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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Opposing school changesMinneapolis schools in line for major overhaul
    The Minneapolis School Board will vote tonight on a plan called "Changing School Options," which will close some buildings, reorganize others, and change bus routes.6:50 a.m.
  • Savoring parent-teacher conferences the 4th time around
    In schools all across Minnesota, the lights will be on late these next few weeks as students, parents, and teachers get together for those start-of-the-year conferences. It all has commentator Peter Smith in a parent-teacher conference -- with himself.6:55 a.m.
  • Survey shows disparities in health care coverage for Minnesota kids
    Minnesota ranks third in the nation in the percentage of people who have health insurance, according to recent figures from the U.S. Census, but new survey data indicate some disparities around the state -- particularly for kids.7:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Who's Representing The Uninsured On Capitol Hill?
    Of the 100 congressional districts with the highest uninsured rates, 53 are represented either by Republicans — who are fighting Obama's attempt to overhaul health care — or by Blue Dogs — conservative Democrats who have slowed down and diluted overhaul proposals.
  • Doctors On Salary, One Key To Mayo's Success
    During the health care debate, President Obama and others have evoked the venerated name of Mayo. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has been singled out as a top flight provider of health care and a program which also manages to keep costs down. President of the Mayo Clinic Dr. Denis Cortese talks with Linda Wertheimer about the key to the clinic's success.
  • Mystery Still Swirls Around Alcatraz Escape
    Three inmates dug a hole in their cells, crawled three stories to the roof, and escaped from the maximum security prison almost 50 years ago. The FBI says the men drowned. But given that they had a raft, life jackets, favorable winds and a big head start, did they survive? U.S. marshals are still chasing down leads.
  • Obama On 'Late Night': It's Not All Laughs
    President Obama says he believes the economy will eventually be "stronger than before." In an interview with David Letterman on CBS's Late Show, Obama said there's been an uptick in manufacturing, but "we are not out of the woods yet." Obama added that Afghanistan is a difficult mission that he is reassessing.
  • Former GOP Leader Delay Tries His Hand At Dancing
    Former Republican Majority Leader Tom Delay is the first politician to compete on Dancing With The Stars. In Monday night's season premier, Delay and his partner Cheryl Burke scored a 16 out of a possible 30 from the judges, and then viewers got a chance to vote.
  • Clock Is Ticking On Copenhagen Climate Treaty
    A treaty that would shift countries away from fossil fuels and toward cleaner energy is supposed to be introduced at the U.N. climate meeting in Copenhagen this December. But experts say time to make a deal is running out.
  • Energy Issues Fight For Obama's Attention
    Governments and industries around the world will gauge the president's commitment to ambitious energy legislation passed earlier this year in the House. Considering all the other issues on the president's plate, does he have the time to help push the measure through Congress?
  • Bank Of America Faces SEC Trial Over Bonuses
    The Securities and Exchange Commission says it plans to go to trial against Bank of America over billions of dollars in bonuses paid at Merrill Lynch. Regulators say the bank failed to properly inform shareholders that it was letting Merrill pay billions of dollars in bonuses to investment bankers — even though Merrill lost billions more that same year. A federal judge last week threw out a $33 million proposed settlement of the case.
  • Flavored Cigarettes Banned From Retailers Shelves
    Cigarette manufactures and retailers have been preparing for the first major change of the new Tobacco Control Act. Beginning Tuesday, they will no longer be able to make or sell flavored cigarettes designed to taste like fruit, candy and spices.
  • Is Trade War Brewing Over Chinese Tire Imports?
    President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao meet in New York Tuesday in an attempt to prevent a major trade war. Tensions have mounted over stiff import duties the U.S. slapped on Chinese tires more than a week ago. The Chinese fear other countries will follow the U.S. lead.

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