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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Snowy branchesIt's not Christmas for commentator Peter Smith until he hears Easter Parade
    The new layers of snow mean it's going to be a White Christmas. But for commentator Peter Smith it takes and an entirely different type of holiday cue to get him in the Christmas spirit.6:50 a.m.
  • Slow signSlowing down carbon emissions
    A task force is due to vote Wednesday on some measures Minnesotans could take to reduce our carbon footprint. One idea is to lower the speed limit on interstate highways.7:20 a.m.
  • Lifetime of serviceStill working at 92
    Lydia Lunney, 92, has been working in almost the same job for 74 years. She's one of the smiling hostesses at Macy's River Room restaurant in downtown St. Paul.7:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iran a Hot Issue for Democrats in Radio Debate
    The contentious issue of Iran dominates the Democratic presidential debate hosted by NPR and Iowa Public Radio. The candidates condemn President Bush's insistence that a new intelligence report showing Iran ceased its nuclear weapons program in 2003 made no difference.
  • Senate Committee Mulls Cap-and-Trade System
    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee considers details of a cap-and-trade system that could help the United States cut greenhouse gas emissions. It's designed to get the most pollution reduction at the least cost.
  • Wife's Story Highlights Indian Marriage Scam
    Social activists say as many as 15,000 women in the northern state of Punjab alone are the victims of a growing racket in which Indian men based overseas arrange marriages back home for the purpose of extorting wealth from their brides' families.
  • Thailand Celebrates King's 80th Birthday
    Thailand celebrates the 80th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. About 10,000 gathered in Bangkok to honor the world's longest-reigning monarch, an incredibly beloved figure in Thailand. The party comes just weeks before Thailand elects a new civilian government.
  • Pet Owners Pay for Lavish Funerals
    Americans are spending record amounts of money on their pets including the latest trend: a full-service funeral. The first pet-only funeral home opened three years ago. But traditional funeral homes are branching out to offer services for dogs, cats, horses and more.
  • GOP Race Intensifies as Huckabee Surges
    The presidential race for Republicans is getting tighter now that Mike Huckabee is a bigger contender. Mitt Romney is set to discuss concerns about faith in public life in a major speech Thursday. And John McCain wins the endorsement of the Union Leader, a conservative newspaper in New Hampshire.
  • Iowa Voters React to Democratic Debate
    Iowans listening to the Democratic presidential debate hosted by National Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio share their impressions of candidates. They express frustration with staid answers. But one voter likes that Sen. Hillary Clinton acknowledges not having all of the answers.
  • OPEC Won't Increase Global Output
    With oil prices just below $90 a barrel oil-consuming nations were hoping the top group of oil producers would increase output in order to lower prices. But no such luck. OPEC met in Abu Dhabi and within one hour, decided not to add more oil to global markets.
  • Report: Counterfeit Goods Pose Danger
    Consumer Reports says a wide range of counterfeit merchandise — some of it unsafe — has made its way into the U.S. marketplace. Some of the dangerous goods showing up in retail outlets are extension cords, Christmas tree lights, surge protectors, smoke alarms and auto parts.
  • College Grads Paid to Play Video Games
    Fast-growing video game manufacturer Volition, based in Champaign, Illinois, pays recent college graduates — who are also experienced gamers — to test their games. Testing is a first, full-time job for many of the graduates. They are looking for flaws before the games hit the market.

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