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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Pawlenty reacts cautiouslyState predicts $2 billion budget surplus over next three years
    The surplus means lawmakers are likely to face a parade of proposals for spending the money in the 2007 session. Gov. Pawlenty also has proposed a plan that would give some of the money back to taxpayers.7:20 a.m.
  • Tribal summit
    Some 400 people are gathering in Mahnomen this morning for an economic summit between the White Earth, Red Lake and Leech Lake Indian tribes. Tribal leaders have also invited economic experts from across the country. They're hoping the event will lead to new partnerships and opportunities that will create much needed jobs.7:25 a.m.
  • Handful of pillsNot all $4 generic meds cost just $4
    Target and Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest discount retailers, have been trumpeting the nationwide rollout of their new prescription drug programs. But in Minnesota, some of those drugs will cost more than $4.7:50 a.m.
  • Outstretched armBlockbuster "Body Worlds" leaves town
    Arts commentator Dominic Papatola discusses the impact of large, blockbuster exhibitions on cultural institutions.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rice Visits Israeli and Palestinian Leaders
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits the West Bank city of Jericho for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. That meeting is to be followed by another with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem, as the Bush administration seeks to revive the long-stalled Middle East peace process.
  • Pope Takes Part in Services with Orthodox Patriarch
    Pope Benedict XVI turns his attention to healing relations between the Vatican and the Orthodox Church, said to be one of the main goals of his visit to Turkey.
  • Authors Urge 'Ethical Realism' in Foreign Policy
    John Hulsman and Anatol Lieven, scholars from opposite political camps, say America's foreign policy is flawed because it's based on idealism and moral imperatives. They advocate an alternative approach called "ethical realism."
  • Skiers Worry Global Warming Could Crimp Careers
    A lack of snow in Europe has forced the cancellation of three World Cup ski races. Some ski lovers wonder what the future holds for the sport as the snowy season seems to shrink. Some are worried that global warming will eventually consign them to a life off of the slopes.
  • Moms and Pros Tackle Lice
    Head lice are one of the top reasons that kids miss school, yet there's no single, foolproof remedy. Many parents, and now professional salons, find themselves searching for louse eggs and removing them by hand. These nits are a nuisance, but no reason for kids to stay home, say leading medical experts.
  • Shrinkwrap, Zap or Blow Lice Out of Your Hair
    As resistance to traditional insecticides grows in head lice, some researchers are abandoning poison shampoos and taking a different approach, from electrocution and suffocation to a lotion that acts as a shrinkwrap.
  • Fed Report Shows Tightening Labor Market
    The Federal Reserve says that the U.S. economy is growing at a moderate pace, and that's putting pressure on the labor market. The Fed's report also said the housing market remains weak.
  • Term Life Insurance Prices Drop by Half
    With economic inflation, most prices tend to go up, not down. But there are always exceptions, including term life insurance. It now costs 50 percent less than it did 10 years ago.
  • Springfield Calls in the 'Bird Whisperer'
    Pesky bird populations have been an ongoing frustration to downtown Springfield, Ill. So much so that last week the city agreed to a big contract with a man known in Illinois as the "bird whisperer."
  • Bush Pushes Transfer of Security Duties to Iraqis
    President Bush returns to Washington after meeting in Amman, Jordan, with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The president says the United States will step up the pace of handing over security duties to Iraqi forces. But he also insisted that U.S. troops will stay until the job is done.

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