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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Competing adsSenate ads distract and discourage
    Minnesotans are seeing more Senate campaign ads than ever before, thanks to Republican and Democratic candidates flush with campaign cash. Analysts say most of the ads are negative and that they are not designed to educate voters.6:50 a.m.
  • Accounting change emerges in bailout debate
    Critics of the Bush administration's Wall Street bailout plan say a change in how assets are accounted for on the books would help. It is called "mark-to-market" accounting, and they want it to go away.7:20 a.m.
  • A route 70 bus in downtown St. PaulState gas tax, bus fares increase today
    Whether you drive or take the bus, the cost of getting around in Minnesota is going up today. The state gas tax and transit fares all go up, thanks to last spring's transportation bill and recent Met Council action.7:25 a.m.
  • Citizenship quizRevamped citizenship test focuses more on concepts
    Starting today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin implementing a redesigned naturalization test that strives to be more meaningful.7:40 a.m.
  • Joe MauerTwins lose, season ends
    The 2008 season is over for the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox beat the Twins 1-0 Tuesday night in Chicago to clinch the American League Central Division title. Steve Rudolph, who writes for Minnesota Public Radio's Bleacher Bums blog, helps us look back at the season.7:45 a.m.
  • Jon GordonFuture Tense with Jon Gordon
    Presidential campaign plays out on search engines.8:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate Tries Its Hand At Passing Bailout Plan
    Calm settled on financial markets and Capitol Hill Tuesday after the House voted Monday to reject the Wall Street bailout plan. The Senate will vote Wednesday on a modified bill. Supporters hope a few changes will also lead to passage in the House.
  • U.S. Markets Wait Anxiously For Rescue Plan
    The stock markets regained some ground Tuesday after Monday's big sell-off when lawmakers in the House failed to pass the $700 billion bailout plan. But investors are still anxious as they maintain some hope that the Senate can pass a rescue plan.
  • Quirk In Ohio Law Permits Same-Day Voting
    People in Ohio this week may register to vote and cast an absentee ballot on the same day. Critics, including state Republicans, say this may open the door to voter fraud. Election officials are hoping to avoid a replay of 2004 when some people had to wait hours to vote.
  • On Election Day, Use Extra Caution When Driving
    Voting is your civic duty, but be careful how you get to the polls. A new study suggests that there is an increased risk of car crashes on presidential voting days.
  • Meal-Assembly Kitchens Feeling The Heat
    Just a few years ago, the meal-assembly business was the next big thing. But now, amid competition from big grocery store chains, some kitchens are retooling the idea.
  • Obama, McCain Court Voters In Israel
    Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain are expanding their get out the vote efforts beyond the U.S. Both campaigns are targeting citizens overseas in an effort to bolster their support. One of the largest expatriate communities is in Israel, where efforts are intensifying.
  • Popular Iraqi Song Perfect For A Road Trip
    Since Iraq has become less violent, it's gotten easier to move around the country. Even in Iraq, there's a need for the right song for a road trip. These days, that song is called "The Shotgun."
  • Economists Predict Lousy Holiday Shopping Season
    Some economists predict this could be the worst holiday shopping season since 1991. So to try to cash in early, Wal-Mart announced Wednesday it's cutting prices on popular toys, and will open its Christmas shops next week. The retailer says its shoppers are increasingly living from paycheck to paycheck, so they'll need to spread out their holiday shopping over a longer time frame.
  • FDIC Wants To Raise Deposit Insurance Limit
    In Washington Tuesday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. asked Congress to temporarily increase the size of accounts it insures above $100,000. It's a measure that has the support of presidential hopefuls and leaders of both parties in Congress.
  • Bush Signs Loan Package For Troubled Automakers
    President Bush signed into law Tuesday a mammoth spending bill to keep the government running until March 2009. The measure includes a $25 billion loan package for troubled automakers. Marina Whitman, a professor at the University of Michigan, says the loan should help the automakers hang on through the economic recovery.

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