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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Social Security checksNew census numbers show Minnesota is getting older
    The latest census estimates show that Minnesota continues to get older. The state's median age has gone up two years since 2000.7:20 a.m.
  • Derby favoriteMinnesotan breeds Kentucky Derby contender
    The most famous horse race of all, the Kentucky Derby, will be run on Saturday. One of the favorites is a horse named Big Brown, who was bred by Gary Knapp -- a native of Fergus Falls, Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
  • Rod WentzelWhen work makes you drive, gas prices hurt more
    A national survey out this week shows the top economic concern for Americans is the price of gasoline. For some, driving is a necessary part of their job and the pressure at the pump is eating into their paycheck.7:50 a.m.
  • First Minnesota CapitolWhy are we losing interest in history?
    This month there will be a series of special events to mark Minnesota's sesquicentennial. But this year's party will pale in comparison to all the hoopla that surrounded the state's centennial celebration in 1958. Why don't we care as much about our history?7:55 a.m.
  • Outdoor Mexican festival.The summer festival season is here
    The Festival of Nations opens today at downtown St. Paul's Rivercentre, and with it, the beginning of Minnesota's summer festival season.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Taps Countries of Foreign Fighters for Help
    A State Department report on global terrorism says Iraq suffered the largest number of terrorist attacks in 2007. Ambassador Dell Dailey says the U.S. visited the home countries of foreign fighters in Iraq to get help in curbing the suicide attacks — stressing that the fighters will pose a danger if they return home.
  • Ind. Voters Say Obama's Ex-Pastor Hurts Campaign
    Days before their primary, Indiana voters are talking about Barack Obama's former pastor's return to the media spotlight this week. Obama has criticized the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for controversial remarks that have come at an awkward time for the Democratic candidate.
  • Bush Backs Legislation to Safeguard Student Loans
    President Bush says he will sign legislation that the Senate passed Wednesday to ensure that students can borrow money for college.
  • Being 'Upside Down' and Other Car Loan Hazards
    Americans who bought cars beyond their means are falling behind on their loans in record numbers, and nearly a fourth of borrowers are finding themselves with vehicles worth less than their loan balance.
  • Costs of Zimbabwe's Election Standoff Mount
    Host Steve Inskeep speaks with Dumisani Muleya, a news editor at Zimbabwe's Independent newspaper, about the impact of the unresolved presidential election on the economy, and some of the intimidation tactics being used against opposition supporters.
  • Georgia Wetlands Offer Cure for Drought
    The drought that has dogged the southeastern U.S. hasn't hurt one county in Georgia. Clayton County's reservoirs are full, thanks to a unique water treatment system. "It's raining everyday in Clayton County," the water authority's general manager says.
  • Some Patients Say Life After Lasik Not Perfect
    About 5 percent of patients are unhappy with the results of their Lasik procedure. Some cite lack of information about possible results to be key. The FDA is beginning a Lasik study and wants to hear from those who are dissatisfied.
  • Fed Waits to See Results of Rate Cuts, Tax Rebates
    Is the Federal Reserve finished with its rate-cutting campaign, or is the economy in such bad shape that it will need more help in the future? The consensus is that the Fed is signaling a pause. It wants to see how the economy responds to seven interest rate cuts — and a hundred billion dollars worth of rebate checks.
  • Birmingham Mayor Faces Charges over Bond Deals
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a civil complaint against Larry Langford, the mayor of Birmingham, Ala. Langford is accused of accepting $156,000 to steer millions of dollars of county bond business to two friends.
  • Poll: Fewer U.S. Immigrants Sending Money Home
    A survey by the Inter-American Development Bank shows the percentage of Hispanic immigrants sending money to their home countries in Latin America is down dramatically in just two years. The report cites the U.S. economic slowdown and a tougher line on illegal immigrants.

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