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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The new courthouse signSecrecy blurs role of grand juries in legal system
    Grand juries are in the news a lot, but few people actually know what happens when they meet. In fact, secrecy is one of the requirements of a grand jury.6:55 a.m.
  • SideviewSome believe low appraisals hurting housing market
    Some experts now believe that some appraisals are running low and killing deals at a time when the housing market desperately needs a boost.7:20 a.m.
  • Commentator Peter SmithCommentator protests street light fee
    Higher costs and tougher times have officials at all levels of government looking for new sources of revenue. But Minnesota Public Radio News commentator Peter Smith is ready to draw a line in the sand over one idea being floated in Minneapolis.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Candidate Abdullah: Afghans Want Change
    Abdullah Abdullah is considered to be the most powerful challenger to President Hamid Karzai in next month's election. The race was once considered to be an easy win for the incumbent, but Abdullah says Karzai missed "the feeling of the people ... which was for change."
  • Wessel: Ben Bernanke And 'The Great Panic' Of 2008
    The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel takes a look back at the steps the Federal Reserve took last fall to pull the U.S. economy back from the abyss.
  • Famed Choreographer Cunningham Dies At 90
    Merce Cunningham celebrated his 90th birthday in April, and was choreographing and leading his company until the end. Cunningham was called by many "the greatest living choreographer." He was also an acclaimed dancer and performed in all of his company's programs up to the age of 70.
  • Hollywood Prop Shop Going Out Of Business
    One of the largest movie prop shops in the world is closing. Since the 70s, 20th Century Props has been supplying set decorations for films from Moulin Rouge to Blade Runner. The economy, the last writers strike and productions leaving Hollywood for cheaper locations are all reasons why the shop is closing.
  • When Rain Falls On Snow, Arctic Animals May Starve
    In the Arctic, a change in the weather could mean starvation for herds of musk oxen and other grazing animals. Scientists who study the far north planet have documented "rain-on-snow" events. Rain falls onto the snowpack and freezes into a hard sheet of ice, preventing some wildlife from getting to the plants trapped below.
  • Gamers Can Experience Battle Of Fallujah
    A new video game has upset the families of some Iraq war veterans. "Six Days in Fallujah" takes gamers into a simulation of the 2004 battle. The creators say this is entertainment with substance. Critics say war is not for the amusement of others.
  • Dealers Say Cash-For-Clunkers Boosting Sales
    After the launch of the government's cash-for-clunkers program this past weekend, dealers say it is boosting sales. Despite pages of regulations, last minute changes to car eligibility and other gripes, about 16,000 dealers have signed onto the program. The government is spending $1 billion on the program in hopes of encouraging new car sales.
  • Rep. Frank Warns Banks Not To Undermine Change
    The House Financial Services Committee considers legislation Tuesday setting rules for executive pay. Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank is chairman of the committee, and Monday he had a warning for the financial industry: Don't obstruct the reform legislation moving through Congress.
  • Missouri Grain Dealer Accused In Ponzi Scheme
    Many farmers in Audrain County, Mo., are the victims of what prosecutors say is a major Ponzi scheme. But this was not a Wall Street investment scam in the style of Bernie Madoff. Authorities say a grain dealer is to blame.
  • Survey: Math Skills Translate Into Bigger Pay Checks
    A new survey of college graduates' salaries shows that the top 15 highest-earning college degrees all involve math skills. Engineering grads in particular have the fattest starting salaries, according to the study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Petroleum engineers can expect a starting offer of more than $80,000.

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