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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Illegal robocalls happening in Minnesota
    Maybe this has happened to you recently. Your phone rings, and when you answer, it's not a person on the other end of the line, it's a recording offering you a lower credit card interest rate, a new home security system or information about health insurance. They're called "press one" calls, and they're illegal. The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer protection gets between 650 and 900 complaints a month from Minnesotans who've received "press one" calls.6:55 a.m.
  • Peg KroghDuluth nurses vote today on contract, one-day strike
    Union leaders are urging members to reject the contracts, and authorize a one-day strike. Negotiations have been stuck on the issue of staffing, with nurses wanting specific contract language to give them the authority to add staff on busy days.7:20 a.m.
  • Will DelaneyInterest in solar thermal energy heating up
    State money is available for a solar rebate system that's considered more efficient at converting the sun's rays into energy we can use.7:25 a.m.
  • Limping off fieldDetails on Favre return expected today
    We're expecting the equivalent of a presidential news conference today for Vikings Nation. Quarterback Brett Favre is expected to take to the podium at the team's headquarters in Eden Prairie. Favre flew in to Minnesota from his home in Mississippi yesterday afternoon in a private jet. While no official announcement has been made, everything points to Favre coming back to the Vikings to play his his 20th year in the NFL.8:25 a.m.
  • Tom Emmer, Mark Dayton, Tom HornerGeneral election strategy emerges in debates
    There have already been three Minnesota gubernatorial debates in the eight days since the August 10 primary election. DFLer Mark Dayton, the Independence Party's Tom Horner, and Republican Tom Emmer have participated in all three so far.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Kerry: Crucial For Karzai To Act Against Corruption
    Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) met Tuesday with Afghan President Karzai in Kabul. After Karzai won re-election last year, in what most considered a fraudulent election, relations with the U.S. were severely strained. It was a visit from Kerry that was credited with reviving ties. This time Kerry brought a different message: Patience is running out back home.
  • Changing Role Of Turkey's Military Raises Questions
    Turkey's AK Party, with roots in Islam, has consolidated power, and the military has seen its revered place in Turkish society diminish. Some of those who favor a modern Turkish state -- including civilian control over the military -- worry that in the name of democratic reform the government is accumulating too much power.
  • North Korea Joins Twitter, YouTube
    The North Korean government has announced it has joined the social media craze. It now has its own Twitter account and a channel on YouTube.
  • Stories From The 'Savage Mountain': Death On K2
    K2 — sometimes referred to as the "holy grail of mountaineering" — is just 800 feet shorter than Mount Everest, but it is a much more dangerous climb. Writer Nick Heil reviews three new books about expeditions up one of the world's most deadly peaks.
  • Unearthed Ship In NYC Offers Clues Of Colonial Life
    Conservators in Maryland are poring over a ship, thought to have been a cargo vessel from the 1700s, that was uncovered at the site of the World Trade Center. From the wooden ship's size to the tiny good luck charms found aboard, it's offering a new perspective on history.
  • Hungry For Oil: Feeding America's Expensive Habit
    Extracting oil is not as simple as it used to be. The easy-to-find oil is drying up, and companies are taking on more expensive and complicated drilling techniques as a result. These practices, like the hydraulic fracturing that is driving the North Dakota oil boom, raise concerns among environmentalists.
  • Foreign Service Officers Fight Retirement Age Cap
    When are you too old to represent the U.S. abroad? That question is on the minds of some Foreign Service officials who are bumping up against a mandatory retirement age of 65. One has filed a lawsuit calling the rule unconstitutional.
  • Indian Outsourcers Eye American Workers
    American call center employees are becoming almost as cheap as their Indian counterparts, according to the head of one of India's biggest outsourcing companies. In an interview with the Financial Times, Pramod Bhasin says the weak U.S. labor market and rising wages in India have narrowed what were once large differences in pay.
  • American Apparel Subpoenaed Over Accounting Issue
    Retailer American Apparel is famous for its hip clothes that are made in downtown Los Angeles by workers who are paid a livable wage. American Apparel's accounts have resigned, and the company has received a subpoena from prosecutors.
  • Extreme Home Staging Spotlights Human Props
    In a dismal housing market, home sellers are increasingly staging their homes -- furnishing and decorating them to make them more appealing to buyers. But some are doing it with a twist: hiring a "house manager" to live in the property.

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