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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Light rail planners seek economic development funding
    The Southwest Corridor Light Rail is just one in a long list of projects looking for development money. Critical decisions about it and some of the state's biggest development projects could happen in the next few weeks.6:50 a.m.
  • Aaron KjenaasFunding change puts broadband expansion on hold
    Changes in telecommunications funding aimed at spreading access to high-speed Internet access are in fact causing a northern Minnesota phone company to put a fiber optic cable expansion on hold.6:55 a.m.
  • Stadium voteFate of Vikings stadium rests with Minneapolis City Council
    The Minneapolis City Council on Thursday is scheduled to take the first of two votes that would green light the city's share of financing a new, billion-dollar home for the Minnesota Vikings on thes site of the Metrodome downtown.7:20 a.m.
  • Serving Surly beerTaprooms spring up as Surly narrows its search
    Last year, Surly owner Omar Ansari unleashed a social media frenzy when he described a $20 million destination brewery in the Twin Cities. But despite the initial sense of urgency, Ansari is taking his time to complete his vision.7:25 a.m.
  • GOP Senate candidate Kurt BillsRepublican Senate candidate stresses fiscal restraint
    Minnesota's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate will be out on the campaign trail this weekend. State Rep. and high school economics teacher Kurt Bills talked with Morning Edition about where he stands on the issues.7:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Egyptians Vote In 2nd Day Of Presidential Election
    The first free presidential election in Egypt is in its second day. Thirteen candidates are vying to replace Hosni Mubarak. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the overall vote, there will be a runoff next month between the top two vote getters.
  • Muslim Brotherhood Unmatched In Grassroot Support
    One of the candidates running in Egypt's presidential election is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The group, Egypt's largest and best-organized political group, won almost half the seats in Parliament earlier this year. But the presidential election is more of a challenge.
  • Old Ways Disappearing In The New Mongolia
    With desertification, drought and a booming mining industry, Mongolians are leaving the traditional life of herding. Herdsman Bat-Erdene Badam says he will be the last in his family to tend livestock. His children are trading in their nomadic lives for more stable, often urban jobs.
  • National Geographic Bee: Test Your World Knowledge
    Do you know your tundra from your taiga? The final round of the 2012 National Geographic Bee is being held Thursday, with students between the fourth and eighth grades testing their knowledge of countries, canals and lava lakes. See how you would have done in the preliminary rounds.
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Described As Long, Hard
    The U.S. and its allies are pressing Iran to freeze its production of highly-enriched uranium, but are refusing to offer the kind of easing of economic sanctions that Iran is seeking as a concession. The talks began Wednesday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
  • Obama Seeks To Gain Support Among Military Voters
    Long before Obama gave a commencement speech to Air Force cadets Wednesday, his campaign was focusing attention on his record with military families and veterans — a key voting group that could make the difference in swing states like Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.
  • Birth Of An Album: In The Studio With Neko Case
    In the months ahead, Morning Edition will check in from time to time as the singer-songwriter creates the follow-up to 2009's Middle Cyclone.
  • Hewlett-Packard To Lay Off 27,000 Workers
    The world's leading PC manufacturer has announced it will lay off 27,000 workers over the next two years — a third of those job cuts will be in the U.S. The CEO of Hewlett-Packard says the layoffs are part of a restructuring that will include greater spending on research and development.
  • Outlook For Housing Industry Appears Promising
    The latest reports show that both new and existing home sales are up. What's spurring the improvement, and can it last? Not all economists, however, are optimistic.
  • Teaching Teens To Build Hammers Home A Message
    As in other U.S. cities, many of Washington, D.C.'s teenagers can't find work. Staff and volunteers at a program for troubled youth hope a program that trains teens to rebuild a gutted house in a day will give them a boost in a tight job market. But learning construction is only part of the lesson.

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