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All Things Considered
Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Big Stone is just west of OrtonvilleSouth Dakota power plant worries Minnesota residents
    Utility companies plan to build or expand dozens of coal power plants in the U.S. One plant in eastern South Dakota has raised concerns downwind in Minnesota.4:50 p.m.
  • Wet streetsGovernors tour flooded Red River Valley
    Flood preparations are finished in Fargo-Moorhead, and people are waiting for the river to crest in the next day. The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota toured the area Tuesday, saying the flood fight appears to be well in hand.5:18 p.m.
  • Waiting lineCommittee defeats marriage amendment
    Ending more than a year of gridlock, a Senate committee today finally held a hearing on -- and then voted down -- a controversial bill that would put the definition of marriage on November's ballot as an amendment to the state constitution.5:23 p.m.
  • Memorial to victimPolice make arrests in Uptown killing
    Minneapolis police have two people behind bars and are searching for three others in connection with last month's fatal shooting in the Uptown neighborhood.5:48 p.m.
  • Batter up! Twins season begins in Toronto
    The Minnesota Twins open their season tonight on the road in Toronto. After a third-place finish in the AL Central division last year, the Twins made attempts to beef up their hitting in the off season and hope the acquisitions will help them compete with the world champion Chicago White Sox. Lavelle Neal covers the Twins for the Star Tribune and he joins us now.5:53 p.m.
  • "Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan."
    The phrase "selling democracy" could be used to describe the Bush administration's foreign policy in the Middle East. A new retrospective at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis looks at a similar U.S. effort in Europe after the World War II. The Economic Recovery Plan there became known as the "Marshall Plan," named after the wartime General and later Secretary of State George C. Marshall. The wide-ranging Marshall Plan even included a film-making arm. The new retrospective at the Walker is called "Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan."6:19 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Facing Long Odds in Texas, DeLay Opts Out
    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay plans to give up his seat, one week after one of the Texas Republican's top aides pleaded guilty in the corruption investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In addition to a tough battle for re-election, DeLay is facing corruption charges in Texas.
  • On DeLay's Home Turf, Reaction Is One of Surprise
    News that Rep. Tom DeLay has decided to give up his House seat leaves many in the veteran Republican's hometown of Sugar Land, Texas, scratching their heads. With the primaries already come and gone, few voters think the timing of the former House Majority Leader's announcement is anything other than puzzling.
  • Gauging Effect of DeLay's Resignation on Elections
    What effect will Rep. Tom DeLay's resignation from Congress have on his fellow House Republicans who are running for re-election -- and on Democrats trying to cast Republicans as part of a culture of corruption on Capitol Hill? Melissa Block talks with Stuart Rothenberg, editor of The Rothenberg Political Report and a columnist for Roll Call.
  • Thai Premier to Step Down, Citing Impasse
    Although his party won a majority in snap elections two days ago, Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announces that he will step down. The move is designed to break a political impasse resulting from the opposition's demands that he leave office.
  • In Taylor Trial, a Hope to Avoid Past Snafus
    As the Special Court in Sierra Leone hears the case against Charles Taylor, court officials are looking at other recent examples to avoid past mistakes. International law experts say they are hoping the trial won't drag on too long, as was the case against Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, who died before his case came to a ruling. The challenge, they say, is to maintain order and avoid courtroom antics such as those plaguing the trial against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
  • Massachusetts Bill Requires Health Insurance for All
    Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would make Massachusetts the first state to require that all of its citizens have some form of health insurance.
  • Outside Embroiled Iraq, Ex-Pats Wait in Jordan
    One effect of the war in Iraq -- and the widespread violence that has ensued -- is that many Iraqis have fled to neighboring Jordan.
  • Boot Camps Under Fire After Florida Teen's Death
    The recent death of a 14-year-old boy in a juvenile-justice boot camp in Florida is forcing lawmakers to rethink the model. Critics are calling for an end to the programs. But state lawmakers say boot camps can be toned down and reformed, even though research shows the programs are ineffective.
  • Hip-Hop to the Nth Degree: Hyphy
    Hyphy is a rap style out of the suburbs of San Francisco, defined by its fast pace and intricate wordplay. It's now getting national attention, as rapper E-40 has an album in Billboard's top 100. Youth Radio's Tapan Munshi explains.
  • Senate Seeks to Shorten Debate on Immigration Bill
    Republican senators are trying to reach a compromise on immigration to muster the 60 votes needed to defeat a possible filibuster. Opponents say the main proposal, to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the United States if they've worked here for six years, amounts to an offer of amnesty.

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