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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Storm cleanup continues throughout metro
    Metro area residents are cleaning up after the severe storms that ripped through the area yesterday afternoon.6:50 a.m.
  • Storm damage in MinneapolisSevere weather surprises forecasters
    Wednesday's severe weather in the Twin Cities came as surprise to forecasters. Mike Griesinger with the National Weather Service says until the tornadoes were spotted, there was very little evidence that severe weather was possible.6:55 a.m.
  • WelderJobless numbers rare good news for manufacturing
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said today the state's jobless rate dropped to 8.1 percent in July. For the first time in more than a year, the state's important manufacturing sector gained jobs.7:20 a.m.
  • Rep. John KlineKline's Rx for health reform: Start over
    U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., on Thursday called for Democrats to scrap their health insurance reform bill and draft a new one with more input from Republicans.7:25 a.m.
  • Will AllenAn urban farmer spreads some dirt in Minneapolis
    Will Allen is betting the combination of compost, worms, and a lot of hard work can change the world -- and he's in Minneapolis to prove it.7:45 a.m.
  • Kang VangArt Hounds: Hmong culture, Memorial Chapel and Randy Weeks
    This week's Art Hounds dive into Hmong culture, visit a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in Minneapolis, and tout the tunes of country troubadour Randy Weeks.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Despite Fear, Afghan Voters Chose To Vote
    Sporadic violence was reported throughout Afghanistan as voters went to the polls to elect a president. Election officials said voter turnout was light. Much of that has to do with whether voters feel safe enough to head to their polling stations. The Taliban had been threatening to disrupt the election.
  • Donkeys Enable Voting In Afghanistan's Remote Areas
    In rural areas of Afghanistan, the polling booths and ballot boxes were brought in by donkey. And in some cases, helicopters were enlisted to drop off some of the material in the remotest regions.
  • 1979: Remembering 'The Siege Of Mecca'
    Yaroslav Trofimov, a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, talks about the 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is the holiest site in Islam, and gunmen held it for two weeks. It was one of the events that gave rise to al-Qaida, and Yaroslav wrote about it in his book The Siege of Mecca.
  • Town Hall Participants Back Sen. DeMint
    Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has called health care President Obama's Waterloo. DeMint is holding health care town halls across the state. The crowd at his meeting Wednesday mostly opposed the Democrats plans for changes to the health care system.
  • Chicago Town Hall Favors Public Option
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) held a town hall meeting on health care earlier this week. Constituents came forward to tell of the health care issues they have had to endure. Most of the crowd at Jackson's meeting was in favor of a public option when it comes to changing health care.
  • TV News Pioneer Don Hewitt Dies At 86
    CBS News producer Don Hewitt died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 86. The creator of 60 Minutes got his start with the network in 1948. Hewitt worked with Edward R. Murrow, produced the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate and produced the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.
  • This Kilogram Has A Weight-Loss Problem
    Locked away in a Parisian vault, an old cylinder of metal establishes exactly what a kilogram weighs. Unfortunately, the mass of that cylinder appears to be changing. Now, a group of physicists wants to clear up the problem by redefining the kilogram, with the help of a very sensitive scale.
  • Swiss Government To Sell Its Stake In UBS
    The Swiss government has announced it is selling its stake in banking giant UBS. During the financial crisis, the government had put billions into the bank. The news comes on the heels of an announcement that UBS reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to provide the IRS with information on more than 4,400 accounts suspected of holding undeclared assets by American customers.
  • Employers Urged To Help Stop Spread Of Swine Flu
    The federal government wants the nation's employers to help in the fight against the H1N1 swine flu. It's developed a set of guidelines for businesses to follow. The major goal is to keep sick workers at home, not at work spreading the flu.
  • Web Firms Find Paths To Profits: Free Vs. Fees
    Consumers love a price of zero — but it can be tough on the bottom line. That has led some companies to provide a lot of free stuff and only charge for certain things. Other companies are resisting the pressure to give their products and services away. Two software firms illustrate the dichotomy.

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