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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Ainsworth Lumber Company plantIdled lumber plants may get second life in bioenergy business
    Canadian-owned Ainsworth Lumber Company permanently shuttered its plants in Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Cook earlier this year, and now those communities are wondering what's next for the huge, idle plants.6:50 a.m.
  • MailboxMinnesota post offices removed from possible closure list
    More than 20 post offices in Minnesota under review for possible closure will remain open, according to an updated list from the U.S. Postal Service.7:20 a.m.
  • U of M Extension celebrates 100 years
    This week, the University of Minnesota Extension, formerly known as the Extension Service, is celebrating its centennial. For 100 years, Extension has taken the knowledge gathered through research at the university and delivered it to the people of Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
  • Art HoundsArt Hounds: Full Moon Cabaret, 'None of the Above,' Paul Metzger
    This week's Art Hounds describe a cabaret where empty beer cans are a symbol of audience appreciation, an exhibition that relies heavily on the U.S. Postal Service, and an ingeniously original instrumentalist who's below the radar.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Minnesota Experiment Puts Patient Health First
    Doctors in one Minnesota network are trying out a system where they are paid a salary instead of per procedure ordered. They say their emphasis now is looking to keep patients healthy rather than ordering up expensive tests for those already ill.
  • Records Of Health Worker Misdeeds Kept Secret
    More than 100,000 health care workers are on a federal government list because they've been disciplined for stealing drugs, abusing patients and other misdeeds. But hospitals and nursing homes cannot check the database when they hire staff.
  • Drought Withers Iraqi Farms, Food Supplies
    As a two-year drought drags on, water is now so limited for agriculture that Iraq imports 80 percent of the food Iraqis eat. That means during the holy month of Ramadan, traditional foods that came from Iraqi farms are getting harder to find.
  • Market Pastries: Baking The Taste Of France
    Customers line up early at Bertrand Houlier's stand at the Montgomery Farm Women's Cooperative Market in Bethesda, Md. They're there for Houlier's French pastries — all kinds of sweet treats and breads. His specialty is the croissant.
  • Coveted Ambassadorships Go To Obama Fundraisers
    Japan is welcoming a new government and a new U.S. ambassador. John Roos isn't an expert on the region, but rather a Silicon Valley lawyer and political fundraiser. Choices such as this suggest President Obama is continuing a tradition of rewarding donors with plum assignments abroad, analysts say.
  • Haqqani Network's Reign Of Terror On Afghanistan
    The Haqqani Network is a terrorist group that is not as well known as the Taliban or al Qaida. From its base in Pakistan, the group has mounted a series of sophisticated attacks in Afghanistan. Vahid Brown, a terrorism expert and teacher at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, talks with Renee Montagne about the roots and reach of the Haqqani Network.
  • Heroin Destroying Lives At Home And In Afghanistan
    Recovering heroin addict Richard Farrell says a piece of his heart is going to war in Afghanistan, the world's top producer of the narcotic. Farrell's son William, a member of the U.S. Navy, is being deployed there. Farrell says the enemy his son will face has everything to do with heroin.
  • Report: SEC Missed Madoff 'Red Flags'
    The watchdog of the Securities and Exchange Commission says the agency missed glaring evidence that Bernard Madoff was cheating investors. Madoff is in prison for masterminding one of the country's largest Ponzi schemes. The SEC inspector general's report said three agency exams and two investigations of Madoff's business were incompetent, despite ample warnings of the multi-billion-dollar fraud.
  • For Netflix CEO, Change Is Just A Channel Thing
    Reed Hastings is the guy who brought you those little red envelopes — and the ubiquitous phrase, "It's in my queue." But he knows as well as anybody that his company's future will involve making those mailers a thing of the past.
  • YouTube May Delve Into Streaming Movies
    YouTube reportedly is talking with Hollywood studios about streaming new movies on a rental basis on its video Website. The Wall Street Journal reports it would test whether the online giant can persuade its millions of users to pay for premium content.

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