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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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  • Tending the fieldNew farming practices in middle of global warming debate
    America's vast stretches of farmland are a big resource in the fight against global warming because their soil traps carbon. But not all farmers believe changing their ways to help in that fight would be profitable.6:20 a.m.
  • Lake cabin owners take hard hit with increased property taxes
    Thousands of Minnesota property owners will face big property tax increases next year, and a change in state law is causing sticker shock for many. Among the hardest hit are lake cabin owners and farmers.7:20 a.m.
  • Dominic PapatolaEtiquette down at art shows
    Bad behavior in the theater and the concert hall is on the rise. Audiences wander in late and chatter during performances. And it's not uncommon for a show to be disturbed by the ringing of a cell phone or the faint glow of someone sending a text message.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • McChrystal, Eikenberry Rally Behind Afghan Plan
    President Obama's top commander and top diplomat in Afghanistan have assured two congressional committees of their support for the president's battle plan. Both Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry told the House and Senate Armed Services Committees on Tuesday that the president's troop surge, and withdrawal timeframe for Afghanistan are the right approach.
  • Iraq's Shaky Economy Poses Threat To Future
    The Iraqi economy is mired in old patterns: Most paying jobs are with the government, which is dependent on oil for revenue. Iraqi entrepreneurs say red tape and corruption make it difficult to start a private business; one economist argues the economy is on the brink of collapse.
  • Senators Announce Tentative Deal On Public Option
    A group of five moderates and five liberals say they've reached a tentative agreement on the public option but refused to give any details, pending a federal cost estimate expected Wednesday. It was unclear whether the deal jettisons a public option altogether.
  • Fact-Checking: Medicare Advantage Statements
    Senate Democrats want to make nearly $120 billion in cuts over the next decade to Medicare Advantage. That's the program where seniors get health coverage from private insurers rather than from traditional government-run Medicare. Republicans have tried twice to reinstate that money, so far unsuccessfully.
  • Au Revoir: Restaurant Sells Part Of Wine Cellar
    A restaurant in France that owns one of the world's best wine collections is selling part of its stock to help see it through the recession. The restaurant owns nearly half a million bottles of fine wines, champagne and brandy — housed in a vast 27 room cellar under the streets of Paris.
  • Bill Exempts Auto Dealers From Agency Oversight
    Under the financial overhaul bill before the House, auto dealers would not be regulated by a proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Consumer advocates want to change that. They argue that the exemption means car buyers won't be protected against abusive auto loans originated by the dealers.
  • Cyberbegging Takes Panhandling Online
    In these hard times, the Internet is becoming a place where people in need can ask for a handout. There are thousands of appeals on craigslist and on other Web sites devoted to begging like Begslist, CyberBeg and Some appeals ask to help make a merry Christmas.
  • Congress Proposes Arbitration For Car Dealers
    General Motors and Chrysler closed more than 2,000 car dealerships as part of their efforts to cut costs and become profitable once again. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have brokered a plan that allows dealers who are being shut down to appeal through an arbitration process. This plan replaces an earlier proposal that would have forced the car companies to reopen dealerships as a condition for receiving federal aid.
  • NTSB Calls For Tougher Bus Standards
    The National Transportation Safety Board warned that illegally imported passenger buses from Mexico pose a threat on U.S. Highways. One such bus was involved in an accident in Southeast Texas that killed one person and injured 46 others.
  • Sharp Edge Of Downturn Hurts Metal Business
    Ron Smithfield, the CEO of a Tennessee metal cutting and machine servicing company, is one of the executives who have been forced to deliver some bad news to employees during the recession, including layoffs and reduced hours.

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