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Monday, May 17, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Legislators cut $300-million from Local Government Aid to balance state budget
    How will Minnesota's cities and counties be affected by legislative budget cuts? Tom Crann talks to MPR's Laura Yuen.3:49 p.m.
  • Minnesota retailers and bankers fighting over penny fees that add up to billions
    The fight is over a few cents in debit and credit card fees that add up to tens of billions of dollars.3:53 p.m.
  • Gov. Tim PawlentyBudget fixed for now, but deficit will only get worse
    Gov. Pawlenty hailed the new budget agreement as a way to eliminate the state's nearly $3 billion deficit without raising taxes. But lawmakers from both parties say they're concerned it doesn't do enough to address the state's long-term budget problems.5:06 p.m.
  • Lunchtime at Battle CreekSchools see delayed payments and little else from legislative session
    The budget deal the Legislature passed Monday relies heavily on delayed payments to schools to balance the state's books. But aside from that payment shift, lawmakers adjourned without passing any other significant education-related legislation.5:11 p.m.
  • Legislators cut $300-million from Local Government Aid to balance state budget
    How will Minnesota's cities and counties be affected by legislative budget cuts? Tom Crann talks to MPR's Laura Yuen.5:15 p.m.
  • Michael CampionLawmakers toughen gang strike force oversight
    A year after the demise of the Metro Gang Strike Force, lawmakers have taken steps to curb some of the powers police were accused of abusing. Over the weekend, the Legislature passed new restrictions on seizures from suspected criminals and required new oversight of secret police files, although critics say that isn't enough.5:20 p.m.
  • Rep. SertichRep. Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, on the 2010 session
    DFL Rep. Tony Sertich is the majority leader of the Minnesota House. He was in on the negotiations with Gov. Tim Pawlenty on the final budget deal we've been hearing about in this half hour.5:24 p.m.
  • Minnesota retailers and bankers fighting over penny fees that add up to billions
    The fight is over a few cents in debit and credit card fees that add up to tens of billions of dollars.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iran Agrees To Ship Uranium To Turkey
    Iran has agreed to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel swap that could ease the international standoff over the country's nuclear weapons program. The agreement is almost identical to the one the U.S. has been urging Iran to accept for the past six months. It would eliminate, for now, fears about Iran having sufficient stocks of enriched uranium to produce a nuclear weapon.
  • A Chemistry Lesson On Uranium
    On Monday, Iran agreed to a nuclear deal that it hopes will deflate the threat of sanctions. The agreement hinges on some technical issues, regarding the type of uranium Iran is allowed to use. Leonard S. Spector, deputy director of the Monterey Institute of International Studies' James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, talks to Robert Siegel for a bit of a chemistry lesson in uranium.
  • Noam Chomsky Denied Entry Into West Bank
    Noam Chomsky, a prominent Jewish-American intellectual and frequent critic of the Israeli government, was denied entry into the occupied West Bank by Israeli authorities on Sunday. According to Israeli officials, Chomsky tried to enter from Jordan. Israel says he was not allowed in to give a speech at Birzeit University in the West Bank because he had not put in a request in advance. But Chomsky says he was told at the border by Israeli immigration that they didn't like his viewpoint on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The decision to bar him has caused outrage in some Israeli circles that regard the action as an assault on free speech.
  • Five Years Later, The YouTube Phenomenon
    As YouTube celebrates its five-year anniversary, Robert Siegel talks to Alex Pham, technology journalist for the Los Angeles Times, about its effect on the online world.
  • School Buses Now Take Wireless Internet For A Ride
    The Vail School District in southern Arizona last year installed a wireless router above the front windshield in buses for students who have long commutes. After hearing about the program, about 25 U.S. school districts have also signed up for the service. But one concern for administrators is making sure every student has a laptop.
  • BP Reports Some Success; Environmental Fears Grow
    Over the weekend, oil company BP began capturing some of the oil leaking out of the Deepwater Horizon rig. But large amounts of oil continue to flow out into the water, and there are increasing concerns about where that oil might be going. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Elizabeth Shogren for the latest.
  • Sen. Menendez On Efforts To Raise Oil Liability Cap
    Robert Siegel talks to New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez about his efforts to raise the liability cap on oil spills -- from $75 million to $10 billion. The draft law would not only affect future spills, but past spills as well -- including the BP spill in the Gulf.
  • New Terrorism Recruits: Jihad Lite?
    Radicalization for terrorism is happening at such breakneck speed now, that experts say the young men signing up to attack are jihad-lite -- not that committed and perfectly willing to tell all if they are caught.
  • Enrico Caruso, And Confessions Of An Operaholic
    An NPR Music producer recalls how a single singer from a bygone day, through the haze of 100-year-old recordings, triggered his love of opera. Once he heard the warmth and power of tenor Enrico Caruso's voice, he had to hear more.
  • Ronnie James Dio: Remembering A Vocal Cannon
    A venerated heavy-metal singer, Dio was a voice of triumph in the pits of bitterness and depravity. After a six-month struggle with stomach cancer, Dio died Sunday morning. He was 67.

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