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Friday, December 19, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The futures pit, 1933The end of an era at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange
    After more than a century of shouts and gestures, the trading floor at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange goes silent Friday afternoon. Friday is the last day of open outcry futures trading on the floor of the exchange.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.
  • The State Canvassing Board reviews ballotsColeman with 2-vote lead after 3rd day of canvass
    Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says the board charged with reviewing disputed ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race will finish that part of the process today.7:20 a.m.
  • Head-scratcherAnalyzing canvassing board decision on challenged ballots
    The State Canvassing board has had to make some tough decisions on determining voter intent on ballots challenged in the Minnesota senate recount. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Supreme Court also said wrongly rejected absentee ballots should be included in the recount after both campaigns and local officials agree on which ones have been improperly rejected.7:25 a.m.
  • LTV taconite plantMesothelioma task force updates public on progress
    The task force studying the high rate of a rare form of cancer among taconite workers offered an update to the public last night on the Iron Range.7:40 a.m.
  • Roseville Public LibraryLibrary usage increases with the recession
    There's one place where business is booming right now despite the recession. It's your local public library.7:45 a.m.
  • Future Tense with Jon Gordon
    Worst tech predictions for 20088:20 a.m.
  • Adrian PetersonVikings can clinch division title with win against Atlanta
    The Minnesota Vikings take on the Atlanta Falcons at the Metrodome on Sunday. If the Vikings win, they will clinch their division and secure a spot in the playoffs for the first time since the 2004 season.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • FedEx Delivers Salary Cuts To Managers
    FedEx reported higher profits in its most recent quarter, but it sees trouble ahead. The package delivery giant is cutting salaries for some 36,000 managers. CEO Fred Smith will take the biggest cut percentage-wise, but all managers' paychecks will shrink. FedEx and its main rival UPS are seeing overall package volume fall as the economy slows.
  • New England Housewares Chain Is Singing The Blues
    Bowl & Board, a family-owned chain of housewares stores in New England, is trying to boost its sales — and morale — with creative promotions. Despite drastic cost-cutting measures, sales are sinking. With the economy in recession, it's possible the chain may have to close at least two locations.
  • A Reluctant Servant, Gates To Stay On At Defense
    Robert Gates was ready to say farewell to the Pentagon when President-elect Obama asked him to stay on. The once-controversial spymaster has reinvented himself as a consensus builder. He's not the Gates people recall from a generation ago.
  • Judge Says Shoe-Throwing Journalist Was Beaten
    A judge in Iraq says the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush was beaten after the incident and had bruises on his face and around his eyes. The judge told the Associated Press that the court has filed a complaint on behalf of Muntadhar al-Zeidi and will try to identify those who beat him.
  • Redskins Hall Of Famer Sammy Baugh Dies At 94
    One of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of professional football has died. Sammy Baugh, who played for the Washington Redskins, was 94. Nicknamed Slingin' Sammy, he transformed the quarterback position with his accuracy and long passing.
  • Magazine Predicts 'The World In 2009'
    The Economist is publishing its annual predictions for the coming year. Daniel Franklin, the magazine's executive editor, talks with Steve Inskeep about the "The World in 2009" edition.
  • Senate Race Results Still Close In Minnesota
    A winner is supposed to have been declared already in the last U.S. Senate race to be decided. The too-close-to-call contest in Minnesota is between GOP incumbent Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. Instead, it looks like the new year will begin with the contest unresolved.
  • Polaroid Files For Bankruptcy Protection
    The icon of instant photography is trying to adjust to a world dominated by digital photography. Polaroid Corp. and its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday. In a statement, the company said its ongoing financial restructuring plan is the result of allegations of fraud at its parent company, Petters Group Worldwide. Polaroid says the filing will not affect day-to-day operations.
  • The Best Laid Plans Of Mines And Men
    With the economic downturn, the global demand for minerals has decreased. For mining towns like Leadville, Colo., that has meant shelving plans to reopen a nearby molybdenum mine.
  • Burger King Launches 'Flame' Men's Body Spray
    The home of the Whopper describes the spray as "the scent of seduction, with a hint of flame-broiled meat." A Web site for the new spray features the chain's King character reclining by a fireplace, naked but for a strategically placed animal fur. The fragrance is on sale at Ricky's NYC stores and online for a limited time for $3.99.

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