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All Things Considered
Friday, May 15, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minnesota Judicial CenterColeman argues more ballots should be presumed valid
    Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate race took another step toward a potential conclusion today as Republican Norm Coleman's attorneys filed their remaining paperwork with the Minnesota Supreme Court.3:37 p.m.
  • Sheep shearingRaising sheep a family affair on one farm
    The most recent agricultural census finds a growing number of women farmers in the U.S. It reports a nearly 30 percent increase in women farmers from 2002 to 2007. And for those women raising sheep, being a wool producer comes at a time when the number of knitters fueling the knitting industry is on the rise.4:37 p.m.
  • The Minnesote Senate chambersPawlenty, lawmakers remain at odds over budget issues
    With time ticking away until the end of the legislative session, Gov. Pawlenty and DFL leaders plan to meet at 11 a.m. today to try and reach a budget deal. Pawlenty announced yesterday that he will not call lawmakers back for a special session and will balance the budget on his own if a budget deal isn't reached.5:16 p.m.
  • Hauser familyJudge orders 13-year-old to undergo cancer treatments
    A Brown County judge has ordered chemotherapy for a 13-year-old boy whose parents had stopped his treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma on religious grounds.5:20 p.m.
  • Wild turkeyLawmakers at standstill over outdoors, arts money
    Six months after voters approved a 3/8 cent sales tax increase to fund environmental and arts projects, lawmakers are deadlocked over how to spend the money.5:49 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Revives Guantanamo Tribunals
    A small number of Guantanamo detainees will be prosecuted in military tribunals with new legal protections. Under new guidelines set by the Obama administration, the military tribunals will get under way this fall for about 13 of the roughly 240 detainees at the naval detention center.
  • Week In Politics Examined
    This week, President Obama decided to revive military tribunals and blocked the release of photos showing abuse of prisoners by U.S. troops. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times, offer their insight.
  • Wary Investors Stall Market Rally
    The stock market has been on a roll for the past two months, but the momentum seemed to stall over the past few days and the major indexes are expected to close down for the week. There was as much good news as bad, but many investors concluded that the rally was getting a little ahead of itself.
  • GM To Cut 1,100 Underperforming Dealerships
    One day after Chrysler announced massive dealership closings as part of restructuring, General Motors did the same. GM began to tell 1,100 low-volume dealers they are not part of the struggling carmaker's long-term plan.
  • On The Hill, Gays Now Find Acceptance ... Mostly
    A new documentary called Outrage contends that privately gay politicians who don't support gay rights are hypocrites. High-profile homosexuals are no longer unheard of in Washington politics. But for closeted conservative gays in D.C., the threat of exposure remains a weapon.
  • Obama Finds Hurdles To Closing Guantanamo
    President Obama wants to close the Guantanamo detention center this year, but Congress is putting up obstacles. The House is rejecting the White House request for money to close the prison and relocate prisoners. The Senate says it won't cough up the money until it sees an inmate-relocation plan.
  • Florida's Graham Backs Pelosi On CIA Briefings
    The CIA and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are disputing a September 2002 briefing on waterboarding. Pelosi says the meeting never occurred. Retired Sen. Bob Graham, a Florida Democrat who keeps copious records of daily activities, disputes the CIA's records of briefings he received at the same time.
  • GE Begins Hudson River Cleanup
    One of the biggest environmental cleanups in U.S. history got under way Friday. The Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric have begun dredging tons of toxic, PCB-contaminated sludge from New York's upper Hudson River.
  • 1989 U.K. Soccer Disaster Still Stirs Emotions
    Steven Cohen, a sports radio host in Los Angeles, has touched the third rail of British soccer fandom. Recently he insinuated Liverpool fans may have been partially to blame for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people were killed. That's brought him death threats from all over and boycotts from sponsors.
  • Sports: NASCAR's Drug-Testing Policy
    NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in America, but it's only just recently started drug testing. The one problem is nobody knows what they are testing for since NASCAR won't release a list of banned substances. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis offers his insight.

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