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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Ellen AndersonAngry Dayton calls senators unfit to govern after they fire PUC nominee
    Gov. Mark Dayton reacted angrily to the State Senate's rejection of his nominee to chair the Public Utilities Commission, saying it showed Republicans are unfit to govern.6:20 a.m.
  • Jeffrey AndersonAnderson campaigns to publish names of alleged abusive priests
    For at least the last 10 years, Catholic dioceses across the country have created lists of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct. None of the six dioceses in Minnesota have yet published the names of the priests credibly accused. But some want that to change.6:55 a.m.
  • Health exchangeLawmakers to resume debate over health exchange
    The debate over a key part of the federal health care overhaul heats up again at the state capitol.7:20 a.m.
  • TrainingUnmanned aircraft a controversial surveillance tool for N.D. law enforcement
    In a first for local law enforcement in the region, 16 North Dakota counties will soon use two small unmanned aircraft to monitor crime scenes and track suspects.7:25 a.m.
  • Rick Santorum in LuverneSantorum leads GOP presidential candidates into Minnesota
    Rick Santorum is the first Republican White House hopeful to bring his campaign to Minnesota ahead of the state's caucuses on Feb. 7, with a stop Monday evening in Luverne.7:40 a.m.
  • Lawmakers focus on privacy of what videos you watch
    Would you let Netflix post all your DVD rental history on Facebook? Right now, the federal Video Privacy Protection Act keeps companies from publishing those viewing records. But, Congress is looking at an amendment to the 1988 act that would make it easier for companies to share people's movie watching habits.7:45 a.m.
  • Some key stories from Minnesota Today
    The limits of free speech are being debated in Little Falls. The mayor of Duluth is getting threatening messages from around the world. And the Fargo Forum is looking at the importance of water to the history of that area. Those are just of the few of the stories you'll find by reading Minnesota Today, a daily guide to what's being reported around the region. You can find it at MPRNews.org.8:25 a.m.
  • Anderson looks to move on after PUC ouster
    It looks like Gov. Mark Dayton has a new staff member. Former Public Utilities Commission chair Ellen Anderson says she's going to accept a job with his administration focused on energy issues. Her move comes just a day after Senate Republicans at the State Capitol rejected her confirmation as PUC chair.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • The Golden Age: Florida Primary Centers On Seniors
    Just how important is the senior vote in Florida? Nearly one in five Floridians is retired. And a survey conducted by AARP predicts that as many as 60 percent of those who cast ballots in Tuesday's Republican primary will be retirees. Front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have taken notice.
  • GOP Seeks Big Changes In Federal Prison Sentences
    Federal sentencing punishments are supposed to be predictable. But Republicans in Congress argue that sentences are not consistent, and they're calling for tough new mandatory prison terms. Others say Congress shouldn't take away the discretion that judges have to evaluate each defendant.
  • Most EU Nations To Sign Pact To Stop Overspending
    European Union nations — except Britain and the Czech Republic — have agreed to sign a treaty to enforce budget discipline in the eurozone. European leaders meeting in Brussels Monday also promised to stimulate growth and create jobs.
  • In Italy, Art As A Window Into Modern Banking
    With a nod to the current financial crisis in Europe, an Italian art exhibition looks at the often controversial role that banking played in expanding trade and helping usher in the Renaissance.
  • It's A Good Time To Be An L.A. Clippers 'Superfan'
    The Lakers have Jack Nicholson. Los Angeles' other NBA team has "Clipper Darrell." He has missed only one home game in the past nine years and shows up in full Clippers gear to taunt the other team. Now that his team is no longer second fiddle in Los Angeles, Clipper Darrell is in his element.
  • 'I Wanted To Live': New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases
    The anesthetic and club drug ketamine seems to quickly lift depression symptoms. How does it work? Researchers are searching for the answer in an attempt to make a new class of depression medications.
  • Honda Forecasts Low-Level Profits For Fiscal 2012
    Honda is still having problems recovering from supply chain disruptions after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last March. It was also the only automaker to have a car factory hit by last year's historic floods in Thailand.
  • Starbucks To Expand Into Tea-Drinking India
    Starbucks has announced that it is joining forces with major Indian food company Tata to open coffee outlets. The first stores are scheduled to open in Mumbai and New Delhi this summer. Foreign competitors, like Italy's Lavazza, already have opened stores.
  • Lamb Boom Has Sheep Farmers Flocking Together
    Lamb prices are at an all-time high, but American sheep farmers are worried. They say they need more farmers to raise sheep. And they want existing sheep farmers to increase the size of their flocks to meet growing demand.
  • Iconic Witch Shop To Close In Salem, Mass.
    Laurie Cabot opened the town's first Witch shop in 1970 and helped to make Salem a tourist destination. A few years later she was named the "Official Witch of Salem" by then Governor Michael Dukakis. While her brick-and-mortar store is closing, her online store will still offer broomsticks, cauldrons and more.

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