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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Housing startsMinnesota drops in some economic rankings
    Twin Cities home sales are down about 15 percent from a year ago. The news comes on the heels of somewhat troubling reports about the state economy.4:18 p.m.
  • Minneapolis joins Muslim community developers to offer new financing
    The City of Minneapolis is joining with the African Development Center to offer a new financing option for small businesses, aimed primarily at Muslims.4:22 p.m.
  • Suburban barbecueBourne's "Edward Scissorhands" is not cutting-edge
    Choreographer Matthew Bourne does not believe dance has to be an acquired taste. Bourne is a Tony Award-winner who's filled theaters worldwide with his productions of "The Car Man," "Swan Lake" and "Cinderella." He's brought his latest dance theater piece, "Edward Scissorhands," to St. Paul.4:54 p.m.
  • Album coverBell is basking in honors and busking in subways
    In the space of a few days, violinist Joshua Bell has received a prestigious award, earned lots of press after busking in a Washington, DC Metro station and packed his bags for a European tour with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. He tells Minnesota Public Radio's Julie Amacher all about it.4:58 p.m.
  • The official logoWyoming to Breckenridge: "Hands off our logo"
    The western Minnesota school district has decided to phase out the logo rather than fight a trademark infringement accusation by the state of Wyoming.5:22 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Citing 'Tragic Rush,' Prosecutor Clears Duke Players
    Prosecutors have dropped all charges against three former Duke University lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper at a party. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said the athletes were innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse" by an overreaching district attorney.
  • Duke Community Hopes for Brighter Days
    The North Carolina Attorney General's office has dropped all remaining charges against three former Duke lacrosse players accused of rape. While the story received continuous attention on campus, many students feel that the "Duke brand" will persevere — along with a stronger awareness about issues of class and race.
  • At World Bank, Wolfowitz Sees Controversy Bloom
    Allegations of preferential treatment for World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz's girlfriend, who also works for the agency, have fueled a controversy involving questions about ethics and secrecy. Shaha Riza has been promoted and was given significant pay raises at the Bank.
  • Citigroup Cuts Include 6 Percent of New York Staff
    Citigroup announces a sweeping overhaul of its operations as it tries to reduce costs under pressure from investors. The financial-services giant, which employs more than 325,000 people around the world, is cutting around 16,000 jobs. Some cuts will likely come from attrition, and some jobs may be shifted overseas.
  • Dice-K and Fenway: Fans Hope for New Magic
    Pitching sensation Daisuke Matsuzaka, also known as Dice-K, has brought a whole new level of hype to Boston Red Sox fans. The team has committed $103 million for Matsuzaka to play for the club. Today, he makes his home debut at Fenway Park.
  • U.S. Accuses Iran of Arming Iraqi Insurgents
    For the first time, the U.S. military today accused Iranian intelligence of providing weapons and support to Sunni insurgents in Iraq. Over the past few months, the United States has, on several occasions, accused Iran of smuggling weapons into Iraq, mostly for the use of Shiite militias. U.S. spokesmen now say the weapons are going to both Sunni and Shiite militants.
  • Intelligence Chief McConnell Calls for Changes
    National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, who took over the 16 U.S. spy agencies less than three months ago, is signaling he wants a more aggressive posture for his office. McConnell says the country's surveillance law needs to be updated, what he calls a 100-day plan to accelerate intelligence reform.
  • MSNBC Cuts Don Imus Show as Advertisers Flee
    MSNBC says it will no longer simulcast Don Imus' radio show. The cable TV network has had a strong following for the morning program. But Imus' use of a racial slur last week, while discussing the Rutgers University women's basketball team, brought heavy and persistent criticism. Earlier today, several major advertisers announced they are pulling their ads.
  • Don Imus and the Full Cost of Offense
    Like those who have spoken offensively before him, radio host Don Imus will pay a price that has yet to be fully seen for his comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
  • Musician Preserves Fading African-Caribbean Culture
    Andy Palacio's album Watina is an effort to document his people's culture and prevent its extinction. Palacio is of the Garifuna people — descendants of shipwrecked slaves who settled on the east coast of Central America.

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