All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • MelissaAfter the Falls
    Photographer Alec Soth explores Niagara Falls, falling in love, and the aftermath of passion in a new body of work devoted to the famous body of water.4:50 p.m.
  • GOP House leadersBig borrowing bill sails through Minnesota House
    With only a few members flinching at the cost, the Republican-led House voted 114-16 Wednesday for nearly $1 billion in public-works construction projects.5:19 p.m.
  • Legislative Auditor Jim NoblesAudit: Errors rife when immigrants apply for health care
    County human services workers make many errors when they process applications from immigrants for public health care, allowing some to get benefits they may not be entitled to, according to an audit released Wednesday.5:23 p.m.
  • Deep partisanship of last legislative session absent this time around
    On the last day of work before a long spring break, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed its version of a bonding bill. The Senate has approved a bonding bill with a different list of projects, so legislators from both houses will meet to reconcile differences after the recess. All sides seem optimistic that process will be less divisive than the budget negotiations that paralyzed the Legislature last year and temporarily shut down parts of state government. All Things Considered's Tom Crann sat down with two long-time state lawmakers to talk about how the legislative process has changed over time. DFL Rep. Loren Solberg has represented Grand Rapids since 1982 and Sen. Bill Belanger, R-Bloomington, has represented his district since 1980. Both are convinced that the partisanship of 2005 has been largely absent so far this session.5:48 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Moussaoui Jury Hears Tapes of Flight 93 Crash
    The jury deciding the fate of Zacarias Moussaoui hears cockpit and air traffic control tapes from United Flight 93 before it crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. It was the final day of presentation for federal prosecutors.
  • European Countries Join U.S. to Condemn Iran
    Russia and the European Union joined the United States in condemning Iran for advancing its nuclear program. On Tuesday, Iran said it had enriched uranium, in defiance of a United Nations demand.
  • With Congress Away, Immigrants' Rights Issue Grows
    NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that an emerging immigrants' rights movement, characterized by large marches and demonstrations, is having a political impact on Capitol Hill.
  • A Catfish That Walks for Its Dinner
    A previously undiscovered African catfish has a rare but important ability: When it can't find food in the water, it slithers onto land to eat crickets. By some accounts, the out-of-water hunting method used by the fish helps explain why fish first crawled out of the sea millions of years ago.
  • Funds at Risk for Rural Alaskan Services
    Residents in 5,000 homes in rural Alaska live without running water and sewage systems. Their bathrooms are often buckets that must be hauled to landfills or a sewage lagoon. For drinking water, people go to ponds to chip ice in the winter and collect rainwater in the summer. The Bush administration's budget proposes reduced funding for the state's Village Safe Water program by 75 percent. Ashley Gross of the Alaska Public Radio Network reports.
  • U.S. Knew Trailers Weren't Bio Labs, Paper Reports
    In 2003, President Bush declared that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq, referring to tractor-trailers believed to be mobile weapons labs. But according to a Washington Post article, a Defense Intelligence Agency report stated the trailers weren't related to warfare.
  • Iraqi Leaders Sit Out Meetings with Arab Ministers
    Leaders of Iraq's interim government boycott a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, where the agenda includes Iraq's growing sectarian conflict. Iraqi officials were angered by remarks from Egypt's President Mubarak, who said Iraq's Shiites are more loyal to Tehran than to Baghdad.
  • Bombing Iran Won't Work
    Commentator Jon Wolfsthal thinks that all the media reports about the possibility of a U.S. bombing of Iran don't take into account one thing. It just wouldn't stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
  • Easter Can Be a Tough Time for Bananas
    Michele Norris speaks with Pat Foster about what the Easter holidays mean for the banana business. Foster is the Chiquita Brands International Director of North American Ripening. His primary job is to make sure that bananas get to stores when they are the perfect yellow color -- neither too green nor overripe. But the Easter holidays mean plantation workers in the tropics take time off from work.
  • Keeping Flavors Separate for Seder
    Commentator Laurel Snyder, raised in an interfaith home, is also in an interfaith marriage. However, she isn't a fan of "blending" religions. Snyder thinks it dilutes their sacredness and traditions.

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