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Monday, May 14, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Alexander HamiltonTPT banks on Alexander Hamilton documentary
    A documentary about Alexander Hamilton premieres May 14 on PBS stations around the country. Twin Cities Public Television produced the two-hour film in the style of its award-winning "Benjamin Franklin" documentary from 2002.4:49 p.m.
  • Sen. Norm ColemanDespite declining popularity, Coleman comfortable in Senate re-election bid
    The Mason-Dixon Research poll says Sen. Norm Coleman presently enjoys more than a 20-percent spread between him and either Al Franken or Mike Ciresi. But his approval rating has slipped below 50 percent.5:19 p.m.
  • DFLers conferMinn. Legislature challenges Pawlenty by backing higher gas tax
    The Minnesota Legislature voted Monday to raise the state gas tax by a nickel as lawmakers prepared to confront Gov. Tim Pawlenty over spending on roads.5:23 p.m.
  • Irvine WelshIrvine Welsh writes about hatred
    Scottish writer Irvine Welsh catapulted onto the international literary scene with "Trainspotting," his disturbing story about heroin addicts in Edinburgh. His latest novel is called "The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs" -- although there's little about food or bedroom secrets in the story. It's really a story about hate.5:54 p.m.
  • RoadsideAll not lost on Gunflint Trail
    Rain showers helped the Ham Lake fire settle down on Monday. Officials say the fire made little new progress. Meanwhile, residents said they're now worrying more about the future.6:19 p.m.
  • The Ordway in St. PaulNew Ordway president calls the job a homecoming
    The new president of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts is in St. Paul this week to meet city officials and get an idea of the challenges that lie ahead for her. Patricia Mitchell starts her new job Aug. 1.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Private Equity Group in $7.4 Billion Deal for Chrysler
    German automaker DaimlerChrysler has announced that it is selling 80 percent of its struggling Chrysler division to Cerberus Capital, a private equity firm. Cerberus will pay $7.4 billion for the U.S.-based entity, but little of that money will go to Daimler. In the transaction announced this morning, Daimler will actually end up paying to get out from under Chrysler's crushing liabilities.
  • Auto Workers Union Adjusts to Going Private
    The president of the United Auto Workers is hailing the sale of Chrysler to the private equity firm Cereberus. Ron Gettelfinger had originally opposed any acquisition of Chrysler by a private group. Now, he may be making the best of a bad situation.
  • Tides Expose Part of Bay-Area Shipwreck
    The sea off of San Francisco's western coast revealed an old reminder of its power last week: At low tide, one can see the water-logged bones of a 19th-century clipper ship emerging from the sands of Ocean Beach.
  • Wounded Iraqi Forces Get Little or No Aid
    Tens of thousands of Iraqi security personnel have been wounded in the past four years. The Iraqi government does not have accurate figures, but the U.S. Congressional Research Service estimates that by a year ago, more than 33,000 had been wounded. There are few military medics and no military hospitals.
  • Bush Announces Plan to Cut Gas Use, Emissions
    President Bush said Monday that he has directed the federal government to write new regulations to cut gasoline use and greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and trucks. His goal is to reduce gas use by 20 percent within 10 years.
  • Cutting Greenhouse Emissions May Rest with China
    In the United States, there is a growing consensus that carbon emissions need to be reduced, both here and abroad. But China has no plans to cap emissions. And there is a growing fear that even if the United States lowers its emissions, China's booming economy will more than make up the difference.
  • Lebanon Unsettled by U.S. Overtures to Iran, Syria
    The U.S.-backed government in Lebanon is alarmed by the Bush administration's move to have more contact with the governments of Syria and Iran. The Lebanon government is locked in a 6-month-old confrontation with Hezbollah, which is leading an opposition alliance backed by Iran and Syria.
  • Navy Lawyer's Guantanamo Leak Trial Begins
    The military trial has begun for U.S. Navy lawyer Matt Diaz, who is accused of leaking classified information to a civilian human rights lawyer. Diaz gave the names of 550 Guantanamo detainees to an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights.
  • Behind the Music: Rap, Broadway, Life and Art
    Two documentaries — one about big-budget Broadway musicals and one about a Brooklyn program aimed at high-school rappers — make it clear that art isn't easy.
  • Making a Case in the U.S. for Iraqi Progress
    Michele Norris talks with Barham Salih, the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq. Salih talks about his talks here in the U.S. with Congress, about the effectiveness of the troop surge in Iraq, and about how the Iraqis and their parliament have to find a new political will to sustain their country.

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