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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Buried squad carSnowstorm brings winners and losers
    As the Twin Cities shovel their way out of the weekend's historic blizzard, there are some clear winners and losers. The losers include cities, businesses, and landlords whose budgets are strained by the cost of all that snow to plow. The winners are businesses that are thriving on the area's fifth-largest snowfall.6:25 a.m.
  • Ethanol subsidies in tax deal
    The Senate is due to vote Wednesday on the controversial deal to extend tax cuts and unemployment benefits that both due to expire soon. Minnesota's U.S. Senators and others successfully pushed to add into that bill an extension of ethanol subsidies. Minnesota is the country's fourth largest producer of ethanol. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mike Jerke, the general manager of Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company.6:50 a.m.
  • Street in HugoCensus: Gains in some MN cities, job losses take toll in others
    New data from the American Community Survey -- the Census Bureau's ongoing survey about U.S. residents -- some Minnesota communities are showing substantial population gains. At the same time, though, the new numbers show some cities have seen population declines, mainly as a result of job losses.6:55 a.m.
  • Collapsed MetrodomeVikings move Monday night game to TCF Bank stadium
    The Minnesota Vikings will play the Chicago Bears next Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium. Officials with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission say the Metrodome's roof can't be fixed in time. And that will present a series of challenges for the U, the Vikings and the League.7:20 a.m.
  • Plow truckPlow drivers chipping away at snow cleanup, but process difficult
    Five days after the snow started falling across Minnesota, crews are still trying to clean up the mess left by the Twin Cities fifth biggest snowstorm on record.7:25 a.m.
  • Record snow presents challenges
    This is the final day of snow emergency parking restrictions in Minneapolis. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul needed two snow emergencies to clear the streets after last weekend's record snowfall.7:40 a.m.
  • Supporters of high speed rail to Duluth undeterred
    Backers of high speed rail between the Twin Cities and Duluth say they plan to proceed with the project. That's despite a newly conservative political climate in Washington, and despite a recently released study that suggested the line could be a money loser.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Seeks Common Ground With Business Leaders
    The president has a raft of top CEOs visiting the White House. He's looking for their feedback on the tax-cut package and the prospects for more job creation. He hopes the cuts and the meeting will encourage business expansion.
  • Haiti On Edge Amid Disputed Election Results
    A political standoff continues in Haiti after the Nov. 28 presidential elections. Two of the top three vote-getters are refusing to participate in the recount, citing "massive fraud" at the polls. After riots, a tense calm has settled on Port-au-Prince as officials try to arrange a runoff.
  • Kids' Books Make The Leap Off The Page And Online
    Staying ahead of the younger generation isn't easy. In an attempt to entice young readers, children's publishers are creating multi-platform books that allow kids to move seamlessly from the printed page to the digital page.
  • Dishes Still Dirty? Blame Phosphate-Free Detergent
    A simple chore turned into a frustrating mystery for many people across the country as their dishes, glasses and pans came out of dishwashers spotted, filmy or still dirty. Detergent makers reworked formulas to comply with laws in 17 states banning phosphates, which cut kitchen grime but also pollute waterways.
  • Obama To Nominate A Defender For Whistle-Blowers
    A federal office that ran aground under the Bush administration is about to get a new leader. The White House plans to nominate Carolyn Lerner to run the Office of Special Counsel, which represents federal whistle-blowers and other victims of discrimination within the government.
  • How We Got From Estate Tax To 'Death Tax'
    One sticking point in the ongoing debate over taxes in Washington is the question of estate taxes. It's a debate that goes back almost to the inception of the tax in 1916.
  • Moody's May Downgrade Spain's Debt
    Spain is facing a possible credit rating downgrade. Credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service said Wednesday it may take Spain down a notch because of the country's "challenging refinancing needs next year." A downgrade could push up the cost of borrowing for Spain.
  • Holy Mackerel: Iceland Benefits From Fish Migration
    A change in the swimming habits of vast schools of mackerel is causing a diplomatic crisis in Europe. The fish are swimming much farther north this year, and Icelandic fishermen have been scooping them up. That has upset fishing nations that are members of the European Union, and the dispute could harm Iceland's hopes of joining the EU.
  • Americans Discover Value In South Korean Cars
    South Korean automakers are getting Americans' attention with low prices and strong marketing. Hyundai sales are up 23 percent from last year. KIA sales are up 16 percent. To talk more about what's powering Korean carmakers here in the U.S., Don Gonyea speaks with Michelle Krebs of Edmunds.com.
  • WikiLeaks: The Game
    The video game stars a cartoon version of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange trying to plug a USB cable into the computer of a napping President Obama.

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