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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minnesota led on crack and cocaine sentencing fairness
    President Barack Obama is expected to sign a bill that would reduce the disparities between sentences for crimes involving possession of crack cocaine compared to powdered cocaine.7:20 a.m.
  • Pride of Baltimore IITall ships sail into Duluth harbor
    More than 100,000 visitors are expected to flock into Duluth this weekend for the festival, likely to be the city's biggest summer attraction. It opens today with a grand arrival of all nine.7:25 a.m.
  • A closer look at DFL candidates' education proposals
    The three Democrats vying to be their party's nominee for Minnesota governor in this fall's election are battling over their education credentials. Two of those three, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza, are running ads that focus on the issue. Margaret Anderson Kelliher is talking about her education proposals on the campaign trail.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Oil Industry Rethinks Cost, Risk Of Drilling In U.S.
    Tighter regulations and tougher safety standards in the aftermath of the Gulf spill could mean higher costs for companies engaged in offshore oil drilling. As a result, oil production could shift to countries with less governmental oversight and fewer safeguards.
  • Gulf Residents Face Quandary: Sue Or Settle?
    The administrator of BP's compensation fund is trying to persuade Gulf Coast residents not to sue the company, but to take a settlement instead. But many in the region affected by the oil spill say it's too early to pinpoint their damages.
  • Secret Jails Used To Enforce China's 'Hidden Rules'
    On the surface, they appear to be simply farmyards, hotels or guesthouses run by provincial governments. In fact, they are part of a network of extrajudicial detention centers known as "black jails," where local governments hold people who come to Beijing to complain about abuses.
  • During CPR, Locking Lips May Not Be Necessary
    Many people are uncomfortable with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, so they don't attempt CPR at all. Two big studies show that a streamlined, hands-only CPR method could be just as good. Experts hope the findings will get more bystanders to try CPR -- and, in the end, save more lives.
  • U.S. Turns Up Heat On Internet Imam Awlaki
    Last month, U.S. lawyers got a series of unexpected phone calls from Yemen. The father of Anwar al-Awlaki -- a cleric with al-Qaida ties who appears on a CIA "capture or kill" list -- was asking for legal advice as he seeks to protect his son.
  • U.S. Steps Up Pressure On Iraq Stalemate
    It's been nearly five months since Iraq's the general elections, but the country's politicians have been unable to agree on much of anything, including who will be the next prime minister. Iraqi officials say the Obama administration is stepping up pressure to end the stalemate.
  • Toyota Recalls 400,000 Vehicles
    Toyota is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles, due to steering system trouble. The cars involved are mostly higher-end Avalon sedans -- from model years 2000 to 2004. Toyota says the steering lock bar could break under certain conditions.
  • In Mass., A Debate Over 'Right To Repair' Law
    Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would give independent auto mechanics access to the same repair data as dealerships. This has been a recurring point of tension between the auto companies and companies that make parts and small repair shops.
  • Bush-Era Tax Cuts Examined
    Tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 are to expire in January unless Congress renews some or all of them. The cost of extending them by a decade: nearly $3 trillion. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, offers his insight.
  • Report: Goldman Cracks Down On E-Mail Language
    Goldman Sachs is telling employees they can't use swear words in their e-mails, instant messages or text messages, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move could stem from recent congressional hearings in which Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) read Goldman e-mails that dismissively referred to a mortgage security the company was marketing.

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