All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The scene in the courtroomColeman's odds of winning shrink with new ballot tally
    While vowing to press ahead, Republican Norm Coleman's re-election fortunes slid further in reverse Tuesday as Democrat Al Franken widened his lead to 312 votes in the Minnesota Senate race.5:19 p.m.
  • Minnesota Secretary of State Mark RitchieMark Ritchie talks about the recount decision
    Democrat Al Franken's lead in the U.S. Senate election has increased to 312 votes. To talk more about the effects of the recount today on the election in general All Things Considered called Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.5:24 p.m.
  • Math bookSenate DFLers approve cuts to education funding
    The Minnesota Senate has given preliminary approval to an education funding bill that cuts state spending for public schools.5:50 p.m.
  • Gift shopMuseum leaders launch plan to save 80-year-old institution
    Just seven years ago, the Duluth Children's Museum was on the verge of closing. The museum resides in an old railroad depot downtown, and after years of financial struggles, museum leaders have an ambitious plan to save the nearly 80-year-old institution.5:54 p.m.
  • Steve CannonWCCO Radio's Steve Cannon dies
    Radio personality Steve Cannon, whose rich baritone and colorful characters were a fixture on "The Cannon Mess" on WCCO-AM for 26 years, has died. He was 81.6:27 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Judge Dismisses Stevens Case, Orders Inquiry
    Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption conviction was dismissed Tuesday by a judge, who opened a criminal investigation of prosecutors' handling of the case. Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he would drop the case against the former GOP senator.
  • Gun Shop Owner Links Ammo Shortage To Obama
    Around the country, there is a shortage of ammunition used in many types of firearms. Some attribute the shortage to the election of President Obama and fears that his administration will usher in more restrictive gun laws. Johnny Dury, owner of Dury's Gun Shop in San Antonio, says the ammunition shortage began the day Obama was elected.
  • Vermont Legislature OKs Gay Marriage
    Vermont's Legislature overruled Republican Gov. Jim Douglas' veto and became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. The Senate voted 23-5 and the House 100-49 to get the two-thirds needed in each chamber for a veto override. Nine years ago, Vermont was the first state in the nation to approve civil unions.
  • Red Cross Report: Medics Grossly Violated Ethics
    Health professionals who monitored the CIA's interrogation of detainees violated medical ethics, says a new report from the International Committee of the Red Cross. Mark Danner, a journalism professor who published the report in the New York Review of Books, says the report concludes interrogation procedures used constitute torture.
  • Kumar Of Film Goes To The White House
    Actor Kal Penn has been named to an Obama administration liaison post that connects the Executive Branch to people in the entertainment industry and Asian-Pacific groups. Penn is best known for his portrayal of Kumar in the stoner films Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle and Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. He was most recently in the Fox TV drama House.
  • Battle Lines Drawn Over Public Insurance Plan
    The possibility of a government-run health plan is driving debate among policymakers about how it might be structured and what the tradeoffs will be. A new study suggests that a public plan could lower health insurance premiums significantly, but critics say that would force private insurers out of business.
  • Economic Downturn Signals A New Normal
    The country's economic situation is affecting how we live. People are taking fewer vacations, looking for sales and putting off large purchases. But once the country recovers from the recession, will we go back to the way we were?
  • GM, Segway Partner On Urban Mobility Vehicle
    General Motors and Segway unveil a prototype two-wheeled electric vehicle that can seat two people. The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA, project is designed to be an alternative to cars and trucks in cities across the world. Critics have their doubts.
  • Marcus Roberts: 'Playing The History Of Jazz'
    The pianist is a jazz instructor now, but he remains a lifelong student of the music. He visits NPR's performance studio to demonstrate his own approach to the classic tunes of jazz greats, as heard on his new album, New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1.
  • Obama Makes Surprise Iraq Stop
    President Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq Tuesday, telling U.S. Troops that it was time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their own country. Obama also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who later said he assured the president that progress on security will continue.

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