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All Things Considered
Friday, March 23, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Connie WanekWomen's poetry collected in new book
    Poetry readers in Duluth are celebrating the appearance of a new book. It's a collection of poems by Minnesota women, going all the way back to pioneer days. It's called "To Sing Along the Way."4:49 p.m.
  • Rep. Keith EllisonEllison votes for Iraq spending bill
    Ellison, an anti-war lawmaker, has called for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. But the Minnesota Democrat described the bill as the best chance to end the war.5:19 p.m.
  • Fight over gas taxesSenate OKs gas tax hike, sets up showdown with Pawlenty
    Democrats in the Minnesota Senate have made their position clear on the need for a large state investment into roads, bridges and transit. They passed a transportation funding bill Friday that includes a 10-cent per gallon gas tax increase, setting up a showdown with Gov. Pawlenty.5:24 p.m.
  • Surrounded by reportersTubby Smith: "I feel the love already"
    New University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith got a standing ovation at Williams Arena Friday afternoon, in his first official meeting with fans and the media. High expectations are riding on Smith's shoulders.5:49 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • House Approves August 2008 Deadline on Iraq
    The House of Representatives votes to impose an Aug. 31, 2008, deadline for withdrawing all American combat troops from Iraq. In a 218-212 vote, Democrats attached the deadline to legislation authorizing more than $124 billion in emergency funds.
  • Iraq Deadline and the Democratic Congress
    This week, House Democrats gathered up the votes to confront President Bush with a deadline on pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. The timeline is part of an Iraq funding bill that barely passed the House by a vote of 218-212.
  • Interior's Griles Pleads Guilty in Abramoff Case
    Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Steven Griles admits to charges of obstructing justice and lying to Senate investigators about his ties to convicted lobbyist Abramoff. In a plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to seek no more than 10 months' confinement for Griles when he is sentence in June.
  • IRS Urges E-Filing — But by Vendors Only, Please
    The IRS recommends that taxpayers file electronically — e-filing saves the government time and money, and is more accurate than IRS employees who type in the data from paper returns. But the IRS refuses to set up its own Web portal to receive the filings. Critics call it the work of tax-industry lobbyists.
  • Don't Let IRS Form Fool You: Tax Breaks Are There
    This year, new or one-time tax breaks are available that many people qualify for. But they don't appear on the printed forms many taxpayers use, making them easy to be overlooked. Robert Siegel talks with Kevin McCormally of Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
  • Large Public Defense Case Strains Ga. System
    The public defender system in Georgia is running short of money — because of one huge case. The defense of Brian Nichols, charged with killing four people after breaking out of a courthouse two years ago, has cost $1.4 million dollars so far — and it hasn't gone to trial yet.
  • Prisoners to Harvest Crops in Colorado
    Migrant laborers are avoiding Colorado after it passed stringent laws targeting illegal immigrants, the farmworkers' union says. Farmers are turning to prison labor to replace the workers — but they'd prefer national immigration reform.
  • Using Web, Phone to Get Info on Poisoned Pet Food
    A batch of pet food that killed 16 animals was tainted with rat poison, investigators say. The news about the pet food company, Menu Foods, has worried dog and cat owners across the country. The company set up a toll free hotline. But when many customers got busy signals, they turned to the Web.
  • Sculpting a New York Park in Sound
    Take a walk through New York City's Madison Square Park, and you might be surprised by the sounds reverberating through it. Bird songs, bell chimes and traffic sounds all interwoven to form the latest creation of sound artist Bill Fontana.
  • Bait Cars Ruin Joyrides for Auto Thieves
    Bait cars are designed to be stolen. They're rigged with a device that allows police to remotely shut off the engine and lock the doors. And hidden cameras offer a glimpse at the lives of thieves.

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