All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Marco RamosFear and uncertainty in Worthington follow immigration raid
    Residents of Worthington spent the day reacting to Tuesday's immigration raid at the Swift meat-packing plant in the community. Many Swift workers scared and confused about their future, and that of their friends and relatives.5:19 p.m.
  • STLF officeYoung leaders create organizations for the future
    Young adults are founding non-profits across the nation. Their goal: To change the world, one good deed at a time.5:23 p.m.
  • St. Paul Budget puts more cops on the street
    The St. Paul City Council unanimously approved Mayor Chris Coleman's 2007 budget this afternoon. The package totals nearly $514 million and calls for an increase in the police force. To cover that and other programs an 8.5 percent increase in the property tax levy.5:49 p.m.
  • E. coli bacteriaLettuce suspected as source of E. coli in Minnesota and Iowa
    Taco John has dropped St. Paul-based Bix Produce as an "urgent and precautionary measure." The company provided produce for restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Florida Finds Little Trauma, Drama from Wage Hike
    Democrats say that raising the federal minimum wage will be a priority when they take control of Congress. Would such a measure help low-wage workers or lead to layoffs? Florida, which raised its minimum wage two years ago, provides some clues.
  • Minimum Wage: An Employer's View
    Michele Norris talks with Robert Mayfield, who owns four Dairy Queens and a Wally's Burger Express in the Austin, Texas, area. Mayfield says a raise in the federal minimum wage would force him to cut back on the hours of many of his workers, and may lead to cutbacks in staff.
  • Minimum Wage: A Worker's View
    Gina Walter, who makes $6.25 an hour, says the proposed minimum-wage boost in January 2007 would make a difference in her daily life as a minimum-wage worker.
  • Sales of Gift Cards Grow, and Transpire Earlier
    Once a last-minute fallback, gift cards have become hot sellers even on the day after Thanksgiving. The National Retail Federation estimates that holiday gift-card sales this year will grow 32 percent, to nearly $25 billion. Scott Horsley reports on how this is skewing sales results, and why Starbucks' card is so successful.
  • Avoiding a Gift-Card Debacle
    The gift card is a popular present this holiday season, but consumers and retailers are raising concerns about problems with them. In one scheme, criminals have figured out ways to poach serial numbers and spend the money before the person who receives the card even opens it.
  • Rumors of U.S. Spying in Britain Spark Debate
    There's an old saying in the intelligence business: "In God we trust. Everyone else, we monitor." On Thursday, Scotland Yard will release a report that, according to British press accounts, will allege that U.S. intelligence was bugging Princess Diana the night she died. Both the NSA and the CIA insist this is "rubbish." But the rumor raises new questions about the age-old practice of spying on friends.
  • Indonesian Activist's Death Remains Unsolved
    The story of a murdered human-rights activist reveals the distance Indonesia still has to go before government critics can speak freely. Munir Talib Sahir was poisoned on an international flight to Amsterdam. His widow, Suciwati, has been tireless in her efforts to bring the killers to justice, even traveling to Washington, D.C., for help.
  • School to Tap Trash Dump's Methane for Energy
    The University of New Hampshire will soon be relying on a local dump to meet most of its energy needs. The school will pipe methane from the regional dump to light and heat most of the campus.
  • Harpist Joanna Newsom's Enchanting Tales
    Joanna Newsom plays the concert harp, an unusual instrument for a singer-songwriter. Her debut album, The Milk-Eyed Mender, was widely praised in 2004. Newsom has a long-awaited new record, Ys.
  • Bush Rejects Ideas That 'Lead to Defeat' in Iraq
    After meeting with Pentagon leaders, President Bush says he would continue to develop his own review of the war policy in Iraq. The president rejected ideas he had heard from some unnamed quarters that would, he said, "lead to defeat."

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