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Monday, July 18, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Omer Abdi MohamedMpls. man pleads guilty in Somali terrorism case
    A Minneapolis man Monday pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy that helped send the first wave of young Somali-Americans back to fight in one of the deadliest places in the world.4:51 p.m.
  • Budget deal reachedGOP leaders ready four budget bills
    GOP leaders readied four budget bills Monday for Gov. Mark Dayton's approval, while the work on the remaining five bills continued. Dayton has said he won't call a special session until all of the bills are written and approved.5:20 p.m.
  • Hot Twins fanHeat-related illnesses a concern
    Emergency departments across Minnesota are bracing for a spike in patients with heat-related illnesses this week. Twin Cities metro area hospitals have already treated numerous patients for dehydration and other ailments brought on by the excessive heat.5:50 p.m.
  • TakeoffDelta may drop flights to 24 small cities
    Delta Air Lines Inc. is looking to drop money-losing flights in 24 small cities -- inlcuidng five in Minnesota -- putting some of them at risk of losing air service altogether.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Lawmakers Continue To Wrangle Over Debt Limit
    The Obama administration Monday threatened to veto a Republican bill that would sharply reduce federal spending, both now and in the future. The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday. Lawmakers and the president are also wrangling over how to increase the federal debt limit, so the government can keep paying its bills. President Obama met privately Sunday with the top House Republicans John Boehner and Eric Cantor.
  • Does Government Debt Really Weaken The Economy?
    While politicians often talk about the deficit and unemployment in the same breath, economists say the relationship between the two is more complicated. And while economists say the country should get a control over its finances, big reductions in current spending could be a risky strategy.
  • 'News of the World' Whistle-Blower Reported Dead
    The phone-hacking scandal in Britain took a tragic turn Monday with news of the death of a former reporter at the News of the World. News reports say Sean Hoare, was found dead at his home north of London. The police say there seem to be no suspicious circumstances. Hoare had alleged that his editor at the newspaper instructed him to tap into people's phones. The editor, who later worked as press adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, denies the allegation. NPR's Philip Reeves joins Michele Norris from London.
  • What Role Will Tablets Play In Back-To-School Sales?
    As consumers become more comfortable with tablet devices like Apple's iPad, their sales are seeing a boost. And industry analysts are expecting sales to ramp up even more as parents look to equip their kids for the upcoming school year. Michele Norris speaks with Sean Murphy, an industry analyst with the Consumer Electronics Association, about tablet sales — and the role they are playing in back-to-school sales.
  • e-Geaux: Social Networking Without The Social Or The Networking
    Make your Facebook friends think you care without the time commitment of leaving a meaningful birthday message or bothering to read their ranting comments.
  • As Leadership Changes, So Could Afghanistan Strategy
    A year after President Obama asked Gen. David Petraeus to jump-start the counterinsurgency operation in Afghanistan, he's handing over command. And there's a question of whether the change also signals a shift in strategy — from fixing Afghanistan to taking out insurgents with targeted raids and drone strikes.
  • In Yemen, Will President Saleh Return To Power?
    Yemen, the poorest of the Arab countries, has a population of 24 million. There are persistent anti-government protests. Activists say at least 30 demonstrators were killed by security forces overnight. Government forces have also launched a drive on a provincial capital, hoping to take it back from Islamist rebels. Yemen's president of 33 years, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is in Saudi Arabia, having suffered serious burns from an explosion inside his palace. Saleh is now calling for "peaceful dialogue." Robert Siegel gets an update on counter-terrorism activities in Yemen from Yemen expert and Princeton scholar Gregory Johnsen.
  • After Drought, Waters In Lake Mead Start To Rise
    After years of drought, water levels in Lake Mead on the Colorado River are starting to rise again. That has business owners at the lake scrambling to move their shops up the shore — they moved down as the water level dropped.
  • Despite Sluggish Economy, Colo. Bluegrass Festivals Thrive
    While a number of music festivals are struggling in a down economy, Colorado has three bluegrass festivals that are selling out. And one small mountain town there is becoming the Nashville of the Rockies.
  • U.K. Hacking Scandal Exposes Media-Police Ties
    London's two top police officials have resigned amid the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal. The developments revealed a two-fold police scandal: the News of the World tabloid routinely slipping cash to police for leads on stories; and the coziness between top police officials and Rupert Murdoch's executives.

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