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Friday, February 5, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Outlook bleak for state-funded college financial aid
    The state of Minnesota's fiscal woes could impact a cash-strapped government program that provides financial aid for needy college students.6:20 a.m.
  • 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.
  • MPR headquartersMPR lawsuit third against Central Corridor project
    Minnesota Public Radio filed suit Thursday against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor light rail project, claiming the Met Council is not living up to the noise mitigation agreement the two parties reached in April 2009.7:20 a.m.
  • Presentation of Olympics is changing for NBC
    The 2010 Olympic games open a week from today in Vancouver, British Columbia. In the U.S., NBC paid over $800 million for exclusive rights to broadcast the games, and expects to lose money on the venture.8:25 a.m.
  • Weird SistersMystery surrounds roots of the Macbeth curse
    The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis opens a brand new production of Macbeth this weekend - and that makes some people a little nervous. In some circles Shakespeare's bloody tragedy is believed to be cursed.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Recall Shakes Japan's Confidence In Toyota
    Toyota had a news conference Friday, addressing quality control issues in its vehicles. The automaker is facing intense pressure in the U.S. to prove that it can fix the accelerator problems in eight Toyota models. Reporter Lucy Craft in Tokyo talks with Linda Wertheimer about how the recall is viewed in Japan.
  • Toyota Repairs Costly For Dealers, Drivers
    At Expressway Toyota in Boston, mechanics have begun making repairs to customers' cars. The work is being paid for by Toyota, but the dealer may still get hurt as his customers become disillusioned with the automaker. And the car owners are losing time and money waiting around for repairs.
  • Help For Small Businesses: Examining The Options
    Renee Montagne talks with Karen Mills, head of the Small Business Administration, about how small businesses are faring, credit challenges, and efforts to renew federal funding and other measures to make it easier for entrepreneurs to borrow money.
  • TSA Scraps Plan To Toughen Private Air Travel Rules
    A proposal to impose tough new security requirements on private planes and small airports sparked thousands of complaints. Now the Transportation Security Administration says the controversial mandates for costly new programs won't be part of the regulations when they're reissued this fall.
  • America's Cup Sails Into (And Over) Uncharted Seas
    The America's Cup is set to start on Feb. 8, and the competition is in for some big changes. The rulebook has been thrown out, thanks to long legal battles. The new boats embrace new technology that lets them soar above the water.
  • Tea Party Weighs How To Win Over Young Voters
    The 2008 election put an exclamation point on a millennial trend: young voters increasingly leaning left. At the Tea Party convention in Nashville, conservatives are focusing on how to right that phenomenon.
  • Military Service Members Kicked Out For Coming Out
    The debate over repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy has prompted two gay service members to step forward with their stories. One was an officer who served for eight years and did a tour in Iraq. Another was a former member of the Air Force who says he would re-enlist if "don't ask" were repealed — but he doesn't hold out much hope that will happen.
  • Asian, European Markets Fall
    Asian markets ended sharply lower Friday, and European markets were also down. Asian investors turned cautious after Thursday's fall in U.S. stock prices. And Europeans are worried about a looming financial crisis in some E.U. nations, including Greece. Global markets are also awaiting news Friday from the U.S., including the monthly jobs report.
  • Comcast, NBC Universal Defend Deal On Capitol Hill
    There was a congressional hearing Thursday over Comcast's controversial proposal to buy a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal.
  • Super Bowl Ads: What To Watch For Between Plays
    This weekend, more than 100 million people will gather around their televisions to watch the New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. But that's only part of the entertainment: The commercials often draw more Monday morning quarterbacking than the game itself. Linda Wertheimer talks with author and former ad man James Othmer about what will play between the plays Sunday.

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