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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Math bookSchools still waiting for stimulus money
    It's easy to see signs of the federal stimulus money at work in Minnesota, along highways where crews have posted notices of projects funded with stimulus money. But school districts are still waiting for their share of Minnesota's $800 million in stimulus money for education.7:20 a.m.
  • Bike racer Kristin ArmstrongPros, amateurs gather for Minnesota Bike Festival
    A cyclist named Armstrong - not the one you think - will be in the Twin Cities for this week's Minnesota Bike Festival.7:45 a.m.
  • Dominic PapatolaTheater blooming all across Minnesota
    Communities throughout the state are sprinkled with performing companies that bloom during the warm weather months.8:25 a.m.
  • GrassArtist takes steps toward floating cities of the future
    Tomas Saraceno doesn't just dream of floating cities in the air, he's actually working toward building them. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is currently showing "Lighter than Air," his first large scale exhibit in the US.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Tiny Island To Take 17 Guantanamo Detainees
    The Pacific island nation of Palau says it will temporarily resettle a number of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. The 17 Uighurs are Turkic Muslims from northwestern China, captured after the Sept. 11 attacks but found not to be enemy combatants. They can't be returned to China for fear that they might be executed.
  • War Funding Bill Stuck In House-Senate Talks
    The Pentagon says it urgently needs nearly $100 billion to carry on with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But a bill to provide the money has run into trouble in Congress. The dispute is centered on the treatment of detainees who were captured years ago.
  • Charitable Giving Fell Last Year, But Didn't Dive
    While some expected charity donations for 2008 to tank along with the economy, that simply didn't happen to every group. In fact, donations to religious groups went up more than 5 percent last year. So did giving to voter registration drives.
  • Some Banks Not Approved To Return TARP Money
    The Treasury Department will allow 10 of the nation's largest banks to repay $68 billion in government investments made at the height of the financial crisis. Some of those banks planning to repay the bailout funds are among the healthiest including: Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of New York Mellon. But for Citigroup, it is a different story.
  • Parts Suppliers May Need More Federal Money
    Automotive parts suppliers are expected to ask the federal government for another $8 billion to $10 billion Wednesday. They need the money to get through tough times while Chrysler and General Motors go through bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Anti-Lakers Sentiment Rampant Through NBA Fans
    The Orlando Magic beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-104 Tuesday night in Orlando. The Lakers lead the series 2 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.
  • Challenge: Getting Buner Residents To Return
    Pakistan's army says it has "turned the tide" in its ongoing offensive against the Taliban in the Swat Valley and neighboring areas near the Afghan border. The Pakistani offensive was launched after the Taliban swept into the district of Buner. Some residents have ventured back, while others won't go. There are difficulties getting the district up and running.
  • Iran's Mousavi Has Legacy Of Leadership
    As Iran's presidential election nears, leading candidates have been holding massive rallies in Tehran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's main challenger is Mir Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister. Political science professor Mohammad Hassan Khani discusses with Steve Inskeep what Mousavi's past leadership means for the campaign.
  • Chrysler Sale To Fiat Back On Track
    Chrysler's plan to be sold to Italian carmaker Fiat is back on course. The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected claims from a group of creditors. Meanwhile, the House has passed the "cash for clunkers" bill. It's a measure aimed at boosting sales of fuel-efficient cars and trucks.
  • French Pawn Shops Thrive During Recession
    In France, banks are increasingly hesitant to lend during the economic downturn. That has made one venerable Paris lending institution more popular than ever: the pawn shop.

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