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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minneapolis, St. Paul will grapple with what to pay new superintendents
    Two of Minnesota's three largest school districts will spend a lot of time in coming months looking for new leadership. Each district will try to find the best person, but they'll also have to figure out what to pay and how that compensation will be structured.6:50 a.m.
  • St. Paul Mayor Chris ColemanColeman, Ng advance after St. Paul mayor primary
    St. Paul voters have whittled their mayoral choices to DFL incumbent Chris Coleman and Republican-endorsed political newcomer Eva Ng.7:20 a.m.
  • Staging areaOil pipeline pumping millions of dollars into area communities
    A controversial new oil pipeline called the Alberta Clipper has created thousands of construction jobs across northern Minnesota and is bringing millions of dollars into communities all along the pipeline route.7:25 a.m.
  • Dominic PapatolaArts program for disabled to get Legacy money
    This week, the first arts program funded with money from Minnesota's so-called Legacy amendment was announced. It came from a small Minneapolis non-profit organization which unveiled a plan to make arts programming more available to people with disabilities.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • 1 Year Later, How's The Financial System Overhaul?
    A year ago, Congress approved hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to prop up some of the nation's mightiest financial institutions — and lawmakers vowed to revamp a regulatory system they said had failed. But no such overhaul has occurred.
  • Greener Houston Grapples With Diversity And Sprawl
    The city of Houston faces two main challenges as it grows: protecting its environment and preserving its character. Local politicians are trying new approaches to solving those issues. A series of reports explores how their efforts are faring.
  • Mideast Discord Thwarts A Palestinian Love Story
    They are engaged — Amani from the Gaza Strip and Basheer of the occupied West Bank. But even though they are both of the same religion and the same nationality, they cannot get married. She needs government approval to move, and she's been waiting for years.
  • U.S. Official Clashes With U.N. Over Afghan Poll Fraud
    American diplomat Peter Galbraith and Kai Eide, the top U.N. official in Afghanistan, are at odds over how to respond to the massive vote-rigging that allegedly took place in the presidential election. Galbraith wants a fuller recount of the ballots, but Eid prefers a more backroom approach. The inability to narrow their differences led to Galbraith's departure from Kabul last weekend.
  • Dead Al-Qaida Suspect Tied To Somali Youths In U.S.
    Earlier this week, U.S. Special Forces killed a man U.S. intelligence said was the link between an Islamic militia in Somalia and al-Qaida in Pakistan. But he also had a connection to the U.S. that has not been reported: He was a senior instructor for new al-Shabab recruits, including a handful of young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis.
  • Houses Of Worship Open Doors To Swine Flu
    The opportunity to spread the virus abounds in churches, synagogues and mosques. Religious leaders question whether rituals such as drinking wine from the same chalice, passing the Torah and cleansing before prayer need to be altered.
  • Exploring A Moon By Boat
    Scientists are designing a "lake lander" that would set sail on one of Saturn's moons. Titan is the only place in our solar system other than Earth known to have bodies of liquid on its surface, making this the first spaceship that lives up to the name.
  • Poll Shows Most Americans Oppose Bailouts
    A year after the financial crisis struck with full force, a new poll by The Associated Press and the nonpartisan National Constitution Center finds a solid majority of Americans oppose the government's decision to rescue companies. About 60 percent said the government should not be involved in private companies, even if the failure of those companies would hurt the economy.
  • Bernanke Says Recession Appears To Be Over
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the recession appears to be over, but he cautioned that the economy probably won't grow very fast for a while, and unemployment is likely to remain high. He made the remarks Tuesday, shortly after the release of some encouraging new data about retail sales.
  • In N.Y., Cheesecloth And A Scaled-Back Fashion Week
    Sally Singer, the fashion news and features editor of Vogue, says that she's seeing more "humble fabrics" on the runway this year, including linen, T-shirt jersey and, yes, even cheesecloth.

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