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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Union Depot lobbyHistoric Union Depot set to reopen after $243M makeover
    Forty-one years after the last train pulled out of St. Paul's Union Station, the rail hub is ready for their return. The landmark station reopens Saturday after a $243 million facelift and will host a new bus hub. St. Paul hopes the depot can spark a transportation renaissance for the city.6:19 a.m.
  • State Governors Speak To The Media After Meeting WFiscal cliff clouds Minnesota economic forecast
    State finance officials are set to release a new economic forecast Wednesday that will help set the stage for the coming budget discussions at the Capitol.6:45 a.m.
  • Casket carried into churchFuneral services today for Cold Spring officer
    Officials expect up to 3,000 attendees, including numerous fellow officers, at funeral services Wednesday for the Cold Spring police officer who was shot and killed last week.7:20 a.m.
  • Manny LaureanoTwin Cities orchestras both declaring deficits
    With Minnesota Orchestra musicians locked out for two months and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra players locked out for six weeks, both organizations are announcing budget deficits at their annual meetings this week.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Deal Reached In Calif. Port Workers Strike
    A tentative agreement has been reached to end an eight-day strike that crippled the nation's largest port complex. Shippers were prevented from delivering billions of dollars in cargo to warehouses and distribution centers across the country.
  • More Large Retailers Ease Customers' Path To Credit
    Faced with customers who can't use banks, or want to avoid them altogether, big-box stores like Costco and Wal-Mart are offering access to everything from insurance policies to home mortgages.
  • Vets Flock To Colleges ... But How Are They Doing?
    The new GI Bill has helped send a large number of veterans to college in a short span of time. But many face special challenges, and there's no real data yet on how they are performing in school.
  • Milk Producers Peer Over The Dairy Cliff
    The expiration of the farm bill has left dairy farmers without a milk pricing program — and a safety net. While all farmers are watching closely, milk producers face an environment where cow feed costs more than cow milk.
  • India Clears A Path To Bring In Big-Box Retailers
    The plan by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's governing coalition would let foreign supermarkets operate in Asia's third-largest economy. But two days of verbal sparring leading up to the lower house vote revealed deep suspicions about bringing global chains like Wal-Mart to a land of mom-and-pop stores.
  • Palestinian Olive Harvest Turns Bitter As Economy Sputters
    Olive trees symbolize peace and freedom for the Palestinian people, but the economic realities of living in the West Bank are making it harder than ever to cultivate and harvest this traditional food source.
  • Facebook To Join Nasdaq 100 Next Week
    The social network is replacing Indian tech company Infosys. It used to be that companies had to be listed on the Nasdaq for two years before they could become part of the elite index. Facebook only had to wait three months, thanks to some rule changes.
  • Cooper Union Students Protest Threat To Free Tuition
    A student occupation at Cooper Union is entering its third day. The New York school of art, architecture and engineering is famous for not charging tuition to undergraduates. Administrators say the school is facing a financial crisis and needs to find new revenue sources.
  • When The Art Of The Deal Includes Improv Training
    Some top-tier business schools — Duke, UCLA, MIT and Stanford — are teaching improv as a way for students to increase collaboration, creativity and risk taking. An instructor at MIT says success in business, as in improvisation, can hinge on your ability to rebound.
  • Haagen-Dazs Wins Infringement Case In China
    U.S. food company General Mills, which owns the ice cream brand, complained that a Chinese clothes company's name was to similar to Haagen-Dazs. A judge in Beijing has agreed.

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