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Monday, September 21, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Megan MeyerDental therapists to bridge gaps in oral care
    Megan Meyer, above, is among Minnesota's first dental therapists - a new class of dental professionals who hope to expand care to those who can't afford to see a dentist.5:20 p.m.
  • A dino named SueSt. Cloud hosts a T. Rex named Sue
    An exact replica of what's billed as the largest, most complete, and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex is on display at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud.5:24 p.m.
  • Califano: Parents are big influence on kids' alcohol, drug choices
    It's a pretty good likelihood that every child will be offered alcohol or drugs by the time they graduate high school. But author Joseph Califano maintains that parents have a high degree of power and influence when it comes to the choices their children make about drugs.5:52 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Top General Says Time Running Out In Afghanistan
    An official assessment by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, concludes that after eight years, the U.S. and its allies have failed to focus on and win over the Afghan people. He also calls for more troops to ensure victory over the Taliban and al-Qaida.
  • Sen. Levin: McChrystal's Report Tackles Strategy
    The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in a report that the U.S. could lose in Afghanistan without more troops. Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the report also says that focusing on force requirements misses the point entirely.
  • Levin Comments Examined
    Sen. Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says Gen. Stanley McChrystal's report on Afghanistan focuses more on strategy than it does on troop numbers. The Michigan Democrat has previously opposed sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, saying that the focus should, instead, be on training Afghan security forces.
  • Small Retailers Prepare For Ban On Flavored Cigarettes
    Starting Tuesday, cigarette manufacturers and retailers will be banned from making or selling candy-, spice- and fruit-flavored cigarettes owing to a provision in the Tobacco Control Act. Many small-business owners worry about losing customers, while FDA officials see the move as a symbolic first step in addressing the problem of youth smokers.
  • Electric Cars Make Progress With New Batteries
    The next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles will have a lighter and more powerful kind of battery inside — lithium ion batteries, which automakers are investing billions in developing.
  • High Cost Of Batteries Affects Price Of Electric Car
    GM's much-anticipated Chevy Volt is expected to cost $40,000. David Kiley, senior correspondent in BusinessWeek, says the high price is because of the cost of the battery. He says, however, that once the government's incentive is factored in, the price of the car will drop to around $32,000.
  • U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Grows More Dangerous
    Over the past decade, easier places to cross into the U.S. have been closed, so people are being pushed into isolated areas. Now, even though the number of illegal crossings has dropped substantially, the number of deaths remains a constant 200 a year.
  • Forest Whitaker, Getting Behind A 'Brick City' Hero
    NPR's Madeleine Brand speaks to Academy Award-winning actor-director Forest Whitaker about the Sundance Channel's Brick City. Whitaker was executive producer on the documentary series about Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker and his crusade to take back the summer in his city.
  • FCC Chairman Backs 'Open Internet' Rules
    In a speech Monday to the Brookings Institution, Julius Genachowski, the head of the Federal Communications Commission, proposed that the FCC officially adopt six rules to enforce open access to the Internet with no content providers favored over others and no legal content blocked. Consumer groups welcomed the plan, but major U.S. Providers were cool to the proposal.
  • A Day Of Radio Remembered
    In the fall of 1939, the U.S. watched anxiously as war broke out in Europe. At this turning point in history, the National Archives set out to document a full day of radio, just as it was heard by listeners at home. With the help of station WJSV, they recorded the 18 hours straight from sign-on to sign-off.

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