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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • John Edwards rallyEdwards rallies Minn. supporters at St. Paul union hall
    Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards told a crowd of Minnesota supporters last night that he'll continue to work for the poor and middle class if they go out and caucus for him next Tuesday. Edwards brought his populist message to a St. Paul union hall, hoping to convince enough Democrats in Minnesota to choose him over the other candidates in the race.7:20 a.m.
  • Lined upPast airline mergers marked by problems
    What could travelers and employees expect if Northwest Airlines merges with Delta Air Lines or another airline? History suggests there may be trouble with everything from lost bags to labor unions.7:25 a.m.
  • Johan SantanaIs Santana trade a good deal for the Twins?
    In the next few days, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets are expected to finalize a deal that will send two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana from Minnesota to New York. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with LaVelle Neal, who covers the Twins for the Star Tribune.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • McCain Surges on Strength of Florida Win
    Sen. John McCain of Arizona builds momentum in the Republican presidential race with a victory in Tuesday's primary in Florida. The outcome is a blow to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and appears to end former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's White House hopes.
  • Black Voters Put Focus on Jobs, Economy
    Economic and employment opportunities are much on the minds of black voters during this presidential campaign season. Ronald Walters, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, notes "there is something of a permanent recession in the black community."
  • Children Try to Make a Living on Afghan Streets
    On any given day in the towns and cities of Afghanistan, tens of thousands of children head to the streets to beg and hawk sundries. These street kids, who earn on average less than $2 a day, are often the only means of support for their families — and their numbers are growing.
  • A Sweet Ride for India's Teeming Streets
    Speed is not the strong point of India's Ambassador automobile. Nor is style. But it still seems like the right fit for the crowded streets of New Delhi, a city of 14 million people and a growing number of foreign imports.
  • Phraselator Helps L.A. Police Communicate
    The hand-held device was developed by the Pentagon for U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, Los Angeles police are using it to broadcast commands such as "hands behind your back" in dozens of languages.
  • 'No Child' Law Picked Apart as Renewal Fight Looms
    The No Child Left Behind Act — which Congress approved with overwhelming bipartisan support — is now drawing sharp bipartisan opposition. The law is up for reauthorization, and many — including those who originally supported it — are pointing out its flaws.
  • Making Veterans More Comfortable on Campus
    Cleveland State University offers special classes for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran (SERV) seeks to smooth the transition from military life to college life, which can be daunting for many.
  • Yahoo Set to Cut 1,000 Jobs
    A day after reporting a 23 percent drop in quarterly profits, Yahoo says it will cut about 1,000 jobs as early as next month. That's about 7 percent of the Internet portal's work,force. The aim is to cut costs and focus on the company's most important business: online advertising.
  • FBI Probes 14 Firms in Subprime Debacle
    The FBI says it is investigating 14 corporations as part of a crackdown on improper subprime lending. Without naming names, the agency says the inquiry involves companies across the financial industry.
  • Using 'Pink Noise' in a Loud Workplace
    Repairs to the facade of the NPR building in Washington, D.C., have produced steady, deeply distracting noise — prompting a search for practical solutions.

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