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Monday, March 10, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Home for saleSouth Dakota housing market bucks the trend
    One indication of a sluggish economy, is home sales. Nationwide, housing sales are slow, but South Dakota is bucking that trend.6:50 a.m.
  • Property assessments bring bad news for many in Minneapolis
    This is the time of year when Minneapolis residents get their property tax assessments in the mail. Many are experiencing an unusual form of sticker shock -- they're finding that their home values have fallen since last year. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Minneapolis City Assessor Patrick Todd.6:55 a.m.
  • The Minnesota Capitol buildingLawmakers start hearings on Pawlenty's budget fix
    Minnesota lawmakers begin hearings Monday on Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to fix the state's budget deficit. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Capitol reporter Tom Scheck.7:20 a.m.
  • Signs of spring and winterOld age slows spring training
    Meterologists are predicting a warmup this week, and some Minnesotans wonder whether we might finally be headed for spring. Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith is looking ahead to his spring exercise program, and he says it's not going to be pretty.7:25 a.m.
  • C.E. WoolmanDelta's ascent
    Delta Air Lines started as a pioneering crop-dusting operation and grew into one of the world's biggest airlines.7:50 a.m.
  • Markets with Chris Farrell
    Should we use the word "recession"? Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses that and other economic news.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Measuring the Strength of a Changing Al-Qaida
    More than six years after al-Qaida was routed from its bases in Afghanistan, intelligence analysts debate whether Osama bin Laden's terror network has recovered from the setbacks it suffered. Some analysts say al-Qaida is a shell of what it once was, but U.S. intelligence officials are not so sure.
  • Iraq Bombings Don't Signal Trend, Military Says
    Several recent bombings in Iraq have been blamed on al-Qaida in Iraq. However, the U.S. military in Baghdad says that the deadly bombings do not indicate an upsurge in violence in Iraq.
  • Global Warming Hits Tropical Glaciers in the Andes
    "Tropical glaciers" may sound like an oxymoron, but these unique ice floes are dotted throughout Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Scientists say global warming is quickly destroying these glaciers, including Zongo, near La Paz, Bolivia.
  • Study: Moths Can Remember Caterpillar Days
    A new study finds that moths can remember things they learned when they were caterpillars — even though the process of metamorphosis essentially turns their brains and bodies to soup. The finding suggests moths and butterflies may be more intelligent than scientists believed.
  • In a Jerusalem Suburb, Jewish Cultures Clash
    In Jerusalem, more ultra-Orthodox Jews are leaving their cloistered neighborhoods for cheaper housing in the suburbs. In one suburb, that has led to rising tensions and sporadic violence with their modern Orthodox and secular neighbors.
  • Panel: Yale Police Subject to Open Records Laws
    Many police officers on college campuses carry guns and make arrests like city police, but as private forces, are not subject to the same public scrutiny. However, a state panel has ruled that Yale University police are subject to the same open records laws as the city police.
  • Circuit City Makes Cuts as Electronics Sales Dip
    A new study shows that consumers are reducing their purchases of TVs, digital cameras and other electronics. That drop in sales isn't news to Circuit City. The No. 2 electronics chain is overhauling stores and cutting costs to survive the downturn and tough competition from Best Buy and Wal-Mart.
  • Minnesota Bars Exploit Loophole in Smoking Ban
    A new movement to skirt a smoking ban has sprung up in Minnesota. To take advantage of a loophole in the law that allows smoking during theatrical productions, bars have begun staging "theater nights."
  • Predicting the Future Is Tricky for Businesses
    Companies spend millions of dollars every year trying to figure out the next big thing that will become both a retail success and a popular phenomenon. But when companies try to predict the future, they often fail.
  • Security Camera Looks Through Clothing
    A British company has created a new camera that can detect weapons, drugs or explosives hidden under a person's clothing. The technology uses the natural electromagnetic rays that objects emit. However, the company says the camera does not reveal anatomical details.

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