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Monday, May 21, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Tax confereesDFL ready to end session without final agreement with governor
    It's the final day of the 2007 Legislative session, and lawmakers will be scrambling to get their work done before the midnight deadline for adjournment. It'll be up to Gov. Pawlenty to decide whether he will accept their bills.6:25 a.m.
  • Still bills to pass as the end of the legislative session nears
    The clock is ticking as lawmakers try to wrap up the 2007 legislative session, and after a weekend of late-night talks, legislative leaders and Gov. Pawlenty have yet to reach an agreement on the budget.7:20 a.m.
  • John KueblerHigh scrap prices are a mixed blessing
    Rising almost as fast as the price of scrap metal is the theft of those materials. A southern Minnesota salvage operator has found that out firsthand.7:38 a.m.
  • DeportedRefugee loses his bid to stay in Minnesota
    A man who feared for his life in his native Afghanistan fled that country and made his home in Minnesota for 17 years. But just over a month ago, the Department of Homeland Security deported him because of an old drug conviction. He claims he's innocent, and is trying to return to the U.S.7:52 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Pentagon Studies Long-Term Commitment in Iraq
    The White House and Pentagon are under increasing pressure from Congress and the public to end U.S. military involvement in Iraq. But the Pentagon is considering maintaining a core group of forces in Iraq, possibly for decades.
  • Iraq Called On to Divide Oil Wealth
    Iraq's oil should be a huge source of revenue for the war-torn country. But after months of negotiations, Iraqi officials haven't decided how oil revenues should be shared among the Kurd, Shiite and Sunni populations. Iraq is among the world's top producers of oil.
  • Private Bridge on Canada Border a Security Concern
    The Ambassador Bridge in Detroit is a key link in the busiest trade route between the U.S. and Canada. It's also privately owned --and that has raised questions about who is responsible for ensuring the security of the potential terrorist target.
  • Lebanon Attacks Militants in Refugee Camp
    Lebanese soldiers stepped up an artillery attack Monday on a crowded Palestinian refugee camp thought to house militants linked to al-Qaida, killing at least five civilians. It was the second day of the siege in the Nahr el-Bared camp near the northern city of Tripoli.
  • Wolfowitz Shunned by European Developers
    As European development ministers meet in Berlin on Monday, one key figure was bluntly uninvited: World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. Europeans are backing the U.S. choice for Wolfowitz's successor but they want to see someone who was more conciliatory than Wolfowitz was.
  • Brazil Presses AIDS Drug Makers to Cut Prices
    Brazil's president issues a license allowing the country to purchase a generic version of an AIDS drug, despite a U.S. company's patent. Thailand has taken similar steps. Both countries say they're simply taking advantage of the legal options available to them. The drug companies say their intellectual property rights are being violated.
  • Private Equity Group to Buy Alltel
    Private equity money is making its largest foray yet into the wireless business. The companies Goldman Sachs and TPG Capital agreed Sunday to purchase Alltel, for more than $27 billion. Private equity is gobbling up companies of all types these days. They have announced a total of $392 billion of takeovers already this year, including last week's high-profile buyout of Chrysler.
  • U.S., China to Discuss Trade Issues
    High level Chinese officials are set to meet this week in Washington with their American counterparts. The two sides will try to seek solutions to major trade problems. The U.S. wants concessions from China while the Chinese are concerned about a bullying tone from the U.S.
  • Online Shopping for Clothes Tops Computers
    For the first time online shoppers bought more clothes than computer hardware and software, demonstrating consumers have reached a new level of comfort buying merchandise over the Internet. Merchants have made it easier for consumers by installing features such as a virtual dressing room, and also offering free returns.
  • DriverTV.com Seals the Deal
    Most car buyers do some research online before they choose from the 280 different types of cars available in the U.S. But now, thanks to the makers of DriverTV.com, you can do all of your research online before you buy a car, including test drives. The site made its debut last week and features high-definition video clips of new-car models and footage of the car whizzing along a stretch of road. You are guaranteed not to have to leave your chair before you buy.

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