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Friday, April 23, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Convention site is readyDFL gubernatorial candidates make their pitch to the party
    More than 1,300 DFL delegates are gathered in Duluth today for the start of the party's state political convention and tomorrow's endorsement of a candidate for governor.6:20 a.m.
  • Critters and plants active in early spring
    John Latimer hosts "The Phenology Show" on KAXE radio in Grand Rapids. Phenology is the study of how climate affects plants and animals, so he keeps track of how the trees and critters around him are changing all year round.6:55 a.m.
  • Cloud Cult concertPolice presence increased for U of M's weekend Spring Jam
    Police will be out in full-force around the Minneapolis campus of the U of M starting Friday night as this weekend marks Spring Jam, an on-campus celebration at the university that many students see as a chance to throw huge off-campus parties.7:20 a.m.
  • Eddah Mutua-KomboProgram helps reduce conflict as St. Cloud struggles with race issues
    A program at St. Cloud State University is teaching high school and college students how to better communicate with people from different backgrounds.7:25 a.m.
  • Joel EdgertonAn Australian view of the crime thriller
    Filmmaker Joel Edgerton's career is on the bubble. Not only is he acting in big features, including the last two Star Wars movies, he's writing them, too. This weekend his new movie "The Square," opens in Minnesota. It's one of a new breed of crime thrillers from Edgerton's Australian homeland.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Experts Say Bills Won't End 'Too Big To Fail'
    President Obama called on Wall Street to back his proposals to rewrite the rules of the financial system. But an informal survey of economists and regulatory experts finds no one convinced that the reforms being proposed can solve the problem.
  • Democrats Set Showdown Vote On Wall Street Bill
    A test vote is set for Monday on new regulations meant to prevent another meltdown of the financial industry. Republicans say the chances of a bipartisan deal by Monday's vote are not probable. Journalist Stacy Kaper of American Banker talks to Steve Inskeep about the politics involved in getting a financial overhaul bill through Congress.
  • Afghan Deaths Threaten Support For U.S. Offensive
    American commanders are deeply concerned that mounting civilian casualties in Afghanistan could undermine public support for the U.S.-led campaign against the Taliban, including a major offensive planned for Kandahar.
  • Your Movie Collection: On A Shelf, Or On A Server?
    DVD collector Kevin Bonds estimates that he owns more than 3,000 titles — all lined up on shelves in his basement. But he's the exception. DVD sales have dropped dramatically in recent years, and studios are racing to meet the needs of collectors who want to save and access their movies online.
  • Who Determines When Airways Are Safe From Ash?
    When three volcanoes in Alaska erupted in 2008 — one of them creating an ash cloud that spanned North America — flight disruptions were quite minor. That is a stark contrast to recent events in Europe, owing to both geography and air regulations.
  • A Renewable Energy Debate Heats Up In The Mojave
    The Mojave is home to mountain ranges, endangered wildlife and pictographs. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has proposed a national monument to keep some desert lands off-limits to energy development. But solar developers say there's room for both conservation and renewable energy.
  • SEC Inspector General: Staffers Watched Porn
    An internal watchdog at the Securities and Exchange Commission says top staffers, who were supposed to be monitoring financial markets, were surfing the web for pornography on their office computers. According to reports, the SEC's inspector general has investigated more than 30 employees.
  • NCAA Signs TV Deal Worth $10.8 Billion
    The NCAA has signed a new 14-year TV deal for the men's basketball tournament worth $10.8 billion dollars. CBS and Turner broadcasting will split the rights to broadcast tournament games. Plus, the playoff field has been recommended to expand to 68 teams from 65.
  • Tax Credits Sweeten Many Homebuyers' Deal
    The National Association of Realtors reported an increase in existing home sales in March, another indication that buyers are rushing to take advantage of federal tax credits before they expire next week. But it's unclear how long that boost will last.
  • Lawnmower Engine Root Of Lawsuit
    The lawnmower industry has been charged with defrauding consumers, and it's been slapped with a class action lawsuit. Columnist John Kelly of The Washington Post reports that a whistleblower told lawyers he'd seen the same engine stickered as 4, 5 or even 6.75 horsepower.

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