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Thursday, August 18, 2011

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  • The post office that may become a mosquePlymouth mosque plan goes forward despite some tension
    A proposal to house a mosque in a soon-to-closed suburban post office is now heading to the Plymouth City Council, after being reviewed by the city's planning commission Wednesday night.6:50 a.m.
  • Poll shows unhappiness with state budget deal
    A new poll shows a large majority of Minnesotans aren't happy about how their elected leaders balanced the state budget this year. Two-thirds of the people polled say they're dissatisfied with the budget deal DFL Gov. Mark Dayton struck with the Republican controlled legislature. The poll also tested the popularity of various budget balancing proposals, including further spending cuts, as well as increasing tax revenue. The poll was conducted by Wilder Research on behalf of the Bush Foundation.7:20 a.m.
  • Political adsSome political ads not subject to campaign disclosure laws
    A ruling on issue-based political advertisements comes in the case of ads that aired before last year's gubernatorial campaign calling for a constitutional vote on marriage.7:25 a.m.
  • Noga familyThe Face of Hunger: As jobs leave Kanabec Co., poverty and hunger rise
    With an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent -- among the state's highest -- Kanabec County has many people in need, some for the first time.7:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama To Propose Jobs Measure After Vacation
    President Obama is off to New England on Thursday afternoon for a family vacation. He returned to the White House Wednesday night after a three-day bus tour through the upper Midwest. The campaign-style trip produced little in the way of new ideas for boosting job growth.
  • Benefits For Severely Disabled Children Scrutinized
    The Supplemental Security Income program has grown nearly 40 percent since 2002, with the biggest increase among kids with mental, behavioral and learning disorders. That rise in costs — and recent criticism about the potential for fraud and abuse — make SSI a target for federal budget cutters.
  • Mineral Companies Eye Greenland's Untapped Wealth
    In Greenland, the search is on for big deposits of oil and gas. Driven by high commodity prices, international companies are also looking for other riches, including diamonds and gold. And this is raising some environmental, social and economic issues.
  • London Riots: Does The Punishment Fit The Crime?
    Two weeks after the shooting by police of a man in London led to rioting and looting, Britain is coming to terms with how to deal with the perpetrators of that violence. Courts have been working around the clock, but there are criticisms that initial sentences have been too harsh. Paul Lewis, of the Guardian, talks to Renee Montagne about the riot aftermath.
  • Can Low-Key Sen. Murray Guide Supercommittee?
    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is co-chairwoman of the bipartisan committee charged with cutting more than $1 trillion from the deficit. Some Democrats worry that the mild-mannered former teacher won't be tough enough for the high-stakes negotiations.
  • Economist Argues Deficit Helps Economic Crisis Mend
    University of Texas economist James Galbraith says there is no long-term deficit problem. He tells David Greene that in an economic crisis, deficits help restore equilibrium. Galbraith says as long as interest rates stay below the growth rate, debt-to-GDP levels will stabilize and even decline.
  • Justice Department Puts S&P Under A Microscope
    The Justice Department reportedly is investigating Standard and Poor's to see whether the nation's largest credit ratings agency improperly rated mortgage securities prior to the financial crisis. The New York Times says the probe started before S&P downgraded the nation's credit rating earlier this month.
  • Retailer Doesn't Like What It Sees On 'Jersey Shore '
    Abercrombie and Fitch is offering to pay one of the stars of MTV's Jersey Shore program to not wear its clothing in public. The company says Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino's image is contrary to the image it wants to cultivate.
  • The Addictive Appeal Of Bananagrams
    Bananagrams is an anagram puzzle built for speed — think of Scrabble with no board or complicated scoring. And despite a down economy and heavy competition from smartphone apps, the company that makes the game is thriving.
  • Billionaire's New Found Wealth Brings Grief
    Otelo Vizcaino of Orlando, Fla., checked his bank balance last week and discovered he was a billionaire. But the accidental billionaire was not pleased with his new-found wealth. That's because the enormous sum raised the alarm at the SunTrust Bank and his account was frozen.

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