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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Standardized testingFewer than half of Minnesota students pass new statewide science tests
    Fewer than half of the students who took Minnesota's first statewide science test got passing marks. Officials with the state Department of Education said the results were disappointing.6:49 a.m.
  • Commentator Peter SmithMemories of workouts leave former football players conflicted
    Two-a-day football practice season has commenced in Minnesota, and something deep in the soul of every old high school football player -- including Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith -- yearns to suit up and lope out on to the practice field once more.6:53 a.m.
  • Home in StocktonSoutheast Minnesota still recovering from flood disaster
    Seven people died in flash floods that swept over southeastern Minnesota on August 19, 2007. The region is still in recovery.7:20 a.m.
  • Michael Phelps reacts after 8th gold medalOlympics' TV ratings soar
    There are a lot of people watching the Olympics this year, and that's been good news for NBC's affiliates in Minnesota. This past weekend, nearly 40 million people watched during the half hour when Michael Phelps won his record eighth gold medal.7:54 a.m.
  • the new Apple iPhoneFuture Tense with Jon Gordon
    After living 30 days with the new 3G iPhone, one tech writer calls the device "amazing and maddening."8:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Search Is On For Pakistan's Next President
    Political leaders in Pakistan are looking for a new president. Pervez Musharraf stepped down Monday to avoid being impeached. The Bush administration — which saw Musharraf as an important ally — is watching the search for a replacement closely. On the streets of Pakistan's cities, though, reaction to his departure is mixed.
  • Has U.S. Relied Too Much On Musharraf?
    Pakistan's outgoing President Pervez Musharraf was a close U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida. But critics say the Bush administration relied on him too much, and that he didn't do enough to rein in the Taliban. With Musharraf out, Pakistan is expected to concentrate on preventing extremism inside Pakistan rather than across the border.
  • 'Amenity Migrants' Alter Life In Resort Towns
    Summer vacation season is winding down, but desire to move to the beach or the mountains is running strong. An increasing number of people are translating that urge into a reality.
  • U.S. Shooter Wins Bronze After Rival Fails Drug Test
    A few days ago, Jason Turner's hopes for an Olympic medal were dashed by a fourth place finish in the 10-meter air pistol event. But when a North Korean shooter, who finished third, tested positive for a banned substance, Turner moved up to earn the bronze medal.
  • NATO Ministers Meet On Georgia Conflict
    NATO leaders say there will be "no business as usual" with Russia.
  • Europe Considers Joining Space-Faring Nations
    Europe's space agency reached two milestones earlier this year. A European-built lab was installed at the International Space Station, and Europe launched a robotic cargo vehicle that successfully docked with the station. The European Space Agency is thinking about converting the vehicle so it could take astronauts into orbit.
  • Banking, Housing Worries Drive Down Stocks
    Oil prices were down again Tuesday — about a dollar a barrel — despite concerns about Tropical Storm Fay in the Gulf of Mexico. But the oil news was overshadowed by the financial markets, where concern about banking and housing were driving stocks lower.
  • Shares Of Fannie, Freddie Hit 20-Year Low
    Stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac took a beating Monday on Wall Street. Investors are growing increasingly worried about the need for a government bailout.
  • What Happens To Patrons' Cash When Bank Fails?
    Banks are failing as a result of the housing crisis, and a former chief economist with the International Monetary Fund predicted Tuesday that the global financial crisis is far from over. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks about what happens to people with money in a bank that fails.
  • Calif. Home Sales Up Amid Drastic Price Cuts
    The number of home sales is finally increasing in Southern California, one of the hardest-hit areas. The bad news is that about half of the homes were sold as part of foreclosure proceedings, and it appears that many homes finally moved because of drastic price reductions.

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