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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

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  • BPA-free baby productsStudents launch toxic chemical awareness campaign
    There's a growing awareness about potentially toxic chemicals found in plastic products, particularly products targeted at children. One of those chemicals is Bisphenal-A, also known as BPA. Some Minneapolis high school students have taken it upon themselves to spread the word to mothers and mothers-to-be.7:20 a.m.
  • Down in the valleyLending a helping hand in Nepal
    Nepal, some 12,000 miles from Minnesota, is one of the poorest countries on the planet. More than 20 years ago a Minnesota couple started a school, health clinics and nutrition programs in Nepal. Now, Earl and Beverly Thompson are wondering who will continue the work.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Pakistan Delays Elections Until Mid-February
    Pakistan's elections are put off until Feb. 18, due to the assassination last week of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto while campaigning. The vote had been set for Jan. 8. Deadly riots followed Bhutto's assassination, and the country is still tense.
  • Iraqi Radical Cleric Al-Sadr Studies for Ayatollah
    Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is quietly resuming seminary studies toward attaining the title of ayatollah — a goal that could make the firebrand cleric and his Mahdi Army an even more formidable power broker in Iraq.
  • Concerns Rise with Water of Three Gorges Dam
    China is expected to reach a milestone when the giant reservoir behind Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River reaches its maximum height this year. But officials and residents alike have expressed concerns that the project could lead to environmental disasters.
  • New Jersey Skirts Affordable Housing Law
    New Jersey requires towns to build affordable housing. But for decades, the wealthiest suburban towns were paying poorer urban areas to build their affordable housing units for them. Now some lawmakers are trying to force municipalities to build affordable housing units.
  • Baby Boomers Begin to Claim Social Security
    The first of the baby boomers will turn 62 this year and become eligible to claim retirement benefits. But a "baby bust" means there are fewer workers paying into the Social Security system to support each retiree.
  • Baby Boomers Pick Mountains over Beaches
    While the future of Social Security may be uncertain, some who are retiring now are forgoing Southern beaches in favor of Western mountains. Reports in recent days have noted a new trend in baby boomer retirement: They're choosing to settle in the West.
  • No Takers for PHH Mortgage Firm
    One of the country's big mortgage providers says efforts to sell itself have failed. PHH (formerly known as Cendant) is one of the country's top home-loan companies. The private buyout firm Blackstone was planning to buy the company's mortgage business.
  • Housing Prices Expected to Keep Falling
    Following a year of sharp price declines in the housing industry and rising foreclosures, analysts warn not to look for a quick turnaround in 2008. Many forecasters had been expecting the worst to be over by now. But it appears the housing bust will last at least another year.
  • Railroad Union, Lawmakers Decry Camp Cars
    Norfolk Southern, one of the nation's biggest railroads, still houses some workers in so-called "camp cars," or converted sleeper cars, instead of motels. The worker's union has condemned the living conditions; Congress is also considering a ban.
  • Thousands Apply for Hotel's Chief Beer Officer Post
    The Four Points hotel chain's attempt to recruit a CBO (chief beer officer) for its new worldwide beer program garners more than 7,000 applications. The part-time job involves visiting breweries, beer festivals and bars, and selecting beers for hotel menus.

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