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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Miriam PerezWorkers sickened at pork plant still wait for compensation
    More than a dozen workers, like Miriam Angeles Perez (pictured), who contracted a rare illness at a southern Minnesota meat-processing plant, are caught up in a complex and sometimes slow-moving workers' compensation system.4:50 p.m.
  • Quality Pork ProcessorsDr. James Dyck on the pork workers' neurological illness
    More than 20 employees at Quality Pork Processing in Austin, Minn., were diagnosed two years ago with a neurological disease that health officials later found resulted from breathing in tiny bits of pig brains.4:55 p.m.
  • Sen. John Marty, Patricia Torres RayLegislative break gives candidates time to campaign
    Six legislators remain in the crowded gubernatorial field. Those four DFLers and two Republicans are using their days off to travel the state, court party delegates and try to make some news.5:20 p.m.
  • Boynton Health ServiceU of M launches effort against sexual violence
    A panel of University of Minnesota officials gathered Wednesday to discuss a schoolwide effort to combat sexual violence against women. The discussion was inspired by a crime two weeks ago, when a female student reported she was kidnapped and assaulted by several men.5:25 p.m.
  • Miriam PerezWorkers sickened at pork plant still wait for compensation
    More than a dozen workers, like Miriam Angeles Perez (pictured), who contracted a rare illness at a southern Minnesota meat-processing plant, are caught up in a complex and sometimes slow-moving workers' compensation system.6:20 p.m.
  • Gov. Pawlenty hosts his first Facebook town hall
    MPR's Tom Crann talks to technology reporter Jon Gordon, host of Future Tense from American Public Media about how politicians use social media to connect with voters.6:26 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Bishops Quietly Reinstate Accused Priests
    In the past few years, Catholic bishops have been reinstating some priests accused of sexual abuse. One watchdog group has identified about a dozen clergy who have been accused, arrested or sued for abuse and returned to ministry.
  • Plan Would Help Subsidize Access To Broadband
    In addition to expanding Internet access to rural areas, the National Broadband Plan is aiming to make access more affordable for those in low-income communities. The FCC recommends subsidizing monthly Internet costs, as well as training people in how to use a computer and the Internet.
  • Donors Meet On Haiti Aid
    Donors from around the world are meeting at the U.N. to discuss reconstruction aid for Haiti, which is seeking $3.8 billion in pledges to cover the next 18 months. It's been more than two months since an earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed the country's infrastucture.
  • Legal Group Seeks U.N. Funding For Haiti Work
    The International Development Law Organization is among the groups seeking funding at Wednesday's conference on Haiti. Karen Widess, a lawyer with the Rome-based IDLO, has come up with a proposal for legal reform in the country. She offers her insight.
  • The Villages: Florida's Disney World For Retirees
    At the massive central Florida retirement community of 80,000 residents, the lines blur between public and private, civic and commercial, real and fictional. There are no residents under age 19, everything is golf-cart accessible — and it's all owned by one developer. But the residents like it — it allows them to retire to a life free of irritation.
  • California Seeks To Expand Black Bear Hunting
    California's Department of Fish and Game is proposing changes to expand where and how black bears can be hunted. But not everyone agrees that this is a good idea.
  • World's Largest Banana Museum Forced To Split
    Ken "the Banana Man" Bannister has collected more than 17,000 pieces of family-friendly, banana-related items since 1972. The city wants to kick his museum out of property it owns, so Bannister has put the collection on eBay.
  • Obama Opens Up East Coast For Offshore Drilling
    President Obama announced Wednesday a plan to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling. The move reverses a ban on drilling off most U.S. shores.
  • How Much Oil, Gas Is Out There?
    President Obama's reversal of a ban on drilling off most U.S. shores could put new oil and natural gas platforms in waters along the southern Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and part of Alaska. Ben Cahill, a manager at PFC Energy, offers his insight on how much oil or natural gas is actually out there.
  • High Court: Lawyers Must Give Immigration Advice
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that immigrants living legally in this country must be told by their lawyers that pleading guilty to a crime could lead to their deportation. The decision in the case of a Honduras-born Kentucky man could affect tens of thousands of people.

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