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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Sandbag wallAlone with the Red River
    Flood-fighting efforts in the big cities get lots of attention. But all along the valley, there are thousands of farmers who live on isolated farmsteads. It might seem they're left to fight the flooding all alone. But they say, it's no different than in other major cities.6:55 a.m.
  • Preparing for the floodsThis year's flood is 'uncharted territory'
    There's a massive new effort underway in the Red River Valley. A new flood prediction has the Red River in Fargo reaching a record 41-foot crest by early Saturday. That's a foot higher than the community had been planning for.7:20 a.m.
  • Barber shopFor-profit colleges fight effort to ban state aid to students
    Some Minnesota lawmakers think students who attend private for-profit institutions, like business schools or barber colleges, shouldn't be eligible for state tuition grants.7:25 a.m.
  • Unloading bagsDikes need to go up another foot in Fargo
    Officials in Fargo and Moorhead are making another urgent call for volunteers to help fight the flooding Red River this morning. The urgency comes from the latest flood forecast, which has the Red rising to 41 feet on Saturday. The forecast is forcing officials to raise dikes a foot higher than planned.7:40 a.m.
  • Art Hounds: Week of March 26
    Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Democrat Conrad Faces Budget 'Nightmare'
    Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is one of the first lawmakers to handle President Obama's proposed $3.6 trillion budget — which carries trillions of dollars in projected deficits. Conrad is working to cut out some of that debt.
  • Obama Rallies Support As Budget Gets Tweaked
    President Obama took his budget agenda to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to round up skeptical Democrats. He seemed prepared to go along with changes as long as Congress' budget preserves down payments on his grand plan.
  • Sept. 11 Families Want Confidential Files Released
    Families of three victims of the Sept. 11 attacks are asking a judge to release secret documents about the hijackings. The aviation industry provided close to a million pages to lawyers for a pending lawsuit but marked them all confidential. The families say the documents contain information about who is to blame for letting the terrorists on the planes.
  • Israeli Soldiers Affirm Palestinians' Accusations
    Testimony from Israeli soldiers, as well as human rights groups and U.N. investigators, is bolstering claims made by Palestinian witnesses that the Israeli army needlessly killed and wounded civilians during the recent war in the Gaza Strip.
  • Falling Prices Leave Home Buyers, Sellers In Limbo
    House prices are falling in most places, but for some buyers in Boston and other cities, they're not falling far enough. Meantime, many who want to sell their houses are pulling back, waiting for a better market. This has buyers asking, "Where's my bargain?"
  • Trans Fat: When Zero Isn't Really Zero
    Many packaged baked goods and chips are labeled as having zero grams of trans fat, but FDA labeling rules allow for trace amounts per serving. Small doses of trans fat can add up if you eat lots of snack food. A better method? Read the label and avoid foods with partially hydrogenated oils.
  • Does Getting Angry Make You Angrier?
    Everyone seems to have a different tactic for venting their anger. Some people smash dishes, others yell and scream. But current research suggests that all that venting could be making us angrier.
  • Dealing With Job Cuts In U.S., France
    IBM, the nation's biggest technology employer, is expected to announce layoffs of about 5,000 workers, or 4 percent of its U.S. workforce. Many of the positions will be transferred to India. In France, workers have their own way of dealing with job cuts. A local manager for the U.S. technology company 3M was temporarily held hostage by workers who were upset over layoffs.
  • Charlotte, N.C., Job Woes Go Beyond Banking
    Unemployment is up sharply, but people are still moving to the former banking boomtown. That makes life even tougher for Deborah Hadden. She's so afraid of losing her home, she'll take any job — even one paying half what she used to make.
  • Swiss Watchmaker Consults Indian Astrology
    Last week, a Swiss watchmaker unveiled a line of watches that incorporates elements of a traditional Indian astrological calendar. On the face of these mechanical timepieces, there's a small window that fills up with color at the start of a 90-minute period in which many Indians believe dark astral forces could strike.

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