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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mary Jo TierneyThose not-so-flexible spending accounts
    Few people use health care FSAs, failing to understand the tax breaks and fearing they'll forfeit unused money.6:25 a.m.
  • Orth breweryMinnesota, land of 'Amber Waters'
    The colorful evolution of beermaking in Minnesota is documented in a new book published by the University of Minnesota Press. "Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota" follows the changing industry as it goes from local to regional to national, and back again.6:50 a.m.
  • Linda WardOrchestral fans take a swing at conducting a virtual orchestra
    While such video games as Guitar Hero and Rock Band offer the chance for players to act out rock star fantasies, an installation at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis gives classical music fans the opportunity to try out their dreams of conducting a symphony orchestra.7:50 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate Panel Weighs Truck-Driver Safety Rules
    A Senate panel is due to hear the hotly contested issue of how many hours truckers can safely drive. The Bush administration lengthened time behind the wheel in 2004. But safety advocates sued, saying tired truckers are putting themselves and everyone else on the road at risk.
  • Los Angeles Transit to Abandon Honor System
    The Los Angeles subway system doesn't have turnstiles, relying instead on the honor system. But the transit authority is losing money because some riders don't pay, so the system could soon end.
  • House Expected to Approve War Funding
    The Democratic-controlled House is expected to give final approval to an omnibus spending bill that includes $70 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, ending a months-long impasse between Congress and the White House.
  • Romney Runs Negative Ads Against Huckabee
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tries to regain his momentum by running negative ads against rival Mike Huckabee. Political junkies have been waiting to see whether Huckabee would retaliate.
  • U.K. Muslims Support Keeping Christ in Christmas
    Muslim leaders join the U.K. Commission for Equality and Human Rights in urging Britons to enjoy Christmas, and not worry about offending non-Christians. The urging comes amid reports of schools cancelling nativity plays in order not to offend Muslims and students of other religions.
  • Zuma Elected Head of South Africa's ANC
    South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, chooses Jacob Zuma as its new leader, rejecting South African President Thabo Mbeki. That puts Zuma, a controversial politician, in a position to become or select the country's next president when Mbeki's term ends in 2009.
  • U.N. Resources Scant to Protect Darfur Refugees
    The U.N. is supposed to start deploying its biggest peacekeeping operation in a couple of weeks to protect millions displaced by war in Darfur, Sudan. But U.N. planners are still short of helicopters and some key units. Activists are growing frustrated with the shortcomings of the international response.
  • New Energy Bill Hikes Fuel Efficiency
    President Bush is set to sign into law a new energy bill that includes the first hike in fuel-efficiency rules in 32 years. The bill passed by wide margins in the House and Senate. In addition to requiring auto manufacturers to make cars that run an average of 35 miles to the gallon — up from the current 25 – the bill also orders an increase in the use of biofuels. And, it phases out sales of old-fashioned, incandescent light bulbs.
  • EU to Put New Limits on Carbon Emissions from Cars
    European Union officials are due to unveil new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from cars, and penalties for carmakers that don't meet them. But the plan has met with a surprising amount of pushback as Germany and Sweden fight to protect their auto manufacturers.
  • Ski Resorts Scramble to Find Workers
    Ski resorts rely on foreign labor, but this winter they're feeling a squeeze. An obscure exemption to the government's foreign-worker program has allowed them to hire extra foreign workers. But the exemption expired, and efforts to renew it have stalled.

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