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Monday, March 23, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Bemidji's Indian sculptureSurvey shows race relations problems in Bemidji
    A new study asks people what they think of race relations in Bemidji. American Indians who live on the reservation, view race relations more poorly than Indians living in the community. What's the purpose of the study, and what will they do with the results?6:50 a.m.
  • SandbaggersFargo-Moorhead picks up the pace of flood preparation
    City officials in Fargo-Moorhead are describing the potential flood situation there as urgent. A rain storm changed flood forecasts on Sunday, and the Red river in Fargo-Moorhead is expected to rise higher and more quickly than previously thought.6:55 a.m.
  • DFL budget revenue the big question at the Capitol
    State lawmakers now have three budget proposals to consider as they try to solve a projected $4.6 billion deficit. But big questions remain about the new tax revenue that House and Senate Democrats say they need to make their plans work.7:20 a.m.
  • Staying putCommercial foreclosures a looming problem
    So far the number of foreclosures in Minnesota is relatively small, but it's growing.7:25 a.m.
  • Grand jury looks into missing Somali men
    The investigation into about a dozen Somali-American men missing from Minnesota has reached the level of a federal grand jury investigation. A number of men from the Twin Cities are believed to have gone back to Somalia to fight along with a terrorist group.7:35 a.m.
  • Markets with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets.8:25 a.m.
  • Flood forecast changes slightly overnight
    City officials in Fargo-Moorhead are describing the potential flood situation there as urgent. The Red River in the area is expected to rise higher and more quickly than previously thought.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Treasury Announces Toxic-Asset Cleanup Plan
    Administration officials say they want the federal government to work with private investors to buy up the toxic assets — the bad mortgages and securities that produced the credit crisis. But Congress' move to tax bonuses at bailed-out companies may stymie cooperation from private investors.
  • How Low Can Mortgage Rates Go?
    The Federal Reserve's move to buy up to $1.25 trillion in mortgage-backed securities helped lower interest rates last week to below the 5 percent level for conventional prime 30-year fixed loans. But how low will mortgage rates go?
  • Violence Continues As Drug Wars Rage In Mexico
    The Mexican drug war threatens to destabilize parts of the U.S.-Mexico border, killed more than 6,000 people last year and has prompted some to warn that Mexico could become a failed state. But President Calderon says the surge of violence is a sign that his forces are seriously disrupting the workings of the cartels.
  • States Rethinking Costly Stem Cell Programs
    A half-dozen states started their own embryonic stem cell research programs after former President Bush imposed restrictions on federal dollars. But now that President Obama has lifted the restrictions, some states are questioning those costly programs, especially since state funds are scarce.
  • Concern Grows Over Proliferation Of Fatwas
    An explosion of fatwas — the religious rulings that guide devout Muslims in all aspects of life — on TV and the Internet has led to contradictory and occasionally bizarre decrees. Now one lawmaker in Egypt is proposing a radical solution: to jail unqualified fatwa-givers.
  • Author Aims To Dispel Fallacies About Saudi Islam
    Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World, wants readers to reconsider what they think they know about countries like Saudi Arabia. It's widely known that most of the Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudis. Cole says some people abuse that fact to fuel suspicion of the Saudi government, or of the Saudi strain of Islam known as Wahhabism.
  • Mideast Investor Buys Big Stake In Daimler
    The maker of Mercedes Benz and other luxury cars is struggling with the recession and plunging auto sales. To shore up its balance sheet, Daimler has struck a major deal with a Middle Eastern investment fund. Aabar Investments of Abu Dhabi agreed to buy a stake worth more than 9 percent of the German automaker, making it Daimler's biggest single shareholder.
  • India's Tata Motors To Launch Nano Car
    The Nano — the Indian-made car that looks like a jellybean and is billed as the cheapest car in the world — is being launched today by its manufacturer Tata Motors. The Nano was unveiled early last year to huge fanfare, and its release comes six months later than planned.
  • Some New Vehicles Selling For Less Than Used Ones
    There's a highly new trend in auto sales: Many new vehicles are now selling for less than one-year-old used versions of the same makes and models. That's because the discounts and dealer incentives are so attractive to buyers. Edmunds.com analyst Michelle Krebs talks about the trend with Renee Montagne.
  • Tesla's Electric Sedan Less Than $50K After Rebate
    This week, Tesla unveils it's Model S series. The fully electric sedan is expected to sell for less than $50,000 — after the buyer factors in a $7,500 federal tax credit. The sleek Tesla Roadster was unveiled in 2006 with a price tag of more than $100,000, putting the eco-friendly car out of reach for most car buyers.

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