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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Scdanlan House B and BRegulations are inconsistent when it comes to B&Bs
    When visitors stay at one of Minnesota's bed and breakfasts, they might be staying at a facility that a state or local fire official has inspected. But chances are just as good that they are not.6:50 a.m.
  • RhymesayersChina looks to model hip-hop program at St. Paul college
    The hip-hop program at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul is the only one like it in the U.S. But soon there could be one like it in China.7:25 a.m.
  • Mixed results for parties in Wisconsin recall elections
    Both of the Democratic Wisconsin state senators up for recall elections have survived. The Democrats targeted in yesterday's election were among the 14 senators who fled the state in February in opposition to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal curbing public employee collective bargaining rights. Yesterday's elections marked the last in an unprecedented series of nine recall elections held this summer in legislative districts across Wisconsin.7:45 a.m.
  • Highlights of news from Minnesota Today
    American Crystal Farmers are keeping mum over a worker lockout. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is promoting a new biofuels initiative. And heated debate is breaking out over a proposed no-wake zone in Sterns County.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Texas Job Growth Trend Stretches Back For Decades
    Private sector job growth is a centerpiece of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign. But the state has a consistent history in that area that can be traced back at least 20 years.
  • Supercommittee At Risk With Campaign Donors
    The 12 lawmakers on the deficit-fighting supercommittee will also be raising funds for their next campaigns. And with huge spending cuts seemingly inevitable from the supercommittee, they'll likely face pressure to bite the hands that feed them money.
  • Greenlanders Divided On Arctic Oil, Gas Exploration
    The fast-changing world is in cringing on the Arctic. Companies are exploring for minerals and oil and gas reserves. People in Greenland are watching anxiously – wondering what this means for them. There are environmental concerns but hopes that oil revenue would help the economy.
  • 'Senna' Captures Racing Legend's Personality
    Brazil's Ayrton Senna was the boy genius of Formula One racing. He won three world championships before he died in a crash in 1994 at age 34.
  • Manuscript Casts Doubt On Butch Cassidy's Ending
    The classic movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ends with Butch dying in a Bolivian shootout. But Brent Ashworth, a rare books dealer in Utah, recently found a manuscript, which he says might have been written by Butch Cassidy — who did not die in Bolivia, but went on to live a quiet life in Washington state.
  • Alleged Arms Dealer's Past Debated Before Trial
    Viktor Bout, a Russian dubbed the "Merchant of Death," is due in a federal court in New York on Wednesday. At a hearing, prosecutors will ask a judge to let them present evidence to a jury of Bout's past involvement in weapons trafficking. But Bout says the law is being stretched too far.
  • U.S. Waits For Iraqi Decision On Troop Departure
    One year after the Obama administration pulled the last U.S. combat troops out of Iraq, about 48,000 forces still remain in that country. Unless the Iraqi government requests them to stay, these troops are scheduled to leave by the end of the year.
  • Joe Biden Begins 9-Day Asian Tour In China
    China holds more than $1 trillion in U.S. treasuries, making it the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt. Among the items on the vice-president's agenda: assuring China its money is safe.
  • Sarkozy, Merkel Want Balanced Budgets For Eurozone
    European financial market-watchers are monitoring reaction to Tuesday's meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two leaders are trying to stop the European debt crisis from expanding.
  • How The Merger Of Two Health Care Giants May Affect Your Wallet
    Express Scripts and Medco Health Services manage the prescription drug coverage that health insurance companies offer to large organizations. The two firms say their plans for a $29 billion merger will help control health care costs for consumers. But will bigger really be better?

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