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Monday, March 30, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Connor textsNew communication tools keep flood victims in touch
    People living through the flood of the Red River in the Fargo-Moorhead area are much more connected than they were during the last big flood in 1997. Kids especially, have found new ways to stay in touch with their family and friends.6:40 a.m.
  • Flooded homesStorm stirs up worries along flooding Red River
    The next worry for those battling the flooding Red River in the Fargo - Moorhead area is a major winter storm coming their way.7:20 a.m.
  • Deputies go door to doorGoing door to door
    As the Red River drops, Fargo residents are working to inspect and maintain the city's fragile levee system, which must remain in place until the high waters recede.7:25 a.m.
  • Capitol groundsBudget disagreements front and center at Capitol
    This week, all eyes return to the state's $4.6 billion sate budget deficit and the growing disagreements between Governor Tim Pawlenty and the DFL-controlled Legislature.7:40 a.m.
  • Markets 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

  • GM's Wagoner To Leave At White House Request
    The White House is giving General Motors and Chrysler one last chance to convince Washington they deserve more bailout money. The administration has found neither submitted acceptable restructuring plans. Meanwhile, GM's Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner has been forced out as part of the last-ditch effort to save the auto giant.
  • Pollster Examines Clinton's Health Care Efforts
    Stan Greenberg was the in-house pollster for the Clinton administration. In his new book, Dispatches from the War Room, he reflects on President Clinton's efforts to overhaul health care — what worked and what didn't.
  • Colleges Work Harder To Lure New Students
    A down economy usually means a bump in enrollment at colleges and universities: Applications tend to go up as job prospects go down. But in this recession, private colleges especially are finding themselves working harder to fill freshman classes.
  • Obama Seeks To Change Federal Student Loans
    President Obama's higher education agenda includes major changes to the federal student loan program and a push to make Pell grants for lower income students an entitlement. Similar proposals were pushed by Presidents Bush and Clinton. But they went nowhere on Capitol Hill. So is this the year they will finally pass?
  • Red River Still Above Flood Stage
    Officials continue to monitor water levels along the Red River, which separates North Dakota from Minnesota. The river has stopped rising for now. However, it is still above flood stage and is expected to remain dangerously high for a week.
  • Gunmen Storm Pakistan Police Academy
    Gunmen stormed a police academy near Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday. At least 11 officers were killed and dozens more wounded during morning drills. The assault bears a striking resemblance to other attacks — including one less than a month ago in Lahore in which the Sri Lankan cricket team was ambushed.
  • South African Election Tests ANC's Hold On Power
    South Africans go to the polls next month in the most contentious election since the country's first all-race poll in 1994. That's because the African National Congress, which has dominated politics for the past 15 years, has split. The voting is expected to be the biggest test yet of the country's young democracy.
  • Peugeot CEO Out, KB Home Former CEO In Court
    The head of France's biggest carmaker Peugeot-Citroen has been ousted at the behest of the company's board. Peugeot is suffering from plummeting car sales, big losses and a low stock price. And the former CEO of a major American homebuilder is to be arraigned in Los Angeles Monday on charges of financial fraud.
  • Businesses Balance Customer Service With Job Cuts
    Retailers, restaurants and other businesses are trying to find the right balance between customer service and lower labor costs. It's a juggling act to be sure, but what companies decide could affect their long-term future.
  • N.Y. Company Launches Kosher Tequila
    Star Industries of New York is producing a half million cases of its Agave 99 at a plant in Mexico, using methods certified by a rabbi. That's so Orthodox Jews can enjoy the popular Mexican drink. And they won't have to wait until the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. The company says the 99-proof kosher tequila should be out in time for the Jewish holiday of Passover.

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