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Friday, August 2, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Even with funding increase, some school districts to ask voters for more
    When the Legislature passed a $485 million increase in school spending over the next two years, DFL lawmakers described the 2013 education bill as one of the best ever. But school districts across Minnesota still plan this fall to ask local taxpayers for more money.7:20 a.m.
  • TFA teacherTeach for America struggling for support in Minn.
    Dozens of Teach for America members wrapped up their summer training program this week in the Twin Cities and Friday many will find out if they will be given a classroom to lead in the fall. The Minnesota Board of Teaching must decide to allow the trainees to teach without a license, letting them earn full certification while on the job.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Russia Faces Diplomatic Fallout From U.S. Over Snowden
    President Obama is rethinking plans for a summit next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government has granted temporary asylum to a former NSA contractor wanted on felony charges in the U.S. The U.S. wanted Russia to expel Edward Snowden, but instead he was able to leave a Moscow airport transit zone where he had been holed up for more than month.
  • A Look At What Russia's Thinking
    David Greene talks to analyst Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Moscow Center about what's behind the Kremlin's decision to grant temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
  • Florida Schools Chief Steps Down Over Indiana Scandal
    Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett announced his resignation Thursday. Bennett has been embroiled in a controversy stemming from his previous job in Indiana, where emails came to light this week indicating that Bennett asked his staff to change the formula for rating schools to benefit a prominent donor's charter school.
  • Penn State To Penalize Workers Who Refuse Health Screenings
    The university plans to charge employees who refuse to submit to health screenings an extra $100 a month for their health care benefits. But some employees object, saying the university should encourage workers to be healthy rather than penalize those who don't want to participate in the new program.
  • Reid Requests Talkative Senators 'Shut Up'
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got a bit testy on the Senate floor Thursday, requesting that chatty lawmakers "sit down and shut up."
  • Our Once And Future Oceans: Taking Lessons From Earth's Past
    Paleontologists have been spending a lot of time studying the Earth of 50 million years ago, which was much hotter than it is today. They're hoping a glimpse into the planet's geologic past will show them how the planet will respond to all the carbon dioxide we're now putting into the air.
  • 'The Road To War': How Presidents Make Big Decisions
    The last time Congress formally declared war on another country was more than 70 years ago. Since then, the United States has entered many wars largely at the discretion of the president. David Greene talks with veteran journalist Marvin Kalb, who examines how those decisions are made in his book The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed.
  • 'Europa Report': Small-Budget Film, Big-Picture Questions
    These days, science fiction movies are often expensive extravaganzas designed to be blockbusters. Europa Report was made on a small budget, but it asks the big questions that the best science fiction poses.
  • Bank Of America May Face Charges Related To Financial Crisis
    In a regulatory filing Thursday, Bank of America revealed it may be facing civil charges over its activities during the financial crisis. The bank disclosed an investigation by the Department of Justice related to residential mortgage-backed securities. Bank of America says it's cooperating.
  • Ex-Goldman Trader Found Liable For Fraud
    A federal jury in Manhattan has found former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre liable on six of the seven fraud charges against him. The Securities and Exchange Commission had accused Tourre of intentionally misleading investors in a mortgage-linked security he marketed in the days before the subprime mortgage market collapsed.

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