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Friday, September 10, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mark DaytonDayton courts metro voters after soft primary support
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton is spending a lot of time these days trying to appeal to voters in the Twin Cities metropolitan area who largely ignored him in last month's primary election.7:20 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleySeptember windy and cold
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about weather in September, which has been windier and colder than normal.7:25 a.m.
  • NSC gameProfessional soccer in Minn. could get the boot
    A series of financial missteps and new, tougher requirements for team owners may spell the end for the state's minor league soccer franchise, the Blaine-based NSC Stars.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Claims Czar's Slow Pace Frustrates Gulf Businesses
    It's been almost three weeks since Kenneth Feinberg took over the claims payment process for the oil spill. Residents and businesses along the Gulf Coast are still waiting, in frustration and often in desperation, for claims to be paid out.
  • Bipartisan Tax Overhaul Faces Uphill Battle
    A Republican and a Democrat have teamed up to push a proposal for saving time, sweat and paper: a one-page tax return. But is there any way to streamline the tax breaks in the 3.7 million-word tax code? Each complication has its constituency and interest group lobbyists.
  • Arrested Mexican Kingpin Sheds Light On Drug War
    Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal was one of Mexico's most wanted men until his recent arrest. The U.S. citizen is one of the highest-ranking drug cartel suspects captured alive in Mexico's increasingly violent drug war -- and so far, he has been a fountain of information.
  • Joaquin Phoenix, 'Still Here' (But Not All There?)
    Despite the dominance of reality shows on television, it's become harder and harder to tell what's actually real and what's been augmented, massaged or just plain made up. Casey Affleck's new film, said to be a documentary about an actor in full flame-out, is only going to add fuel to that fire.
  • U.N. Report: More Than 500 Rapes In Eastern Congo
    United Nations peacekeepers now say up to 500 people were raped over a four-day period this summer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That's double the number previously reported. Linda Wertheimer talks with Margot Wallstrom, special representative on sexual violence in conflict, about the mass rapes.
  • Seattle Probes Police Shooting Of Native American
    Seattle has been shaken by a pair of police-involved shootings -- the most troubling of which took the life of a Native American man, who may not have understood -- or even heard -- the warnings from the officer who shot him.
  • Zapping Inmates To Control Them: Harmless Or Torture?
    Los Angeles authorities have unveiled a new high-tech device designed to get rowdy inmates in line: a mechanism that blasts millimeter beams that simulate intense heat. But the ACLU sent a letter to the L.A. sheriff asking him to reconsider what it says could be a torture device.
  • Apple Reveals Guidelines For App Approval
    Apple is relaxing its rules for app developers. The changes allow programmers to use Flash to develop mobile applications for the popular iPhone and iPad. But Apple will still not allow its mobile products to access Flash-based websites. Critics have said for years the company's software development rules are too strict.
  • Optimistic Small Businesses Brave Uncertain Economy
    Confidence among American small business owners has never been so low for so long, an industry study says. But some entrepreneurs in Arizona are risking their savings, determined to beat the odds.
  • Ruminants Make Excellent Weed Whackers
    Tammy Dunakin owns Rent-a-Ruminant LLC. She takes her herd of about 120 goats to sites in the Seattle area, fences them in and lets them munch on unwanted brush. Dunakin says they're great for steep areas that mowing equipment can't handle.

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