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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • TeacherSchools already cutting budgets, ahead of state action
    Schools aren't waiting for possible cuts from the state to slash their own budgets.6:55 a.m.
  • A challenged ballot by the Coleman campaignBoard to start reviewing Coleman challenges
    Now it's on to Norm Coleman's challenges. This morning the State Canvassing Board will begin examining the disputed ballots put forward by the Republican incumbent. That comes after the board spent a day and a half processing most of the challenges put forward by Democrat Al Franken.7:20 a.m.
  • Kelly WaddingSome Austin pork plant workers struggle with disease and its aftermath
    A year after a neurological disease surfaced among workers at a pork plant in Austin, some workers still can't get worker's compensation for their illness.7:25 a.m.
  • U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Minn.Rep. Peterson reacts to Vilsack choice
    President-elect Barack Obama chose Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to be his Secretary of Agriculture. One of the people that Vilsack will work closely with in his new job is Minnesota's Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson, a DFLer who chairs the House Agriculture Committee.7:45 a.m.
  • Dominic PapatolaThe big arts stories of 2008
    Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola reviews the year in the arts in Minnesota in 2008.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Fallout From Madoff Scandal Hits Europe's Big Banks
    The Bernard Madoff financial scandal has spread to Europe, where banks that seemed to be weathering the financial storm that has hammered the U.S. say they're being hit hard by exposure to the Wall Street money manager alleged to have run a $50 billion scam.
  • Madoff Red Flags Were There All Along
    In 2001, reporter Erin Arvedlund wrote an article for the financial weekly Barrons that was skeptical of Bernard Madoff's strategy and performance on Wall Street. She questioned how Madoff was able to offer good returns. She talks with Steve Inskeep about the impetus for her story and what she learned in the process.
  • Michael Pollan On Vilsack, Agriculture --And Food
    When President-elect Barack Obama chose former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture, he praised Vilsack's knowledge of both agriculture and energy. But writer Michael Pollan says the incoming administration's focus should be on food and the people who eat it.
  • Online Retailer Surprised By Strong Holiday Buying
    Across the country, people are struggling. Morning Edition has provided a glimpse of those struggles with occasional reports on how people are dealing with the recession. Online retailer Uncommon Goods is doing better than expected, and holiday sales are actually pretty strong this year.
  • Shoe-Throwing Incident Still Has Legs
    When President Bush had a news conference in Baghdad over the weekend, an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at the president. That story got a lot of attention around the world. For a look at how it is playing in the Middle East, Steve Inskeep talks with Ramez Maluf, professor of journalism at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.
  • What Makes Milk Organic? New Standard Proposed
    A proposed USDA rule would require cows that produce milk labeled as organic to spend plenty of time out on pasture land, grazing on grass. Research suggests cows that eat grass, clover and alfalfa produce milk higher in healthy omega-3 fatty acids than cows that eat concentrated feed made of corn.
  • Connecticut Puts The Squeeze On Olive Oil Fraud
    Good olive oil is expensive to produce, so it's no surprise that some people are trying to pass off a low grade product. Now, they'll face the wrath of the state of Connecticut — the first state in the country to set standards for the purity of olive oil.
  • U.S. Firms Want Help Advancing Car Batteries
    Some U.S. technology companies plan to ask the Obama administration for $1 billion. They want help speeding up the production of advanced car batteries, which are a critical component of electric cars. The Wall Street Journal reports that 14 companies hope to build a large plant for making lithium-ion batteries. Asian companies currently are way ahead of the U.S.
  • Boston Co. Gets A Charge Out Of Laptop Batteries
    Computer maker Hewlett-Packard next month will offer batteries that could outlast the laptops they power. The batteries are made by Boston Power, the first American company to break into a market dominated by Japan. The batteries don't have to be replaced as often as others, which is expected to reduce their environmental impact.
  • Renewable Energy Doing Well In Spain, Portugal
    One industry in Spain and Portugal seems immune to the global recession: renewable energy. With hardly any fossil fuel resources, both countries have invested heavily in alternatives in the past decade. The Iberian peninsula is home to some of the world's biggest renewable energy companies — and some are conquering the U.S. market.

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