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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Kindergartners reading with their teacherStudy: Charter schools promote segregation, perform worse than traditional schools
    The findings by the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota do not deter backers of charter schools.6:50 a.m.
  • Lead attorney for Al Franken, Mark EliasDispute over rejected absentee ballots continues
    The fate of thousands of rejected absentee ballots in the U.S. Senate race could be determined Wednesday when the State Canvassing Board meets to discuss the issue. Democrat Al Franken's campaign is asking the five member board to consider the ballots and whether elections officials made the right decision when they discarded the ballots.7:20 a.m.
  • Lizard PeopleBallots reveal a lot about voters
    The state's U.S. Senate recount offers a rare look into the various voting methods of Minnesotans. But, Minnesota isn't the only state where voters take creative liberties with their ballots.7:25 a.m.
  • Mall of AmericaWalk to End Hunger on Thanksgiving
    On Thanksgiving morning at the Mall of America, volunteers and participants gather for the first annual "Walk to End Hunger."8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Gates Expected To Stay On At Pentagon
    The new Obama administration is taking shape, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to stay on at the Pentagon. Gates would be part of a national security and foreign policy team that's also expected to include Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
  • What's Next For Sen. John McCain?
    Sen. John McCain took questions from reporters Tuesday for the first time since he lost the presidential election. At a news conference in Phoenix, he said he had seen the future — and it held a bid for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.
  • Joseph O'Neill, The New Immigrant Experience
    Author Joseph O'Neill says the meaning of nationality and nationhood have changed dramatically in the past two decades. He should know: Raised in Holland, the half-Irish, half-Turkish author of Netherland now lives with his family in New York City.
  • Airport Travelers Caught In Thailand Protests
    Thousands of travelers have been stranded at Bangkok's international airport, which has been seized by anti-government protesters. It's the latest development in a four-month opposition campaign aimed at bringing down the government in Thailand.
  • A Thanksgiving Meal From The Test Kitchen
    When it comes to cooking large meals, experience is key. And few cooks have more experience than Chris Kimball, host of the PBS show America's Test Kitchen. In an annual tradition, Kimball shares his kitchen know-how with Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep. And all the questions came from our audience.
  • Food Stamp Recipients Near Record High
    For the first time, the number of Americans using food stamps could surpass 30 million. The Agriculture Department is set to release new numbers in the coming days. The Washington Post reports Wednesday that the figure could surpass the previous record, set after Hurricane Katrina. Rising unemployment and higher food prices are key reasons for the expected increase.
  • Mortgage Rates Drop On Stimulus News
    The federal government announced new programs Tuesday that would provide up to $800 billion to stimulate mortgage lending, business and auto loans and use of credit cards. The move had a dramatic effect on mortgage rates.
  • Does Shirt Collar Color Matter In Bailouts?
    A lot of people have been wondering why Wall Street has gotten help from the federal government, while Detroit's Big Three automakers have not. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, says while it may appear to be white-collar/blue-collar bias, it is not.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday: The Road Less Traveled
    The Automobile Association of America says thanks to the economy, holiday travel could decline for the first time in six years. About 600,000 people are expected to forego the annual trek to be with family and friends this Thanksgiving weekend. That's despite lower gas prices, which are under $2 a gallon in many parts of the country. AAA says about 41 million people are expected to take trips of at least 50 miles during the holiday.
  • Government Officials Go To 'Bailout Well' Again
    Federal officials are hoping they have finally found a way to jump-start the sagging credit markets and get the economy moving again. It involves buying or guaranteeing up to $800 billion in debt — much of it held by the giant mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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