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Friday, June 17, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Viggiano, Dixon, LorenzShutdown concerns mixed among Minnesota's private sector
    A state government shutdown could have dramatic affects on the finances of thousands of state government employees, but as the state suspends projects and laid off workers trim their spending the effects on the private sector aren't so clear.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyClimatologist talks new climate outlook and Grandma's marathon forecast
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a climate outlook that forecasts wetter and cooler weather coming for western Minnesota, and fine Grandma's marathon weather for the runners.6:55 a.m.
  • Bennet, OrtegaUnlikely duo leading the way for Vikings stadium in Arden Hills
    The Minnesota Vikings want build a new stadium in a tiny suburb of just 10,000 people, and an unlikely pair of Ramsey County commissioners led them there.7:20 a.m.
  • Great River PassageSt. Paul unveils riverfront overhaul plan
    The city of St. Paul unveiled a plan Thursday to transform 17 miles of riverfront into an attraction for tourists and locals.7:25 a.m.
  • Hal and OliverDirector mines his own tale in new film 'Beginners'
    Life can serve up some strange twists, as film director Mike Mills knows. Mills' new feature "Beginners," which opens this week in Minneapolis, is based on a revelation in his own life.7:45 a.m.
  • GOP senator and Archbishop at odds over budget policy
    The rhetoric at the state legislature is growing increasingly heated as a possible state government shutdown draws near. A Republican state lawmaker has accused the Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop of endorsing socialist fiction. Republican State Sen. David Hann was responding to Archbishop John Nienstedt's call for a state budget deal that includes more revenue.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Syrian Activist Dodges Authorities On Streets, Online
    Mohammed Feezo, a Syrian cyber-activist who brought his family to southeastern Turkey, says the Internet allowed opponents of the Assad regime to follow the examples of Tunisia and Egypt. But "even if they cut the Internet in the whole country," he predicts, "the protests will continue."
  • Russia Keeps Mum On What To Do About Syria
    Throughout the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, Russia has kept analysts guessing. On Libya for example, the Russians want to find a peaceful way for Moammar Gadhafi to leave power. But at the same time, Russia is not putting pressure on Syria.
  • Advanced Tornado Technology Could Reduce Deaths
    Tornadoes have killed at least 530 people in the U.S. this year, the highest death toll since 1950. But researchers say they are working on new detection and forecasting technologies. One of those technologies got put to the test in May when this tornado touched down near Chickasha, Okla.
  • 'Green Lantern' Is A Far-Fetched Superhero Flick
    Green Lantern is the latest superhero movie out in theaters. The new film is directed by Martin Campbell who did The Mask of Zorro and "Casino Royale.
  • Seedings Set For Play At Wimbledon
    Tennis action at Wimbledon begins on Monday. Jon Wertheim, of Sports Illustrated, tells Steve Inskeep this year's tournament will be especially interesting on the women's side because Venus and Serena Williams are returning after a long absence. On the men's side, Rafael Nadal will be trying to win his second straight Grand Slam.
  • Conservatives Gather For GOP Leadership Conference
    Republican leaders are meeting in New Orleans for a conference. The South has long been a GOP bastion, but Barack Obama did surprisingly well in the region with the support of black and young voters. Several of the Republican presidential candidates will be addressing the conference.
  • Liberal Bloggers: Obama 'Not Our Boyfriend Anymore'
    President Obama took his licks from progressives who are meeting at the Netroots Nation Convention, the annual gathering of liberal bloggers and other social media activists. Despite some gains, panelists agreed it hasn't turned out so well for progressives on health care or financial reform or the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Scandal Forces Rep. Anthony Weiner To Leave Office
    Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned his House seat Thursday. He said the distraction he created with the handling of his sexting scandal made it impossible for him to remain in office.
  • Capital One To Buy ING Direct
    Capital One, which started off as a credit card lender, has announced it is paying $9 billion for online bank ING Direct. The deal would make Capital One the country's 5th largest bank.
  • Pilot Vote Will Decide Frontier's Future
    Pilots at Denver-based Frontier Airlines are voting whether to reduce their pay and benefits to keep their employer in business. In exchange, they'll get a stake in the airline, which has been losing a lot of money.

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