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2:22am

Wed May 9, 2012
Business

Pink Slime Maker To Close Plants, 650 To Lose Jobs

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 3:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Some other news. Two words - pink slime - have been powerful enough to cost the jobs of 650 meat-processing workers.

Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports on the backlash against a ground-beef filler.

PAT BLANK, BYLINE: Officials with Beef Products Incorporated, or BPI, will permanently close three production plants in Waterloo, Iowa; Amarillo, Texas; and Garden City, Kansas; by the end of the month.

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2:22am

Wed May 9, 2012
Business

Iowa Community Preserves Short Line Rail Track

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 3:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's stay in Iowa. It was only a few decades ago that railroad tracks laced the state's countryside, linking even the smallest Iowa communities to the rest of the country. Many of these short line railroads have been disappearing. They're being turned into farm land or in some cases, bicycle trails. But in one Iowa community, farmers and businessmen are using their own money to preserve their railroad connection. They see it as an economic lifeline.

Iowa Public Radio's Dean Borg reports.

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2:22am

Wed May 9, 2012
Business

Canadian Firm Will Pay Dividends In Gold

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 5:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: striking gold.

The Gold Bullion Development Corporation, a Montreal-based exploration company, will now allow its shareholders to have their dividends paid in gold.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Company President Frank Basa has been paid in gold actually for more than 20 years.

FRANK BASA: Gold automatically adjusts to marking conditions regardless where you are and what you're doing.

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2:22am

Wed May 9, 2012
Afghanistan

Afghan Operation Update

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 5:02 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now we go to southern Afghanistan for an update on an incident that threatened to undermine America's mission in this country. In March, an American soldier massacred villagers near a remote outpost west of Kandahar. An Army sergeant, Robert Bales, is in custody, accused of that crime.

I reached NPR's Tom Bowman who is in Kandahar now, just back from the area where Sgt. Bales was assigned.

And Tom, I understand you were just a mile or two from where those killings took place.

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2:22am

Wed May 9, 2012
Sports

Olympic Runners Find Unique Was To Raise Funds

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:38 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Anyone who watches NASCAR knows the cars out on the track are plastered with ads. Golfers almost all wear their sponsorships, but not U.S. Olympians.

NPR's Mike Pesca reports that some runners are now chafing at the long-standing rules blocking them from raising sponsorship money.

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