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University of Michigan Head Balances Law, Diversity
Recent judicial and electorate decisions in Michigan have limited schools' ability to use affirmative action to promote diversity, a development that has left colleges scrambling to form new strategies. Michele Norris talks with University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman, who says she remains committed to diversity.
Michigan School Announces New Admissions Rules
The University of Michigan says that complying with a new law banning affirmative action will be complicated — but backers of the law say they will be watching closely to make sure that race and gender are dropped from admissions criteria. The university has dropped legal challenges to the law, which was passed in a referendum in November.
Saudi Ambassadorship Signals Rift in Royal Family
There is a large and public rift between two key players in the Saudi royal family. Last month, Prince Turki al-Faisal abruptly resigned his post as Saudi ambassador to the United States, reportedly out of anger that his predecessor, Prince Bandar, was making not-so-secret visits to administration officials in Washington.
House Approves a Raise in U.S. Minimum Wage
The House votes 315-116 in favor of a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour. The last federal minimum-wage increase was in 1997. The measure is a key to the Democrats' agenda for the 110th Congress.
Labor, Business Make Plays on Free Choice Act
Organized labor has big plans for the new Congress. Its top legislative priority is the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier to unionize. If a majority of workers at a company sign cards saying they want union representation, they could have it. Unions say the current law is one reason union membership keeps declining.
Prayer: Once a Last Resort, Now a Habit
Storyteller Kevin Kling has often used prayer to try to get himself out of the dumb trouble he finds himself in. But after a life-changing motorcycle accident in 2001, Kling's prayers have changed.
Is Warm January a Sign of Good Luck, or Bad Times?
This weekend, more warm weather is expected across much of the East Coast of the United States. And people will almost certainly be asking themselves whether global warming or El Nino is to blame. To help us sort that question out, Robert Siegel talks with Michael Mann, a professor of meteorology and geosciences at Penn State University.
Rocks Striking a Frozen Lake in Winter
Listener Charles Skinner of Northfield, Minn., hurls rocks on the frozen lake near his home, creating a SoundClip that a caveman could have submitted — assuming he had our e-mail address.
Bush Set to Deliver Speech on New Strategy in Iraq
President Bush is expected to speak for about 25 minutes from the Map Room in the White House on Wednesday night about his new strategy for Iraq. Robert Siegel talks with Don Gonyea, who has a preview of the president's speech.