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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Alex RodriguezYankees rally to beat Twins 6-4
    With a final score of 6-4, the Twins opened the playoffs last night in a familiar way -- with a loss to the Yankees. It was the Twins' 10th straight loss in the playoffs.7:20 a.m.
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities campusU of M prepares to ask legislators for funding increase
    University of Minnesota officials plan to ask lawmakers for $1.2 billion in funding for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, an increase of about $50 million a year over what the school receives now.7:25 a.m.
  • Campaign managers assess outlook of gubernatorial race
    Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner campaigns in northwestern Minnesota today, with stops in Thief River Falls, Moorhead, and East Grand Forks. Republican Tom Emmer will talk to Best Buy employees in Richfield. And DFL candidate Mark Dayton makes an appearance on MPR's Midday for the program's "Meet the Candidates" series. The candidates' three campaign managers came into the studio to talk about their strategies heading into the final weeks of the election.7:40 a.m.
  • Study links health to wealth in the Twin Cities
    Researchers mapped health department statistics and median income data from the Census. ZIP codes with median incomes $35,000 or less had average life expectancies of less than 75 years.8:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Ala. Family Of Four Struggles In Economic Climate
    Darryl Pendergrass, his wife and their two boys live on his $43,000-a-year salary, right about the median income for the state. But because of state budget shortfalls, he hasn't had a raise in five years. His wife says that has meant giving up some of the niceties they once enjoyed.
  • Americans Underestimate U.S. Wealth Inequality
    The term wealth inequality refers to the unequal distribution of financial assets among a group of people. In the U.S., the top 20 percent of people have 85 percent of the wealth. Harvard professor Michael Norton, co-author of a forthcoming paper on misconceptions about wealth equality, talks to Steve Inskeep about what Americans think they know about wealth inequality.
  • Few Traces Of Past Glory In Mogadishu
    A high-speed tour of the city does not include famous landmarks that inspire national pride. Instead, it's filled with what used to be and places where terrible things happened.
  • Halladay Pitches Second No-Hitter Of The Season
    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds. It's only the second no-hitter in post-season baseball. The Phillies beat the Reds 4-0. Halladay threw another perfect game on May 29.
  • Unseen Hughes Poem Details Sylvia Plath's Suicide
    British magazine The New Statesman has published a previously unseen poem by Ted Hughes. Called "Last Letter," the poem deals with the three days leading up to the suicide of his first wife, fellow poet Sylvia Plath.
  • A Lively First Debate For Florida's 3 Senate Hopefuls
    Florida stands out among the Senate races this midterm election season, in part because it's a three-way contest. Polls show Republican Marco Rubio as the front-runner, with Democrat Kendrick Meek trailing. In the middle, both in the polls and in politics, is Gov. Charlie Crist.
  • 'Scare Tactics' Call For Scary Music
    As one of the latest ads from one interest group shows, a little ominous background music (especially around Halloween) can reinforce an ominous message that's designed to spook voters.
  • Justice Department Investigates Foreclosures
    Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is investigating reports that mortgage lenders may have improperly evicted homeowners. Several of the nation's biggest lenders halted evictions after media reports showed that they were using so-called robo-signers to push through foreclosure paperwork.
  • Facebook Ups Users Privacy Protections
    Facebook has unveiled new privacy settings that allow users to control who sees their material, and how much information third parties can gather on them.
  • Central Bankers Probe Chances Of A Currency War
    As finance ministers and central bankers from around the world arrive in Washington D.C. for the fall meetings of the International Monetary Fund, there are rumors of a currency war. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Renee Montagne about currency issues.

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