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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rep. Jim OberstarOberstar makes case to Legislature for higher gas tax
    The powerful House Transportation Committee chair said billions of federal highway dollars are available to the state but are going unused.5:20 p.m.
  • EBT cardStudy probes decline in food stamp use
    A study on the sharp rise in food shelf use in Minnesota is raising questions about why so few people are turning to food stamps.5:24 p.m.
  • Wind farmers happy to increase harvest by 2025
    Wind turbine owners are looking forward to 2025. Minnesota is expected to require at least a quarter of the power in the state to be generated by renewable resources.5:50 p.m.
  • Darkytown RebellionKara Walker's art traces the color line
    Kara Walker may be the only artist to tackle racism, slavery, sexual abuse or oppression in a way that at first seems beautiful, poetic and even witty. The Walker Art Center is currently presenting the first-ever survey of the 37-year-old artist's work.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iran May Ignore Wednesday's Nuclear Deadline
    Iran is not expected to acquiesce to a United Nations deadline Wednesday to halt uranium production. A key Iranian official is in Vienna to meet with the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA says Iran could be ready to enrich uranium on an industrial scale in six months to a year.
  • JetBlue Offers Passengers Rights, Compensation
    JetBlue Airways officially announces a passenger bill of rights, as it offers compensation to the thousands of passengers subjected to flight delays and cancellations last week. The company says that in the future, passengers can count on vouchers and refunds if flights don't take off.
  • Air Passengers Rights Bill Introduced in Senate
    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduces legislation to establish a bill of rights for all airline passengers. The bill would give passengers the option of leaving a plane once it has sat on the tarmac for three hours with the doors closed. It would also require airlines to provide food, drinkable water, and adequate restrooms if a plane is delayed on the ground.
  • Venezuela Nationalizes Its Largest Power Firm
    Venezuela's government signs papers today under which the country's biggest private power company will become state property. President Hugo Chavez says it's a step in the direction of what he calls "21st century socialism." Next, he plans to take over Venezuela's main telephone company.
  • The Sounds of Elevators Falling Down
    With another entry in our SoundClips series, Philadelphia elevator inspector Jim Boxmeyer watches and listens to an elevator in free-fall.
  • McCain Back to Square One: South Carolina
    While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has done everything he can to repair his standing with conservatives — ties damaged during his battle with George W. Bush in the 2000 Republican primaries — many still don't trust him. South Carolina ended McCain's hopes in 2000, and may decide his viability in 2008.
  • Iowa's GOP Looks for Consensus on Values
    Iowa's Republicans have factions, like everywhere else. Right now, what unites them is a deep foreboding about their party's chances in Iowa in 2008. But there are different kinds of Iowa Republicans. One thing they differ on is how to proceed in Iraq. A new Pew Research poll for shows 53 percent of Americans want the U.S. to start bringing its troops home now.
  • New York Critics Hail 'Heights' Composer
    Dominican/Cuban composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is drawing critical praise for mixing salsa, meringue, hip-hop and other Latin styles with traditional Broadway fare. In the Heights is set in Washington Heights, a primarily Latino neighborhood in northern Manhattan.
  • Yorkshire Terriers Move Up in Breed Popularity
    The Yorkshire terrier has become the No. 2 registered dog in America, knocking out the golden retriever, which fell to the No. 4 spot. Daisy Okas, a spokesperson for the American Kennel Club says the Yorkie's increase in popularity is part of a trend favoring smaller breeds.
  • Court Upholds Military Proceedings for Detainees
    The federal appeals court has upheld the controversial detainee bill known as the Military Commissions Act. In a 2-1 ruling, the court said the measure constitutionally wiped out all of the pending court cases from detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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