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Friday, February 20, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • 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.6:50 a.m.
  • Iron Range loses 590 jobs at Minntac
    U.S. Steel is laying off almost 600 workers at a plant in Mountain Iron on Minnesota's Iron Range. Despite record sales and profits last year, company officials say the economic downturn has hit the company hard, leaving them no choice but to cut jobs at the Minntac Mine.7:20 a.m.
  • DFL leadersMinn. Dems ask public for ideas to fix $5B deficit
    Democrats who control the Minnesota Legislature are taking the state's $5 billion budget shortfall to the people in a series of town hall meetings that begin Thursday in Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud and Willmar.7:25 a.m.
  • Wreaths for the victimsCottonwood marks anniversary of school bus crash
    Residents of Cottonwood are looking ahead today as they put behind them the first anniversary of a fatal school bus crash that killed four students. On Thursday, students, parents and residents looked back on 12 months that changed each one of them forever.7:40 a.m.
  • Elk Run Biobusiness Park$1 billion bioscience center planned for Rochester area
    California developers are poised to announce an effort to raise $1 billion to create a bioscience research center just outside of Rochester.7:45 a.m.
  • Man on Hennepin AvenueNew book of photographs celebrates life in Minnesota
    Minnesota native Tom Arndt has been taking pictures all over the world for over forty years. His new book "Home: Tom Arndt's Minnesota" focuses on the people of his home state. Arndt is a street photographer who captures moments in the lives of ordinary people. He spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the pictures and his approach to photography.7:50 a.m.
  • Norm Coleman listens in courtColeman suffers setbacks this week at the Senate recount trial
    The Senate recount trial wraps up its fourth week today. So far, it has been a week that has included a couple of setbacks for Coleman.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Goes To Canada For First Foreign Trip
    Barack Obama chose to head north for his first foreign trip as president. He met with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa on Thursday. Obama said he doesn't believe a controversial "buy America" clause in his stimulus package will significantly discriminate against Canadian industry.
  • White House To Host Fiscal Responsibility Summit
    President Obama is holding a fiscal responsibility summit next week at the White House to talk about how to shrink the whopping budget deficit. That might seem like an unusual conversation to have right now — especially when the new administration has been busy expanding the deficit.
  • Texas Financier Served Legal Papers In Virginia
    FBI agents have served Texas billionaire Robert Allen Stanford with legal papers in a multibillion-dollar fraud case. The FBI, acting at the request of the Securities and Exchange Commission, found Stanford in Fredericksburg, Va. Stanford is not under arrest or in custody. Fallout from the fraud case is already rattling around the global financial system.
  • Identity Crisis Permeates Turkish Society
    Modern Turkey was founded as a secular, Western-oriented state. But these days, Turks say the country is expressing its Muslim identity more than its secular one. And the critical question of Islam versus secularism colors just about every debate in the country.
  • Whistling Orangutan Impresses Zoo Researchers
    Bonnie, an orangutan at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., has taught herself to whistle. She seems to have learned by watching zookeepers who whistled as they worked, a feat researchers say may help lead to a greater understanding of how human speech evolved.
  • Credit Crisis Puts Mall Owner On The Ropes
    General Growth Properties, America's second-largest mall operator, spent $14 billion buying up retail buildings. Much of that money was borrowed. Now the debt is coming due, just when lenders are clamping down.
  • Fortuneteller Sees Bright Prospects In Hard Times
    Even in bad economic times, some people are finding their businesses are doing well. That's true for Alexandra Chauran of Renton, Wash. She is a second-generation fortuneteller. She tells Ari Shapiro she's even been able to increase her rates.
  • GM's Saab Unit Files For Protection From Creditors
    General Motor's Swedish-based subsidiary, Saab, filed for protection from creditors in Stockholm Friday. The move allows the auto manufacturer to be sold or spun off from GM. Saab says it wants to take its resources back to Sweden and become an independent company. But the Swedish government earlier turned down GM's request for assistance.
  • Morgantown, W.Va., Bucks Unemployment Trend
    Helped by a growing university population and a building boom, Morgantown, W.Va., had the nation's lowest unemployment rate at 2.7 percent in December — well below the 7.2 percent national rate.
  • As Business Falls Off, Playboy Looks For Buyers
    The chief executive of Playboy Enterprises says the company is open to selling itself or restructuring its flagship adult entertainment magazine. Playboy Magazinefaces declines in circulation and advertising. It has cut more than a fifth of its staff.

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