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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Randy MossBoston Herald reporter Ian Rapoport on Randy Moss
    For Vikings fans who may have lost track of the mercurial Moss in the six years since he last wore a purple jersey, we've called Ian Rapoport. He covers the Patriots for the Boston Herald.4:50 p.m.
  • U.S. Rep Jim OberstarOberstar cries foul over poll released by opponent
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar's campaign is questioning results of a poll released this week by his Republican challenger Chip Cravaack. The new poll, paid for by Cravaack's campaign, shows the challenger running neck and neck with Oberstar.5:20 p.m.
  • Jackie MavisGov candidates all support elder care program
    In the midst of a contentious debate over how to fix the state's budget deficit, Minnesota's candidates for governor appear to agree on one piece of the budget -- a program that helps keep older people who are poor and disabled out of nursing homes.5:24 p.m.
  • BooksBooks, by the millions, for Africa
    While many of us take books for granted, in some parts of the world they are still a rarity. A St. Paul-based organization is trying to change this by sending millions of books, most of them school textbooks, to Africa.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Gunmen Attack Dozens Of NATO Trucks In Pakistan
    In Pakistan, attackers set fire to two dozen more tanker trucks ferrying supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan. The latest attack occurred near the southern Chamran border crossing. The northern crossing at Torkham at the western end of the Khyber Pass remains closed to NATO traffic after NATO helicopter gunships killed Pakistani border guards last week. The U.S. apologized for that attack on Wednesday.
  • White House Faults Pakistan's Battle Against Militants
    In a new White House assessment, the administration put the president's imprimatur on the belief that Pakistan has not been aggressive in its pursuit of al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban militants in a Pakistani tribal region.
  • Report: Afghanistan Holding Peace Talks With Taliban
    NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Washington Post correspondent Karen DeYoung about secret high-level talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
  • Panel: White House Blocked Worst-Case Oil Figures
    The federal commission investigating the BP oil spill has released a draft report that is highly critical of the Obama administration's response to the spill. As NPR's Ari Shapiro tells Robert Siegel, the commission says the White House blocked worst-case oil flow estimates from becoming public.
  • FCC Chief On Defensive Over Stalled Broadband Plan
    When he took the top job at the Federal Communications Commission 16 months ago, Julius Genachowski pledged that the agency would be the "smart cop" on the Internet beat, protecting consumers and innovators alike. Instead, critics charge that the FCC is now weaker than ever.
  • Noise From Consumers Prompts SunChips To Return To Traditional, Quieter Bags
    Frito-Lay was excited to unveil a bag that could be composted, but consumers reacted strongly to the packaging, which is much louder than its plastic predecessor. The company has decided to make the old version available again.
  • Foreclosures: A Busted System Or Veiled Opportunity?
    In the past few weeks, three banks have said they are holding off on foreclosures because of what they call "procedural" issues. And several states have banned all or some foreclosures. But analysts are split on whether these developments will help or hurt the housing recovery.
  • Ferdinand Pecora, 'The Hellhound Of Wall Street'
    Ferdinand Pecora was little known outside New York until 1933. The former New York prosecutor was called to Washington to become chief counsel of Senate hearings looking into Wall Street's wrongdoings that led to the Crash of 1929. Pecora is a surprising hero of the time -- he was a poor Italian immigrant who earned his legal education at night school. And over a ten-day period, he grilled some of the titans of Wall Street, toppling one of them -- multimillionaire Charles Mitchell, aka Sunshine Charley -- who was chairman of National City Bank, the predecessor of the current-day Citibank. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Michael Perino, a law professor and former Wall Street litigator, about his new book, The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora's Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance.
  • Boston Red Sox Owners To Buy Liverpool Soccer Club
    The owners of the Boston Red Sox are branching out with a new sport in a new country -- they are buying one of the world's most famous soccer clubs, Liverpool FC, in England. The club is already under American ownership, but the present owners are massively in debt and deeply unpopular with Liverpool fans.
  • Hollywood Hopes To Cash In On Chinese Remakes
    "Musical Youth" doesn't have quite the same ring as "High School Musical." But that was the title of the Chinese version of the hit U.S. film, and it signaled a new stage in Hollywood's attempts to get in on the fastest-growing film market in the world.

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