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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Jesse VenturaStill no gubernatorial candidate for Independence Party
    The Independence Party -- Minnesota's third major party -- is looking for a candidate that can repeat former governor Jesse Ventura's 1998 win, but so far the party has been unsuccessful in recruiting candidates to enter the race.6:20 a.m.
  • Looking for workWork centers still seeing high volume of jobseekers
    Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September, but employers continue to shed jobs and people looking for work far outnumber the openings available, and that means more struggle for people who are already unemployed.7:20 a.m.
  • New bike lanes causing some confusion
    If you've driven or biked around downtown Minneapolis in the last week, you've probably noticed some new traffic patterns. Hennepin and First Avenues are no longer one-way. And drivers on First Ave. are now expected to park in what appears to be the middle of the street. They can't pull right up to the curb anymore, because there's now a bike lane there.7:25 a.m.
  • Epp and SerrandFormer Theater de la Jeune Lune duo mounts new show
    A year after the collapse of Theater de la Jeune Lune, two of that company's central figures are returning together to a Twin Cities stage this week.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Fraud Costs Karzai First-Round Victory
    International investigators have found there was massive fraud during Afghanistan's presidential election in August. The finding will cost incumbent Hamid Karzai nearly a third of his votes as well as a first-round victory. Karzai has yet to say whether he'll agree to a runoff election with his main rival, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah.
  • Unity Government May Be More Practical Than Runoff
    Former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has just returned from a trip to Afghanistan. He held a series of meetings with President Hamid Karzai and presidential challenger Abdullah Abdullah. Khalilzad tells Renee Montagne that a unity government may be more practical than conducting a runoff election.
  • Crossed Wires: Flaws In Airline Repairs Abroad
    Mechanics have made some mistakes fixing US Airways planes at an FAA-approved facility in El Salvador. Industry executives and the FAA say the maintenance work is just as safe as any work done in the U.S. But airlines and the FAA don't make maintenance problems public.
  • Veil Ban At Islamic School In Egypt Fuels Debate
    In Egypt, a top cleric has barred the wearing of the full-face veil, or niqab, in classrooms and dormitories at one of the top centers of Sunni Islamic teaching. The ban is an example of Egypt's efforts to push back against the growth of conservative Islam across the region.
  • GOP Senators Put Holds On Top Obama Nominees
    After nearly nine months in office, President Obama has filled some 250 appointments to top government positions. That's about half the number of vacancies for Senate-confirmed jobs. However, the process has stalled. The reasons include increased vetting by the administration, and Senate Republicans have put holds on more than a dozen top nominees.
  • U.S. Chamber Disclosure Report No Hoax
    At a news conference Monday, a fake group announced that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reversed course to endorse climate change legislation, an issue that has divided its membership. Chamber officials interrupted the meeting to expose the hoax. But in an announcement that wasn't fake, the chamber disclosed a dramatic jump in its lobbying activity.
  • Apple Posts Its Biggest Quarterly Profit Ever
    Apple Inc. announced stellar profits Monday. The company says its fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 47 percent. Increased sales of laptops and iPhones contributed to the surge in profits. The announcement sent the company's stock soaring to a record high in after-hours trading.
  • Galleon Group Investors Want Out Of Hedge Fund
    Investors in the Galleon Group hedge fund have been withdrawing more than $1 billion in funds. The withdrawals follow the arrest of Galleon co-founder Raj Rajaratnam. Last week the Sri Lankan-born billionaire was charged with insider trading. He allegedly used tips from company insiders to make $20 million in illegal profits.
  • Ambani Brothers Square Off In India's Supreme Court
    India's Supreme Court began hearing a case of a gas pricing dispute Tuesday. It's hoped that the court decision can settle a long-running family feud between two of Asia's richest businessmen. Mukesh Ambani controls Reliance Industries; his younger brother Anil heads Reliance Natural Resources. The Reliance business empire was split between the brothers after their father's death.
  • U.S. Dollar Continues To Founder
    The value of the U.S. dollar on the world market is sinking. It is near a 14-month low against the euro and other major currencies. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Renee Montagne about why the dollar is falling and what it means for Americans.

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