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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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  • DFL headquarters in Hibbing, Minn.Obama and race on the Range
    Minnesota's Iron Range has a history of being a stronghold for Democrats. But party leaders openly acknowledge some party loyalists have concerns about voting for Barack Obama because he's black.7:20 a.m.
  • Los Gallos customersImmigrant workers sending less money home
    A recent report estimates the amount of money immigrants living in the U.S. will send relatives in Latin America will grow at its slowest rate on record this year.7:40 a.m.
  • Future Tense with Bob Collins
    A new software product detects spin in news stories online.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Gets Campaign Help from Rays, Hillary
    Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is on a two-day swing through Florida, which voted for President Bush in 2004. Obama got some campaign help Monday from members of the Tampa Bay Rays, who hours before clinched their first trip to the World Series, and later from former rival Hillary Clinton.
  • McCain Works To Keep Missouri Red
    Republican presidential nominee John McCain was in the swing state of Missouri Monday, hammering away against Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy. Missouri voted for President Bush in 2004, but Democrat Barack Obama has been drawing big crowds there.
  • McCain Using Biden Comment To Criticize Obama
    John McCain has repeatedly tried to suggest that Barack Obama doesn't have the experience to lead. Now Obama's running mate may have helped McCain's cause. Joe Biden predicted that Obama would be tested with a crisis shortly after becoming president.
  • Vanguard Founder Advises Riding Out The Storm
    Investors have been pulling tens of billions of dollars out of stocks and mutual funds. But if history is any guide, this is probably not the time to panic and sell a lot of stock. John Bogle, the founder of the giant mutual fund company Vanguard, offers some advice for people trying to protect their nest eggs.
  • In Hard Times, Michigan School Running On Empties
    In the tiny town of Paradise, Mich., John Dreves has donated $16,000 to the struggling sports program at the local school. He raised every dime by collecting and returning empty bottles and cans.
  • Are Sports Fans Recession Proof?
    The New York Jets are auctioning 2,000 personal seat licenses for their new stadium. The PSLs allow holders the right to buy season tickets — but are not actual tickets. Other NFL teams are watching to see if the auction is affected by the recent downturn in the economy.
  • South Africa's ANC In Trouble
    South Africa's ruling African National Congress is involved in an increasingly acrimonious split. The ANC faces a growing number of dissidents who are on the verge of creating their own party. That raises questions about the impact of the ANC's problems on the country's young democracy.
  • Still No Power-Sharing Pact In Zimbabwe
    President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe's main opposition party have been working on a political power-sharing arrangement for months. An emergency regional summit aimed at ending a deadlock has been postponed until next week. It was supposed to be held earlier, but main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai refused to attend.
  • OPEC To Decide Whether To Cut Production
    Only three months ago, oil was at an all-time high of nearly $150 a barrel. But the slowdown in the global economy and the resulting drop in demand have pushed prices down by nearly half. Now oil is trading below $72 a barrel. It's a relief for oil consumers, but it's painful for oil-producing nations.
  • Economic Crisis Dims Alternative Energy Plans
    There's a lot of talk lately about the importance of alternative energy. However, the economic crisis is making it difficult for some fledgling energy companies to move ahead with their projects.

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