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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The Minnesota CapitolDayton plan for tax cuts divides Democrats
    Gov. Mark Dayton's proposals to use a budget surplus to cut taxes and to sync state tax policy with federal law are receiving various responses from his party's tax leaders.6:20 a.m.
  • Skyline of downtown Rochester, Minn.Economic development funds go unspent in several Minnesota cities
    Five months since 17 cities in southeastern Minnesota received sales tax dollars from neighboring Rochester for economic development projects, much of the money remains unspent, even at a time when public budgets are tight. Some officials say they don't want to rush to spend it.7:20 a.m.
  • Sub-zero temps key to I-Falls' cold weather testing biz
    Days like this in International Falls -- it was -20 with a -37 windchill this morning -- are perfect for testing new cars and trucks to make sure they're ready for extreme conditions.7:25 a.m.
  • Mind and MatterPurple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound
    A new compilation from the Numero Group explores the Twin Cities Rhythm and Blues music scene from 1974 to 1984. It showcases the music that was being created before the international attention that came with the release of Prince's "Purple Rain" in 1984. Morning Edition Producer Jim Bickal talked with the curator of the project, Jon Kirby.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Kerry Urges Lawmakers To Hold Off On Iran Sanctions
    Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on lawmakers not to impose further sanctions in Iran as negotiations on reining in Tehran's nuclear program continue. Iranian officials have said new sanctions would kill off any hope of a final deal between Iran and world powers.
  • What's The Interim Iran Nuclear Deal Really Worth?
    Renee Montage talks to David Cohen, the U.S. undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, about the sanctions against Iran and their role in curtailing the Iranian nuclear program.
  • Venezuela's Maduro Declares 'Great Victory' After Elections
    Nationwide elections in Venezuela have provided some breathing room for President Nicolas Maduro, who has been struggling with skyrocketing inflation and shortages of basic goods. Opposition parties had hoped to deal a stinging blow to Maduro, but instead he proclaimed victory and pledged to deepen the socialist revolution, including more government measures to control the economy.
  • Venezuelan Hip-Hop Takes On Police Corruption
    The song by Venezuelan rappers Apache y Canserbero tackles the rampant police corruption plaguing their country — but with a light touch.
  • South Africans Line The Streets For Mandela Procession
    Renee Montagne talks with Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about South Africa's 10-day goodbye to Nelson Mandela. His body will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the scene of his presidential inauguration in 1994.
  • Megatons To Megawatts: Russian Warheads Fuel U.S. Power Plants
    Once the Cold War ended, much of Russia's surplus uranium from thousands of decommissioned weapons wound up in crumbling military facilities. In 1993, the U.S. Department of Energy made a deal to have the material converted to fuel for U.S. power plants. The last shipment arrives today.
  • Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound
    In a new poll, parents of girls were more likely to say no when asked if schools were sufficiently preparing students for the world of work. And with many well-paying trades still dominated by men, girls may have a harder time succeeding in the workplace without some kind of higher education.
  • GM Plans To Leave Australia
    General Motors says high costs and a small market were behind its decision to stop making cars in Australia by 2017. This is fueling fears Toyota will follow suit, effectively killing Australia's auto industry. The GM move could see up to 40,000 auto workers lose their jobs.
  • GM's New CEO Marks A Return To Tradition
    Mary Barra has broken through the glass ceiling of the auto industry to become the first female CEO of General Motors. She'll take the helm of GM in January. But Barra is actually a return to tradition in other ways: GM will be led by an insider, and an engineer, for the first time in many years.
  • It's The End Of The Road For VW's Iconic Van
    The iconic Volkswagen van goes out of production this month in Brazil because of new government-imposed safety requirements. Some of the last of the hippy buses are now rolling off the line.

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