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Thursday, March 11, 2010

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  • School lunchMore students relying on free and reduced lunches
    New data from the state education department shows statewide enrollment in Minnesota schools stayed mostly flat from last year to this year, but there was an 8.5 percent increase in the number of students on free and reduced lunch.6:20 a.m.
  • Gov. Tim PawlentyDemocrats say Pawlenty siphoning office staff from other agencies
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty has often used interagency agreements to pay some senior policy advisers. DFL leaders say he's gone too far, and they're proposing deep cuts in the governor's office budget.6:25 a.m.
  • Mortgage debts may linger, even after foreclosure
    Local experts say foreclosures have displaced nearly 90,000 Minnesotans from their homes since 2005, and more people will likely go through foreclosure this year. Those who lose their homes might be surprised that some of their mortgage debt may linger even after the home is lost.6:55 a.m.
  • Minneapolis schools taking precautions for second day
    Yesterday, an online threat caused school administrators to issue a code yellow lockdown at all public schools in the district. Police got word of a threat posted on Facebook and MySpace. Classes continued as normal as possible and after-school activities went forward as well.7:20 a.m.
  • Trenchless utility machineMinnesota launching massive gas line safety initiative
    The state of Minnesota may launch one of the largest natural gas safety initiatives in the country, following last month's house explosion in St. Paul.7:25 a.m.
  • Steve MessickSmall newspapers adapt as readers go online
    By late 2008, a Pew Research study revealed the Web had surpassed newspapers as as an outlet for national and international news. Newspaper executives are scrambling to figure out a new business model to survive. And small-town papers haven't been immune to these changes either.7:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Overhaul Rules Stuck On Financial Protection Agency
    Senate Democrats and Republicans are trying to work out differences over how to overhaul financial regulations following the financial crisis. One of the big sticking points is the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Democrats, including President Obama, want a separate and independent agency. Republicans want it to be part of an existing agency but Democrats say that's been tried and didn't work.
  • Electric Vehicles May Energize Elkhart's Future
    Elkhart, Ind., is known as the RV-making capital of the world. The mayor wants to claim a new title: the electric vehicle capital of the world. Stimulus grants and other incentives are attracting companies planning to build electric vehicles to Elkhart. It's hoped the new business will fill the void created by a serious slump in recreational vehicle sales.
  • Desmond Tutu, Insisting We Are 'Made For Goodness'
    The South African cleric and human-rights activist Desmond Tutu joins Renee Montagne to reflect on his long life and his lasting message about forgiveness and reconciliation. His new book, Made for Goodness, is an explanation of his personal sense of spirituality and an invitation to share in his beliefs about the basic goodness of humanity.
  • L.A.'s Inner City Schools Struggle With Layoffs
    Teacher layoff's in the Los Angeles school system have hit inner city schools especially hard, and more layoff notices are being sent out this week. Markham Middle School in Watts has lost at least half its faculty since the last round of layoffs. In many cases, school officials haven't been able to find new full-time teachers and have to rely on subs.
  • Terrorism Recruits No Longer All Fit The Mold
    Colleen LaRose, a petite, 46-year-old blonde from the Philadelphia suburbs, is accused of trolling the Internet as "Jihad Jane" to recruit others who might take part in possible terrorist attacks. She allegedly looked for people like herself — people who don't fit a terrorist profile that now seems to be falling by the wayside.
  • 'Al-Qaeda 7' Controversy: Detainees And Politics
    Justice Department attorneys who once helped represent terrorism detainees are at the center of a raging dispute. Conservatives say that the politically appointed lawyers are influencing U.S. policy to help their former clients.
  • Global Airlines Experience Strong Recovery
    World airlines can expect a better year as economies recover and passenger demand picks up. The International Air Transport Association had the sunniest forecast for Asia. Carriers there could make nearly $3 billion this year. Latin American airlines also are expected to turn a profit but North American airlines will likely struggle with losses.
  • House Leaders Ban Earmarks To Corporations
    With midterm elections approaching, Democrats and Republicans are battling to claim the clean-ethics crown. That's one reason Rep. David Obey (D-WI), chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said he's killing off one of lawmakers' most lucrative perks: corporate earmarks. Most of the earmarks come from the subcommittee that oversees defense spending.
  • Want A Lower Cable Bill? Be Creative, Monitor Deals
    Cable TV subscribers seem to pay more for the service each year. In fact, the cost has doubled in the last 15 years. But a growing number of consumers are finding ways to hold down their cable bills. They're benefiting from competition, haggling and service bundling.
  • Mexico's Carlos Slim Becomes 'World's Richest'
    With a net worth of about $53 billion, Mexico's telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim tops Forbes magazine's list of the world's richest people. Bill Gates was second. Warren Buffett was third.

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