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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Salah Osman AhmedTerrorism law predates 9/11
    Salah Ahmed, one of the two Somali-Americans facing terrorism charges, is expected to appear in federal court in Minneapolis Thursday for a detention hearing. Ahmed and Abdifatah Isse are charged with providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to "kill, kidnap, maim and injure."7:25 a.m.
  • Sonia SotomayorSotomayor questioned on 1987 Minnesota case
    At her Senate confirmation hearing, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has faced hours of questions about her 2001 speech "A Latina judge's voice." In addition to the oft-quoted passage about "wise Latina" women, the speech contains a reference to Minnesota.7:40 a.m.
  • Art Hounds: Puppets in Bemidji, Osmo on clarinet, Music and Movies
    This week's Art Hounds welcome In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre to Bemidji, celebrate the Walker's Summer Music and Movies, and talk up Osmo Vanska's lunchtime clarinet concert.8:25 a.m.
  • LoggingOutdoors money paves way for state's largest forest preservation deal
    For $36 million, the state gets permanent land rights and ensures public access to more than 187,000 acres of privately owned forest land scattered over seven counties in northern Minnesota.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • House Committees To Release Health Bills
    Work continues on Capitol Hill to overhaul the nation's health care system. A Senate committee on Wednesday became the first panel to complete work on a health bill. Meanwhile, three House committees launch their formal drafting sessions Thursday.
  • Health Plan Issues Divide Democrats, Republicans
    Senators Christopher Dodd and Orrin Hatch say they are committed to finding middle ground on overhauling health care. Dodd is filling in as the chairman of the Health Education and Labor Committee, while Ted Kennedy is treated for brain cancer. Hatch has been a Republican leader on health care for years. The two senators talk with Steve Inskeep about what issues need to be resolved with the health plan.
  • California Ballot Measure Targets Illegal Immigrants
    As California grapples with the mounting toll of a $26 billion budget deficit, some people are calling for a ballot initiative that would cut off all public benefits for illegal immigrants.
  • Nopalitos: Taming The Prickly Pear Cactus
    Some summer foods beg to be eaten: fresh tomatoes, sweet corn on the cob. But one virtually screams, "Leave me alone!" Nopalitos are the pads of the prickly pear cactus. In Mexico and the American Southwest, they're a staple at farmers' markets.
  • Ill. Officials Want Tougher Cemetery Regulations
    The governor of Illinois says he's behind the call for tougher regulations for cemeteries, in light of the grave selling scandal at a historically black cemetery in suburban Chicago. Investigators continue to identify the remains of as many as 300 bodies said to have been dug up at Burr Oak Cemetery so their burial plots could be resold.
  • Clinton Emerges, Reasserting Her Diplomatic Stature
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sidelined in recent weeks by a broken elbow, and some observers say, was eclipsed on the world stage by President Obama. But Clinton has emerged to assert her diplomatic role in a series of recent appearances and an upcoming trip to India and Thailand.
  • First Black President To Address NAACP Convention
    President Obama delivers the keynote address at the NAACP's convention Thursday night in New York. It's the 100th birthday of the nation's oldest civil rights organziation.
  • Foreclosures Up As Unemployment Soars
    New figures show the number of people in trouble with their mortgages continues to rise. According to foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc, more than 336,000 households received at least one foreclosure-related notice in June. That's 33 percent higher compared to June of last year.
  • Disagreement Over Plan Giving Fed More Oversight
    The Obama administration has proposed giving the Federal Reserve Board more authority for overseeing companies too big to fail. A group of investors said Wednesday that an independent board, and not the Federal Reserve, should be looking out for systemic risks to the financial system.
  • Congress Begins To Overhaul Consumer Protections
    Treasury officials have sent draft legislation to Congress to create a one-stop financial protection agency for consumers. The agency would have authority over financial products from credit cards and home mortgages to payday loans. And it could ban practices it deems unfair.

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