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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minnesota Rep. Michele BachmannPolitical star Michele Bachmann works convention crowd
    Eight months after she left the presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann still retains a celebrity-like following. Using that, she whipped-up support among fellow Republicans for the Romney-Ryan ticket and downplayed any notion of another presidential run in the future.7:20 a.m.
  • Minn. professor eyes Somalia presidential run
    Ahmed Samatar has been thinking about Somalia for more than 35 years, ever since he left the country to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in his 20s. After spending so much time thinking, Samatar has decided to act, leaving the ivory tower for an unusual assignment: He's running for president.7:25 a.m.
  • Minnesota Security HospitalMore injured employees, fewer doctors at Minnesota Security Hospital
    The number of employee injuries at the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous has increased rapidly this year, and the number of permanent psychiatrists has dropped from six to one.7:40 a.m.
  • Get out the voteFewer school districts seek levy referendums this year
    Minnesota voters will see fewer requests for school funding through tax levies this fall.7:45 a.m.
  • Checking boatsCheers, jeers for DNR invasive species fight in Detroit Lakes
    After a summer of watching invasive species spread to more lakes, Minnesota lake property owners worry the Department of Natural Resources and local governments are not doing enough to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Isaac Cuts Off Power To Gulf Coast Residents
    While Hurricane Issac is less powerful than Katrina which struck seven years ago, it has already cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people. In addition water has topped a levee in southeastern Louisiana.
  • Mitt Romney Wins GOP Presidential Nomination
    The Republican Party made it official Tuesday night by approving Mitt Romney as the GOP's presidential nominee. Delegates also heard from Romney's wife Ann and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
  • Why Obama Can't Always Speak Freely About Race
    Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says when Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, was killed by a white man in Florida, there was widespread dismay. But after President Obama spoke about it, the debate became intensely divisive. Steve Inskeep talks to Coates about his article "Fear of a Black President" in the latest issue of The Atlantic.
  • South Carolina Drenched By Isaac Spinoff
    A second storm detached itself from Hurricane Isaac and is moving up the Atlantic Coast. It dumped nearly eight inches of rain over South Carolina on Tuesday.
  • GOP Rising Star: Gov. Martinez Is A Former Democrat
    New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez speaks at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. The party hopes the nation's first Hispanic female governor will help showcase diversity, and in turn, attract Hispanic voters.
  • Obama Campaigns With One Eye On Hurricane Isaac
    President Obama is continuing his two-day campaign tour of college campuses in Iowa, Colorado and Virginia despite Hurricane Isaac. While he's away from the White House, aides say the president is very much in command of the response to the storm.
  • Ryan Won't Get All The Votes In Janesville, Wis.
    In Paul Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wis., where he still lives, people are still getting used to all the attention since he was placed on the GOP presidential ticket. Ryan is a figure of great admiration — even if many in Janesville are not enamored with his politics.
  • Isaac Dumps Major Rainfall Around New Orleans
    Because Isaac is moving slowly, it is dumping a lot of rain. The president of Plaquemines Parish is reporting plenty of damage. He says water washed over a levee and stranded people in that area of southeastern Louisiana.
  • G-7 Nations Want Oil Production Ramped Up
    In a statement Tuesday, the G-7 nations warned of the risks "posed by elevated oil prices." Demand for gasoline usually starts to wane at the end of the summer but right now gasoline prices are hitting new highs. Oil prices are surging because of tensions with Iran and the ongoing concerns about Hurricane Isaac.
  • White House Unveils New Fuel-Efficiency Standards
    The new rules, for cars and trucks, mandate nearly a doubling of gas efficiency by 2025. The latest requirements are a rare example of industry agreeing to tough environmental regulations.

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