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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Jason ChristiansenAs Iraq, Afghan wars cycle down, anti-suicide program for Minn. veterans ramps up
    New figures obtained by MPR News show that among veterans connected to the VA and other medical centers in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Fargo and Sioux Falls, 126 have committed suicide over the last decade.6:20 a.m.
  • Tom KeithA montage of Tom Keith's work
    Tom Keith, a mainstay for years on Minnesota Public Radio, died Sunday. Here are some examples of Tom Keith's impressive talents, starting with an appearance earlier this year doing sound effects on "A Prairie Home Companion."7:20 a.m.
  • Tom KeithSue Scott reflects on the life of Tom Keith
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with actor Sue Scott about her relationship with Tom Keith and what it was like to work with him.7:25 a.m.
  • Dave LambTiny technology is one of 3M's biggest assets
    3M makes more than 50,000 products, but one of the company's most important technologies is at the core of a wide range of products, including road signs, grinders, and overhead projectors.7:45 a.m.
  • Arden Hills offers Vikings owner potential beyond stadium
    Talks continue this week between the governor and state lawmakers over where to build and how to finance a new Vikings stadium. Gov. Mark Dayton has repeatedly said he's open to building a stadium in either downtown Minneapolis or Arden Hills. But the Vikings are solidly behind the site in Arden Hills. Owner Zygi Wilf is a real estate developer who says he sees big potential in the former Army ammunition plant site.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Cain On The Defensive Over Harassment Allegation
    Businessman Herman Cain's candidacy has been surging in the polls for the past several weeks. But the GOP presidential hopeful's campaign struggled Monday to address questions raised by an article in Politico. The article alleges that Cain harassed two female employees during his tenure at the National Restaurant Association. Cain responded to the charges in appearances on Fox News Channel and the National Press Club.
  • Greek Referendum Could Jeopardize Bailout Deal
    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says he will ask the public to vote in a referendum on last week's European debt deal. His surprise announcement could throw a wrench into the bailout agreement. The bankers holding Greek debt agreed to accept losses on Greek bonds on the assumption that the country would carry out austerity measures. For the latest, Steve Inskeep talks with reporter Joanna Kakissis in Athens.
  • As Population, Consumption Rise, Builder Goes Small
    As the world's population tops 7 billion people, population experts are worried about inevitable increases in cars, computers, bigger homes and a drain on resources. In an effort to combat this, one California company is producing small, energy-efficient homes — some as tiny as 300 square feet.
  • At 101, And 15,000 Babies, An OB-GYN Works On
    Dr. Walter Watson started bringing babies into the world in 1947. Nearly everyone in Augusta, Ga., he says, has been touched by his work.
  • MF Global A U.S. Casualty Of EU's Debt Crisis
    MF Global, the securities firm run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, was forced to file for bankruptcy protection Monday. The company, at Corzine's urging, made big investments in European sovereign debt. Those bets turned out to be losers. Analysts don't believe MF Global is a harbinger of bad things to come. It was much more exposed to European debt than most U.S. financial companies. Zoe Chace reports for NPR's Planet Money.
  • Official Admits 'Mistake' In Gun-Trafficking Case
    Lanny A. Breuer, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's criminal division, said he found out in April 2010 that ATF agents had let more than 400 guns connected to suspicious buyers cross the Southwest border during the Bush years. But, he said, he didn't tell senior leadership at the department.
  • Supreme Court To Weigh Case Of False Testimony
    Justices hear arguments Tuesday in a U.S. Supreme Court case that sounds more like a John Grisham novel. At issue is whether police investigators have total immunity from being sued for giving false testimony before a grand jury.
  • Motorola Mobility Announces Layoffs
    Motorola Mobility is laying off 800 workers worldwide, according to a regulatory filing by the company. Once part of Motorola, the company spun off earlier this year into a separate, publicly traded company. It makes products for television, and mobile devices like the Droid Razor smartphone.
  • Colo. Tax Vote Pits Business Leaders Vs. Education
    Colorado voters are deciding Tuesday whether to raise taxes to help fund schools. Proposition 103 is the nation's only statewide tax vote this November, and it's setting off a battle between business leaders worried about the economy and education interests saying the economy will never recover without well-funded schools. Kirk Siegler of member station KUNC reports that the measure is also seen as a barometer for the nation's mood on taxes.
  • Starbucks Hopes To Kick-Start Job Creation
    The company is teaming up with a network of community-based financial institutions, and beginning Tuesday anyone can make a tax-deductable contribution at a Starbucks store or online to the Create Jobs for USA Fund. The money will go to companies so they can hire or retain American workers.

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