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Friday, December 5, 2008

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  • Peavey PlazaPeavey Plaza named marvel of modernism
    Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis has been named one of the 2008 "Marvels of Modernism" by the Cultural Landscape Foundation. The plaza, which sits below street level next to Orchestra Hall, is one of 12 public spaces from around the country that have received this designation.6:20 a.m.
  • The Funeral Home MurdersNew book fictionalizes Hudson murders
    A new mystery novel, "The Funeral Home Murders," is loosely based on a double murder in Hudson, Wisconsin.6:50 a.m.
  • University of Minnesota climatologist Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota Meteorologist and Climatologist Mark Seeley looks back at what happened with the weather in November and what we can expect this weekend.6:55 a.m.
  • Gov. PawlentyPawlenty: This is not going to be easy
    Governor Pawlenty and DFL legislative leaders are scheduled to have breakfast this morning to talk about the state budget. Finance officials announced yesterday that Minnesota is facing a projected $5.2 billion budget shortfall over the next 2 1/2 years.7:20 a.m.
  • Minnehaha FallsSome fear state might seek money meant for environment
    Of all the people keeping a worried eye on the projected state budget shortfall, environmental advocates are probably a little less worried than most. That's because of the historic vote in November for a new sales tax to boost investments in Minnesota's natural resources.7:25 a.m.
  • Searchers suspect 133 ballots are in a Minneapolis warehouse
    The search resumes this morning in Minneapolis for an envelope believed to contain 133 ballots that were misplaced during the U.S. Senate recount. The ballots were cast at the University Lutheran Church of Hope in Dinkytown.7:35 a.m.
  • Students arrive for a tour at the state CapitolEducation could take a big hit during budget deficit
    As state lawmakers start looking at ways to plug the $5.2 billion dollar deficit announced Thursday, it's going to be tough to not consider cuts to education. About 40 percent of the state budget goes to K-12 schools and nearly 9 percent funds higher education.7:40 a.m.
  • Hennepin County commissionersBudget woes dampen Henn. Co. schools effort
    The county recently came up with a way to address school drop outs, but that new effort faces the same budget cuts as the rest.7:45 a.m.
  • Jon GordonFuture Tense with Jon Gordon
    Apple changes its mind on security8:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Automakers Request $34 Billion In Loans
    The Detroit auto companies made another pitch to the Senate Banking Committee for massive loans to keep operating. They were more contrite than last month and offered a lot more details. But it is still unclear whether they will get the $34 billion they say they need to keep going. The auto executives will appear before the House Financial Services Committee Friday.
  • Detroit Bailout: A Matter Of National Security?
    One of the arguments made for a bailout of the auto industry is that it is a matter of national security. Is there a connection between the Big Three and the military? Retired Lt. Col. Dakota Wood, of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, says it is a false argument to directly link the auto manufacturers with military-specific combat systems.
  • A New Mood Of Public Anger Hits Zimbabwe
    As the country deals with a cholera outbreak, sky-high inflation and short supplies of food and clean water, people are protesting. And the nation's leaders are still battling over how to share power.
  • Fence Affects Border Town Culture, Relationships
    The border fence between Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico, is forging a physical barrier between towns where culture and economy are closely related. The fence, which has met strong opposition from the mayor of Eagle Pass, has strained relations between the towns.
  • Looking Ahead To College Bowl Games
    This is the final weekend of college football's regular season. Big games will be decided on the field and then computers will decide which tams play for the National Championship.
  • Thailand's Image, Tourism Suffering
    Thailand's political unrest is hurting its tourism industry. After protesters seized the country's two main airports, tourists started canceling their holiday plans. The airports are open, but Thailand's image has been tarnished.
  • Happiness: It Really Is Contagious
    A new study finds that when one person becomes happy, the effect can spread up to 3 degrees in a social network — reaching friends of friends. Researchers say this is evidence that because our lives are interconnected, so too is our emotional health.
  • Gene Discoverer Invited To Nobel Ceremony
    Scientist Douglas Prasher isolated a glowing jellyfish protein gene. When he lost his research funding, three other scientists built on that work. In October, it was announced that two U.S. and one Japanese scientists had won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Prasher no longer works as a scientist. He now drives a courtesy van. The U.S. scientists who won the prize this week invited Prasher and his wife to Stockholm for the Nobel ceremony. They will thank him in their acceptance speeches and will pay for the trip.
  • More Bleak Economic News Expected
    The Labor Department releases the latest unemployment figures Friday. Economists are bracing for the report to show that companies slashed more than 300,000 jobs in November. And the overall unemployment rate may have risen to 6.8 percent.
  • Beyond 'You're Fired': How To Lay Off Workers
    The labor market just keeps getting worse. AT&T, DuPont, NBC Universal and Credit Suisse announced layoffs this week — and they weren't alone. Throughout the business world, managers have been calling people in, and giving them the bad news. There can be a right way — and a wrong way — to let workers go.

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