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Monday, February 9, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Susan Darley-HillFood: the next frontier in recycling
    More than 80 percent of what we throw away is recyclable and a lot of that is food, which could be converted to "black gold."6:50 a.m.
  • State lawmakers waiting on stimulus bill
    Minnesota lawmakers are watching the stimulus bill in Washington closely to see how much help they might get from the federal government when it comes to balancing the state budget.7:20 a.m.
  • SwingingSleds and snow make for a high-octane spring training
    A few hardy souls in Twin Valley, Minn., play an annual softball game in mid-February, though there is no running around the bases -- these players are astride very powerful, very fast snowmobiles.7:45 a.m.
  • Chris FarrellMarkets with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Biden Promises Foreign Policy Shifts
    In recent years, European leaders at the annual Munich Security Conference have roundly criticized American foreign policy. This year, things were different. Vice President Joe Biden's speech on Saturday unveiled a new caring, consulting and listening U.S. administration, promising sweeping changes in American foreign policy.
  • U.S. Examining Options To Central Asian Air Bases
    The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan last week said it planned to close an American air base that has played an important role in the U.S. military operations in neighboring Afghanistan. This comes at a time when the Obama administration plans to step up the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. U.S. officials say they are looking at other options. Uzbekistan evicted the U.S. from its air base in 2005.
  • Hudson River Landing Not As Easy As It Looked
    Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger didn't have a lot of options last month when the jetliner he was piloting hit a flock of geese and lost power in both engines. In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Sullenberger explained what he had to do to land the plane safely in the Hudson River.
  • Iraq Security Improving, Challenges Remain
    President Barack Obama has inherited a changing war in Iraq. A new security agreement has started a countdown for the departure of U.S. troops. Iraq is more peaceful, and elections took place with little incident. Yet the final outcome in Iraq is still far from clear.
  • A Father Memorializes His Son's Sacrifice
    John West marks the first anniversary of his son's death in Iraq. Corporal John Lee West is the last of five generations of West men to serve in the U.S. Army.
  • Church, Court Clash In Italian Right-To-Die Case
    Italy is in the grips of a right-to-die debate. Catholic officials have been vocal in demanding that a woman who has been comatose since a car accident 17 years ago be allowed to live. But an appeals court has granted a request by the woman's father to stop artificial feeding so she can be allowed to die.
  • Is America Weighed Down By 'Dead Ideas'?
    In his new book, The Tyranny of Bad Ideas, author Matt Miller says Americans need to let go of certain outmoded beliefs. On the list? The idea that our children will earn more than we do and the notion that taxes are bad and free trade is good.
  • Plant, Krauss Win Big At Grammy Awards
    Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took home the highest honor at Sunday's Grammy Awards: album of the year for Raising Sand. The duo also won record of the year for their song, "Please Read the Letter." In all, Plant and Krauss won five Grammys, the most of the night. Coldplay and Lil Wayne each won three Grammys.
  • Nissan Expects Annual Loss, Slashes 20,000 Jobs
    Japan's third-largest automaker says the job cuts will help cope with what's expected to be the company's first annual loss in nine years. Nissan expects a net loss of nearly $3 billion when its fiscal year ends in March. The company already has shortened the work week at its U.S. factories, slowing production to adjust to falling demand.
  • Coffee, Tea Or Carbon Credits?
    While most airlines are skimping on basics like food and pillows, one carrier is going in a different direction. Virgin America is selling environmentally conscious passengers the chance to fly guilt free. It's the first domestic airline to sell carbon-offset credits in-flight. Passengers concerned about their carbon footprint on a cross-country flight can buy the credits from their seatback screens. Virgin America directs the money to one of two green projects in California. So far, 1 percent of the airline's passengers have used the service.

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