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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Flu shotHigh-risk groups to receive H1N1 vaccine first
    By the end of this week, some Minnesota pediatric clinics are expected to receive their first shipments of H1N1 influenza vaccine, but supplies are so limited at this point, state health officials have asked doctors only to offer the vaccine to the most medically-fragile kids.6:20 a.m.
  • Craig BensonMany Minnesotans spend too much income on housing
    For Craig Benson and other unemployed Minnesotans, making monthly rent or mortgage payments is a constant challenge. The latest census numbers from 2008 show the recession is making that struggle even tougher for many Minnesotans.7:20 a.m.
  • Wind farm siteNew Ulm 'bullying' its way to wind energy, landowners say
    The city of New Ulm wants to put up five wind turbines as a power source, but proposal has angered a group of landowners who say eminent domain is being used to secure rights for a wind energy project.7:25 a.m.
  • Bob Dylan's new Christmas albumMixed reviews for Bob Dylan's new Christmas album
    Early reviews are pouring in for Bob Dylan's new Christmas album and the verdict is anything but unanimous.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Health Care Bill Faces Fierce Debate In Senate
    After months of debate and delay, the Senate Finance Committee passed a health care overhaul bill Tuesday. All 13 Democrats on the committee and one Republican, Olympia Snowe, voted in favor. Nine Republicans voted against. The finance committee bill has no public option, and although Democrats say they plan to add one when it's combined with other bills in committee, they may risk losing support from moderate Republicans like Snowe.
  • N.Y. Mandates Flu Shots For Health Care Workers
    New York is the only state so far to require all workers in hospitals and clinics to get immunized against the flu. Advocates say it's a matter of patient safety, while opponents worry about the effectiveness and side effects. They also argue about the principle: They want control over what's injected into their bodies.
  • Author: Economic Changes Opened Doors For Women
    In When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, author Gail Collins chronicles the transformation of women in society. Many of today's career advances were created by market forces, she says.
  • Golf In Cross Hairs Of Venezuela's President
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has ordered the nationalization of the oil industry, steel and cement companies — even coffee roasters. Now, he could be taking aim at golf. He dismissed the sport as elitist this summer and has taken steps that could lead to the takeover of two courses. Some golfers are bracing for more.
  • U.S. Lawmakers Tout Aid Plan Criticized In Pakistan
    Pakistan's foreign minister is back in Washington this week amid much criticism in his own country over a multibillion-dollar American aid package. The authors of the bill — including Sen. John Kerry — are standing by the legislation but will try to clarify parts of it to ease Pakistani concerns.
  • Author: Pakistan, India At War In Afghanistan
    Journalist Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars, talks with Steve Inskeep about how Pakistan and India are fighting a proxy war in Afghanistan. Coll says Pakistan uses terrorist elements in Afghanistan to keep its regional rival off balance — while India sees Afghanistan as the key to meeting its vast energy needs.
  • Ford Recalls 4.5 Million Vehicles Over Fire Fears
    Ford Motor Co. is recalling 4.5 million vehicles, fearing that a cruise control "deactivation" switch could cause a fire. It's the largest single recall in the company's history, and it's part of a string of recalls connected to this problematic cruise control switch.
  • PepsiCo Apologizes Over Controversial IPhone App
    PepsiCo released an iPhone app that recommends pickup lines and other ways for guys to get girls. It was designed to promote Pepsi's new energy drink, Amp. After some people were offended and complained on Twitter, PepsiCo apologized.
  • An Urban Bookstore In Philly Finds Its Niche
    Even in the recession, a Philadelphia bookstore that specializes in urban fiction is flourishing. Many of the titles are written by people who live in Philly. Owner Hakim Hopkins says urban fiction has increased in popularity over the past few years, following the trend of hip-hop music.
  • Hybrids To Get Sound Effects For Pedestrian Safety
    When electric cars replace conventional vehicles, the roads get quieter — but maybe also more dangerous. The relatively quiet hybrids are prompting some pedestrians to complain that they can't hear the cars coming. Now automakers tell the New York Times that they are working to create sounds for their cars — kind of like ringtones.

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