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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minnesota State University MankatoCollege officials expect deep cuts in higher education funding
    The future of the state's higher education budget is on the agenda at a hearing Tuesday at the Capitol, and College officials fear deep cuts in state funding in the next three years.7:20 a.m.
  • PharmacyGroups want tighter controls over drug industry influence
    A coalition of consumers, labor groups, doctors and insurers are asking Minnesota lawmakers to pass legislation that would make it harder for pharmaceutical companies to influence doctors.7:25 a.m.
  • It's getting tough to keep New Years resolutions
    It's late January, a good time to take stock of how well you're holding up on your New Year's resolutions. Essayist Peter Smith -- like a lot of Minnesotans -- is struggling.7:45 a.m.
  • Somali youth in Minnesota face challenges
    Minnesota Public Radio News is airing a series of reports on Somali youth called "Civil War Kids." It looks at the lives and struggles of Somali families that fled fighting at home only to encounter more violence in America. Minnesota has one of the the largest populations of Somalis in the U.S.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • GOP Struggles For Consensus On Health Care
    Republicans have some ideas for how their stalled health overhaul can get started again: Find some bipartisanship. The problem is that most Republicans don't agree on many of the proposals fellow party members are shopping around Capitol Hill.
  • Homeowner Wants To Walk, Despite New Loan Terms
    Thad Salter's home is now worth less than half of its 2006 purchase price of $300,000. Even after his bank modified his mortgage, Salter wondered whether it would be better to walk away from the loan. At least one law professor says he should do just that.
  • Loved Ones Keep Vigil Amid Hotel Montana's Ruins
    The Hotel Montana was one of the nicest hotels in Haiti's capital city. It attracted an international blend of tourists, aid workers and dignitaries. So its collapse in the earthquake two weeks ago immediately captured the world's attention. Some people were rescued, but officials say there may be as many as 100 still missing in the rubble.
  • TSA Officers Among Lowest Paid Of Federal Workers
    As painful as the security screening process can be for travelers, it's no picnic for transportation security officers. The salaries for TSOs, who are on the front lines of the battle to keep the skies safe, start at about $25,000 a year. They also have one of the highest injury rates.
  • French Panel: Ban Burqas In Public Buildings
    France has moved a step closer to outlawing the full Islamic veil that covers a woman's face. A parliamentary commission has stopped short of calling for a full ban but recommended that lawmakers bar wearers of the garment from public buildings like schools and hospitals.
  • Scott Brown: Puzzling Out The GOP's New 'It' Boy
    Many people are still trying to figure out exactly who Scott Brown is: the "everyman" who campaigned in his blue jeans and pickup truck, or someone else altogether. In the meantime, the senator-elect has become the new darling of the Republican Party.
  • Democrats Risk Losing Obama's Old Senate Seat
    Illinois voters head to the polls Feb. 2 to elect Senate nominees in the Republican and Democratic primaries. Democrats in Illinois could be in trouble because of missteps by the party along with a weak and untested Democratic field. Add to that a strong moderate running away with the nomination on the GOP side.
  • More Federal Money Going To Develop Electric Cars
    Washington is spending hundreds of millions of additional dollars to develop U.S. hybrid and electric car technologies. The aim is to develop the market so it doesn't become dominated by foreign automakers. GM also announced plans to build its own electric motor, using grant money. Another infusion of government funds is going to a smaller company Tesla Motors.
  • Apple Posts Earnings Ahead Of Mysterious Unveiling
    Holiday sales led Apple to its most profitable quarter ever. The new earnings statement was issued in advance of Apple's big announcement expected on Wednesday, and is rumored to be a tablet computer. While tablet computers are a small fraction of computer sales, many companies are selling or plan to sell tablets in the near future.
  • Wanted: Men For Occupational Therapy Jobs
    Unemployed males looking for a new career path could turn to occupational therapy. It's one of the many health-related jobs growing during the economic down turn. It's also a field traditionally dominated by women. Females make up 90 percent of workers and men 10 percent, and recruiting males into the field has been a challenge.

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