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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Growing up undocumentedMPR's Youth Radio: Undocumented teen says equality is everything
    A Minneapolis teen who was carried across the U.S.-Mexico border a dozen years ago hopes Congress will pass the federal DREAM Act, so she can live and work legally in the country she considers home.6:50 a.m.
  • Governor-elect Mark DaytonMark Dayton declared winner, finally
    Democratic Gov.-elect Mark Dayton vowed Wednesday to make improving Minnesota's economy his first order of business when he takes office as governor in January. "Now the real work begins," Dayton said during a news conference at the State Capitol.7:20 a.m.
  • Eric SeversonMany Minnesotans cutting the cord and going cell only
    The traditional telephone is looking more and more like a dinosaur. Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans are "cutting the cord" and dropping their landline phones and relying exclusively on cell phones.7:25 a.m.
  • Franken unhappy with tax deal
    Democratic Sen. Al Franken said Wednesday he opposes aspects of a deal to extend tax cuts first enacted under the Bush administration.8:25 a.m.
  • Minnesota and N. Dakota fighting over carbon costs
    Minnesota and North Dakota are at odds over the environmental costs of generating electricity. The dispute could end up in court, and it's not the first time the two states squared off over this issue.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Braces Against GOP, Democrats On Tax Deal
    President Obama is forcefully rejecting the idea that he caved to Republicans on a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts. At a White House news conference Tuesday, he positioned himself between Republicans he calls "hostage takers" and Democrats who argue that he should have been tougher.
  • Tax Deal A Kick In The Pants For The Economy?
    Despite his opposition to extending tax cuts for the wealthy, President Obama said Tuesday that he made a deal to do so with Republicans because his first interest is fixing the economy. But just how much will the tentative deal stimulate the economy and help create new jobs?
  • Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Heroes, Then And Now
    The Daily Beast editor joins Steve Inskeep to recommend some good recent reading. Her focus this month: heroism, as embodied by three public figures.
  • N.Y. Teachers Fight Effort To Make Ratings Public
    The union representing New York City's teachers goes to court Wednesday to try to stop the release to the media of a database of teacher effectiveness ratings. The move in New York follows the publication earlier this year by the Los Angeles Times of the scores of some L.A. teachers. The ratings, known as "value added analysis," are controversial because there is disagreement over whether they accurately reflect teaching ability. And unions say making the ratings public violates teacher privacy.
  • U.S. Drops Israel Settlement Freeze Demand
    Israelis say they were offered diplomatic guarantees and new military hardware, but in the end the U.S. and Israel couldn't finalize a deal. The State Department official said the U.S. will no longer seek a moratorium as a way to revive direct peace talks.
  • Palestinians, Israelis React To Collapse Of Negotiations
    In Israel and the Palestinian territories, the Obama administration's failure to persuade Israel to agree to a moratorium on settlement building in the occupied West Bank met mixed reaction.
  • Gunfire Erupts As Haiti Issues Early Election Results
    Haiti's presidential election last month has sparked protests, violence and charges of fraud. Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Jason Beaubien in Port-au-Prince for the latest on the just-released preliminary election results.
  • Oil Prices Hit $90 A Barrel
    Oil hit $90 dollars a barrel Tuesday for the first time in more than two years. The price has slipped a bit to about $88 on global futures markets. But by next year, analysts say, oil could reach $100 a barrel. One long-term trend they point to is rising demand from China and other emerging economies and the inability to boost supplies fast enough to match that.
  • Coal Industry In Colo. Fights Gas-Conversion Plan
    In Colorado, natural gas is waging war against coal. One of the nation's largest public utilities is planning to retire its aging coal-fired power plants and replace them with cleaner-burning natural gas. State regulators are expected to decide on the plan Wednesday. This coal-to-gas transition is also being closely watched around the country as utility companies brace for new, tougher federal emissions controls.
  • UPS Increases Security Measures For Holiday Mail
    UPS says photo identification will now be required for anyone who ships a package. The move comes after authorities found explosives on two cargo planes bound for the U.S. in October.

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