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Thursday, November 9, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Ann Burckhardt mixes ingredients for before baking"Hot Dish Heaven"
    Cathy Wurzer speaks with Ann Burckhardt, author of "Hot Dish Heaven," about this culinary tradition.6:50 a.m.
  • Bridge workTransportation amendment won't pay for it all
    Despite Tuesday's vote approving the transportation amendment, some lawmakers are predicting a sharp drop in road construction over the next two years unless the gas tax and tab fees are increased.7:20 a.m.
  • Congressman Jim OberstarOberstar takes charge
    Minnesota 8th District Congressman Jim Oberstar is about to become really important in the transportation world. As the ranking Democrat, Oberstar is expected to become chair of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in January.7:25 a.m.
  • Finally, victoryNew culture of compromise?
    Cathy Wurzer spoke with former Governor Carlson about the challenges ahead for Governor Pawlenty.7:50 a.m.
  • History in art
    From screen to stage, art is using history as its muse.8:25 a.m.
  • Peter HutchinsonThe Independence Party: Hutchinson looks ahead
    Cathy Wurzer spoke with Peter Hutchinson about the future of the Independence Party.8:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Donald Rumsfeld's Imposing Pentagon Legacy
    Donald Rumsfeld has probably set more records than any defense secretary in American history. He was the youngest secretary of defense under President Ford. Now, at 74, he is the oldest. And he's the only Pentagon chief to oversee two wars simultaneously.
  • Iraq Policy May Change, But to What End?
    Changes in Washington give the impression that the United States may be ready to change direction on Iraq policy. But the alternatives to current policy are few, and there are doubts that any of them will change the outcome of the war.
  • U.S. Waits for Virginia to Declare a Senate Winner
    Some news agencies have called the U.S. Senate race in Virginia for Democrat Jim Webb. But as Republican incumbent George Allen's campaign points out, the results aren't final. The state has started to go through the legal procedures required to certify a vote many see as still too close to call.
  • High Court Hears Abortion Ban Case
    A federal law banning a procudere that opponents call partial-birth abortion is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. Six years ago, the high court struck down a similar state ban.
  • Chinese Doctor Nominated to Run the WHO
    Members of the World Health Organization vote on Dr. Margaret Chan's nomination to be the body's new director general. She would be the first Chinese national to head a major United Nations body, possibly a sign that China hopes to play a larger role in the U.N.
  • Europe Reacts with Relief, Optimism to U.S. Changes
    Europe's reaction to the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was one mostly of relief. And the continent's reaction to Democratic gains on Capitol Hill has been one of cautious optimism.
  • Gates' Government Experience Runs Deep
    Robert Gates, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is the man President Bush has nominated to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Gates' career in intelligence stretches back four decades. He has served under six previous presidents.
  • Dow Moves Hits All-Time High After Elections
    The election results didn't rattle Wall Street. The Dow closed Wednesday at an all-time high. Although certain drug, energy and defense stocks were down amid uncertainty about possible action by Democrats.
  • Consultants Help Elderly Downsize at Home
    Many elderly people eventually decide to leave their homes, looking for a smaller place, a retirement community or a nursing home. Moving can be exhausting. But there are now moving consultants who help the elderly organize and downsize their lives.
  • German Entrepreneur Plans an Airline for Smokers
    A German entrepreneur, Alexander Schoppmann, wants to start an airline where passengers can puff away as much as they want. It's called Smoker's International Airways, or Smintair. Airplanes will feature extra-large ashtrays.

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