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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Bel Clare EstatesCommunity revives ailing mobile home park
    A St. Cloud-area mobile home park is showing that it is possible to turn around a park for the better, but it requires the cooperation of concerned citizens and most importantly, the park owner.6:20 a.m.
  • Sally BurnsHealth care bill would address Medicare 'doughnut hole'
    Since 2006, senior citizens have been able to choose plans for Medicare prescription drug coverage, but that coverage contains a gap known as the "doughnut hole," a gap that health care reform plans being debated in Congress would address.6:25 a.m.
  • Petters, on witness stand, denies knowing of fraud
    A Minnesota businessman accused of orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme testified Tuesday that he did not knowingly participate in the fraud and may have "trusted some people far too much."6:50 a.m.
  • Sen. Al FrankenSen. Franken talks health care
    The U.S. Senate begins debate soon on a health care reform bill. Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn., said he wants the bill to include a public option for health insurance. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.6:55 a.m.
  • John GreenwaldtTemp job market can be a mixed blessing for workers
    Temporary employment agencies are one of the few bright spots in the job market these days and experts keep an eye on the industry because it often signals the beginning of an economic recovery. But for workers, the low-paying jobs may not always be the best choice.7:20 a.m.
  • Anne FergusonJoblessness changes social worker's life
    Social worker Anne Ferguson's career has been all about helping those in need. But now she's the one who could use a hand. Ferguson was laid off this summer from a job caring for elderly patients with Alzheimer's and dementia. It's the second time she's been laid off in three years.7:25 a.m.
  • Dominic PapatolaReligion and stage plays a tricky mix
    This weekend, local audiences can find nuns at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and the Ordway in St. Paul, and a Lutheran pastor at the Plymouth Playhouse. The plays that feature these characters are all light-hearted holiday offerings, but mixing religion and the arts can be a tricky blend.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Empowering Leaders Key To Countries Advancing
    The Obama administration is planning to send more diplomats and civilian aid workers to Afghanistan, and it is working out a strategy to spend billions of dollars for development projects across the border in Pakistan. In both countries, U.S. officials will have challenges working with the local leaders while trying to strengthen their countries.
  • U.S. Prepared To Work Around Karzai If Necessary
    U.S. officials need to engage Afghan President Hamid Karzai as they craft a new strategy for Afghanistan. Alex Thier, director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. Institute of Peace, tells Steve Inskeep that U.S. officials are considering options that work with Karzai, and options that work around him.
  • Cornucopia Of Rain Interferes With Fall Harvest
    Farmers are scrambling to finish the harvest before winter sets in. Rainy conditions have left crops in many parts of the country too wet to be harvested, and fields too soggy to handle heavy farm equipment. The longer plants sit out in the field, the greater the risk that farmers' profits will shrink because of crop damage.
  • Water Use Is Lower Than It Was 30 Years Ago
    The U.S. Geological Survey reports the nation's per capita water use is down by nearly 30 percent since 1975. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, tells Renee Montagne the report is "remarkably good news." He says it means the U.S. can grow its economy, and have a growing population, and not necessarily put more and more demand on water resources.
  • FDA Reassures Doctors Skeptical Of H1N1 Vaccine
    Most doctors fully support the H1N1 vaccine, but there are a few who won't back it. Because patients trust their doctors the most for medical decisions, the FDA is trying to assure these doctors of the vaccine's safety.
  • Reading Sarah Palin: Will She Run For President?
    Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate, is now a best-selling author. Palin's book, Going Rogue, made the best-seller list before it was released. She's planning a book tour that will only stoke her meteoric political celebrity. But to what end?
  • Argentine Fans Cheer Change In Soccer TV Rights
    Argentina's government has nationalized the television contract that the country's soccer league had with cable television. The president's decision delighted millions of Argentine fans, who previously were excluded from the TV audience because they couldn't afford the cable fees. Now they're watching games for free.
  • Hershey, Ferrero Consider Bid For Cadbury
    British chocolate maker Cadbury is trying to fend off a hostile takeover by the American food company Kraft. Hershey and Ferrero International say they're considering a possible offer for Cadbury too. The move raises the possibility of a takeover battle.
  • Offshore Tax Evaders Take Advantage Of IRS Amnesty
    Tax cheats are coming clean. The Internal Revenue Service says nearly 15,000 tax evaders responded to its recent offer of limited amnesty. The program covered undisclosed foreign bank accounts and other assets. The response was far greater than expected.
  • Federal Subsidies Keep Small-Town Airports Flying
    You may not ever take a flight to a place like Hot Springs, Ark. — but you're paying part of the cost for people who do. Under a decades-old government program, federal money is used to subsidize commercial air service for small communities that can't support it on their own.

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