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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Target cashierCount all the numbers, and the job picture looks even bleaker
    The official U.S. employment rate for July is 5.7 percent. It's also 10.3 percent, and that higher number may be a more accurate reflection of the nation's job market.6:51 a.m.
  • Obama leads McCainMPR poll: Obama leads, but contest is fluid
    A new Minnesota Public Radio and University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll shows Democrat Barack Obama leading John McCain in the state, but the race is still very fluid.7:20 a.m.
  • U of M studyU of M study shows cancer hits American Indians at higher rates
    The first large-scale national study of cancer rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives shows they face highers rates of several forms of cancer than the rest of the population.7:24 a.m.
  • State fair crowdFried food on a stick? It's fair time.
    Over the next 12 days, 1.6 million people are expected to meander and munch their way through the Minnesota State Fair. Whether they're looking for mini-donuts, cheese curds, or the latest fried food on a stick, they'll find it at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.7:50 a.m.
  • Jon GordonFuture Tense with Jon Gordon
    The FTC announced new rules this week that will prohibit recorded sales calls, beginning in September 2009. But an exception to the new rule has drawn the ire of one advocacy group.8:20 a.m.
  • Crowds at the Minnesota State FairState Fair features plenty of entertainment
    The Minnesota State Fair opens Thursday and runs through Labor Day in Falcon Heights. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola runs down some of the entertainment offerings.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Russia-NATO Divide Widens Amid Georgia Conflict
    Officials on both sides of the conflict are still thinking in Cold War terms, experts say, even though it ended more than 20 years ago. NATO is a much different organization now, but relations with Russia are strained.
  • Pakistani Envoy Sees New Phase For Terror War
    The departure of Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, will aid the fight against terrorism, according to Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States. "Unfortunately, there was no chemistry between Gen. Musharraf and President Karzai," Haqqani said. But NATO troops will still be kept out of Pakistan, he said.
  • Developers Improvise As Economy Falters
    Does it still make sense to build homes in the farthest suburbs, as gas prices rise and housing prices fall? Some developers say it does, if they create a different kind of suburb: a township community with stores in walking distance of the houses.
  • Fay Swamps Florida; Governor Seeks Federal Aid
    Tropical Storm Fay has flooded hundreds of homes and caused tornadoes in parts of Florida. Gov. Charlie Crist has described the flooding as catastrophic and requested that President Bush issue a federal disaster declaration.
  • To Lower Blood Pressure, Open Up And Say 'Om'
    Meditating daily can lower blood pressure and reduce dependence on medication, according to a new study. Relaxation techniques increase the formation of a compound that opens up blood vessels, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
  • In The ER, Unhealthy Premium On Insurance Data
    After rushing a stranger to the emergency room, health economist Philip Musgrove discovered that getting insurance information can trump getting emergency care.
  • Web Site Comparing U.S. Hospitals Expanded
    The Department of Health and Human Services has beefed up its Web site that compares hospitals, making more information available to consumers.
  • Fannie, Freddie Shares Slumping; Indy Gets A Break
    After trading at $60 or $70 a share a year ago, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in the single-digit range — and slipping further. But there's some hopeful news for struggling homeowners whose mortgages are held by IndyMac Bank, which was taken over by the government.
  • Workplace Deaths Hit All-Time Low
    The latest figures from the Labor Department show a sharp decline in workplace fatalities. They're lower than at any point since the department started keeping track.
  • Quarter Of U.S. Workers Get No Paid Vacation
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one-quarter of workers in the United States get no paid vacation at all. And non-union workers get more time off than union workers during their first years on the job, though the union workers start getting extra vacation after 10 or 20 years on the job.

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