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Friday, March 16, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rollercoaster temperatures
    Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about the week in weather.6:55 a.m.
  • Pawlenty introduces McCainPawlenty praises McCain in Iowa campaign stop
    Pawlenty is the co-chair of McCain's presidential exploratory committee and says he made the trip to give McCain encouragement. Pawlenty's latest trip increases speculation and criticism over his national ambitions.7:20 a.m.
  • John G. and Minnie Gluek houseNew life for the Gluek house
    The John G. and Minnie Gluek house is being sold for only the second time. Its new owners will move into a home that has been virtually untouched since its construction in 1902.7:45 a.m.
  • Mark WoodMoorhead orchestra students rock
    Moorhead orchestra students learn to rock and roll.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • GOP Infighting Blamed for VA Funding Woes
    Veterans' advocates and some members of Congress say the federal government has systematically underfunded health-care budgets for military veterans for years. Some point to political maneuvering during Republicans' time in control of Congress.
  • Some in Big Easy Question Guard's Value
    National Guard troops are still visible on New Orleans streets, providing law enforcement for desolate and crime-ridden areas. But some want the military out, especially after a mentally ill man was shot.
  • Critics Fume over Marketing of 'Camel No. 9'
    Camel No. 9 is a new cigarette targeted at women. R.J. Reynolds is marketing it aggressively, with elaborate launch parties. The company says it is selling to adults, but lawmakers and public health experts say the company is targeting teen girls.
  • 'Barley' Explores Angst of IRA's Early Days
    Ken Loach's film The Wind That Shakes the Barley examines the early days of the Irish Republican Army and the radical organization's impact on the Irish people. Some British papers have criticized Loach for making the movie.
  • Western Nations Assail Zimbabwe Crackdown
    Many nations are offering fresh criticism of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's hard-line tactics. Police recently cracked down on a prayer meeting organized by the opposition, severely beating the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change.
  • Iraq's Cultural Curators Defy Sectarian Unrest
    Cultural institutions in Iraq have become key targets for insurgent bombs. And while a bombed-out book shop in Baghdad tells a grim side of the tale, the rebuilding of Iraq's National Library offers some hope.
  • Saddam's Sons Reburied; Former VP Faces Execution
    The bodies of Saddam Hussein's two sons and a grandson have been reburied near the former Iraqi leader's burial site. And an appeals court in Baghdad has upheld a decision to execute a former Iraqi vice president who was tried alongside Saddam Hussein.
  • Democratic Hopefuls Weigh In on Subprime Loans
    With foreclosure rates at their highest level in four decades, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York is calling for a "foreclosure timeout." Another Democratic presidential hopeful — Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, the Senate Banking Committee chairman — says he will hold hearings on the subprime crisis. In recent weeks at least 20 companies who specialize in high-risk mortgages have gone bust.
  • Subprime Loans: One Woman's Story
    Jennie Haliburton, a 77-year-old widow from Philadelphia, answered an ad offering to "consolidate her debt." She soon found herself with a subprime loan that she can't afford and may cost her the home she refinanced. Her lawyer, Allan White, says Halliburton should never have been granted the loan.
  • Winnebago Chief: Loan Crisis May Hurt RV Market
    Executives in many industries are wondering if a subprime mortgage-loan crisis will affect their own profits. Refinancing provides homeowners with more money, which many use to buy big-ticket items. Winnebago CEO Bruce Hertzke says he's worried, since rising energy prices have already hurt RV sales.

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