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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Gov. PawlentyLooking back at Pawlenty's record
    Pawlenty has wrestled with budget problems since he first took office. It's partly due to a sputtering economy, but it's also due to the failure to enact permanent spending cuts or tax increases that would have balanced the budget over the long-term.6:50 a.m.
  • Homeless march in MinneapolisChurches meet needs as county shelters fill up
    Homelessness has shot up during the recession and its aftermath. The federal government estimates that the number of homeless families has increased by a 30 percent over the past three years.7:20 a.m.
  • Christmas not a joyous time for many in Pipestone
    The holidays won't be a happy time for the employees of a wind turbine factory in Pipestone because they're losing their jobs.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • FAQ: After The Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
    Now that Congress has lifted the ban on gays serving openly in the military, many questions remain about how the military will put the new policy into place. For example, will gay troops have their own showers and accommodations? Will same-sex partners get military health benefits? What happens to a military chaplain who says he can't minister to someone who is gay?
  • Intelligence Officials: Al-Qaida Learns From Mistakes
    In the failed cargo-bomb plot attempt by al-Qaida's arm in Yemen, intelligence officials say the group may have chosen the tactic to improve chances for success. Experts say terrorists are searching for ways to take humans -- who could make rookie mistakes -- out of the equation.
  • An Attorney's Fall: From Billionaire To Inmate
    Curtis Wilkie is the author of The Fall of the House of Zeus, in which he chronicles the life of Dickie Scruggs, a trial lawyer who made millions in lawsuits targeting the asbestos and tobacco industries — and then wound up in prison for attempted bribery.
  • UConn Tops UCLA's Record Winning Streak
    The No. 1-ranked University of Connecticut women's basketball team has topped the 88-game winning streak set by the UCLA men's team from 1971-74. The 89th win came in an easy victory over Florida State. The Huskies haven't lost since April 6, 2008.
  • Critics: 'Net Neutrality' Rules Full Of Loopholes
    The FCC voted to adopt new rules for the Internet Tuesday. The 3-2 vote follows years of debate over net neutrality -- the idea that phone and cable companies that deliver broadband to millions of Americans should treat all network traffic equally. Broadband providers favor less regulation, while technology companies and consumer advocates continue to push for more.
  • Fuel Vs. Food: Ethanol Helps Boost Meat Prices
    The U.S. corn crop is enormous. And about a third of it doesn't go to cereal or cows – instead, it helps run your car. But government ethanol subsidies have meat and dairy producers up in arms over the high cost of their main feed grain.
  • Deutsche Bank To Pay U.S. Millions In Fraud Probe
    Germany's largest bank is paying more than $550 million to U.S. authorities for its role in helping rich Americans evade taxes. Deutsche Bank is a major player in global financial markets, and U.S. officials say it participated in tax shelters that enabled wealthy Americans evade nearly $6 billion in taxes, starting in 1996.
  • Ernst & Young Sued In Lehman Brothers Investigation
    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed fraud charges against the accounting firm Ernst & Young Tuesday. Cuomo's suit accuses the firm of helping Lehman Brothers conceal its deteriorating financial condition from investors.
  • After Record-Lows, Mortgage Rates Are Rising
    For much of this year, banks have been offering mortgages at historically low rates -- at least to those people who qualify. But in recent weeks, rates have been climbing. To find out why, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal.
  • Sotheby's Auctions Oldest-Known Monopoly Set
    A children's museum in Rochester, N.Y., has splurged $146,500 on the oldest known version of Monopoly handmade by inventor Charles Darrow. The price is about double what the game was expected to go for.

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