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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Many school districts see levy success
    Election Day turned out to be a pretty good one for schools. Most of the ballot questions across the state that asked for some form of local funding were approved, even though in many cases, that now means those voters' property taxes will increase.6:20 a.m.
  • Minneapolis Mayor R.T. RybakRybak re-elected, mum on governor's race
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was elected to a third term Tuesday night, winning 74 percent of the vote in an 11-candidate field.7:20 a.m.
  • St. Paul Mayor Chris ColemanSt. Paul voters re-elect Coleman, approve IRV
    St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman won a second term in office Tuesday night, defeating challenger Eva Ng.7:25 a.m.
  • How losing a job changed one woman's life
    More than 40 years later, Judy Shaw is back where she started. This fall, she re-enrolled at Normandale Community College -- the same place she began her post-secondary education back in 1968. She is going back to school because she lost her full-time job more than two years ago.7:45 a.m.
  • Dominic PapatolaDisabled roles and actors are in the theater spotlight
    "Northern Lights Southern Cross" has been selling out performances at the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater for the last couple weeks.8:25 a.m.
  • Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene HugosonWet weather puts harvest behind in Minnesota
    The U.S. Agriculture Department's latest crop report shows that Minnesota farmers are far behind in harvesting their crops. The reason is wet weather and soggy soil.8:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Protesters Clash With Iranian Security Forces
    Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. embassy takeover in Iran. The day usually is marked in Tehran by anti-U.S. rallies. But this year, protestors unhappy with the Iranian government have taken to the streets. Borzou Daragahi, of the Los Angeles Times tells Steve Inskeep the demonstrations are widespread despite Iran's warning that it would crack down on protesters.
  • Aid Money May Not Be Accomplishing Its Goal
    A key part of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is to win the heats and minds of the population with development aid. There is concern that aid money to Afghanistan actually is helping insurgents. Andrew Wilder, research director at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, tells Renee Montagne that aid money often ends up fueling corruption.
  • New Yorkers Surprised By Bloomberg's Close Victory
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg narrowly has won a third term. He won by just 5 percentage points. There was resentment by many New Yorkers against the mayor for overturning a term limits law twice approved by voters so he could run again.
  • Runoff Will Decide Atlanta's Race For Mayor
    The close mayoral race in Atlanta is headed for a runoff election. A city councilwoman, trying to become the city's first white mayor in a generation, will face off against a black state senator next month.
  • NBA Great Dave Bing Re-Elected Detroit Mayor
    Bing's victory comes a little more than a year after Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resigned in disgrace following a conviction on felony charges. Bing won the right to replace Kilpatrick in a special election last May.
  • In Italy, Verdict Expected In CIA Rendition Trial
    Judges in Italy are expected to hand down a verdict Wednesday in the first-ever trial examining the practice known as extraordinary rendition. Twenty-six Americans, mostly CIA agents, are being tried in absentia, charged with kidnapping a Muslim cleric who was taken to Egypt, where he says he was tortured.
  • House Republicans Offer Alternative Health Bill
    After months of criticizing Democrats' plans to overhaul the nation's health care system, House Republicans are finally putting their own proposal on paper. They hope to offer it as an alternative when floor debate begins, possibly by the end of this week. The Republican's posted their bill online Tuesday night.
  • Conflict Of Interest For AARP In Health Bill Debate?
    House Republicans are questioning whether the senior citizens lobby is putting its potential for profit ahead of its members' interests. It seems that whenever health care changes are debated, one party or the other seeks to undermine the organization's clout.
  • Buffett's Berkshire To Buy Burlington Northern
    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. is the nation's second-largest railroad. Berkshire Hathaway already owns about 22 percent of Burlington Northern, and will pay $100 a share in cash and stock for the rest of the company. Buffett says the decision shows he is confident in America's economic future.
  • Madoff's Auditor Denies He knew Of Ponzi Scheme
    Bernard Madoff's longtime auditor pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges Tuesday, but said he did not know Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme. David Friehling's plea was part of a cooperation deal with prosecutors. He will be sentenced next year.

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