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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Lack of long term care a growing problem
    The St. Paul-based Citizen's League has come up with a plan for solving what they see as a growing crisis: how to pay for the long-term care of the elderly. Currently, 40 percent of that care is financed through Medicaid. And the cost is rising quickly. A report, released today, shows that if nothing changes, the annual bill for taxpayers will increase five-fold between now and 2035.6:50 a.m.
  • Plowing the streetsMonday a snow day, for a variety of reasons
    One of the largest snowfalls to ever hit the Twin Cities made for tough driving Monday. But it gave tens of thousands of school children across the metro and the state a snow day.7:20 a.m.
  • Tax protestersDespite protests over prop. tax levy, Minneapolis passes 2011 budget
    The Minneapolis city council approved a controversial 2011 budget Monday night by a vote of 10-3, one leaner than the mayor's original proposal.7:25 a.m.
  • Twin Cities fire fighters busy after storm
    Twin Cities fire fighters battled several fires overnight and again this morning. As of 7:30 in the morning, there was a big one still burning in St. Paul. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Tim Nelson who spoke from the scene of the big fire.7:40 a.m.
  • DJ /ruptureThe intriguing pairing of percussionist and DJ
    Even in a musical world which prizes innovation, a percussionist playing tuned brake drums paired with a DJ creating stories by spinning yarns by spinning disks is unusual.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Veteran U.S. Diplomat Richard Holbrooke Dies
    The president's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan died Monday at 69, days after suffering a tear in his aorta. He held many diplomatic and foreign policy positions over the years and, in 1995, negotiated an end to the Bosnian War.
  • Opposition Unites To Protest Egypt's New Parliament
    Egypt's controversial new parliament convened Monday, and it was filled almost entirely with members of the ruling party. Many in the Arab nation expect the parliament to rubber stamp anything President Mubarak and his party want. But it is also prompting opponents of his regime to join forces as they rarely have before.
  • End Of Days For Bookstores? Not If They Can Help It
    There was a time, not so long ago, when chain bookstores had a pretty bad rep. But in the era of online buying and the e-book, the chains are in trouble -- and new technologies are providing independent bookstores with a lifeline.
  • Travel Group Unites U.S. Tourism Strategy
    Until now, each of the 50 states has been responsible for attracting its own domestic and international tourists. But foreign visitors declined following the Sept. 11 attacks, prompting a new tourism strategy.
  • Residency Fight Clouds Emanuel's Chicago Mayor Bid
    Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is facing obstacles in his bid to be the next mayor of Chicago. First, the family renting his home refused to leave; now his residency is being challenged before the Board of Elections.
  • The Charging Conundrum: How To Feed Electric Cars?
    Plug-in electric cars are in showrooms and on the highways, but there's currently no convenient way to recharge them. Electric grid engineers are now trying to build an infrastructure to handle the cars' erratic demand for electricity.
  • Russian Billionaire Introduces Line Of Hybrid Cars
    One of Russia's richest men plans to produce his own hybrid cars, in the next few years. Mikhail Prokhorov says he wants to "break the stereotype that Russia can't produce good cars." The mining mogul -- who also owns the New Jersey Nets basketball team -- unveiled a prototype of the car in Moscow Monday.
  • Wal-Mart Abandons Efforts To Enter Russian Market
    Wal-Mart has canceled its plans to expand into the Russian market. The giant U.S. retailer said Monday it had decided to close its office in Moscow, because of the lack of opportunity to acquire Russian retailers.
  • Environmentalists Encourage 'Green' Christmas Trees
    Environmentalists are encouraging people to cut down holiday trees instead of buying artificial ones. The argument: Buying a real Christmas tree reduces your carbon footprint, helps keep the ecosystem healthy and supports local tree farms absorbing carbon.
  • Clarification On Monday's Pat Boone Story
    Singer Pat Boone and his new line of meat products were profiled on Monday's Morning Edition. The singer talked about donating money to conservative causes. Mercy Corp was listed as one of the charities. Mercy Corp asked us to make it clear that its humanitarian work is non-political and non-religious.

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