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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Lowry Avenue BridgeHennepin County to close Lowry Avenue Bridge
    Another Minnesota bridge is being closed for safety concerns. The Lowry Avenue Bridge, which connects north and northeast Minneapolis, will close starting Friday at 10 a.m., months ahead of schedule.4:44 p.m.
  • DrummingDirector examines the human side of immigration
    Film director Tom McCarthy is drawing raves for his new film "The Visitor." The film examines the complicated realities of U.S. immigration policy.4:49 p.m.
  • Steenland and AndersonDelta, NWA defend proposed combination
    The chief executives of Delta and Northwest on Thursday tried to assuage skeptical lawmakers' concerns about the carriers' proposed combination, defending it as the best way to cope with surging fuel prices.5:20 p.m.
  • Light rail trainPawlenty cites Univ. concerns in vetoing Central Corridor
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he vetoed funding for the Central Corridor light rail line in part because of concerns expressed by the University of Minnesota.5:24 p.m.
  • Soybeans in fieldBiodiesel mandate sparks food fight
    Several lawmakers questioned efforts to increase the content of biodiesel in diesel fuel sold in Minnesota, saying it would increase already rising food prices.5:50 p.m.
  • TractorCongress extends farm bill another week
    Congress passed another one-week extension of the farm bill today, to give lawmakers more time to craft a new bill.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • From Clunker to Cruiser, Ford Posts Quarterly Profit
    In business, it's often said you can't shrink your way to profits. Ford Motor Co. might beg to differ. The struggling automaker posts a $100 million profit in the first quarter, bouncing back from a two-year period in which it lost more than $15 billion.
  • A Tale of Two Corporate Trends in Today's Economy
    Two different trends are emerging when it comes to how companies are faring in the current economy. Banks, builders and airlines are getting clobbered by the credit crunch and soaring energy costs. But farflung companies from Boeing to McDonald's are doing well, thanks to growing exports.
  • Chairman Mao: An Unlikely Business Guru
    A recent study published in the Harvard Business Review found that 14 out of 15 Chinese CEOs said they turned to Chairman Mao for inspiration. Chinese businessmen are employing tactics from even such dark periods as the Cultural Revolution.
  • U.S. Envoy Says Opposition Won Zimbabwe Vote
    The top U.S. envoy to Africa, Jendayi Frazer, says that the leader of Zimbabwe's opposition party has won that nation's disputed presidential election outright. Frazer also tells journalists in South Africa that the White House backs Great Britain's call for an arms embargo against Zimbabwe.
  • Downturn Puts Soldiers' Homes, Careers at Risk
    Military families face unique mortgage challenges because they move frequently. Many are forced to sell homes in sluggish real estate markets. And if their property should fall into foreclosure, it could potentially affect their military careers.
  • Ex-Marines Suing U.S. Security Contractor
    Two former Marines are suing the Virginia-based contracting firm that handles security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and its British parent company for firing them after they accused the firm of misleading the State Department to win the embassy contract. The lawsuit is raising new questions about outsourcing security for diplomats abroad.
  • All Eyes on Maoist Leader After Nepal Vote
    Former communist rebels known as Maoists are poised for an overwhelming election victory in Nepal, though the results are not final. Now attention is riveted to one man, the party's leader, who will head an interim government and possibly shape Nepal's future.
  • Missing Priest Puts Focus on Cluster Ballooning
    The Brazilian air force has suspended its search for Father Adelir Antonio de Carli, a priest who went missing four days ago after he was harnessed to thousands of helium balloons in an attempt to break the record for the longest cluster-balloon flight. Ballooning expert John Ninomiya talks about the sport and the missing priest.
  • T-Rex 'Tissue' May Be the Real Deal After All
    Scientists are puzzled by the purported discovery of something they thought couldn't possibly still exist — bits of soft tissue from a Tyrannosaurus rex. Fossil-hunters found the matter two years ago, and skeptics have challenged its authenticity. But now there's new evidence suggesting the tissue is the real thing.
  • Calif. Lawmaker Seeks Law to Ban Lapdogs in Cars
    Republican State Assemblyman Bill Maze has introduced a bill to outlaw Californians from driving with a dog or another pet in their laps. That could cramp the style of people like Paris Hilton, who has been seen driving with her Chihuahua Tinkerbell in her lap.

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