a 79-game winning streak.
  • EU Ministers Worry Irish Debt Crisis Could Spread
    Euro zone finance ministers are in Brussels to consider what to do about Ireland. The Irish government is considering ways to tackle its debt crisis. Fears are growing that the issue might prove contagious, and could threaten the euro. Ireland dismisses speculation it's about to become the second euro zone nation after Greece to request assistance from its partners.
  • China Leads World In High-Speed Rail Tracks
    China already has thousands of miles of railroads — including the world's longest network of high-speed rail, which is 4,000 miles long. That total is set to double within two years, giving China more high-speed rail tracks than the rest of the world put together.
  • Investors Brace For General Motors IPO
    Investors are awaiting the big public offering of General Motors stock Thursday. And apparently demand is so high for a piece of the restructured — and newly profitable carmaker — that GM is planning to raise the share price to about $32.
  • Caterpillar Buys Specialty Company Bucyrus
    Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar is trying to cement its position in the global mining industry by purchasing a specialty company. Caterpillar is buying Bucyrus International for $7.6 billion. Wisconsin-based Bucyrus makes surface mining equipment used for mining coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands and other minerals.
  • Dethroning The King: How Bud Got Bought Out
    Sports fans and partygoers who enjoy Budweiser beer may not realize that their iconic King of Beers is no longer American. The story of how international firm InBev bought Anheuser-Busch is the subject of a new book.

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