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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mark Ritchie announces cavassing boardKey panel named in Minn. Senate recount
    The jury that will rule on disputed ballots in the Minnesota Senate recount includes the Democratic secretary of state, two Supreme Court justices appointed by a Republican governor and two district judges whose politics are harder to gauge.4:45 p.m.
  • Aerial viewNTSB final report: Bad design, plus added weight, led to bridge collapse
    Investigators for the NTSB have concluded that under-designed gusset plates and the weight on the bridge deck were the primary causes of the I-35W bridge collapse, Minnesota Public Radio News has learned.5:20 p.m.
  • Wind and gridWind companies like Obama energy plan
    Minnesota's wind power industry could see major gains if President-elect Barack Obama's energy program becomes law. Obama wants to dramatically increase the amount of electricity generated in the U.S. from renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal.5:24 p.m.
  • A fire pit in the O'Link's backyardWood-burning heating devices could pose serious health risks
    Many homeowners worried about fluctuating fuel prices this winter are still turning to wood heating sources. Although these wood heating devices are more efficient, the smoke they emit is associated with lung and heart problems.5:54 p.m.
  • Klobuchar sponsors bill to require carbon monoxide alarms
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn., is co-sponsoring a bill that require regulation of carbon monoxide alarms and portable generators.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Paulson: Troubled Bank Assets Won't Be Bought
    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has reversed course, saying the government will not buy up banks' troubled assets. Instead, he has said, the administration will use part of the bailout money to buy stock in banks in an attempt to encourage them to lend.
  • After TARP What?
    With the Treasury backing away from buying "Troubled Assets" — perhaps the "Troubled Assets Relief Program" needs a new name; a tongue in cheek look at a few alternatives.
  • Riding Out Stock Market Storm A Better Bet
    As the economic meltdown plays out, many investors are watching their retirement accounts dwindle in value. And though many of them want to withdraw from the market, their financial advisers are telling them to stay put.
  • Wash. Residents Use Radar Guns To Catch Speeders
    In Newcastle, Wash., select residents have been armed with radar guns to document wayward speeders. Cheryl Coupens, one of the radar gun-totin' residents, says she has collected about 20-25 license plates. She says kids are asking her to measure how fast they run.
  • Economic Crisis Hits Colleges In Pennsylvania
    The economic crisis is making deeper inroads into higher education. As students scramble to find loans to pay for college, colleges in Pennsylvania are scrambling to find money for financial aid while staving off budget cuts.
  • In New York, Layoffs Lead To Pink-Slip Parties
    Wall Street is littered with the resumes of former investment bankers and traders now looking for work. At a recent networking party at a bar in midtown Manhattan, so many people turned up that some had to wait in line to get in.
  • Galbraith Backs Ethnically Divided Iraq
    The senior diplomatic fellow at the Center For Arms Control and Non-Proliferation says Iraq has already divided up among ethnic lines and the U.S. shouldn't be in the business of putting it back together.
  • New Jerusalem Mayor Reflects City's Schism
    Jerusalem's new mayor, Nir Barkat, is a high-tech entrepreneur who defeated an ultra-Orthodox rabbi in a contest that underscored the divisions between Jerusalem's secular Jews and the ultra-Orthodox community.
  • A Multilingual Voyage, Buoyed By A 'Sea Of Poppies'
    Amitav Ghosh's sprawling historical novel is set on a former slave ship in 1838, and features a wildly diverse cast of characters and fluid, "beautifully made" sentences. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says Sea of Poppies is worth a passage.
  • 'Slumdog Millionaire': Mumbai Jackpot
    Based on an Indian novel about a TV quiz show contestant from the Mumbai slums, Danny Boyle's film has already sparked Oscar talk. Critic Bob Mondello says that chatter is entirely justified. (Recommended)

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