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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Wolves in captivityWolves to be delisted
    Federal officials have a new plan to take wolves off the endangered species list. Unlike previous proposals, the plan today only affects wolf management in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and parts of bordering states.4:38 p.m.
  • Off to Iraq
    This afternoon at a military post in southern Mississippi, the Minnesota Army National Guard 1st Brigade combat team formally concluded its training before deployment to Iraq. The 4,000 soldiers -- 2,600 of them Minnesotans -- took part in a departure ceremony at Camp Shelby, where they heard from military officials and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. MPR's Stephen John talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik at Camp Shelby.4:53 p.m.
  • Chuck DarrellJohnson comments ignite smoldering marriage amendment debate
    Several organizations are criticizing Sen. Dean Johnson for saying members of the Minnesota Supreme Court told him the court would not overturn a state law banning gay marriage.5:19 p.m.
  • Protest in AnokaMother of slain soldier is only vote against funeral anti-protest bill
    The Minnesota Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to make it a crime to willfully disrupt funeral services. The legislation is in response to a Kansas group's use of military funerals to gain attention for its anti-gay views.5:23 p.m.
  • Growing up IndianGrowing Up Indian
    American Indian children are at the bottom of nearly every national indicator of well being -- suicide rates, dropout rates, poverty rates, death rates. Alcohol and drugs have ripped apart Native families. Often, the kids suffer most.5:36 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • White House Updates National Security Strategy
    The Bush administration unveils an updated version of its National Security Strategy, a document originally issued in 2002 to lay out the White House vision for the war on terrorism. The new version restates the doctrine of pre-emptive war and says Iran may pose an increased threat to the United States.
  • In Support of Pre-Emptive War Doctrine
    President Bush is scheduled to make speeches reaffirming his administration's belief in the practice of pre-emptive war. In 2002, Father Richard John Neuhaus, president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, talked with NPR about the doctrine. He revisits the topic with Michele Norris.
  • Dangers of Pre-Emptive War Doctrine
    Ivo Daalder, senior fellow of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, talks with Michele Norris about the doctrine of pre-emptive war. Daalder is in Princeton, N.J., where he is attending a conference on the pre-emption doctrine.
  • Archaic Tracking System Limits Mad-Cow Investigation
    Agriculture officials are working to track down herdmates of the Alabama cow that is the nation's third case of mad-cow disease. But unlike Japan, Canada and Europe, the United States still does not have a coordinated system for tracking livestock.
  • Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the Chicken Nugget, Dies
    Robert C. Baker, who founded Cornell University's Institute of Food Science and Marketing, died Monday. Baker was responsible for many innovations including chicken nuggets, chicken hot dogs and chicken steak. Joseph Hotchkiss, chairman of Cornell's food-science department, remembers Baker.
  • Senate Backs Raising Federal Debt Limit to $9 Trillion
    The Senate votes in favor of raising the national-debt ceiling to nearly $9 trillion. The bill now goes to the president. Without such a move, the U.S. government would have to shut down because it has nearly reached its credit limit and would not be able to borrow any more money.
  • Plan to Legalize Undocumented Immigrants Progresses
    Senators trying to craft an immigration-reform bill say they are moving toward a plan to give undocumented immigrants a chance to legally stay in the United States. The senators are hoping to have a plan to vote on by Monday, which would also include a guest-worker program.
  • Movie Introduces Would-Be Immigrants to The Netherlands
    A new test for people wanting to immigrate to The Netherlands includes watching a film meant to explain the liberal society. But some say the footage may discourage would-be immigrants from developing countries from wanting to immigrate. Perro De Jong, a reporter for Radio Netherlands, talks with Robert Siegel.
  • Making a 'Smoking' Satire of the Lobbying Industry
    The film Thank You for Smoking follows Nick Naylor, a tobacco lobbyist who defends the rights of smokers with snappy irony. Directed by Jason Reitman and starring Aaron Eckhart, the satire is based on Christopher Buckley's book of the same name.
  • Ambitious U.S.-Iraqi Air Assault Targets Insurgents
    U.S. and Iraqi forces launch what the military describes as the largest air assault since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The U.S. military says Operation Swarmer is aimed at clearing "a suspected insurgent operating area" northeast of Samarra.

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