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Monday, January 30, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Holiday travelMinn. lawmakers watch transportation bills closely
    Congress must come up with anywhere between $6 billion and $10 billion annually in additional revenue just to keep highway spending at current levels.6:20 a.m.
  • Miriam Goodman, Lisa LemkeMayo, Minn. communities targeting immigrant health
    In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, researchers at the Mayo Clinic are working with more than a dozen community organizations in southeast Minnesota to keep immigrants and refugees from developing common diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.6:50 a.m.
  • Fight over some gubernatorial appointees looms at the Capitol
    Pledges of bipartisan cooperation for the 2012 session could get thrown out the window today when the Minnesota Senate takes up the confirmations of four members of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet. Republicans appear ready to reject Ellen Anderson as chair of the Public Utilities Commission. And a contentious proposal to require voters to show photo identification at the polls will get attention this week.7:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Freddie Mac Betting Against Struggling Homeowners
    Freddie Mac has invested billions of dollars betting that U.S. homeowners won't be able to refinance their mortgages at today's lower rates, according to an investigation by NPR and ProPublica.
  • Tennessee Gov. Haslam Proposes Modest Tax Cuts
    With no income tax, Tennessee lives and dies by the sales tax. Revenues have increased each of the last 21 months, but the budget still isn't where it was five years ago. Still, Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed lowering the tax on food and trimming back the estate tax.
  • Employees To Face 'Term Limits' At Casino
    A new casino set to open in Atlantic City has announced it will set term limits for its front-line staff. When employees' terms run out, they'll have to go through the hiring process again. The casino says the policy will keep service fresh. Others say the company is taking advantage of a tough job market.
  • The Clash Over Fingerprinting For Food Stamps
    If New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has his way, New York City will no longer fingerprint food stamp recipients. He says fingerprinting stigmatizes needy people and stops them from applying for assistance. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg disagrees, arguing that without fingerprinting, fraud would escalate.
  • Could A Club Drug Offer 'Almost Immediate' Relief From Depression?
    Currently, there's no quick fix for severe depression. Antidepressants usually take weeks to work, if they work at all. But patients who received experimental doses of ketamine — long used as an anesthetic, and an illegal club drug — report an astounding relief from their symptoms in less than a day.
  • The Waiting May Be Almost Over For Facebook IPO
    Facebook will file the paperwork on Wednesday for what's widely expected to be one of the biggest initial public stock offering debuts, according to The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Facebook could raise as much as $10 billion. A Facebook IPO was rumored for much of last year, but the company's been tight-lipped.
  • 'Consent' Asks: Who Owns The Internet?
    In Consent of the Networked, Rebecca MacKinnon investigates how the governments and corporations that control the digital world can impinge on civil liberties.
  • 'Reply-All' Emails Overwhelm German Parliament
    At the end of last week, an employee sent an email with a simple request: Please bring me a copy of the new directory. She accidentally copied every member of the legislature and all of their staff. The email went to some 4,000 people. Recipients then started to reply-all with many messages, and the system couldn't handle it.
  • Romney Leads Gingrich Ahead Of Florida's Primary
    Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent the weekend chasing voters and trading barbs in Florida, which holds its primary Tuesday. New polls give Romney a commanding lead in the state, and he was greeted by enthusiastic supporters Sunday. But Gingrich too drew big crowds, and pledged that the race is far from over.
  • GOP Politicians 'Nervous' About Gingrich's Campaign
    The Republican Party holds its fourth presidential nominating contest in Florida Tuesday. Since the South Carolina primary, politicians and former politicians in the party have been been coming out against Newt Gingrich as president.

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