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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Al FrankenFranken to pay $70K in back taxes in 17 states
    DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken says he is paying tens of thousands of dollars in back income taxes to more than a dozen states. Franken says he became aware of the taxes owed after a recent review of his books following other tax problems.7:20 a.m.
  • TracksU of M to make its case for alternate LRT route
    University of Minnesota officials disagree with the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor route through the U of M campus, as the clock ticks on the application for funding.7:25 a.m.
  • Rep. Neva WalkerAfrican Americans more likely to end up in child protection
    African-American children are six times more likely to enter the child protection system in Minnesota than their white counterparts.7:50 a.m.
  • Boarded houseStudy predicts 28,000 Minn. foreclosures this year
    There were more than 38,000 foreclosures in Minnesota between 2005 and 2007, according to new numbers from a group of state housing organizations. The study suggests there will be 28,282 home foreclosures this year.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Expresses Outrage at Ex-Pastor's Speech
    At a news conference Tuesday in North Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama strongly condemned recent remarks by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In recent days, Wright had sought to defend controversial comments he made in the past.
  • A Candidate on the Campaign Trail
    Running for president, even six months before the general election, can seem like a marathon. NPR followed Sen. Hillary Clinton during one jam-packed day, from North Carolina to Indiana.
  • Heparin Victims' Relatives Urge Drug-Safety Reform
    Lawmakers investigating drug safety heard for the first time Tuesday from family members of patients killed by the tainted blood-thinner Heparin. Meantime, the drug maker Baxter International said the contamination appeared to be deliberate.
  • Credit Problems Squeeze Retailers, Too
    A record 7,000 U.S. stores could close this year, a retail analyst predicts, citing cuts in consumer spending and retailers' struggles to borrow money and fend off competition.
  • China Expands Effort to Make Olympics Smoke-Free
    Beijing is pledging a tobacco-free Olympics, and as part of that promise, the city will expand its existing smoking ban in certain public areas Thursday. But past government smoking bans have been widely ignored.
  • Iran Pushes for Gas Line Through Pakistan, India
    Iran's president visited India and Pakistan this week in hopes of sealing a billion-dollar gas pipeline deal, which would link Iran to growing South Asian nations. The deal is opposed by the United States.
  • At Camp Victory, Counting Blessings — and Days
    The Arkansas National Guard's 39th Combat Brigade Team has returned to Iraq roughly three years after deployment. On this tour, the soldiers have lighter duty, which has sparked both relief and resentment among the ranks.
  • GDP Report: Economy in Low Gear or Reverse?
    The government on Wednesday releases its estimate of economic growth in the first three months of the year. The gross domestic product is the total value of all goods and services produced — everything from autos built to manicures sold.
  • Sluggish GDP Growth May Bring a Rate Cut
    The government's latest estimate on the GDP — gross domestic product is 0.6 percent, the second in a row of slight growth. That allows the economy to skirt the classic definition of recession. But it still points to an overall slowdown, which may prompt the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates again today.
  • Hurdles Mount for Starbucks as Economy Sputters
    There's no doubt that Starbucks is having problems. It's just a matter of whether they're grande or venti. Store sales are flagging. And the economic downturn could make matters worse if consumers decide that "affordable" luxuries like lattes aren't so affordable anymore.

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