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Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Charles BaxterCharles Baxter's new novel explores 'soul vampirism'
    Minneapolis writer Charles Baxter describes his new novel "The Soul Thief" as being about an extreme kind of identity theft which he calls "soul vampirism."6:50 a.m.
  • Macy's in St. PaulMacy's cuts 950 jobs
    The Macy's department store chain is closing its regional headquarters in Minneapolis and cutting some 950 local jobs in the process.7:20 a.m.
  • Scene from 'Sweeney Todd'Local theater scene makes old plays look new
    The State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis is running a touring production of "Sweeney Todd." The new version of the Stephen Sondheim musical is radically different from the original, which was first staged in 1979. Theater critic Dominic Papatola gives his take on the remake.7:25 a.m.
  • Delegate volunteersWhat do delegates do next?
    Participants in Minnesota's Super Tuesday caucuses selected delegates who will play an important role in the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota. MPR's Perry Finelli talked to two delegates chosen in Tuesday's DFL caucuses.7:50 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Document Shows Army Blocked Help for Soldiers
    A document from the Department of Veterans Affairs contradicts an assertion by the Army surgeon general that his office did not tell VA officials to stop helping soldiers with military disability paperwork at a New York base. The paperwork aids in figuring benefits.
  • Alabama Community in Shock After Tornadoes
    The South is recovering from the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the region. A twister left a large mark where it cut through the Aldridge Grove community in Lawrence County, Ala. Among the dead are a former guardsman who served in Iraq, and his wife and son.
  • Conservation, Oil Exploration Debate Renewed
    Oil companies bid a record $2.6 billion for oil and gas leases for 29 million acres in waters off the northwest coast of Alaska. Those waters are home to the polar bear. The sale has touched off another round of debate about conservation versus exploration.
  • Real Estate Booms in Communist Vietnam
    Home prices may be slumping in the United States, but in Vietnam, they are going through the roof. It's good news for apartment owners who've seen their property triple in value, but it's bad news for ordinary people looking for affordable housing.
  • Conservatives Bristle at McCain Nomination
    Arizona Sen. John McCain says he can win over conservatives anxious about his potential nomination, but some of the most prominent and outspoken in the Republican party, such as Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, say otherwise.
  • The Family Dinner Deconstructed
    The ritual of a family dinner has been praised as an antidote to bad grades and bad habits in kids. But as researchers look closer at the family dinner, they raise the question: Is it the mere act of eating together that counts, or is it that strong families are already more likely to have a family dinner?
  • Study Links Pot Smoking to Gum Disease
    A study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association shows that routine smokers of marijuana have a higher risk of gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. Researchers speculate that pot smoking could negatively affect the body's immune system and inflammatory response.
  • Fuel Costs Have Airlines Teaming Up
    A merger between Delta and Northwest could be announced within weeks. A merger would result in the biggest airline in the world. United and Continental are also in talks. Major airlines, hit hard by fuel costs and the slowing economy, hope consolidation can improve business.
  • Three Companies Indicted in Tainted Pet Food Case
    Last year, thousands of pets died after eating canned pet food tainted with a chemical used for household cleaning. A federal grand jury in Kansas City has indicted three companies for their roles in producing and distributing the tainted pet food.
  • Foreign Investments in U.S. Banks Draw Attention
    As major U.S. financial firms stagger under the weight of the lending crisis, government-owned funds from the Middle East to China are stepping in to invest billions in the faltering banking giants. But these "sovereign wealth funds" are raising concerns.

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