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Friday, October 2, 2009

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  • Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • Steve Hunegs and Jenifer RobinsTwins fans recall memories in the dome
    Unless they catch the Detroit Tigers in the standings, this weekend will be last time the Minnesota Twins play baseball in the Metrodome, their home since 1982. We asked folks to tell us what they'll remember most about Twins baseball in the Metrodome. Here are some of their stories.7:20 a.m.
  • MetrodomeTwins' departure puts future of Metrodome in question
    This weekend, the Minnesota Twins will celebrate their long-anticipated departure from the Metrodome, leaving many to wonder what the future holds now that the Minnesota Vikings remain the only major dome tenant.7:25 a.m.
  • Cub Scout Matthew LeglerGeocaching a hit at Minnesota state parks
    To attract a new generation of park goers, the state park system is tapping into a high-tech scavenger hunt called geocaching, a sport that combines GPS navigation with the lure and adventure of a treasure hunt.7:45 a.m.
  • Michael MooreAn audience with Michael Moore
    This weekend Michael Moore's new film "Capitalism: a love story" takes a caustic look at the current economic crisis and what caused it. Moore, who recently visited the Twin Cities to talk about the film, says he believes this is a unique moment to discuss change in the U.S.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Geneva Talks Help To Defuse Tensions With Iran
    Iran has agreed to open its covertly built uranium enrichment plant to international inspectors. The agreement came in Switzerland in talks it held with six world powers. One EU official called the meeting productive but cautioned there is a long process ahead. The talks are to continue later in the month. President Obama has challenged the Iranians to follow up on their promises.
  • Does Afghan War Have Strong Public Support?
    President Obama is weighing whether to send more troops to Afghanistan — even as polls show support for the war declining. In what's known as the Powell Doctrine, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who also is a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, argued that military force should be used only if there was a clear exit strategy. He said the force used should be overwhelming and the operation must have strong public support.
  • Bill Approved Triples Nonmilitary Aid To Pakistan
    Congress this week agreed to a $7.5 billion nonmilitary aid package to Pakistan over five years. Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi talks to Renee Montagne about what that level of aid will mean for his country.
  • Mexico's Ferocious Zetas Cartel Reigns Through Fear
    On the Texas-Mexico border, Los Zetas are mythic — their crimes chronicled in the media and memorialized in song. Considered the most dangerous drug cartel in Mexico, the Zetas have earned a reputation as super-gangsters adept at paramilitary-style ambushes and bold jailbreaks.
  • VA To Issue Emergency Checks For GI Benefits
    Thousands of veterans who have signed up for college under the new Post 9/11 GI Bill are showing up at Veterans Administration offices Friday to get their money. The checks were supposed to be mailed, but the VA failed to process all the applications fast enough to meet the deadline.
  • La. Teacher Union Files Complaint Against Recuiter
    The Louisiana Federation of Teachers charges that teachers from the Philippines were brought over to fill a teacher shortage, then held in servitude by the recruiting company. The firm is accused of taking chunks of the teachers' wages and threatening to deport them if they complained.
  • Senior Tourism Program Seeks Facelift
    Elderhostel, a nonprofit organization that has been around for more than 30 years, is trying to update its image and attract younger travelers. But many elders say if the young folks are in, they may be out.
  • 'A Serious Man': Cold Comfort, Coen Bros.-Style
    Life is hard — especially for well-meaning physics professor Larry Gopnik, whose marriage and career both hit the skids in the Coen brothers' new film, A Serious Man. But as the filmmakers have proved repeatedly, the line between tragedy and comedy can be vanishingly small.
  • Unemployment Rate Reaches 9.8 Percent in Sept.
    The Labor Department says the jobless rate rose a tenth of a point to 9.8 percent in Sept. Employers cut 263,000 jobs, which was considerably more than Wall Street economists had been expecting.
  • Wall Street Marks Worst Day In 3 Months
    October has often been a bad month for the stock market and Thursday's trading was a reminder of that. The Dow fell 203 points, the S&P dropped 27 points and the Nasdaq composite shed 65 points. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal talks with Steve Inskeep about why financial markets dropped.

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