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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Dilapidated apartmentsProblem properties present balancing act for cities
    A court hearing today could determine whether as many as 60 low-income families can stay in their St. Paul apartments, where the buildings are so riddled with housing code violations that they could be condemned.6:50 a.m.
  • 10 years of No Child Left Behind has changed education
    This week marks ten years since the signing of the federal No Child Left Behind Law. In January 2002, then President George W. Bush signed the controversial piece of legislation. Here in Minnesota, the state is currently seeking a waiver from the federal government in order to escape certain penalties for failing schools. And this week, Minnesota Congressman John Kline released draft legislation that revamps the law.7:20 a.m.
  • Bert RiversNon-profit takes on breadfruit challenge to fight hunger in developing areas
    You won't find breadfruit at your local grocery store, mainly because it has an extremely short shelf life. But a Minnesota-based non-profit group wants to help people in developing countries turn the fruit into flour.7:25 a.m.
  • Countering invasive species an economic imperative
    On Wednesdays we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. Dan Gunderson in Moorhead covers northwest Minnesota. Today he talked with MPR's Phil Picardi about about invasive species, the ever expanding oil boom in North Dakota, and the emergence of a unique dictionary.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Romney Is 2 For 2 In GOP Nominating Contests
    Mitt Romney's back-to-back wins give him powerful momentum heading into the next set of GOP contests. Ron Paul came in second in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary followed by Jon Huntsman. A week ago, Romney won the Iowa caucuses.
  • New Hampshire Voters Speak Out
    New Hampshire accounts for a tiny portion of the delegates Republicans are competing for — just 5 percent. But voters in the Granite State feel their votes serve as an important vetting process and spring board for candidates.
  • Russia, A Nation Shaped By Tragedy And Hardship
    Epic, colorful and fascinating, the nearly 6,000-mile Trans-Siberian railroad can also be a bit of an ordeal — as can much of life in Russia. It's a long-suffering place where national pride often grows from the most difficult times.
  • Payment Determined For N.C. Sterilization Victims
    Several decades ago, more than half the states had eugenics laws — measures that allowed governments and others to forcibly sterilize people. It was a difficult chapter for many states and now North Carolina is looking to make amends. A task force says each of the state's 2,000 living victims should receive $50,000.
  • After Hiatus, U.S. Launches Drone Attack In Pakistan
    Reports out of Pakistan say the U.S. has launched a deadly drone strike on militants. The attack would be the first drone strike since the November incident that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. After that, relations with Pakistan soured even more so than they were before.
  • Guantanamo At 10: U.S. Weighs Future Of Detainees
    It's been a decade since prisoners were first sent to Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. now must decide whether to release some of those initial detainees as part of a goodwill gesture to kick-start peace talks with the Taliban.
  • Germany's Economy Grew 3 Percent In 2011
    A growth of 3 percent is not bad, given all the European turmoil. But there's a downside in the report. It shows the German economy shrinking a bit at the end of 2011.
  • Credit Card Arbitration Trumps Lawsuits, Court Says
    Consumers who sign credit card agreements that feature an arbitration clause cannot dispute fees or charges in court, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-to-1 ruling is drawing fire from consumer advocates.
  • Fed Officials Push Changes To Housing Policy
    The Federal Reserve usually worries about interest rates and inflation. But lately, Fed officials have been focusing on housing. They've been out in public, pushing measures they think will help the housing market. David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, talks to David Greene about proposed changes to mortgage financing.
  • Twinkie-Maker Files For Bankruptcy Protection
    Hostess Brands, which also makes Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and more, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Despite a previous bankruptcy process only a few years ago, Hostess was unable to agree with unions on reducing pension and other labor costs.

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