All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Al FrankenFranken lead at 50; absentee ballots still must be counted
    Democratic candidate Al Franken now holds a 50-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman with almost all of the counting in Minnesota's Senate race done. The battle now shifts to the 1.300 or so wrongly rejected absentee ballots.5:20 p.m.
  • Light rail carCentral Corridor study says train vibration can be eliminated
    A new study commissioned by the Central Corridor light rail project office confirms what planners have been saying all along -- vibrations from the trains would affect sensitive buildings along the route, but the problem could be virtually eliminated through technology. Some are still not convinced.5:25 p.m.
  • Owl eyesRaptor Center busy with snowy owls
    The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota is having a busy winter. Snowy owls are among the rehab center's patients.5:54 p.m.
  • No home sweet homeMost memorable stories of 2008
    Over the course of a year, Minnesota Public Radio's reporters, producers and hosts talk to hundreds of people from all walks of life. Some make a bigger impression than others. Some stories involve a behind-the-scenes challenge. MPR journalists each selected a story or show that was the most memorable for them.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Fear In Gaza As Bombings Gain Support In Israel
    Airstrikes against Gaza have continued, as has rocket fire into southern Israel. Most Israelis solidly back their government's campaign, but some ask whether the Jewish state can bomb its way to a new security situation with Gaza's Islamist rulers.
  • Recent History Of Gaza Examined
    The Islamic movement Hamas, which controls Gaza, emerged during the first intifada, which began in 1987, says Ambassador Philip Wilcox, former chief of mission and U.S. consul general in Jerusalem. Wilcox says the group grew in strength by presenting itself as a clean alternative to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.
  • Latest Economic Data Bleak
    The latest consumer confidence numbers are dismal. Add to that a bleak holiday shopping season and another month of declining housing values, and you have a country in the middle of a recession that shows no sign of letting up. Roben Farzad, senior writer for Businessweek, says the market is taking the numbers in its stride.
  • Bailout of GMAC Could Boost GM Car Sales
    The federal government is stepping up its efforts to save the auto industry by committing $6 billion to stabilize GMAC, the financing arm of General Motors. Already, GMAC is offering new deals and looser credit standards for car loans, which should help GM dealers and their customers.
  • Economy Makes 2008 A Year To Forget
    In 2008, stocks plunged, the economy shrank, oil prices spiked, the credit markets ground to a halt and major financial institutions breathed their last. At the end of the year, financial adviser Bernie Madoff was charged with running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
  • Family Struggles With Ambiguity Of Genetic Testing
    For many people seeking answers through genetic testing, all the DNA probing ends in this twist: Less certainty, not more. This sometimes leads to tough personal decisions, like those made by Nashville novelist Susan Gregg Gilmore and her family.
  • Prisons Excluded From DTV Coupon Programs
    Prisons are excluded from legislation giving millions of dollars to television viewers for coupons to cut the cost of a converter box for digital television. TV is crucial for cash-strapped, under-staffed prisons, many of which rely on analog television sets to keep prisoners occupied.
  • In New York City, Five Banks Robbed
    Five banks were robbed Monday in New York City. Anahad O'Connor, metro and breaking-news reporter for The New York Times, says the news was "a little surreal" because last year there was fewer than one bank robbery a day in the city.
  • Blagojevich Names Pick To Fill Obama Senate Seat
    Illinois Gov. has named longtime Chicago politician Roland Burris to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama. The 71-year-old Burris is a former state attorney general and was the first black politician elected to major statewide office in Illinois. Senate Democrats say they won't seat him.
  • Ill. Ex-Gov. Weighs In On Blagojevich Decision
    Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson offers his insight into Gov. Rod Blagovjevich's appointment of Roland Burris to President-elect Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Burris served as Thompson's attorney general.

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