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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • State economist says Minn. is in a recession
    Minnesota's new job numbers paint a grim economic picture. The state economist has even suggested that Minnesota is in a recession, although the governor is not convinced. There's no denying recent job losses, though. The state lost 2,300 jobs in December and ten times that number over the past six months.6:25 a.m.
  • Smoker56 businesses warned on smoking ban
    Officials with the Minnesota Health Department have warned more than 50 businesses about possible smoking violations. A state ban prohibits most indoor smoking in public places.6:50 a.m.
  • Sounds of CinemaThere's method behind the madness of performing movie music live
    The Minnesota Orchestra is about to launch a film festival. It is called "Sounds of Cinema." Beginning Thursday it will play classic movie music and even perform live accompaniment for two silent screen classics. Orchestra officials say it is not as simple as it sounds.6:55 a.m.
  • Gov. Tim PawlentyTransport funding battle still looms in wake of NTSB findings
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the NTSB's findings on the I-35W bridge collapse largely exonerates his administration from responsibility for the disaster. The NTSB found flaws with the original design of the bridge. The findings dramatically alter the debate, but not the disagreement, over transportation policy in Minnesota.7:20 a.m.
  • Underside of bridgeProcess for scrutinizing bridge design has changed
    A lot has changed since the 1960s, when the first I-35W bridge was planned and built. Today there's a different process for scrutinizing bridge designs. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with MnDOT's Terry Ward, one of the people in charge of quality control during the construction of the new I-35W bridge.7:25 a.m.
  • Merger partners?How might antitrust regulators view a NWA merger?
    Airline analysts have largely agreed that now is the time for a Delta/Northwest or Delta/United merger.7:50 a.m.
  • Pothole punishmentFixing bridges not Minnesota's only transportation problem
    Potholes are popping up all over on state roadways. The crews fill them, but with the cold and the traffic they are soon back. One reason crews are having a tough time keeping up is that they are strapped for money.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Romney Victorious in Michigan
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerges victorious in Michigan primary. The former Massachusetts governor wins by a margin of 9 percent over John McCain. Now three different Republican presidential hopefuls have won each of the three major contests.
  • Presidential Hopefuls' Plans to Rouse Economy
    The U.S. appears closer to a recession: The government's report on retail sales was bad, consumers are buying fewer cars, and the Fed is signaling a readiness to cut interest rates. Presidential candidates from both parties claim to have ideas on how to curtail a recession.
  • Experts Challenge Homeland Security Strategy
    The Department of Homeland Security has no shortage of critics, who challenge everything from its size and scope to its emphasis on border security rules. One expert says DHS should shift from "guns, guards and gates" to intelligence and nuclear nonproliferation.
  • Supreme Court Blocks Suits by Defrauded Investors
    The Supreme Court gives the business community a major victory. By a 5-3 vote, the justices block almost all efforts by investors to recover losses from secondary players in schemes to defraud stockholders. The ramifications involve suits like the one brought by Enron investors.
  • Bush in Egypt for Last Stop on Middle East Trip
    President Bush is in Egypt for discussions with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Egypt borders Gaza, home to the militant faction Hamas, and there is concern about gun smuggling.
  • Sarkozy Hopes to Strengthen Position in Arab World
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy is visiting the United Arab Emirates, and signs nuclear and defense deals with the government. The deal allows France to establish a military base in the country, which is near Iran.
  • Taliban Resurgence Strains Alliance in Afghanistan
    After failing to get NATO to boost its forces in Afghanistan, the U.S. is preparing to send more than 3,000 Marines to the country. With the steadily rising violence in Afghanistan, there are deeper questions about the alliance's commitment there.
  • More Turbulence for Boeing Dreamliner
    Boeing is expected to announce more delays for its new 787 aircraft. The so-called Dreamliner is Boeing's biggest investment in commercial aircraft in more than a decade. The company has more than 800 orders for the new plane. But production problems have hampered plans.
  • Oprah Winfrey to Launch TV Network
    Oprah Winfrey is getting her own television network. It will debut next year in nearly 70 million households. The Oprah Winfrey Network will be a joint venture between her Harpo Productions and Discovery Communications, which operates Discovery Channel.
  • Germans Debate Executive Pay
    The salaries of German business leaders are usually much lower than those paid in the United States. But recent news of huge paychecks and severance packages for German CEOs trigger a national debate about executive pay.

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