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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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  • Paul ThissenSpecial interests use issue advocacy loophole to influence legislative races
    Candidates for Minnesota Legislature and special-interest groups that support them are using various tactics to try to win in November. The money that some outside groups are spending is not required to be disclosed. That has some politicians frustrated.7:20 a.m.
  • Union meetingWhy not spend Minnesota Orchestra's $140M endowment?
    A central issues in the Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute is the use of endowment funds to pay for ongoing operations. The musicians question management's stance that the endowments cannot sustain the multimillion-dollar withdrawals of recent years.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Candidates Inject Economy Into Foreign Policy Debate
    President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney met for the third — and final — presidential debate Monday night. The focus was foreign policy.
  • America's Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong
    Young Americans are reading more than just status updates and 140-character tweets. A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that among 16- to 29-year-olds, 8 in 10 have read a book in the past year. That's compared with 7 in 10 among adults in general.
  • The Afterlife Of A TV Episode: It's Complicated
    These days, there are many ways to catch a TV show, even if it's no longer on the air. Often, the trick is finding out which service — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. — has the episodes you want to watch. And if the show is in reruns, it can get complicated.
  • Maryland To Vote On Its Own Dream Act
    Maryland voters will decide in November whether to uphold a law allowing young undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Opponents say the law will cost taxpayers millions of dollars and make the state a magnet for illegal immigrants. Supporters point to a new study that says the state will benefit from a more educated population.
  • Microsoft, An Empire Under Siege, Makes Its Next Moves
    This week, Microsoft will roll out the largest upgrade of its Windows software in more than a decade. And for the first time, it's marketing a tablet, called Surface. Microsoft still commands a formidable computing empire, but it's an empire under siege.
  • 'Newsweek' Editor Brown On Print Edition's Demise
    Newsweek editor Tina Brown announced last week that the news magazine will end its print edition in January. It will become a digital edition for tablet devices called Newsweek Global, a partner to Brown's website, The Daily Beast. As Brown tells Steve Inskeep, Newsweek's venerable past will make a big difference to its digital future.
  • Yahoo's Profits Spiked In Third Quarter
    Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer got a lot of attention recently for her decision to cut short her maternity leave and return to work. But she returned to some good news: The troubled online company earned more than $3 billion, beating industry predictions.
  • Deal Makes Russian Oil Company Biggest Producer
    Russia's Rosneft oil company inked a $55 billion deal to buy out TNK-BP. The acquisition is subject to Russian government approval. But if finalized, it could pump more oil and gas than Exxon Mobil.
  • How Much Is A 'Like' On Facebook Worth For A Company's Share Price?
    Companies that provide financial data are increasingly interested in our "likes" and tweets. A Ph.D. student recently studied how positive social media mentions are linked to stock market performance, and came up with some interesting results.
  • Study: Being Popular May Boost Your Income
    The most popular kids in high school go on to earn higher wages than the least popular — as much as 10 percent 40 years after graduation, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers say students with better social skills do better when they enter the workplace.

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