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Monday, December 4, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  •  Lynn ReedExperts cool to idea of tax rebate in Minnesota
    Gov. Pawlenty is required by a 1999 state law to propose a rebate plan if the budget surplus tops $1 billion. The Legislature can adopt, modify or reject the plan.7:20 a.m.
  • Harding studentsIn wake of weak math scores, education officials want to make math exciting
    Math is a challenge for many Minnesota high school students, judging from the math scores on a new statewide test.7:25 a.m.
  • Minnesota National Guard soldiers die in Iraq
    A father talks about the loss of his son, Cory Rystad.7:49 a.m.
  • Wiring money homeLatinos sending more money back home
    The Latino population in Minnesota is growing rapidly, and the money immigrants send to Latin America from Minnesota is growing even faster. A recent report estimates a doubling in the amount of money transfers over the last two years.7:55 a.m.
  • Monday Markets with Chris Farrell
    Perry Finelli talks with Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell about mergers, ledgers lined with extra cash and what it all means for the overall state of the economy.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Soldiers Face Obstacles to Mental Health Services
    The military promises to help soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with emotional problems, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But an NPR investigation at one base in Colorado finds that soldiers aren't getting the services they need.
  • Iraq Lacks 'Political Road Map,' Mideast Expert Says
    With no "viable political roadmap," Iraq's fate will be decided by violence instead of through negotiations, Vali Nasr, an author and expert on politics and religion in the Middle East says. He says a framework for talks among Iraq's various factions is still missing.
  • Congress Unlikely to Complete Budget Duties
    U.S. lawmakers came back for a lame-duck session to finish work on 10 annual spending bills. The bills should have been done at the end of September. Now, it looks like not a single one will be completed.
  • Gates Hearing Expected to Focus on Iraq
    A confirmation hearing for Robert Gates before the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled for Tuesday. President Bush nominated the former CIA director to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
  • Pfizer Ends Development of Cholesterol Drug
    Pfizer has announced it is ending development of a much-anticipated cholesterol-reducing drug for heart patients. The company says an independent board has found increased deaths and heart problems among patients in a late-stage trial of torcetrapib.
  • Survey: Economists Agree on Many Policy Issues
    According to a new survey, economists agree on a large number of policy issues ranging from free trade to educational vouchers. Economist Robert Whaples surveyed over two-hundred Ph.D. economists, randomly selected from the American Economic Association.
  • 'Wired' Says Some Electronics Aren't Built to Last
    Are your favorite electronic gadgets "built to fail?" A recent Wired magazine story contends that some tech toys are built to last only until the manufacturer wants you to upgrade to the next great toy. Wired's Mark McClusky speaks with Deborah Amos about the article.
  • Japanese Koto Instrument Adds Lasers
    Composer Miya Masaoka has started playing the "Laser Koto," a futuristic version of the traditional Japanese stringed instrument, the Koto, that's been around since the 8th century. Masaoka outfitted the instrument with four laser beams, plus light sensors and infrared sensors. It all connects to her laptop computer, allowing Masaoka to play the light "strings."
  • Rumsfeld Memo Adds Fuel to Ongoing Iraq Debate
    From the leaked Rumsfeld memo to the forthcoming report by the Iraq Study Group, the debate over the war is dominating the news. It appears that member of the Bush administration are signaling that it's time for a major shift in strategy.
  • Washington Anticipates Iraq Report's Release
    Some new ideas may surface in Washington this week in the form of recommendations from the Iraq Study Group. The release of the group's long-anticipated report will be the primary topic of conversation across the nation's capital.

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