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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rep. Tim WalzWalz fights anti-incumbent sentiment in 1st District
    Local Republicans hope anti-incumbent sentiments will help them defeat 1st District Rep. Tim Walz. With the polls showing voters angry with Democrats and their stewardship of national priorities, Republicans think the tables could be turning in their favor.7:20 a.m.
  • Tech High SchoolFormer superintendent returns to St. Cloud schools
    The St. Cloud school board turned to former Superintendent Bruce Watkins to help during a period of ups and downs and an unexpected departure of the superintendent.7:25 a.m.
  • Lawn signs becoming a sign of division
    With November -- and Election Day -- on the horizon, political lawn signs are sprouting all over the Minnesota. They're a time-honored tradition -- literally signs of party unity. But according to essayist Peter Smith, these days you can read them as signs of division too.7:45 a.m.
  • Jim Thome, Delmon YoungTwins look to bury White Sox
    The first place Minnesota Twins take on the second place White Sox in a pivotal three-game series beginning tonight in Chicago. The Twins lead the White Sox by six games in the American League Central division with 19 games left to play.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Former Afghan Intelligence Service Chief: The Taliban 'Are Our Killers'
    The former head of the Afghan intelligence service told NPR's Renee Montagne that he opposes any sort of partnership with the Taliban.
  • Border Convictions: High Stakes, Unknown Price
    The Border Patrol's indicators of success for Operation Streamline don't always add up and neither do the numbers: No one knows just how much the program costs. The Border Patrol makes arrests, but the Justice Department and federal courts provide the logistics of convicting those who cross illegally.
  • 'Bimexicano': Rock Versions Of Mexico's Latin Classics
    Mexico celebrates the bicentennial of its independence from Spain this week. Celebrations are subdued because of the violence plaguing the country. But a new album featuring rock versions of the classics is a counterpoint to the pessimism and gloom. It features traditional Mexican songs performed and reinterpreted by international Latin artists.
  • GOP Targets Conservative-Leaning Districts In N.Y.
    Beginning in 2004, Democrats nearly erased the Republican Party's New York delegation, taking over some seats that had been held by the GOP since the Civil War. This fall, Republicans have a real shot at reclaiming three neighboring districts. Serious hurdles remain, including funding woes and a feud between the GOP and the tea party movement.
  • Health Overhaul Brings Ban On Lifetime Benefit Caps
    The elimination of limits on the value of health claims that can be paid over a lifetime is among the first provisions of the new health law to take effect.
  • Insurance Companies To Remove Benefit Caps
    On Sept. 23, insurance companies will no longer be allowed to place a lifetime limit on the benefits they pay out. For the vast majority of people with health insurance, the caps have been nothing to worry about. But lifting the limits is one of several changes taking place next week as a result of the new health care overhaul law.
  • Books, Stress, Pizza: A Recipe For The 'Freshman 15'?
    First-year college students typically gain about five pounds. That's not exactly the "freshman 15," but one psychologist says five pounds can lead to more weight gain when students fall into bad habits. And a simple awareness of weight can go a long way toward keeping off the pounds.
  • Wal-Mart Introduces Family Wireless Plan
    Wal-Mart is hoping to undercut some of the big cell phone operators with a cell phone plan of its own. The service, called Family Mobile, targets families who need multiple phones but don't want a full wireless contract. For $45, customers will get unlimited calling and text messages.
  • Cuba To Cut Half A Million Government Workers
    In an effort to pare state payrolls, Cuba has announced it will layoff 500,000 workers over the next year. Cuban leader Raul Castro last month warned layoffs would be coming and said Cuba would expand private enterprise.
  • Student Loan Defaults Rise, Especially At For-Profits
    More and more students are unable to repay the aid they get from the federal government. The Department of Education says 7 percent of students defaulted in the most recent period -- the highest number in more than a decade. But there's another troubling number: Students at for-profit schools are twice as likely to default as students at nonprofits.

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