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Friday, October 27, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Loading manureSpreading the word about manure
    More farmers are using manure to beat the high cost of commercial fertilizer. The practice brings with it environmental issues.6:45 a.m.
  • Political ads on TV coming fast and furious
    With less than two weeks to go before election day, candidates around Minnesota and interested parties are producing new political ads and buying air time at a feverish pace. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief Laura McCallum about a pair of new ads in the race for governor.7:41 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Poll Shows Rural Voters Shifting to Democrats
    There's new evidence that congressional Republican incumbents are losing critical support. Rural voters have been a key part of the Republican base for at least a decade. But a new survey indicates a rural shift to Democrats, with the election less than two weeks away.
  • Southern California Wildfire Kills Four Firefighters
    More than 1,000 firefighters continue to battle a wildfire near Palm Springs, Calif., that was deliberately set. The blaze has claimed four firefighters' lives and left a fifth on life-support.
  • Congo Presidential Heavyweights Ready for Election
    The Congo's presidential run-off election takes place Sunday, with President Joseph Kabila facing Jean-Pierre Bemba. Both are relatively young, were educated abroad and owe their position largely to influential fathers. Both candidates also retain sizeable private armies.
  • Chinese Energy Investment Clouds Sudan Diplomacy
    As fighting escalates in Sudan, attention is focusing on the country propping up the Khartoum government by purchasing most of its oil: China. Sudan is the home to China's largest overseas energy investment. And despite its public disavowals, China now has a vested interest in the outcome of the fighting there.
  • Crack Cocaine Sentencing Rules Hit 20
    Friday is the 20th anniversary of a law that created mandatory minimum sentences for crack cocaine crimes. The rules mandated far harsher sentences for people caught with crack cocaine than for those caught with powdered cocaine. Many say the sentencing disparity is unfair.
  • Missouri Voters Weigh Stem-Cell Decisions
    A ballot initiative on stem-cell research is dividing Republicans in Missouri, and shaking up the U.S. Senate race between GOP Sen. Jim Talent and Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill.
  • 'Catch a Fire' Breathes New Life into an Old Story
    Catch a Fire sounds like an awfully familiar story. And, in some ways, it is. Movies on how South Africa suffered under apartheid, and the heroic efforts made to resist that repressive system, are hardly new. So it's tempting to write off this newest look at that era as too familiar and too late. That would be a mistake.
  • Bankers Worry About Predatory Lending Law
    A new law designed to protect military families from predatory lenders is facing criticism. The measure was signed into law last week. But some mainstream bankers are concerned the law will affect them unfairly.
  • Rising ARMs May Upset Housing Market
    Adjustable-rate mortgages, ARMs for short, have been a popular way for people to buy a home. The loans will adjust to higher rates in the next two years, and that has many experts making dire predictions about the housing markets.
  • Millions on Offer for the Right African Leader
    One cell-phone mogul wants to give millions of dollars to anyone who leads an African nation. He or she just has to come to power via fair elections and respect human rights.

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