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Thursday, November 12, 2009

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  • Choosing the finalistsSt. Paul narrows superintendent finalists to six
    Interviews with the six people vying to be the next superintendent of St. Paul Schools are set to begin in days. Most of them won't have to drive far to get to those interviews. The district named its semi-finalists last night. Five of the six are from the Twin Cities area.6:20 a.m.
  • Waste storage casksPUC approves Prairie Island power increase
    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan for Xcel Energy to increase the power it produces at its Prairie Island nuclear plant, and to store more radioactive waste on site.7:20 a.m.

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  • Change of venue a hot topic in high-profile court cases
    The legal concept of "change of venue" has been in the news a lot recently. The attorney for the man accused of killing 13 people on a Texas military base says his client will have a difficult time getting a fair trial in Fort Hood "given the national media attention that has been focused" on the case.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • For Muslims, Fort Hood Case Sparks Fresh Fears
    Thousands of Muslims are in the U.S. military, and many more work for the federal government. After the shootings at Fort Hood, many of these individuals fear they're in for some unpleasant scrutiny.
  • Army Muslim Chaplain: No Hostility Since Shooting
    Chaplain Maj. Dawud Agbere, one of the 10 Muslim chaplains employed by the U.S. military, flew to Fort Hood, Texas, to support members of the military in the wake of last week's killings. Agbere says he has not faced any hostile comments since the shooting.
  • Corruption Mars Romania's Post-Communist Progress
    Communist rule of Romania ended 20 years ago in a bloody revolt that killed more than 1,000 people. The country is now a member of the EU, with a solid economy and a passionate, if hectic, democratic life. But some believe Romania's rampant corruption is threatening its future.
  • Baltimore Mayor Faces Trial On Corruption Charges
    Opening statements begin Thursday in the trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, the first African-American woman to lead the city. Prosecutors say Dixon asked wealthy developers to donate gift cards to the poor in Baltimore, and then used those cards for personal shopping sprees.
  • Lou Dobbs Steps Down From CNN
    CNN anchor Lou Dobbs announced Wednesday that he was leaving the network to pursue new opportunities. Dobbs was the last of the network's original anchors.
  • U.S. Unveils Education Stimulus Rules
    The Department of Education releases the rules Thursday for getting Race to the Top money — $4.5 billion in funding for education innovations for which states must compete. But some local officials are irritated with the process because they feel their concerns are being trampled on in the rush for cash.
  • H-P To Buy 3Com
    Hewlett-Packard said it's buying network equipment maker 3Com in a $2.7 billion deal. The deal gives the global technology giant a major foothold in the Internet networking business, which is dominated by Cisco.
  • Vision Groups Want Colleges To Stop Buying Kindle
    Amazon's Kindle is taking some knocks from the National Federation for the Blind. The electronic reader can read books aloud, but the federation says that function is difficult to turn on when you can't see. Now, two universities say they won't buy more Kindles for their students unless Amazon comes up with a fix.
  • In South Korea, Nation Stops For Mega Exam
    More than 650,000 high school seniors in South Korea took a national college placement exam Thursday that many believe will determine the rest of their lives. The government takes it so seriously that aircraft are barred from flying near the test site, and the workday begins an hour late, to prevent traffic jams.
  • Warhol Painting Fetches $44M At Auction
    A silkscreen panting of 200 $1 bills that Andy Warhol made in 1962 fetched $44 million at Sotheby's auction house Wednesday. The painting was expected to sell for about $10 million. Another Warhol painting — a self-portrait the pop artist gave to a teenager in the 1960s — fetched more than $6 million.

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