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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rides at Mall of AmericaAARP in MOA teaches health reform
    The new health care reform has been in law for more than three months, but a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found confusion about the law remains widespread -- and AARP in the Mall of America is trying help people understand.5:20 p.m.
  • State Sen. Mee MouaMee Moua leaves state Senate, legacy
    A refugee girl from the mountains of Laos, Moua will always be remembered as the nation's first Hmong-American elected to a state legislature.5:23 p.m.
  • International Space Station visible over Minnesota this week
    A bright, fast-moving object will be visible in the western sky this week across the region. It's the international space station and it should be visible by the naked eye if clouds cooperate. Tuesday's pass should happen at about 9:16pm. Meteorologist Paul Huttner has more times and details on the Updraft Blog.5:48 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Petraeus Takes Step Toward Confirmation
    Gen. David Petraeus testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. He has been picked to be the top commander for the war in Afghanistan, and if confirmed by the Senate, will inherit a challenging mission -- and a tight deadline to achieve it.
  • Should The U.S. Try To Negotiate With The Taliban?
    As the U.S. tries to find a way to end the war in Afghanistan, should it attempt to negotiate with the Taliban? And if so, how should they go about it? Melissa Block talks to Steve Coll, a former journalist and now president and CEO of the New America Foundation.
  • After Branch Kills Baby, New Yorkers Look Skyward
    Questions remain about who -- if anyone -- is responsible for the weekend death of a 6-month-old baby killed by a falling tree limb in New York's Central Park. Was the weekend accident, which also seriously hurt the baby's mother, just a freak occurrence? Or was it the result of negligence?
  • Mississippi Governor 'Shocked' By Coast Guard's Gulf Spill Coordination
    Barbour tells NPR that estimate of need for skimmers was 'way below the fact'.
  • Letters: Lauryn Hill; Soccer Officiating
    Letters -- we get them and we like to read 'em. Today, Melissa Block and Michele Norris explore some of what's in our virtual mailbag: the difference between the words "equal" and "co-equal"; the finer points of officiating soccer; and the love, or not, felt by listeners toward songstress Lauryn Hill.
  • Democrats Find Deficit Spending A Tough Sell
    The public's growing concern with the debt and deficit is an obstacle to President Obama's plan to spend more money on unemployment benefits and state aid. Democrats need the spending to boost job growth before November. But the politics are all wrong right now.
  • New Jersey Suburb Hit Hard By Budget Woes
    With its new fiscal year set to begin on July 1, the affluent suburb of Summit, N.J., is one of many places across the country that's been forced to make tough decisions to balance its budget. As a result of a $700,000 cut in state aid, the city will raise property taxes and decrease the size of the police force, angering many local residents. A large portion of Summit's residents work in finance and real estate, so the economic downturn has hit the city particularly hard.
  • What Would You Say To Your 20-Year-Old Self?
    Blogger Cassie Boorn, 22, of Davenport, Iowa, asked older fellow bloggers to write letters to themselves when they were in their 20s so she could learn from their advice. She says she learned not to take herself so seriously and to appreciate herself more.
  • How To Succeed In Showbiz: The Frank Loesser Story
    Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the famed composer's birth. Loesser penned some of Broadway's best-known musicals, including Guys and Dolls.
  • Kagan Faces Questions On Views, Record
    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan dueled with Republican critics Tuesday on everything from gun rights to her policies on military recruiting while dean of Harvard Law School.

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