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Friday, October 21, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Hawo Mohamed Hassan and Amina Farah AliGuilty verdict reached in Somali terror case
    Two Minnesota women were convicted of conspiring to funnel money to a terrorist group in Somalia as part of what prosecutors called a "deadly pipeline" sending money and fighters from the U.S. to al-Shabab.6:45 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyTwin Cities growing season ends
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a recent cold spell that not only ended a warm first half of October, but ended the growing season as Twin Cities temperatures dropped below freezing.6:50 a.m.
  • Some Republicans want arts amendment money for Vikings stadium
    A Republican leader says some of his colleagues in the Minnesota Legislature are considering a plan that would rely on a portion of the state's Legacy funds to pay for a new Vikings Stadium. It's an option they say must be considered as Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers continue to discuss a new stadium. But critics say voters didn't intend to use that money for professional sports stadiums when they approved a higher sales tax in 2008.7:15 a.m.
  • Gov. appointee holds key role to shaping state economic policy
    An unelected, unpaid adviser is playing a key role in shaping state economic policy.7:20 a.m.
  • Computer technologyTarget's state-of-the-art forensics lab catches more than just shoplifters
    It's not uncommon for large retail stores to use high-tech video surveillance and forensics to catch shoplifters, but Minnesota-based Target Corp. takes the concept one step further.7:45 a.m.
  • Poster wallWalker's graphic design exhibit reflects on daily bombardment
    Few art forms have changed and expanded as much in the last decade as graphic design. The Walker Art Center launches a graphic design show that surveys the best work over the last decade.8:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Gadhafi's Death Caps Libya's Civil War
    Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed on Thursday after being captured in his hometown of Sirte. His death marks a spectacular fall from power that began in February when anti-government forces seized the coastal city of Misrata.
  • Does Libya Offer Clues To An Obama Doctrine?
    The president said Moammar Gadhafi's death marked the end of a long and painful chapter for the Libyan people. But the seven-month military campaign that toppled the Libyan leader also marks a high point for the kind of international cooperation that Obama has championed.
  • Zanesville Animal Tragedy Echoes 'Ridge' Plot
    The events in Ohio involving the release of dozens of exotic animals eerily parallel parts of Michael Koryta's latest book: The Ridge. Koryta talks to Ari Shapiro about the challenges of regulating exotic animal ownership.
  • 'Living Fossils' Just A Branch On Cycad Family Tree
    Though dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, there are still thought to be a few species left over from those days. Plants called cycads, the so-called "living fossils," have remained mostly unchanged for 300 million years. But a new study suggests that glamorous title may not be deserved.
  • Senate Kills Pared-Back $35 Billion Jobs Bill
    President Obama first called on Congress to pass his whole jobs bill. When that failed, he started calling on lawmakers to pass it piece by piece. The measure rejected by the Senate Thursday night was aimed at helping state and local governments avoid laying off teachers and firefighters.
  • 'Margin Call' Sheds Light On Wall Street Meltdown
    Margin Call is based on the financial collapse of 2008. The firm in the movie is so over-committed to risky real estate loans that it owes more money than the company is worth. The cast includes Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci.
  • Eurozone Debt Crisis Divides France, Germany
    European efforts to resolve its debt crisis stand in disarray. France and Germany are divided over how to finance bailout programs for Greece and other highly indebted countries. The question is who will back down first.
  • France And Germany: A Love Story
    The Franco-German relationship is so dramatic — so theatrical — it's best to tell it in song.
  • Walmart To Cut Back On Employee Healthcare
    The nation's largest private employer will no longer provide a healthcare plan for new part-time employees, according to The New York Times. Walmart is also raising premiums for many full-time staff. The reason is rising costs, according to a company spokesman quoted in the story.
  • PC Sales Help Microsoft Deliver Strong Earnings
    Critics say Microsoft is staid and lacks vision, but the company keeps churning out sizable profits. The quarterly numbers released late Thursday were driven by strong corporate sales of PCs.

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