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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • 'The first woman president'Female friends conflicted over Clinton candidacy
    This could be a make-or-break day for Hillary Clinton. After a long losing streak, she is hoping to make a comeback in the Texas and Ohio primaries. Minnesota Public Radio recently asked a group of women to reflect on Clinton's campaign to be America's first female president.7:20 a.m.
  • John B. Baird IIWhy does this man live in Minnesota?
    One family in Minnesota can trace its roots to a man who came to the state from Philadelphia in the 19th century, because he was told that the climate could cure tuberculosis.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Divisions Persist over Home-Loan Assistance Effort
    The Hope Now Alliance, a group of lenders organized by the Bush administration to help borrowers struggling to stay current with home mortgages, says it has helped 1 million homeowners since July. But critics say the effort isn't doing enough to address a crisis.
  • Nonprofits Find Upside in Real Estate Slump
    One silver lining in the real estate crisis is that nonprofits are finding great land deals. Developers who had been sitting on tracts of land slated for development are dumping the parcels at fire-sale prices. Habitat for Humanity, which builds housing for needy families, is aggressively buying properties it couldn't afford a few years ago.
  • Taliban's Shifting Tactics Define Afghanistan Conflict
    There are fewer battles, yet it's far bloodier in Afghanistan than at any time since 2001. Taliban insurgents have discovered that it's easier to paralyze the nation with bombs than to fight Western and Afghan troops.
  • Vatican, Muslims Plan for Talks with Pope
    Muslim representatives and Vatican officials meet Tuesday for talks that will hopefully lead to an unprecedented Catholic-Islamic meeting later this year focusing on terrorism. The meetings are an attempt to improve relations after a 2006 speech by Pope Benedict XVI in which he quoted an ancient emperor's criticism of Islam.
  • Pentagon Flags China's Rapid Military Build-Up
    China's defense budget is now the world's second largest, according to the Pentagon. The Chinese government claims it will spend $59 billion on defense this year, but Pentagon officials believe the number is closer to $100 billion to $180 billion.China's rapidly growing military budget, along with the secrecy surrounding it, is creating great concern for stability in Asia.
  • Water Lines Remain Shattered in New Orleans
    Pipe leaks in New Orleans are so bad that the city is losing millions of gallons of fresh water a day. The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board is struggling to rebuild a system that was a mess even before Hurricane Katrina.
  • Southern States May Take Water Dispute to Court
    Alabama, Georgia and Florida have been battling for more than a decade over how to share water. Georgia says it needs more water to satisfy the needs of Atlanta and its suburbs. But Alabama and Florida say Georgia has done a poor job of planning for growth and that the state's water demands shortchange other states. Now the dispute may end up in court.
  • Oil Prices Hit All-Time High
    Oil has hit a true record, with crude oil futures briefly hitting $103.95 a barrel Monday. That's higher than the inflation-adjusted record set in April 1980. Prices eventually settled Monday at $102.45 a barrel. A weakening dollar is partly responsible, as investors pour their money into hard assets like oil.
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Uphold New Loan Code
    It's widely believed that inflated home appraisals played a major role in the mortgage meltdown. Now, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two heavyweights in the mortgage finance business, have agreed that they will purchase only those loans that meet new standards for independent appraisals.
  • Despite Fed Assurances, Stagflation Fears Grow
    The combination of a slowdown in manufacturing and a rise in prices is causing some economy watchers to worry that stagflation might be on the horizon. Stagflation is when inflation and a recession attack, leaving the economy severely weakened. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with NPR's Renee Montagne about whether the economy is facing stagflation.

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