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Friday, January 30, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mississippi RiverMinneapolis officials recommend eliminating park board
    As city officials across the state explore ways to cut costs in tough economic times, several Minneapolis city council members have recommended a controversial proposal that would - among other things - eliminate the park board.6:45 a.m.
  • ConflictDirector gets animated for his Oscar-nominated film
    A highly unusual Oscar-nominated documentary opens in Minnesota this weekend. "Waltz with Bashir" is out of the ordinary, because it's animated, and because it deals with the psychological repercussions of a Middle Eastern war a quarter century ago.6:50 a.m.
  • University of Minnesota climatologist Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • Franken campaign attorney Marc EliasSenate candidates wage public relations battle
    Outside the courtroom, a public relations battle between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken continues.7:20 a.m.
  • Rep. Jim OberstarOberstar says stimulus means Minn. jobs, others disagree
    The Legislature is getting a better idea of how much money it would get in the massive federal stimulus package that the U.S. House passed earlier this week. DFL legislative leaders met with three members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation to discuss the stimulus package.7:40 a.m.
  • Jon GordonFuture Tense with Jon Gordon
    A new Website is an online hub for free university classes and lectures.8:20 a.m.
  • 2009 NFC Media DaySportswriter father to cover son in Super Bowl
    Hundreds of journalists are in Tampa, Fla., to cover the Super Bowl, and one of them has a unique perspective. Larry Fitzgerald Sr. is covering the game for the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder newspaper. His son, Larry Fitzgerald Jr., is a star wide receiver with the Arizona Cardinals.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • In Down Economy, Layoffs Are Contagious
    The government has announced the U.S. economy shrank at its fastest pace in nearly 27 years. That because consumers and businesses cut spending. Layoffs that began in the real estate and finance sectors are now hitting workers in nearly every field. Some iconic firms are slashing jobs by the thousands.
  • GOP Wants More Tax Cuts For Bipartisan Stimulus
    The Senate is braced for a showdown next week, when the Democrats plan to push through a nearly $900 billion economic stimulus package. The House passed a slightly smaller measure Wednesday. Not a single Republican voted for the plan, which was after President Obama lobbied GOP lawmakers for a bipartisan bill. The question now is how many Senate Republicans will heed his call?
  • Blagojevich Trial Ends With A New Illinois Governor
    Illinois state senators have removed Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office. Not a single lawmaker came to his defense during the impeachment trial. Blagojevich, who was accused of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, becomes the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment. Patrick Quinn replaces Blagojevich as governor.
  • Quinn, New Ill. Governor, Says 'Ordeal Is Over'
    Illinois has a new governor. Democratic Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn replaces Rod Blagojevich, who was removed from office by the state Senate Thursday. "The ordeal is over," Quinn says.
  • Cardinals' Fitzgerald 'Eyes' Super Bowl Victory
    When the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday in the Super Bowl, one player to watch is Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. His optometrist grandfather gave Fitzgerald unique vision training that has helped him on the football field.
  • Afghan Convoys Risk Taliban Attacks
    The Taliban are putting the squeeze on truck traffic across Afghanistan. Their main objective is to destroy U.S. and NATO convoys that supply Western troops in the country. But truck drivers say everyone who drives a tractor-trailer or tanker has become a target.
  • Critics Assail Revived Russian Church's Kremlin Ties
    The Russian Orthodox Church elected a new leader this week. The church has become wealthy and highly visible since it emerged out of decades of suppression under the Soviet Union. But critics say it is more concerned with building power than with serving ordinary Russians.
  • Japan's Industrial Production Drops By 9 Percent
    Japan's economics minister says he's never seen such a steep fall in production. The government released data Friday showing industrial production plunged nearly 10 percent in December, a record drop. Japanese companies are being ravaged by the global recession as consumers stop buying their exports, including cars, electronics and industrial machinery.
  • Declines In Air Freight Take Toll On Hubs
    After years of steady increases, the amount of air cargo declined last year. Sending goods by plane is much more expensive than by rail, trucks or ships. The recession and air cargo slowdown have affected many hubs, including Nashville.
  • Some Technology Leaves The Blind Behind
    For those who can't rely on vision or hearing to guide their navigation of consumer electronics devices, doing simple tasks can become a huge challenge. Meanwhile, the price of many of the devices created specifically for the blind or deaf is anything but accessible — and would give most consumers sticker shock.

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