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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Nursing homes alarmed over Dayton's shutdown recommendations
    Gov. Mark Dayton's recommendations for which services should continue receiving state funding in a predicted government shutdown has caused alarm among nursing homes and other facilities that care for seniors.7:20 a.m.
  • St. PeterIn Nicollet County, shutdown could take heavy toll
    If you want a sense of how nervous Minnesotans might be getting over the pending state government shutdown, Nicollet County is a good place to start. The county has a larger share of state workers than any other in the state.7:25 a.m.
  • Credit card swipeTCF asking court to block law limiting swipe fees
    TCF Bank's fight with the Federal Reserve Board over debit card fees reaches a critical juncture Thursday. The bank will ask a panel of judges at the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis to block a law requiring banks to slash the fees they charge merchants whenever a customer makes a debit card purchase.7:40 a.m.
  • Releasing a warblerMinnesota research project focuses on saving tiny songbird
    Nearly half the golden-winged warblers in the world are in northern Minnesota right now for the summer breeding season, and the tiny birds have become the subjects of a two-year research project that could help determine whether they should be listed as a threatened or endangered species.7:45 a.m.
  • Private vendors also bracing for shutdown financial woes
    The impending shutdown could impact tens of thousands of public sector employees, but private businesses and nonprofit organizations are also bracing for a significant financial hit.8:40 a.m.
  • Senator Scheid in her new officeVeteran lawmaker state Sen. Linda Scheid, 68, dies
    Veteran Minnesota lawmaker Linda Scheid today in hospice care after a six-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 68.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • White House Stands By U.S. Military Mission In Libya
    The Obama administration sent a report to Capitol Hill on Wednesday addressing congressional concerns about whether President Obama is in compliance with the War Powers Act. The Libya debate is exposing some unusual shifts on foreign policy among Republicans.
  • Greek Government, Economy In Turmoil
    Greek Prime Minister Papandreou says he will reshuffle his Cabinet and seek a vote of confidence for his new government, after attempts to form a coalition government failed. There were also riots against the country's austerity policy. Political analyst John Psaropoulos talks to Steve Inskeep about the situation in Greece.
  • Boston Wins NHL Championship In Vancouver
    The Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972. They beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 of the finals Wednesday night.
  • U.S. Companies Target Chinese Consumers
    As China continues to make inroads in markets around the world, many U.S. companies are trying to reach Chinese consumers. In our continuing series on China, Renee Montagne talks to James McGregor with business lobbying firm APCO Worldwide about what U.S. businesses need to do to be successful in China.
  • Feds Crack Down On Immigration Scam Artists
    Federal authorities have launched a nationwide crackdown on scammers who prey on immigrants hoping to become U.S. citizens. Con artists promise to help illegal immigrants stay in the country legally, but in the end leave the people penniless and in more trouble with the immigration service.
  • Rep. Weiner Could Lose N.Y. District In Redistricting
    Democratic Party leaders have been suggesting Rep. Anthony Weiner resign from his New York seat. If Weiner decides to stay, the party has another option: it could redistrict him out. Because New York's population has not increased on a pace with other states, it will lose two congressional districts. One is likely to come from the New York City area.
  • Tweeting 'Ulysses': Fans Put A Twist On Bloomsday
    Today is Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce's novel Ulysses. The book details an epic day in the life of Leopold Bloom, on June 16, 1904. This year, the commemorations include Twitter, where Joyce fans turned the novel into tweets.
  • Mexico's Bank Chief Campaigns For IMF's Top Job
    Mexico's Central Banker Agustin Carstens is in China to campaign for the IMF director's seat. Latin American and Asian nations are trying to break Europe's traditional lock on the post. It's been open since Dominique Strass-Kahn was arrested last month on sexual assault charges.
  • Profitless Pandora Gains In Internet IPO
    Online music company Pandora is the latest Internet company to go public. Its shares soared on the first day, but analysts are mixed on the company's future.
  • IBM Turns 100: The Company That Reinvented Itself
    IBM's computer technology put it on top for years, but its failure to recognize the personal computer revolution hurt it badly. Now it has had to redefine itself to work its way back to the top. However, it's still sticking to its roots and pouring billions of dollars into research.

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