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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minneapolis Mayor R.T. RybakR.T. Rybak says reading is a priority for him
    For our Bookshelf series, we asked Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to select a book that is important to him. He selected "The Heartsong of Charging Elk" by James Welch.6:48 a.m.
  • weeHouseThe weeHouse comes to Linden Hills
    A tree-lined street in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis just got a new neighbor. A house featuring a revolutionary design arrived on Ewing Street on the back of a truck.7:19 a.m.
  • SmileDentists visit schools to help low-income kids
    Thousands of children in St. Paul will get free or low-cost dental checkups this year. The care doesn't come from a government program, but from a partnership between businesses and nonprofit groups.7:54 a.m.
  • Olga VisoDominic Papatola on the challenges facing the new Walker director
    Dominic Papatola, theater critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and regular arts commentator on Morning Edition, talks with host Cathy Wurzer about the challenges facing the newly hired director of the Walker Arts Center, Olga Viso.8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Petraeus: U.S. Must 'Do the Math' on Iraq Troops
    Gen. David Petraeus says U.S. troop levels in Iraq should be further reduced after mid-2008, when they are expected to return to pre-"surge" levels of about 130,000. But he tells NPR that U.S. commanders are still assessing how deep the cuts should be.
  • Tally of Sectarian Deaths in Iraq Questioned
    Gen. David Petraeus cited specific numbers to highlight U.S. military success in Iraq. But skeptics are suspicious of the declining totals he reported on victims of sectarian violence, saying the figures do not account for all victims.
  • Putin Makes Surprise Pick for Russian Premier
    Russian President Vladimir Putin picks a relatively unknown government official to be the country's new prime minister. The surprise nomination of Victor Zubkov leads to speculation about Putin's ultimate motives.
  • New Case of Foot-And-Mouth Disease Hits Britain
    Confirmation of a new case of foot-and-mouth disease has sent shockwaves across Britain's farming community. Four days ago the government declared it had successfully eradicated the highly contagious disease. Now there's a national ban on the movement of cattle, sheep and pigs.
  • Trial Begins for Polygamist Warren Jeffs
    The trial of Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is under way in southern Utah. The church is the nation's largest polygamist sect. The trial centers on the arranged marriage of an allegedly unwilling teen to her cousin.
  • 'Red List' Sheds Light on Species Extinction Crisis
    Scientists have released an updated list of the world's most endangered plants and animals. It's called the Red List and among other things, it shows that gorillas, Asian crocodiles and coral reefs are in a lot of trouble.
  • Medical Care Often Inaccessible to Disabled Patients
    A lot of medical equipment requires that patients stand or climb, activities that people with disabilities often can't do. As a result, people with disabilities sometimes skip routine exams or aren't examined properly.
  • China's Sany to Open U.S. Business in Georgia
    The Chinese manufacturer Sany says it will move jobs to the U.S., opening a plant for heavy construction equipment outside Atlanta. Sany's vertical concrete pumps are common at high-rise construction sites in the U.S.
  • Treasury Chief Urges Refinancing for Homeowners
    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson urges large mortgage companies to help homeowners by refinancing their loans. Many homeowners face steep increases in their mortgage payments, putting them at risk of losing their homes.
  • Borrowers Hoodwinked by Deceptive Ads
    Many borrowers in trouble were pulled in by deceptive ads such as LowerMyBills.com. The ads featured dancing figures, apparently happy about low-loan rates. One ad claimed a "$145,000 mortgage for under $499 a month!" Scroll to the bottom to see payments actually double over time.

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