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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Census at the Minnesota State FairMinn. congressional seat at risk after 2010 Census
    Minnesota is in a heated race with about a half dozen other states for one of the last congressional seats that will be apportioned after the 2010 U.S. Census.6:20 a.m.
  • Jeremy Messersmith, Zach CoulterMinnesota artists cover the Beatles
    "Minnesota Beatle Project" is a new CD that features 16 Minnesota-based artists interpreting Beatles songs. One of the more intriguing tracks in the collection is a version of "Norwegian Wood" by Jeremy Messersmith and Zach Coulter. This is the first time they have recorded music together. Messersmith is a solo artist and Coulter is a member of the band Solid Gold. They spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the creation of their unique version of the song.6:25 a.m.
  • Lakeville rail carsParked rail cars an unwelcome neighbor in Lakeville
    Due to the bad economy, about 300 empty rail cars parked on the tracks around parts of suburban Lakeville, and it's a scene that's become familiar in cities and towns around the country.6:50 a.m.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DFL-Minn.)Klobuchar: Health care bill not perfect but should pass
    Despite two key provisions being stripped from the health care legislation that's moving through the Senate, both of Minnesota's senators still support the overall bill.7:20 a.m.
  • Great River wind turbineEnergy producers finding ways to fill Big Stone II gap
    It's been about a month since we learned the proposed Big Stone II power plant won't be built, and it's not clear what's going to replace the electricity it was supposed to generate.7:25 a.m.
  • Dominic PapatolaArts overbuilding happening around the country
    Amid the effects of the economic downturn has been a scaling-back or delaying of arts building projects around the nation. Closer to home, the Minnesota Orchestra has trimmed the budget for a proposed $90 million renovation of Orchestra Hall to $40 million. Still, the question remains: Are the arts overbuilt?8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Companies Find Opportunities Even In Recession
    Recessions create opportunities that don't tend to occur when the economy is humming along. One consultant says companies that hit the gas in tough times while others put their brakes on may come out ahead.
  • Vegas Gambles On $8.5 Billion Luxury Project
    CityCenter, a complex of hotels, condos, a shopping mall and casino, is said to be the most expensive privately funded project in U.S. history. It's launching during difficult times, and it's got no official theme to attract tourists like other Vegas hotels. Its unofficial theme? Urbanism, architecture and art.
  • Taboos Silence Opponents Of Uganda Anti-Gay Bill
    In Uganda, a bill designed to eradicate homosexuality has strong support in government and in evangelical circles. Proponents of the bill link homosexuality to the West. But despite condemnation elsewhere, few in the country are willing to speak against it because those who do are labeled gay.
  • Boeing's Dreamliner Completes First Flight
    More than two years late and billions of dollars over budget, Boeing's 787 finally took to the skies Tuesday. The new plane made of composite material had its maiden flight in rainy weather. It now faces nine months of extensive flight testing. But the tests aren't the only hurdles Boeing faces with its so-called Dreamliner.
  • China Refuses To Put Climate Commitment In Writing
    The biggest stumbling block at the U.N. Climate talks in Copenhagen appears to be China's refusal make a legally binding commitment to reduce its green house gas emissions. The U.S. refuses to accept any deal that is not in writing. China has said it wants to see more action from rich nations before it signs on.
  • Natural Gas Fights For Position In Climate Bill
    The industry says it has access to vast quantities of the low-carbon fuel and has funneled money into a new lobby to position itself better within proposed climate legislation. But some lawmakers aren't on board, and Exxon Mobil joining the team hasn't helped.
  • Credit Suisse Close To Settling U.S. Probe
    One of Switzerland's biggest banks said it expects to pay more than $500 million in penalties to U.S. authorities. Credit Suisse said it is in "advanced settlement discussions" with federal and state officials, investigating the bank's handling of funds for Iran. It's part of an ongoing U.S. probe into how Western banks handle financial transactions for countries under U.S. sanctions.
  • Hedge Fund Manager Indicted In Trading Case
    A federal grand jury has indicted the billionaire founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund and charged him with taking part in a vast insider trading network. Prosecutors say the network made millions of dollars — mostly by illegally trading in technology stocks.
  • Deli Uses Dow's Surge To Draw Business
    At Cucina Deli in Salt Lake City, sales dropped off sharply during the recession. The deli owner had to cut costs, but he also came up with an imaginative promotion to increase revenue — offer free coffee every Monday until the Dow broke the 10,000 mark.
  • McDonald's To Lift Internet Access Fee
    McDonald's announced Monday that it will soon offer free wireless Internet access at most of its U.S. fast-food restaurants. The company has offered Internet access for about five years. Company officials say next month, the $2.95 fee will be lifted.

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