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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Robert SchimmingRed River Valley water levels "unprecedented"
    The water levels ought to be falling across western and northwestern Minnesota, but lakes and reservoirs are full, and dams are releasing record quantities.6:20 a.m.
  • Former federal prosecutor for Minn. testifies on al-Shabab
    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Anders Folk and St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith will testify before the Homeland Security Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.7:20 a.m.
  • Report: Property taxes to go up most in south-central Minnesota
    It's been a week since a new budget was signed into law for the state of Minnesota, and we're still looking at how that budget is being implemented. Cities and counties around Minnesota predict property tax hikes and service cuts, because of the new state budget. The budget freezes state aid to local governments - locking in for the next two years cuts made during the Pawlenty administration. A report from the State House research department estimates those local governments together will raise property taxes by some $376 million as a result.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Debt Impasse Continues In Washington
    Both Republicans and Democrats have their own plan to end the debt standoff. But neither party thinks a grand deal is in their interest.
  • Political Gridlock Renews Calls For Third Party
    Political gridlock. Dysfunctional Congress. Debt-ceiling debacle. Times like this have many Americans wondering why we're stuck with just two political parties. While several political entrepreneurs are trying to gin up a new party, more than a century of history tells us success is not likely.
  • Despite Interventions, No-Show Students Drop Out
    Danny Lamont Jones (right) raised lots of red flags not long after he enrolled as an eighth-grader in a Baltimore school. He was quiet, struggling academically, and he didn't show up very often. It's unclear whether efforts to keep the 16-year-old in school will succeed.
  • Post Office Closures Concentrated In Rural Areas
    The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday its latest round of closures. Up to 3,700 post offices could start closing as soon as early next year, and rural areas would be most affected.
  • McDonald's Courts Mom Bloggers
    McDonald's is using social media and mom bloggers to reach people it considers to be "influencers." It's developing an invite-only community for the most influential bloggers — inviting them to behind-the-counter tours, visits to headquarters and trips to farms that supply the restaurant chain's food.
  • Bit By Bit, Afghanistan Rebuilds Buddhist Statues
    The Taliban destroyed the historic statues a decade ago. But in a painstaking process, the two giant carvings of Buddha are being reconstructed on the side of a cliff in central Afghanistan.
  • Frank Foster, Jazz Saxophonist And Arranger, Has Died
    The reedman and composer/arranger, an NEA Jazz Master, was known best for his longtime association with the Count Basie Orchestra. The writer of "Shiny Stockings" was a direct link to the eras of bebop and big bands. He was 82.
  • Dunkin' Donuts Goes Public
    The Massachusetts-based Dunkin Donuts chain goes public Wednesday, trying to become a national cult brand.
  • Reporter Makes Case For Ditching Debt Ceiling
    In the latest issue of The New Yorker, James Surowiecki argues that the United States doesn't need and shouldn't have a debt ceiling. Mary Louise Kelly talks with Surowiecki about his reasoning.
  • Nickelodeon Cashes In On Nostalgia For 1990s Hits
    Nickelodeon had a TV show in the 1990s called All That, a sort-of Saturday Night Live for pre-teens. The show's core audience is now in its mid-20s, and Nickelodeon is tapping into their nostalgia for the "good old days." This week, the network's "Teen Nick" channel launched an after-midnight programming block called "The '90s Are All That." New York Magazine reports its ratings are up 850 percent.

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