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Friday, May 29, 2009

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  • Target execsTarget board fight finished; CEO wants focus back on stores
    Target shareholders have rejected a hedge fund manager's bid to shake up the retailer's board. Shareholders voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of four incumbent board members up for re-election. The vote is seen by many as a repudiation of ideas activist Wall Street investor Bill Ackman had for Target.7:20 a.m.
  • Community activistHmong activist says police, courts 'betrayed' community
    Members of the Hmong community are reacting with anger to yesterday's verdict in the Fong Lee case. A federal jury in St. Paul found that a Minneapolis police officer did not use excessive force in the shooting of 19-year-old Lee three years ago.7:25 a.m.
  • Taconite rocksTaconite tailings find second life in road construction
    Minnesota has long shipped taconite pellets to steel-makers outside the state. Now there may be a market for the rock left over from the mining process.7:45 a.m.
  • Tony KushnerKushner asks national critics to stay away
    Theater critics from the New York Times, the Chicaco Tribune, and other national publications are not coming to Minneapolis to review the new Kusner play "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures."8:25 a.m.
  • Going 'Up'Going 'Up' with Minnesotan Pete Docter
    Five years of work by a Bloomington native culminates this weekend with the release of the new Pixar movie, called "Up." The film is directed by Pete Docter, who grew up in the Twin Cities suburb. Docter says if you look closely, the movie has some strong Midwestern influences.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Preliminary Work Starts On Confirmation Hearings
    The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold confirmation hearings on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. The committee's senior Republican Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says barring some "disqualification," he foresees a committee vote in early September, and a floor vote "almost immediately thereafter."
  • Obama Eyes Cybersecurity Strategy
    Military and intelligence leaders say protecting the nation's computer networks from hackers, spies and terrorists is one of the top national security problems. President Obama is set to release a review that is expected to lay out a plan for coordinating the government's cybersecurity efforts.
  • Anti-Corruption Efforts In Russia Fall Short
    People in Russia pay an estimated $300 billion a year in bribes to street cops and government officials in a system rife with corruption. President Dmitri Medvedev says one of his top priorities is fighting corruption, but critics say he couldn't tackle the problem even if he wanted to.
  • Fiddlehead: This Fern Is For Eating
    Just after the snow melts but long before the last frost, hardy New Englanders take to moist meadows and muddy riverbanks in search of the fiddlehead fern. It looks like the scrolled top of a violin and tastes a little like asparagus.
  • Venezuela's Chavez Marks 10 Years With Talkathon
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is marking the 10th anniversary of his weekly TV broadcast with a four-day marathon. What began as a regular radio broadcast by the newly elected socialist leader in May 1999 has evolved into him speaking on television for hours at a time.
  • Va. Democratic Race For Governor Attracts Spotlight
    New Jersey and Virginia have gubernatorial races this year. Republicans hope that one or both of these contests will give them a comeback after their crushing losses in 2006 and 2008. In Virginia, three Democrats are competing for their party's nomination.
  • George W. Bush Addresses Michigan Economic Club
    Former President George W. Bush is starting to ease back into public life. Since leaving office, he has made only a few appearances. Thursday night, he addressed the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan in Benton Harbor.
  • Jay Leno Says Goodbye To Late Night TV
    Jay Leno hosts NBC's Tonight show for the final time Friday. He has been on the job for 17 years. Leno took over from Johnny Carson, who retired in 1992 after three decades behind the desk. He'll host a prime-time show this fall for NBC.
  • Target Shareholders Nix Dissident's Proposal
    Stockholders of the Target Corp. voted down a wealthy investor's plan to have more clout in running the retail giant. But the dissident investor hopes he has brought more choice to elections for corporate boards.
  • Video Game Music: Big Business, Big Money
    Tommy Tallarico composes music for video games. Video game music has become a huge business, with game makers spending millions of dollars just on the musical score. Tallarico talks with David Greene about the business of music for video games.

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