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All Things Considered
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Paris PorterFrom the South Side to St. Paul
    In the 1990s, thousands of low-income families moved to the Twin Cities from places like Chicago to build new lives. The state agonized over whether it was becoming a "welfare magnet." Paris Porter came to St. Paul from the south side of Chicago when he was 6 years old and was part of this migration.4:49 p.m.
  • HugFamilies react to Franco's sentence in bus crash
    The woman convicted of four counts of criminal vehicular homicide in a school bus crash near Cottonwood has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Family and friends of the victims poured out their grief during the sentencing hearing.5:20 p.m.
  • Catherine Verfaillie's response
    Former University of Minnesota researcher Catherine Verfaillie sent her response to the U of M's conclusions via e-mail. Here is the full text of that response.5:24 p.m.
  • Tom PettersPetters to remain in jail; associates plead guilty
    Minnesota businessman Tom Petters will remain in jail until he faces trial in what federal prosecutors say is a fraud scheme that took in more than $3 billion from investors.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Paulson Calls Global Markets Strained
    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has said global financial markets are severely strained and quick action is needed to implement the government's $700 billion financial bailout plan. The comments follow global central bankers' decision to cut interest rates.
  • Retailers Expect Tough Christmas Shopping Season
    This year's Christmas could really be dismal for retailers. The National Retail Federation is predicting a tough year and one retail analyst suggests sales could actually drop this season for the first time in recent memory.
  • High Court Hears Navy Sonar Case
    Environmental advocacy groups say the Navy is required to adopt steps to minimize the damage done to whales and dolphins. The president has gotten around the requirement by suspending environmental laws in the name of national security.
  • IOC To Do More Studies Of Beijing Doping Samples
    The International Olympic Committee says it will perform additional analysis on frozen doping samples from the Beijing Olympics. Testers will be on the lookout for CERA, a drug designed to boost endurance. The drug was found in retested samples of some cyclists at the Tour de France.
  • Jellyfish Protein Researchers Win Chemistry Nobel
    Two Americans and a Japanese researcher have won the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work creating a method of unveiling the previously invisible machinery inside living cells, using a protein that glows in the dark.
  • Obama Campaigns In Reliably Red Indiana
    On the morning after his second debate with John McCain, Barack Obama traveled to Indiana. Obama is making a play for the state, which has voted Republican for the past 40 years. Polls show Obama in striking distance and he drew a huge crowd Wednesday.
  • In Pa., McCain Campaigns With Palin
    On the day after the second presidential debate, Republican John McCain teamed up with running mate Sarah Palin for a rally in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. McCain emphasized the differences between his policies and those of Sen. Barack Obama.
  • McCain Proposes $300 Billion Mortgage Buyout Plan
    In Tuesday night's debate, John McCain proposed a plan to help millions of people around the country facing foreclosure. It would essentially be a $300 billion rescue fund for homeowners, although it is unclear exactly where this money would come from.
  • McCain's Campaign Rival: The Economy
    It becomes increasingly clear that the whole presidential campaign is being overshadowed by a global economic meltdown that makes other issues decidedly secondary. In effect, John McCain is not so much running against Obama but against an economic crisis that voters tend to associate with the Bush years.
  • Presidents' Songs: Of Legends And 'Mortal Men'
    While some of the first 43 presidents have become larger-than-life figures, others are all but forgotten. In a new collection called Of Great and Mortal Men, songwriters Christian Kiefer, Jefferson Pitcher and Matthew Gerken have composed original songs that span three CDs and more than 220 years of American history.

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