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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rep. Michele BachmannBachmann vs. Clark -- how close a race in the 6th?
    Since her last election win in 2008, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's national profile has only grown. That might suggest she'll have any easy time in er re-election bid this year against DFLer Tarryl Clark. But some political observers say it won't necessarily be a cakewalk.6:25 a.m.
  • Lorie Skjerven GildeaMinnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice: State's justice system "at the brink"
    Lorie Gildea, chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, said Tuesday that part of the solution to addressing the justice system's budget woes is educating people about the its role in society.7:20 a.m.
  • Franklin AvenueFranklin Avenue plan would create urban Indian cultural corridor
    Orange banners that say "American Indian cultural corridor" recently went up along a small stretch of Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. They're the first step in a project that organizers hope will change the street's tough reputation, and make it a national attraction.7:25 a.m.
  • Victims and press conferenceURS settles with 35W bridge collapse victims
    Payments are on the way to the survivors and family members of those who were killed when the old 35W bridge collapsed in August 2007. The engineering company that was working on the bridge when it has agreed to pay out $52 million to settle claims by victims of the disaster.7:40 a.m.
  • Essayist's favorite State Fair memory
    The State Fair opens Thursday, and like most Minnesotans, essayist Peter Smith has his own favorite memory of state fairs past.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Kids Face Differing Realities In New Orleans Schools
    For many children of New Orleans, their world was turned upside down five years ago when Katrina swept through the city. Since their return, one misfit became a star, while another teen struggles to get the attention he needs. Meanwhile, the school system continues undergoing major changes.
  • Rebirth Brass Band Flourishes After Katrina
    The story of Hurricane Katrina can't be told without music, which is at the center of New Orleans culture. After the storm, Morning Edition heard from Phil Frazier, co-founder of the Rebirth Brass Band. Two weeks after Katrina, the band kept their tour dates.
  • Wired Homes Keep Tabs On Aging Parents
    Baby boomers are increasingly relying on sensors and cameras to monitor their parents' well-being. With cameras watching most every movement, starring in what seems like a daily reality show won't appeal to everyone, but some welcome the supervision and company.
  • Residents Of Pakistani Town Battle Indus River
    In Pakistan, the southern town of Shahdad Kot never expected to be hit by the massive flooding that is sweeping south through the country. But the Indus River breached its banks farther north and sent water cascading toward the rice farming region. The people of Shahdad Kot banded together to build a levee in a matter of days.
  • Homebuyers' Dilemma: Has Market Bottomed?
    Existing home sales statistics released Tuesday show a remarkable decline -- 27 percent -- in July, hitting their lowest level in 15 years. Predicting when the market will turn around is occupying many smart minds these days. But analysts say any significant recovery is unlikely until the job market improves.
  • Half-Off Cupcakes And More: The Lure Of Web Deals
    Deep discounts from Web companies like Groupon and LivingSocial have brought thousands of customers to stores and restaurants. But when thousands of people take up an offer, the results can be overwhelming.
  • George's Dentures Shine At Dentistry Museum
    The question of what George Washington's false teeth were made of may be the oldest bit of trivia in the United States. But at the National Museum of Dentistry, it's anything but a trivial matter -- the dentures are the star exhibit.
  • Crude Oil Prices Fall To Seven-Week Low
    Oil markets have their eye on the end of summer, which means the end of the U.S. driving season. That's when demand for fuel normally slows down. This year, oil stockpiles are unusually high. Crude oil prices now have fallen to a seven-week low of about $72 a barrel.
  • 2 Iowa Farms Recall 550 Million Tainted Eggs
    Two Iowa farms have recalled 550 million eggs linked to a salmonella outbreak. While the recall spells bad news for those farms, it may be boosting prices for other egg producers. Since the recall, wholesale egg prices increased by about 30 percent.
  • To Start A Spinoff Biz, Look To Utah
    When it comes to creating new start-ups from academic research, only MIT compares to the University of Utah -- despite the fact that MIT's research budget is five times larger. Now officials from colleges around the country are flocking to Salt Lake City to learn the school's secret.

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