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Monday, October 31, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • On guard after bombingSomali bombing connection to Minn. disputed
    Former friends of a Minneapolis man reported by CNN to be responsible for a suicide bombing in Somalia this weekend are questioning the report. The Associated Press reports two suicide bombers blew themselves up in an attack Saturday on an African Union base in Mogadishu. A least 10 people were killed.6:20 a.m.
  • Clock ticking on a Vikings stadium
    Gov. Mark Dayton says he wants viable plans for a new Minnesota Viking stadium on his desk this week, so he can make a recommendation on a new NFL venue next week. That's ahead of a special session he's offered to call the week of Thanksgiving.7:20 a.m.
  • Super CommitteeMinnesotans in Congress skeptical on super committee budget deal
    No members of Minnesota's congressional delegation sit on the committee, formally known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, but several said they are skeptical that an agreement is possible.7:25 a.m.
  • Halloween blizzard 19911991 Halloween blizzard was no treat
    We can look back at the photos now, like this one from local DJ, musician and artist Danny Sigelman, and laugh. But 20 years ago today, the snow began falling in a record storm that ranks among the state's worst, bringing swaths of Minnesota to a standstill for days.7:45 a.m.
  • Fred GoetzDefense attorney Fred Goetz still fights for Mahdi Hassan Ali, now over sentencing
    Defending Mahdi Ali is probably the most high-profile case Goetz has taken since graduating from Hamline Law School in 1987.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Thousands Of Trucking Jobs, But Few Take The Wheel
    Industry experts estimate trucking companies are short about 125,000 drivers. It's tough to fill open jobs; many who go into trucking seem to be in a hurry to get out of it. Learning how to drive an 18-wheeler is a big investment in itself, and the brutal job requirements make for high turnover.
  • Is Europe's Bailout 'A Gigantic Con Game'?
    "It's money being moved around at a frantic rate because they don't have the money," one expert says.
  • Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion
    The U.N. says today symbolically marks the moment when the world's population reaches 7 billion. A little more than two centuries ago, the global population was 1 billion. How did it grow so big so fast? With the help of a sound montage and video, it gets a bit easier to see how the Earth can produce that kind of a crowd.
  • Nations Grow Populations, And Face New Problems
    Monday marks the symbolic arrival of a milestone in the world's population: 7 billion humans. And as the number of people grows, so does the need for infrastructure to support them, such as roads and schools. Both China and South Sudan have fast-growing populations, but the challenges the two countries face are vastly different.
  • Students Born To Illegal Immigrants Sue Over Tuition
    In Florida, resident students who are U.S. citizens but born to illegal immigrants are charged out-of-state rates to attend state colleges and universities. They have filed a class-action lawsuit, charging that the regulations violate their constitutional rights.
  • Losing Weight: A Battle Against Fat And Biology
    Most people who lose weight end up gaining it back — and it's not just a matter of willpower. In fact, once we begin to shed those first few pounds, says one expert, "the biology really kicks in and tries to resist the weight loss."
  • Japan Takes Action To Weaken Yen, Boost Dollar
    The Japanese government went on a buying spree Monday to try to weaken the yen and push up the value of the dollar. The exchange rate recently hit about 75 yen to the dollar, which is terrible for Japanese exporters. Honda, Panasonic and Toshiba announced earnings Monday — and all said they're affected by the currency issue.
  • Greece Bets On Solar Power As A Debt Solution
    Solar energy is being suggested as one partial solution to the debt problems besetting Greece. Under the plan, Greece will use future revenues from its "Helios" solar energy project to pay back as much as $21 billion in debt. European leaders, especially the Germans (who will buy the bulk of this energy), like the idea. However, Greece must attract investors to install some 10 gigawatts of solar panels by 2050 to make it all happen.
  • N.H. Neighborhood Known For Halloween Excess
    Every Halloween, one street in Concord, N.H., attracts hundreds, sometimes thousands, of kids with hard-to-believe treats. One home scoops up orange sherbet; another hands out full-sized candy bars. Families on the block spend hundreds of dollars on candy every year — nobody wants to be the house that runs out.
  • Some 'Rachael Ray' Magazine Readers Feel Tricked
    The November edition of Every Day with Rachael Ray is arriving at subscribers' homes with a little surprise inside: a letter saying it's so packed with recipes, it counts as two editions. Reader's Digest Association says some readers were not satisfied, and when they complained, their subscriptions were extended by one issue.

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