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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Turning on holiday lightsTiny city tops lists for poverty and youth opportunity
    Landfall, Minn. is a tiny city east of St. Paul. More than a quarter of the 700 residents live in poverty, but the city has also been named one of the best communities for young people.7:20 a.m.
  • Ibrahim HirsiWhat's behind those Somali conversations in the coffee shop?
    Chances are, the men are talking politics -- but not the politics of Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
  • Volunteers at TCFTCF Bank Stadium prepped for Vikes
    Shovelers and maintenance personnel are back at TCF Bank stadium today to work on getting the Gopher's home field ready for its debut as a pro football venue. The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to play the Chicago Bears on Monday in Minneapolis, but their usual home, the Metrodome, isn't available because the dome's roof can't be fixed in time after last weekend's major winter storm.8:40 a.m.
  • Gerry PageMnSCU aims to help dropouts return to, finish school
    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will soon begin contacting some of its former students who have dropped out over the years in hopes of getting them to come back to school.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Lame-Duck Session Brings Out Yuletide Nastiness
    Many are counting the days until Christmas. But Congressional Democrats have a different countdown going on: in 20 days they relinquish their House majority and five Senate seats to Republicans. Democrats are scrambling to pass as many bills as they can, and that's made for a testy holiday season on Capitol Hill.
  • New Chairman Of House Tax Panel Seeks Spending Cuts 
    Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the incoming chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, says he is encouraged by President Obama's calls for tax reform but says curbing government spending must come before higher revenue.
  • App-etizing: Cookbooks And Recipes Go Mobile
    These days, more and more home chefs are using their laptops and iPhones to find recipes -- and they are using traditional cookbooks less and less. Lynn Neary reports on the cooking app craze and how it will affect the future of food publishing.
  • High Gas Prices Compete For Holiday Shoppers' Cash
    Stories about rising gasoline prices usually turn up during the summer driving season. But this holiday season, gas prices are high -- and rising. That squeezes consumers' wallets just when they want to shop for holiday gifts.
  • Political Crisis Ratchets Up Tensions In Ivory Coast
    For 40 years, Ivory Coast was a haven of peace and prosperity in West Africa. That reputation was dashed a decade ago with a military coup, followed by a disputed election and a rebellion that split the nation. Last month's presidential vote was meant to end the crises, but the post-electoral standoff has deepened the divisions.
  • ICC Case Accuses 6 Prominent Kenyans Of Violence
    Six men suspected of fueling ethnic violence in Kenya's 2007 elections are accused of crimes against humanity. The accusations were made in the International Criminal Court, though no formal charges have been filed against the men. Steve Inskeep talks to Scott Baldauf, the African bureau chief for The Christian Science Monitor, about this latest development.
  • EU Leaders Hold Debt Crisis Summit In Brussels
    European Union leaders are meeting -- yet again -- to try to figure out a way to solve the financial crisis plaguing several member nations. Politicians have appeared deadlocked recently. And many Europeans are bracing for deep cuts to social welfare programs as their governments try to reduce their public debts.
  • Riots Erupt Amid Anti-Austerity Strikes In Greece
    Protest marches in Greece turned violent Wednesday, as police clashed with rioters throwing rocks and petrol bombs. The marches were part of a national strike, the seventh so far this year, called by unions to protest the governments austerity measures.
  • New Software Can Help You Manage Your Life
    Technology -- you may complain -- makes life more complicated. It causes information overload. It's opens us up to too many new new choices and causes more stress. Sree Sreenivasan, digital media professor at Columbia University, talks to Don Gonyea about software that can make your life more efficient.
  • Hertz Announces Electric Car Rentals
    Drivers in New York City can now rent electric vehicles. Rental car giant Hertz is giving the fledgling electric car market a boost by investing in vehicle charging infrastructure early. Within a year, the company plans to ramp up to 1,000 vehicles nationwide.

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