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Monday, April 30, 2012

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  • Vikings stadium bill still stuck in Legislature
    It's unlikely that state lawmakers will meet their self-imposed deadline to adjourn the legislative session today. One of the main sticking points is the bill to fund the construction of a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.6:20 a.m.
  • Metropolitan State University skywayMnSCU surveys employers about needed job skills
    Employers across the country are saying too many American workers don't have the right skills to fill open positions. In Minnesota, the State Colleges and Universities system is surveying employers in the region to find out what skills they're not seeing in recent graduates and older workers -- and what else employers need from higher education.7:20 a.m.
  • Minnesota State CapitolFuture of stadium bill, bonding bill uncertain at State Capitol
    Republican legislative leaders had hoped that Monday would be the last day of the 2012 Legislative session, but now they say they're no longer sure they'll meet that goal. They want to act on a tax bill and a bonding bill, but are also under pressure to vote on a new Vikings football stadium. MPR Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:25 a.m.
  • Amy SenserAmy Senser expected to testify at her trial today
    Amy Senser is expected to take the stand this morning in her own defense during her trial in Hennepin County District Court. Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, is on trial for three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.7:45 a.m.
  • Canterbury ParkMinnesota House expected to vote on gambling bill
    The Minnesota House is expected to vote Monday on a bill that would expand gambling in Minnesota. The bill, which passed the Minnesota Senate on Saturday, would add more tables and higher stakes to the poker room at Canterbury Park and allow betting on simulcast horse races at Native American casinos. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Canterbury Park President Randy Sampson.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Two Crises Highlight China's Social Media Struggles
    Beijing is cracking down on social media following a dissident's escape, apparently to U.S. protection. Its response is markedly different from its handling of the scandalous downfall of once-powerful politician Bo Xilai, when rumors were allowed to fly.
  • Trade, Security On Agenda For Obama, Japan's Noda
    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda meets with President Obama on Monday to discuss a wide range of economic and security matters. The visit comes as the U.S. makes a strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Extremism In Congress: 'Even Worse Than It Looks'?
    The two Washington political veterans who wrote the new book claim today's Congress is probably the most dysfunctional since the Civil War — and they aren't afraid to point fingers at who they think is to blame: the Republican Party.
  • Living To 100: The Story Of India's Pocket Hercules
    Centenarian Manohar Aich, also known as India's Pocket Hercules, runs an old-fashioned gym in Kolkata, India. Commentator Sandip Roy visited India's first Mr. Universe, who has little patience with the craze for fancy gym equipment that has swept middle-class India.
  • To Predict Dating Success, The Secret's In The Pronouns
    A psychologist says he can predict whether two people will end up on a date by analyzing their language style and use of certain words. His research on language can also help explain power dynamics between people.
  • Report: Austerity Measures Hurt Job Market
    The International Labor Organization issued a report Monday warning that austerity measures imposed in many countries are hurting the job market, as well as failing to effectively reduce deficits. The major European economies received the brunt of the report's criticism. The report predicts a 3 percent rise in the global unemployment rate for 2012.
  • Austerity Measures Cost Some Politicians Their Jobs
    Steve Inskeep talks to John Peet, Europe Editor of The Economist about eurozone economies, and the backlash against austerity measures.
  • Japan To Open Tallest Free Standing Tower
    The structure will open in Tokyo next month. The building is nothing but a tower of steel and concrete — no offices, no apartments.
  • Bin Laden's Death Significant For White House
    Tuesday marks one year from the day President Obama announced to the nation that Osama bin Laden had been killed. To underline the significance of the anniversary, the administration sent its counter-terrorism expert out on the airwaves Sunday. It also launched a controversial campaign ad about the raid against the al-Qaida leader.
  • Romney's Big-Dollar 'Bundlers' Stay Anonymous
    Since 2000, every presidential nominee has revealed the names of influential supporters known as "bundlers" who persuade others to give money to a candidate. But this year, Mitt Romney's campaign is not identifying its bundlers.

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