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All Things Considered
Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Dan McElroy, Minnesota's DEED commissionerDFL leaders call for overhaul of state development agency
    DFL legislative leaders are blaming a lack of jobs, and the agency responsible for job creation, for the state's staggering projected $5.2 billion budget deficit.5:20 p.m.
  • Stocking shelves at Wal-MartWal-Mart to pay $54.25 million to settle Minn. lawsuit
    Retail giant Wal-mart has agreed to a $54 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by workers in Minnesota. The settlement ends a long-running case in which the employees had accused Wal-mart of denying them pay for time worked and violating other work rules.5:24 p.m.
  • Pat and Kevin WilliamsDealing with diuretics
    The Minnesota Vikings' are preparing for this Sunday's away game against the Arizona Cardinals, but whether the "Williams Wall" will be allowed to play is still unclear. Our regular medical analyst, Dr. Jon Hallberg, deals with this issue often.5:50 p.m.
  • Students try to figure out how a toy rover worksMinnesota students fare well in global comparison
    A new study finds that Minnesota students perform well in math and science compared to students in other countries.5:54 p.m.
  • A piece of the scrolls on display in New YorkDead Sea Scrolls coming to Minnesota
    A renowned piece of antiquity will be coming to Minnesota. The "Dead Sea Scrolls" will be on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota in early 2010.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Ill. Governor Arrested On Corruption Charges
    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been arrested on charges of plotting to sell an appointment to Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. Prosecutors say Blagojevich, a Democrat, was heard telling associates the Senate appointment is "a valuable thing — you just don't give it away for nothing."
  • Will Blagojevich Arrest Affect Obama?
    President-elect Barack Obama comes from the same city and state as Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and it was the Obama seat in the Senate that Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell. Is it possible this scandal will leave the new president unsinged?
  • With Arrest, Blagojevich Joins Other Ill. Governors
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich is the latest in a string of modern Illinois governors who have run afoul of the law. He follows in the footsteps of George H. Ryan, Daniel Walker and Otto Kerner.
  • House Panel: Fannie, Freddie Ignored Warnings
    The top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have appeared on Capitol Hill to answer questions about why they ignored warnings that they were taking too many risks. The House Oversight Committee released e-mails showing that the two mortgage giants ignored warnings that they stay away from riskier loans.
  • Texas Residents Watch Hurricane Ike Debris Mount
    It has been almost three months since Hurricane Ike roared ashore and left a hulking pile of debris along a 30-mile stretch of the Texas coastline. As the state and federal government squabble over who will pay to remove it, residents are getting frustrated.
  • Should FEMA Be A Standalone Agency?
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency could look much different under the Obama administration. Although it is part of the Department of Homeland Security, some feel it would run better as a standalone agency that deals directly with the president. Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who shares this view, offers his insight.
  • S.C. Governor Opposes Obama Infrastructure Plan
    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has expressed several reservations about president-elect Barack Obama's proposal to invest billions of dollars for infrastructure projects to stimulate the economy. He says it gives the federal government too much power.
  • Thousands In Las Vegas Seek Mortgage Workouts
    Tens of thousands of homeowners in Las Vegas would love to have their mortgage loans modified to reduce their monthly payments. But despite many programs designed to help lenders and borrowers strike a deal, it's not happening quickly enough to stop the rapid erosion of home prices in Las Vegas.
  • Death's Absence, Writ Large And Small
    Two new novels explore the consequences of a personified Death who fails to perform expected duties. Jonathan Carroll's The Ghost in Love focuses on an individual saved from Death, while Jose Saramago's Death with Interruptions examines an entire nation.
  • Mos Def: From Hip-Hop Star To Chuck Berry
    Rapper Mos Def is not known for taking the artistically easy road. His film roles in Monster's Ball, Be Kind Rewind and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are as distinctive as the records that have made him a hip-hop icon. He talks about his latest film role, playing Chuck Berry in Cadillac Records.

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