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Friday, June 19, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Bosnian refugeesRed Cross helps refugees find lost family members
    The United Nations established World Refugee Day to honor the millions of people forced from their homes by conflicts around the globe, and according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the state houses more than 70,000 refugees.6:50 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • Lawmakers discuss unallotmentDFL leaders call Pawlenty's unallotment a 'misuse of power'
    DFL leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate say Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed unilateral budget cuts are a misuse of power and will add too many people to the unemployment line.7:20 a.m.
  • Summit Academy classMinority contractors look for their share of the stimulus
    As federal stimulus money pours into cities, minority contractors are hoping to get a share of the work.7:25 a.m.
  • Alcohol breath machine's software code center of dispute
    There's a court hearing Friday afternoon on a challenge to a settlement agreement between the state of Minnesota and a firm that makes a breathalyzer that police often use on drunk drivers.7:35 a.m.
  • My Father's BookshelfCompany says comedy is vital for Alzheimer's play
    The idea of a comedy about Alzheimer's disease is unsettling to most people. But members of Minneapolis-based theater company Live Action Set say when it comes to Alzheimers, humor is not only allowed - it may be vital. Tonight they open "My Father's Bookshelf" at the Guthrie Theater.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senators Question Geithner On Financial Blueprint
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is encountering some skepticism on Capitol Hill about the president's plan to transform the Federal Reserve into a super-regulator. Some lawmakers have proposed that the job of overseeing large institutions be left to a council of regulators, not a single agency.
  • Small Banks Undecided On Financial Overhaul
    Big financial firms, insurance companies and credit card issuers are not the only ones who would be affected by President Obama's sweeping regulatory overhaul. There are thousands of community banks across the country, and the president's plan is making some of them nervous.
  • McChrystal: Next 18 Months Pivotal In Afghan War
    Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a former special operations commander, took charge of nearly 90,000 U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan this week to lead the Obama administration's new strategy against the Taliban insurgency. He sat down for an interview with NPR's Tom Bowman.
  • In Allen's 'Whatever Works,' Not Much Does
    There was a time when Woody Allen's characters were both funny and recognizably human. Sadly, the work necessary to accomplish that looks to be something the writer-director can't be bothered with anymore.
  • High Court Says Convicts Lack Right To DNA Testing
    The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution does not give convicts the right to test DNA evidence from their cases. Forty-seven states have passed laws establishing rules on when the government has to give convicts access to such evidence.
  • Senior Somali Security Officials Killed This Week
    Somalia's interim government has lost two of its most effective weapons against the Islamist insurgency that may have links to al-Qaida. Somalia's national security minister and the police chief of Mogadishu died in separate incidents this week.
  • Abuses In Sri Lanka Worry Human Rights Groups
    It's been a month since the civil war ended in Sri Lanka. Government troops defeated the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels, who they fought for nearly three decades. Tensions remain high on the island, and human rights activists say they're worried about the future of democracy in Sri Lanka.
  • Scrushy Ordered To Give Billions To Shareholders
    A circuit judge in Alabama has ordered former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to pay $2.9 billion to shareholders due to accounting fraud at the rehabilitation chain. Scrushy was acquitted in a federal criminal case over the fraud and testified in the state civil suit that he knew nothing about it.
  • Regulation Can't Guarantee Zero Financial Crises
    President Obama this week introduced a plan designed to overhaul the nation's financial regulatory system. It changes who oversees banks, gives new regulatory powers to the Federal Reserve and creates a new regulator to protect consumers from financial products. David Leonardt, of The New York Times, tells Steve Inskeep that he has a problem with all the talk about "robust regulation."
  • Texas Billionaire Surrenders To FBI Agents
    Authorities say R. Allen Stanford is accused in an $8 billion fraud that's described as a "massive Ponzi scheme." Stanford surrendered to FBI agents in Virginia Thursday.

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