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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • How they voted in 2006Why Dems rule the city -- Republicans, the outer ring
    Is there something about breathing city air that turns you into a Democrat? Something about the suburbs that breeds Republicans?6:40 a.m.
  • Rockie LynneRising country star pens song for 35W bridge benefit CD
    A new CD benefits the survivors and families of the 35W bridge collapse. The first track on the CD, and the only one written especially for this project, is by country music singer Rockie Lynne.6:50 a.m.
  • Investigation continues into school bus accident that killed four
    The Minnesota State Patrol will continue its investigation today of a school bus accident which killed four students and injured more than a dozen others.7:20 a.m.
  • SCSU class on ethnic studiesSCSU seeks to teach tolerance
    Officials at St. Cloud State University say the best way to respond to a string of racially biased graffiti that's appeared on campus in recent months, is in the classroom.7:23 a.m.
  • Northwest planes are lined up at their gates.Pilots stalling Northwest and Delta merger
    Sources say an impasse between pilots at Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines is putting a proposed merger between the two companies in "serious jeopardy." The pilots at the two airlines still need to agree on how to consolidate their seniority lists, if the airlines combine. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Martin Moylan for an update on the story.7:50 a.m.
  • 'Rain of Seagulls'Celebrating and satirizing Anton Chekhov
    Actors and musicians in Minneapolis are using the dark heart of winter as the perfect setting for celebrating and satirizing the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.7:55 a.m.
  • Sens.  Barack Obama and Hillary ClintonPetty attacks mark the presidential race
    Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton meet Thursday in a debate in Texas. Texas and Ohio are the next big contests in the Democratic race for president. So far, the candidates have generally been civil to one another, despite the tight contest. But commentator Peter Smith says that could be about to change.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • New Pakistan Coalition Could Spell End for Musharraf
    After winning the most seats in Pakistan's general election, the party of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is putting together a coalition that could restore the judges President Pervez Musharraf sacked last year. The judges, in turn, could throw Musharraf out of office.
  • Ohio Primary May Be Key to Nomination Process
    For the first time in decades, the Ohio presidential primary may prove to be crucial. Even supporters of Hillary Clinton acknowledge that a defeat in Ohio could end her chances.
  • Julie Christie: After Decades, Oscar's 'Darling' Again?
    One of this year's Oscar nominees has a long history with the statuette: Julie Christie won an Academy Award more than four decades ago, and has been nominated twice since. Now she's up for a fourth award — for a film about a four-decade marriage.
  • Candidates Weigh Taking Federal Campaign Money
    Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain have not taken federal campaign financing funds. The money is appealing, but if campaigns take it, they are limited as to how much money they can spend.
  • Retaliation Case Reaches Supreme Court
    The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether workers who claim they are fired for complaining about racial discrimination may sue for damages under a key civil rights statute.
  • North Carolina Tries to Lure Military Contractors
    Eastern North Carolina is gearing up for an influx of military personnel as the Pentagon closes bases around the country. The state is banking on military contractors to follow them and has launched an aggressive strategy to get their business.
  • Price of Oil Ends Day at Record High
    The price of oil ended trading at a record high of $100.01 per barrel on Tuesday. Analysts say supply fears helped push prices up. If the prices stay above $100, companies and consumers could face higher costs.
  • Sellers Boycott eBay over New Policies
    Online auction site eBay has changed the way it charges sellers a percentage of their take and will no longer allow sellers to rate buyers. A group of sellers began a weeklong boycott of the site on Monday.
  • Chief Beer Officer Does Best Work Before Lunch
    Scott Kerkmans was recently named as chief beer officer for the hotel chain Four Points by Sheraton. If you drink a beer in one of the hotels, chances are it was chosen after one of Kerkmans' rigorous morning tasting sessions. Yes, he drinks in the morning.
  • Australia Allowing Heavier Mail Carriers
    Australia is easing up on weight restrictions for new mail carriers. The old weight limit — 198 pounds — was determined by how much weight motorcycles could safely carry. The union had complained that made it hard to recruit new carriers.

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