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Monday, November 23, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mauer media blitzSome wonder if MVP Mauer will remain a Twin
    The award caps a season for Joe Mauer in which he led the league in most major hitting categories, and posted career-high totals for home runs and runs batted in. However, Mauer's long list of achievements has sparked more talk about his future with the team.4:49 p.m.
  • Campus tourBeltrami County uses new approach to fight poverty
    A new program in Beltrami County combines personal coaching and weekly meetings to move people off of public assistance.4:54 p.m.
  • Omer Abdi MohamedCharges against 8 in missing Somali case unsealed
    Charges against eight people involved in the long-running probe of young men who left the United States to fight in Somalia were unsealed in Minnesota on Monday.5:20 p.m.
  • Timeline: The missing Somali men
    A timeline and summary of the story of young Somali men from Minnesota who disappeared from the Twin Cities -- many say they returned to their homeland to fight in a civil war. ***Do not use -- out of date****5:23 p.m.
  • Gov. Tim PawlentyPayment shifts force one-third of school districts to borrow money
    A Minnesota Public Radio News analysis finds that more than one-third of the school districts in the state have been forced to borrow to pay their bills. Many more districts are borrowing this year because of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget action.5:24 p.m.
  • Tom PettersPetters' fate in the hands of jury
    Attorneys painted drastically different pictures of Tom Petters as they presented their closing arguments this morning in Petters' multi-billion-dollar fraud trial.5:51 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • In Afghanistan, A Plan To Woo The Taliban
    The Afghan government and the U.S. military are pursuing an effort to lure low-level insurgents with job offers and other incentives, and split them from their Taliban leaders. In his second inaugural last week, President Hamid Karzai called on militants to lay down their arms and return to their homes.
  • Indian PM Visits Amid Worries Over U.S.-China Ties
    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the guest Tuesday at President Obama's first White House state dinner. Arvind Sumbramanian, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, says Singh's visit comes amid fears in India that its relationship with the U.S. is playing second fiddle to U.S. ties with China.
  • Who's Gaming Now? Seniors Turn To Wii Bowling
    The introduction of the Nintendo Wii and its sports and fitness games has greatly expanded the appeal of video games — especially among senior citizens. From California to New York, dozens of teams and more than 1,000 bowlers are in the throes of a virtual Wii bowling competition.
  • Technology And The Elderly
    Omar Gallaga, technology-culture reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, discusses new technology geared toward seniors: virtual doctor's visits and robots helping Japan's elderly population.
  • Golden State Highways Are A California Nightmare
    California roads once were the envy of the world. But like a lot of things in the Golden State these days, they’re not what they used to be. Federal Highway Administration data show that of the 20 major urban areas with the worst roadway conditions, eight are in California, with 64 percent in "poor condition."
  • Congress' Safety Agenda Faces Obstacles
    With a sour economy, spiraling deficits and automakers in trouble, Congress' safety agenda faces some tough obstacles. Federal transportation and highway safety laws are set to expire this year, and a bill to renew their funding is stalled. So Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) is pushing a six-year, $500 billion transportation reauthorization bill.
  • Jimmie Johnson On Nascar Win
    Jimmie Johnson captured his fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a fifth-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnson needed only to finish 25th or better to claim the driving title. Johnson says his strategy was to stay out of trouble and be smart.
  • Letters: Mammograms, Health Care, Armstrong
    Listeners respond to the interview on new recommendations on mammograms, the story on the Senate version of the health care bill and the remembrance of civil rights leader James Armstrong. Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' e-mails.
  • Shakira: Just Following The Pack?
    On She Wolf, Shakira teams up again with songwriter-producer Wyclef Jean, but it sounds as if they're trying to recapture the magic of her global smash "Hips Don't Lie." The duo replaces the Latin and Middle Eastern beats with generic dance-pop diva moves.
  • New Charges In Somali Terror Case
    NPR has learned a federal grand jury in Minneapolis unsealed a roster of indictments Monday charging a handful of men with recruiting young Somali-Americans to fight for a terrorist organization in Somalia. Law enforcement officials revealed details of a more than yearlong investigation into the disappearance of some two dozen young Somalis from the Twin Cities area.

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