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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • MEA conferenceTraditional teachers' convention gives students long weekend
    Most school children in Minnesota have Thursday and Friday off, a break that happens every year to coincide with a teachers' convention in St. Paul.6:20 a.m.
  • Moorhead builds a secondary leveeFlood-control projects hinge on economic impact numbers
    The Army Corps of Engineers has identified 14 options in Fargo-Moorhead for flood control, but there's a catch. For a plan to gain federal approval, the benefit to taxpayers must be greater than the project cost.6:25 a.m.
  • Old criminal cases to be reviewed
    Minnesota is about to embark on the state's first comprehensive review of violent crime convictions over the last 30 years. The goal is to determine if state-of-the-art DNA testing could prove if the right person was convicted of a particular crime.7:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Deadly Attacks Escalate In Pakistan
    Militants staged a dramatic attack Thursday in Pakistan, striking the city of Lahore in three locations — all police facilities — simultaneously. There were explosions in other cities around the country as well. Today's violence adds to a stream of deadly attacks by militants in Pakistan as its army prepares to enter the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan.
  • Strategies For Negotiating With 'Good' Taliban
    The Obama administration has begun to distinguish between "good" and "bad" Taliban as military commanders in Afghanistan consider negotiating with Taliban who agree to peace. Vahid Brown, who teaches at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center, talks with Renee Montagne about the differences between the two.
  • N.C. Program A Model For Health Overhaul?
    As lawmakers wrangle over the best way to overhaul the health care system, a program in North Carolina is getting attention. The state Medicaid program is helping people stay healthier — and saving the state money. North Carolina Public Radio's Rose Hoban reports.
  • Uninsured In Chicago: Not Much Of A Choice
    The health care debate is a major issue for older Americans, whose voices are dominating talk shows and town halls. Youth Radio's Molly Adams, an uninsured recent college graduate, weighs in on the debate.
  • War Keeps Evolving As Obama Develops Strategy
    The White House says the latest meeting of the president's war council focused on efforts to train Afghan security forces. At least one more meeting is planned, and Obama says he will decide on a war strategy "in the coming weeks." Meantime, events on the ground keep shifting.
  • Vacancy At Helm Of U.S. Aid Agency Spurs Concerns
    The Obama administration has been reviewing U.S. aid programs around the world. A memo leaked recently suggests that it may bypass contractors and nongovernmental organizations and give aid directly to countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. That has many in the nonprofit aid community concerned — especially because the agency still has no appointed leadership.
  • Officials: Suspect Contacted Top Al-Qaida Leader
    U.S. intelligence officials say Najibullah Zazi, the man arrested in September for allegedly plotting to blow up targets in New York, contacted one of Osama bin Laden's right-hand men.
  • Laptops, Netbooks Fuel Growth In PC Sales
    The industry research firm IDC says global shipments of personal computers rose 2.3 percent last quarter. That's good news for PC makers who are hoping for a better holiday season than last year. Much of the bump comes from sales of low-cost laptops and netbooks.
  • IRS Deadline Arrives For Offshore Account Holders
    Thursday is the deadline for Americans with foreign bank accounts to come clean with the IRS. If they disclose their accounts and pay past-due taxes and penalties, they won't be subject to even stiffer penalties or criminal prosecution.
  • In Ariz., Luring Suburbanites To Greener, Urban Life
    Phoenix is one of the nation's fastest-growing and most sprawling metropolitan areas. Cheap and plentiful land has led to an ever-expanding ring of suburbs, and commuting downtown can take longer than an hour. Now, a small developer is buying up foreclosed houses near mass transit lines in the city, renovating them to green building standards, and marketing them to young professionals who may be tired of commuting.

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