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Friday, November 20, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Gov. Tim PawlentyCritics call Pawlenty's radio show too partisan
    Democrats say Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been using his weekly radio program to promote his national ambitions, which they say is a misuse of Minnesota airwaves.6:25 a.m.
  • Closing arguments in Petters trial expected Friday
    Closing arguments are expected Friday in the fraud trial of Minnesota businessman Tom Petters.6:45 a.m.
  • David MurrFeds stimulating research at Minnesota schools
    If ever there was a time for scientists to feel giddy, it's now. Federal stimulus money for research has started rolling into Minnesota colleges.6:50 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Feds indict Minn. Somali on conspiracy charges
    Federal authorities say a massive investigation into the disappearances of about 20 young Somali men from Minnesota has taken a significant step forward with a seventh arrest in the case.7:20 a.m.
  • Investigating the busCrash investigation turns to bus company
    The probe into the bus crash that killed two people and injured 20 others continues in southeast Minnesota today. Inspectors are combing over the damaged bus at a garage in Austin. But attention has also turned to the company that owns the bus, and whether it was following motor carrier regulations.7:25 a.m.
  • Rep. Jim OberstarRep. Oberstar pushing motor carrier regulations
    The bus rollover on I-90 just west of Austin Minnesota that killed two people and injured 21 others this week came just two days after the federal Department of Transportation released a new "action plan" for improving bus safety.7:40 a.m.
  • Calculating ballotsMinneapolis elections officials nearing final IRV report
    The hand count of ballots cast in Minneapolis' first ever election using instant runoff voting is coming to a close and Minneapolis elections officials will soon start to compile a report about the city's new experience.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Pelosi: Obama Needs Room To Make Afghan Decision
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says she believes a health-care bill will pass, despite fierce debate over language about abortion. She tells Renee Montagne that when it comes to Afghanistan, she doesn't sense wide support among House members for a significant troop increase. Pelosi says she's asked members to give President Obama room to decide his Afghan strategy.
  • Students Protest University Of Calif. Fee Hike
    Thousands of University of California students converged on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles Thursday, as regents adopted a 30 percent fee hike. It's one of the latest signs of California's continuing economic crisis. UC officials say, faced with a huge deficit of their own, they have no choice but to raise the fees. Many students say they can't afford to pay more.
  • Stamberg And Reichl Make Cranberry Relish
    In an NPR tradition, the Friday before Thanksgiving is the time for Susan Stamberg to share her weird-sounding — but delicious — recipe for cranberry relish. This year, she's found a real fan: food expert Ruth Reichl.
  • Under A 'New Moon,' A Surprising Lack Of Passion
    If you have teenage girls in your life, you don't need to be told that New Moon, the second part of The Twilight Saga, hits movie theaters this weekend. Even though the world may have had enough of star-crossed sweethearts Edward and Bella by the series' end, critic Kenneth Turan says there's not enough of them in this installment.
  • U.S. Soldiers Cheer Iowa High School Football Team
    An Iowa high school football team is boosting the morale of troops in Afghanistan. Dozens of U.S. soldiers will be rooting for the Little Hawks from Iowa City, to bring home a state championship. One soldier's email to a football coach started the long-distance relationship.
  • State Department Office Reaches Out To Muslims
    A new division opened in the State Department this year: the office of the Special Representative to Muslim Communities. Farah Pandith's mission is to reach out to the world's 1.2 billion Muslims. She tells Steve Inskeep the office will influence how Muslims perceive the United States.
  • Financial Crisis Is 'Green' For The Environment
    New studies are projecting that carbon dioxide emissions — greenhouse gas emissions — will decrease for the year 2009. That is thanks to the global recession. But the reprieve is small and expected to be short lived.
  • Goldman Sachs Shareholders Want More Of Profits
    Goldman Sachs' shareholders are pressuring the company to reduce the huge bonuses it pays its employees, according to The Wall Street Journal. The investors want to share in more of the profits. Goldman reportedly has been making record amounts of money, but analysts expect earnings for shareholders to be lower than in previous years.
  • Industry Hopes Auto Shows Rev Up Demand
    The auto show season kicks off early next month in Los Angeles, and not a moment too soon. November auto sales remain weak. Analysts say the shows are critical to generating the consumer demand that companies such as General Motors need to start making money.
  • Price Fight: Coke Isn't It At Costco
    If you're a member of Costco, the nation's largest wholesale club, you may be surprised to learn that Coca-Cola's products are no longer on the shelves. The two companies are locked in a rare public dispute over the price consumers pay for beverages.

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