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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Art Hounds: Music in Winona, Julie Mehretu, Mississippi Volga III
    Follow this week's Art Hounds to a melding of words, images and music in Winona, an exhibition of multi-layered prints that resemble mini-civilizations, and a multi-culti mash-up of light, movement and sound in Minneapolis.4:54 p.m.
  • St. Paul Mayor Chris ColemanChris Coleman says he won't run for governor
    Coleman made the announcement this afternoon at his office in St. Paul. It came as a surprise to some observers who had expected Coleman, a DFLer, to run for governor next year.5:20 p.m.
  • Living in a loungeEconomy is down, so enrollment is up
    Most colleges in Minnesota say they saw at least a slight increase in enrollment over last fall. Schools say there's no single reason behind the rise, but the down economy seems to be a factor.5:24 p.m.
  • Pvt. Travis HaftersonU.S. military challenges Marine's story of PTSD
    Military officials released a statement Thursday saying a Minnesota Marine diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder never engaged in combat while deployed to Iraq.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Capture Or Kill? Lawyers Eye Options For Terrorists
    Government lawyers are trying to decide where to detain people captured overseas in the future. No matter where the detainees are held, there are military, diplomatic, legal and political obstacles. Now the administration is thinking creatively for a Plan C.
  • Obama Seeks Middle Ground On Afghanistan
    It's now looking unlikely that President Obama will back the major troop increase that his top commander in Afghanistan is calling for. What Obama appears to be steering toward is middle ground: a troop increase, but perhaps not all 40,000, something more in the range of 10,000 or 20,000 new troops.
  • Spreading Swine Flu Message Through Rap
    As the swine flu vaccine makes its way across the country, so too does a winning Public Service Announcement from Dr. John Clarke, medical director for the Long Island Rail Road. His H1N1 Rap was the winning entry in the "2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest," sponsored by the U.S Department of Health & Human Services. Clarke says he has been combining medical information and rap since 1997. He calls it "health-hop."
  • A Retailer's Journey Ends With Liquidation
    With the stress of operating a retail business during the Great Recession, Bowl & Board owner Mark Giarrusso made the tough decision to liquidate instead of reorganize. The decision comes after a yearlong fight to keep the chain of New England housewares stores afloat.
  • Whatever, It's The Most Annoying Word; Duh
    Forty-seven percent of Americans polled by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion said that the most annoying word in the English language is: "whatever." Our own unscientific radio survey about annoying words or phrases in English resulted in answers ranging from "duh" to "no worries."
  • The Telltale Wombs Of Lewiston, Maine
    In the mid-1970s, a health researcher discovered an unusually high rate of hysterectomies in a small town in Maine. If the rate continued, nearly 70 percent of Lewiston women, like Carol Bradford (above), who had a hysterectomy, would be without their wombs by age 70. A major driver of health care costs: a system that pushes doctors to deliver unnecessary care.
  • Chain's Closure Compounds Ohio Jobs Woes
    Since the beginning of the year, more than a quarter-million Ohio residents have lost their jobs. The state's 10 percent unemployment rate decreased recently. But that's because a stagnant job market forced more out-of-work residents to leave the market. And it just got worse. An Ohio-based office supply chain abruptly closed its doors.
  • Major Oregon Private Employer Feels Housing Pain
    Rural southern Oregon has an unemployment rate of nearly 15 percent. The slowdown in the housing market has clobbered the region's largest private employer, Jeld-Wen. The company makes doors and windows for homes, products that rise and fall with the overall housing market.
  • Despite High Unemployment, Some Calif. Jobs Empty
    Even an unemployment rate approaching 10 percent, some California employers are having a tough time finding qualified workers. That's especially true for health care workers, engineers and bio-technicians. There's an army of unemployed, but they don't have the right skills for the jobs available.
  • Virus Linked To Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Chronic fatigue affects more than 1 million people in the U.S. Scientists have discovered that nearly two-thirds of them are infected with a retrovirus called XMRV.

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