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All Things Considered
Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Carey and MelendezParty chairs prepare for the caucuses
    DFL and Republican party supporters around Minnesota are all preparing for their precinct caucuses tonight.4:50 p.m.
  • DFL candidatesDFL Senate candidates agree and disagree
    The three candidates competing for the DFL endorsement for U.S. Senate had one final chance today to reach voters before Tuesday night's caucuses. They took part in a live debate on Minnesota Public Radio. One of them will face Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in November.5:20 p.m.
  • Peter LongHome builders get creative to make sales
    Twin Cities area home builders are trying to keep their businesses alive while the Builders Association of the Twin Cities reports 2007 was the toughest year in about a decade for the industry.5:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Markets Dive After Economic Activity Report
    Recession worries shook Wall Street on Tuesday. Major stock indices were all down on a report from the Institute for Supply Management that showed a stunning drop in economic activity in the service sector. The ISM number has its problems, however, and isn't always a reliable indicator.
  • Retailers Struggle to Rebound After Weak Holidays
    It's shaping up to be a tough year for retailers, following the weakest holiday season in several years. Even individuals who aren't hurting financially perceive that they are worse off and are holding back.
  • Drought May Keep Georgia Pools Shut for Summer
    A splashless summer? That's what may happen in Georgia, where an almost two-year drought has called into question whether thousands of outdoor pools in 61 counties will open this summer.
  • Missouri Voters Have a History of Picking Presidents
    Linda Wertheimer is in the St. Louis area, talking to voters in a Super Tuesday state contested in both parties. Missouri also figures to be a key swing state in November — and it has a particularly good record of choosing presidents in the general election.
  • Navigating California's Labyrinthine Primary Rules
    Melissa Block talks with Bruce Cain, a political science professor at University of California-Berkeley, about California's Democratic primary and the labyrinthine rules that determine how the state awards its 441 delegates.
  • Report: Al-Qaida Remains 'Pre-Eminent' U.S. Threat
    Members of the nation's intelligence agencies delivered their annual threat assessment Tuesday to the Senate Intelligence Committee, saying al-Qaida "remains the pre-eminent terrorist threat against the United States" and providing details of U.S. use of the interrogation technique known as "waterboarding."
  • Army Offers $40K Recruiting Bonus to H.S. Grads
    The Army will soon run radio ads that trumpet a new recruiting bonus program: $40,000 for five years of active duty. The program is aimed at recruiting traditional high school diploma graduates — as opposed to GED recipients — because, the Army says, grads stay in the Army longer.
  • Making the Call: Peril in the Election-Night Newsroom
    The media will report tonight on wins and losses in presidential nominating contests in 24 states. But the race is for delegates to the parties' national conventions this summer, not wins in the states tonight — and the rules for awarding those delegates vary by party and by state. How will the media handle the muddle?
  • Trombone Shorty Stays True to New Orleans
    While many musicians love the Crescent City, few choose to stay after they become successful. The New Orleans-raised Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews comes from a long line of brass-band greats, but is quickly coming into his own with a jazz-funk group — and plans to stay.
  • Huckabee Snags First Super Tuesday Win in W.Va.
    It's Super Tuesday — with 24 states holding primaries or caucuses, thousands of delegates, and millions of voters. It's already over in one state: Mike Huckabee was the winner in West Virginia, where he will receive all 18 Republican delegates going to the national convention.

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