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Friday, December 12, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Meierotto (13) prepares to strike the ballNational champs for the second year in a row
    Concordia University's women's volleyball team has now won two straight national titles. The team, which competes at the NCAA's Division Two level, has generated plenty of enthusiasm on campus.6:20 a.m.
  • University of Minnesota climatologist Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota Meteorologist and Climatologist Mark Seeley looks back at what happened with the weather in November and what we can expect this weekend.6:55 a.m.
  • Mark Ritchie and the State Canvassing BoardCanvassing board to take up recount ballot questions
    The Minnesota state canvassing board meets Friday to discuss rejected absentee ballots and those missing Minneapolis ballots.7:20 a.m.
  • Steve HineJob outlook grim
    Bad news just keeps coming in the job market. Next week, Minnesota officials will report how the state's job market fared in November, when the nation lost 533,000 jobs.7:25 a.m.
  • Minneapolis City HallMinneapolis closes budget year on strained note
    The Minneapolis City Council meets Friday for the last time this year. Before council members take a holiday break, they will vote on the 2009 budget and a hiring freeze. Both measures have either been shaped by, or made necessary because of local and national financial woes.7:40 a.m.
  • Gordon FolkmanHomeowners ask why property valuations are up
    Hundreds of taxpayers descended on the Ramsey County truth-in-taxation hearing last night. Many asked why their property valuations are going up7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Focused Despite Hometown Political Scandal
    At a news conference in Chicago, President-elect Barack Obama named Tom Daschle as his choice for Health and Human Services Secretary. If confirmed, the former Senate majority leader will use the post to help overhaul the health care system. Obama also addressed the federal corruption investigation involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
  • Blagojevich's Politics Went Beyond Mutual Favors
    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is accused of trying to auction off the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama for personal gain. Illinois politicians have a long history of bending the rules, but some say the governor went too far.
  • Islamic Extremists Detained In Belgium
    Police in Belgium picked up 14 suspected al-Qaida-linked extremists in raids Thursday. Six been have been charged with being members of a terrorist organization. The sweep came hours before a European Union summit brought together the heads of 27 countries in Brussels.
  • Frum: GOP Is The Party Of The Old
    David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush, says the Republican party has lost its way. Frum says he is starting a new Web site to encourage Republicans to rethink their approach. NewMajority.com launches the weekend before the presidential inauguration.
  • Rules May Make Hiring Foreign Farmworkers Easier
    The Bush administration is posting new rules for bringing foreign farmworkers into the U.S. The goal is to make it easier for farmers to find a work force that is here legally. Critics say the new rules will drive down wages and housing benefits, and put Americans out of work. The regulations would take effect over the next year, starting in January.
  • U.S. Urges Zimbabwe's Neighbors To Act
    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says an outbreak of cholera has been contained, but U.S. officials disagree — adding that it's just one of many ongoing problems that the people of Zimbabwe face due to Mugabe's leadership. They're calling on Zimbabwe's neighbors to impose economic sanctions on the nation to bring down Mugabe's government.
  • Five Years Later, How They Got Saddam Hussein
    Former Army Staff Sgt. Eric Maddox talks about his role in the capture of Saddam Hussein five years ago. Maddox used non-violent interrogation methods to discover Saddam's whereabouts by closing in on Saddam's inner circle of bodyguards. Maddox talks with Steve Inskeep about how he got the information to get Saddam.
  • Thousands Of Employees To Leave Bank Of America
    Bank of America says it expects to eliminate up to 35,000 jobs over the next three years. It says it won't know the final number until early next year, but the cuts will affect workers from both Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. Bank of America agreed to buy the investment firm in September.
  • Economic Downturn Limits Seasonal Jobs
    It's not a good time to be looking for seasonal employment. Here's an example of how stiff the competition is for holiday temp work: When electronics retailer Best Buy recently advertised 24,000 seasonal positions, 1 million people applied.
  • Gas Prices Keep Going Lower And Lower
    Earlier this week, Morning Edition reported that Cheyenne, Wyo., had the cheapest gasoline prices: $1.46 a gallon. The story should have said it was the city with the lowest average gas price. Listeners e-mailed to say they'd found even lower prices. One listener from the Roanoke, Va., area found gas selling for $1.35 a gallon.

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