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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Chip CravaackCivil tone marks Cravaack's town hall meeting in NE Minn.
    The new Republican congressman was warmly received by an audience in the state's 8th Congressional District, a traditional DFL stronghold.6:45 a.m.
  • Analysis of Wisconsin recall elections
    Democrats in Wisconsin did not win enough seats in recall elections Tuesday to take over the state senate. Democrats picked up two seats, but needed three.7:20 a.m.
  • Main administration buildingBoy Scouts give historic outpost a new mission
    The Boy Scouts successfully navigated the bureaucratic thicket that manages the historic Upper Post, opening their new North Star Council Base Camp in October.7:25 a.m.
  • Evangelist a big influence on Bachmann
    A profile in the New Yorker magazine of Republican presidential candidate and 6th District Rep. Michelle Bachmann explores some of the key things she's read or saw which shaped her political philosophy.7:45 a.m.
  • Sanford hospital labor dispute dragging on
    There's still no progress in the labor dispute between Sanford Bemidji Hospital and about 230 of its registered nurses. Last month the nurses voted to reject Sanford's contract offer and instead authorize a strike. Now, officials with the Minnesota Nurses Association union say they're planning an informational picket for August 17.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • While London Calms Down, Riots Spread Across UK
    There were 10,000 more police officers out on the streets of London Tuesday night. They are trying to stop days of rioting. Gangs of youths have attacked police, burnt buildings and looted stores in escalating violence since Saturday night.
  • British MP Recalls Riots Nearly 3 Decades Ago
    London's recent riots grew after a peaceful vigil outside Tottenham police station spiraled out of control. Twenty-six years ago, a similar riot in the area sparked a lasting debate about policing and social integration in Britain. David Lammy, a life-long resident of Tottenham and its Member of Parliament, talks to Steve Inskeep about the social and economic problems within his community.
  • Debt Downgrade: A Spark For Political Compromise?
    "The silver lining to the downgrade is it'll make us face reality in Washington," says GOP freshman Andy Harris. Many in Washington — and on Wall Street — are pinning their hopes on a supercommittee being created to come up with ways to cut the deficit.
  • Levine To Succeed Merwin As U.S. Poet Laureate
    Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine will be named the country's new poet laureate by the Library of Congress Wednesday. He will succeed W.S. Merwin this fall.
  • Assateague's Wild Horses Get Too Close To Company
    The famed beach-dwelling animals are visited by around 2 million tourists per year — and they've picked up some bad habits because of it. The horses will poke their heads into cars or unzip tents hunting for junk food. And tourists who enjoy seeing them up close forget they're wild animals, park rangers say.
  • Wireless, Landline Jobs Caught Up In Verizon Strike
    Verizon landline workers are on strike. They say their service is the bedrock of the company's booming wireless business. They don't want to give up benefits just because they work on a less profitable side of the business now. Management says to stay competitive, the 45,000 landline workers can't be paid as if the company is still a monopoly.
  • Polar Bear Scientist Faces New Questions
    The author of a scientific study suggesting that dead polar bears he saw had drowned swimming long distances to find ice is under investigation. He's been suspended from his job amid questions about how a research contract was awarded. His supporters say he's being targeted because the dead bears became a symbol of climate change.
  • Scientists Explore Why Single Cells Band Together
    Researchers are discovering how multicellular organisms evolved.The first evidence of multicellularity happened about 2 billion years ago.
  • During Rally, Apple Briefly Supplants Exxon Mobile
    For evidence of the volatile swings of Tuesday's stock market, consider that for a short time, Apple became the most valuable American company, surpassing Exxon Mobil. The day's trading spanned 600 points, as investors rallied from two days of steep declines and digested guidance from the Federal Reserve.
  • Fed Vows To Keep Interest Rates Near Zero
    The Federal Reserve has announced it will hold short-term interest rates near zero until 2013 — a highly unusual decision. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about what Tuesday's Fed announcement means for markets, and the economy.

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