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Monday, October 3, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • State Sen. David Hann, R-Eden PrairieShowdown coming in Minn. over health exchanges
    Health insurance exchanges are one of the pillars of the federal health care overhaul. Under the law, Minnesota, like all states, will eventually have an exchange -- an online marketplace where consumers and small businesses can compare and buy health plans. But there's a battle shaping up over who will design and run it.6:20 a.m.
  • Michele Bachmann, Marcus BachmannBachmann's third quarter fundraising ability faces questions
    It may be that Michele Bachmann is simply hoarding her dollars at the end of the third quarter fundraising cycle, but political strategists speculate that the campaign is in financial straits.7:20 a.m.
  • Maya MooreRowdy crowd cheers Lynx to Game 1 victory
    More than 15,000 people filled the Target Center for the game, waving free, white pom-poms under video screens that read, "Atlanta Dream, Welcome to your Nightmare."7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • China's Red-Hot Growth Gives Policymakers Pause
    The U.S. economy is struggling to grow. The European Union is trying to contain a debt crisis. And, in a case of bad timing, the world's fastest-growing major economy, China, is trying to slow down to stem high inflation and what some fear is a housing bubble.
  • Anti-Gadhafi Loyalists Accused Of Abusing Power
    Residents of the Libyan capital Tripoli are growing increasingly angry at abuses said to be carried out by armed anti-Gadhafi groups. Some allege that once rebel fighting brigades have become criminal gangs, looting and intimidating at will.
  • NPR Turns To Public Television For New Leader
    Gary Knell will take over as CEO and president after a rocky year in which the network lost several top executives and faced renewed funding challenges. He currently leads the company behind Sesame Street and other beloved children's shows.
  • How Declining Birth Rates Hurt Global Economies
    Around the world, there are more aging people and fewer young people to take care of them. A new study about the trend suggests this demographic shift could drag down the global economy. The report is called "The Sustainable Demographic Dividend." Co-author Phillip Longman, a senior research fellow with the New America Foundation, talks to Lynn Neary about the study.
  • Italian Appeals Court To Decide Amanda Knox's Fate
    American Amanda Knox has a chance at freedom after spending four years behind bars in Italy. An Italian appeals court will decide Monday whether she killed her British roommate. Knox, who says she's innocent, was convicted in 2009 along with Raffaele Sollecito in the death of fellow student Meredith Kercher. David Greene talks about the trial with Barbie Nadeau, a reporter for Newsweek, who has written a book about the trial.
  • Shortages Lead Doctors To Ration Critical Drugs
    Drug shortages may be the new normal in U.S. medical care, experts say. Most drug shortages occur because something goes wrong in the manufacturing process that halts production.
  • Wall Street Protests Spread To Other Cities
    A growing protest movement in Manhattan is entering its third week. It's been fueled by the arrests over the weekend of more than 700 people, who were trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. The movement is called Occupy Wall Street and it's spread to other cities including Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles
  • In 'Boomerang,' Cheap Credit Exposes Nations' Flaws
    No two countries are experiencing the global financial crisis in the same way. And author Michael Lewis says you can tell a lot about each country by looking at its problems. To research for his new book, Boomerang, Lewis visited some of the most financially challenged countries in the world.
  • Alibaba CEO Says He Wants To Buy Yahoo
    Several days ago at Stanford University, a Chinese executive said he was "very interested in Yahoo." Jack Ma runs a giant e-commerce website in China called Alibaba. Six years ago, Yahoo bought a 40 percent stake in Alibaba, and is the biggest investor in the Chinese site. But Yahoo fortunes have waned, making it takeover target.
  • Debt Committee's Fail-Safe Might Already Be Undone
    If the debt reduction supercommittee deadlocks, or if Congress rejects its work, by law automatic across-the-board budget cuts — half of them from defense spending — will be triggered. Already, talk is growing of undoing that trigger.

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