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Monday, November 2, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • IRV VideoInstant runoff voting FAQ
    Instant runoff voting advocates are pushing for more Minnesota cities to follow suit, with the eventual goal of using it for statewide elections. Here are some frequently asked questions about it.6:20 a.m.
  • Ellen PenceSeeing shades of gray within domestic violence
    Researchers like Ellen Pence, above, say one key to preventing domestic violence is to recognize that not all abusers are alike.6:25 a.m.
  • Stephen SmithIn Minneapolis, costs of police misconduct add up
    Over the last few months, incidents involving Minneapolis officers have led to six-figure lawsuit settlements - raising questions about police culture and leadership.6:50 a.m.
  • Storm water sediment sampleNew concerns raised over blacktop sealant runoff
    A long-standing ritual of homeowners - sealing their blacktop driveways - is getting new scrutiny from the state of Minnesota because sealant from driveways and parking lots may be washing off into ponds and streams as hazardous waste.7:20 a.m.
  • Monday Market report with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street.8:25 a.m.
  • Brett FavreFavre triumphant in return to Lambeau
    The Minnesota Vikings now have a 7-1 record this season. They beat the Green Bay Packers 38-26 yesterday in Brett Favre's highly anticipated return to Lambeau Field. Favre threw four touchdown passes to lead the Vikings over the team he previously led for 16 seasons.8:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Challenger Pulls Out Of 2-Man Runoff In Afghanistan
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai will apparently remain in power. Karzai's only challenger dropped out of the runoff Sunday. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah cited concerns about a corrupt election process. Abdullah was widely expected to lose in the next round, and power sharing talks had failed.
  • Abandoning Afghan Election 'Painful,' Challenger Says
    In an NPR interview, former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah says it was "a painful decision" to abandon the fraud-marred election in advance of a scheduled runoff vote.
  • Dissident Iranians Live In Limbo In Iraq
    A group of Iranian dissidents living in Iraq since the 1980s poses a dilemma for the U.S. government. The Mujahedeen-e Khalq organization was given U.S. military protection in 2003 after the American-led invasion of Iraq, but now the Iraqi government wants it out. The trouble is that the Iranians don't want to leave.
  • All Saints Day Brings French Families Together
    While Americans spent the Halloween weekend dressing up and dishing out candy, families in France have a different tradition. On All Saints Day they gather at family graves, in a gesture of remembrance. The occasion is usually not somber and melancholy, but more a celebration of family ties.
  • Yankees 1 Game Away From Clinching Series Title
    The New York Yankees are one victory away from winning their 27th World Series. They beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 Sunday night in Philadelphia. The Yankees take a 3-1 lead in the series. New York can clinch the title with a victory in Game 5 Monday night in Philadelphia.
  • Boost Your Flu IQ: Your Questions Answered
    With the swine flu virus more widespread than ever and concerns about availability of the vaccine circulating, we solicited your questions about the pandemic. NPR's health editors teamed up with experts to tackle your questions.
  • Retail Lender CIT Group Files For Bankruptcy
    CIT Group Inc. provides financing to about 1 million small and mid-sized businesses. Its bankruptcy filing Sunday could be one of the biggest in U.S. corporate history. The government lent CIT more than $2 billion a year ago. Taxpayers will probably lose that money as a result of the bankruptcy.
  • Self-Interest May Not Benefit Society As A Whole
    John Cassidy, a writer for The New Yorker, talks with Renee Montagne about his new book How Markets Fail. Free market believers say that when individuals act in their own rational self-interest, society benefits. But that theory has skeptics — including Cassidy.
  • Lehman Bros. Art Auctioned For $1.3 Million
    Hundreds of paintings that once adorned the walls of failed banking giant Lehman Brothers were sold at Freeman's Auction house in Philadephia on Sunday. The collection sold for about $1.3 million, which is double the original estimate.
  • National Politicians Watch Off-Year Elections Closely
    Tuesday is Election Day. Among the most-watched races are gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as a pair of special congressional elections. The off-year elections are being watched by national politicians as a referendum on President Obama and his party.

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