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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Judge: To reduce gun violence, more than a harsh sentence is necessary
    Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan criticized the judicial system Tuesday for waiving penalties for gun crimes, but Hennepin County Judge Mark Wernick said Wednesday that reducing gun violence isn't as simple as imposing maximum sentences.4:47 p.m.
  • Sen. Julianne OrtmanSenate GOP tax bill slashes local government aid
    Senate Republicans rolled out a tax bill Wednesday that slashes state aid to cities and counties while giving them more ability to raise local sales taxes.4:53 p.m.
  • Cars along Farrington StreetSnow ending; flood worries continue
    The late winter snowstorm that swept through Minnesota is nearly over, and temperatures are going to stay at or below freezing for the next few days. Hydrologists say the colder temps will likely delay some of the flooding expected on Minnesota rivers and streams.5:16 p.m.
  • Senate GOP health bill moves 100K people off state plan
    Republicans in the Minnesota Senate are proposing a Health and Human Services budget bill that would transfer more than 100,000 people with low incomes from state-subsidized health insurance to the private marketplace.5:20 p.m.
  • Rep. AbelerMinn. House health panel gets an earful from targets of cuts
    The Minnesota House has a plan of its own to cut the health and human services budget. And on Wednesday, committees heard from scores of people that say they'd be hurt by the bill, which cuts $1.6 billion.5:24 p.m.
  • Gov. Mark DaytonDayton orders more transparency from health plans
    Minnesota health plans will now be required to compete against each other to manage state-subsidized health care programs for elderly, disabled and poor Minnesotans.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • In Europe, Deep Divisions Remain Over Libya
    European leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday for a summit likely to be dominated by the military action in Libya. The U.S. is anxious to hand over control of the operation to its European allies, but they have failed to agree on how the operation should be controlled. After a stormy meeting at NATO on Monday, it became clear that there were deep disagreements about the organization's role, and a further two days of talks have still failed to reach agreement.
  • In Libya, Gadhafi's Forces Hold Rebels Back
    Western airstrikes this week have devastated Gadhafi's anti-aircraft systems and destroyed at least one armored column in eastern Libya, but the situation on the ground remains essentially unchanged. The rebels have regained control of their self-styled capital, Benghazi, but their efforts to expand westward have been thwarted by Gadhafi's forces. Host Robert Siegel speaks to NPR's David Greene in Tripoli and Eric Westervelt in Benghazi.
  • American Soldier Pleads Guilty In Afghan Murders
    A soldier from the Army's Fifth Stryker Brigade is pleading guilty to three counts of murder and other charges Wednesday. Prosecutors say Spc. Jeremy Morlock was a key figure in the killing of three civilians in Afghanistan last year. Photos of Morlock and others posing with corpses in Afghanistan were published by a German newspaper this week. Host Melissa Block talks with NPR's Martin Kaste about Wednesday's proceedings.
  • Ecuador's Hurting Families Find Hope With JUCONI
    The JUCONI Foundation, an organization that aims to help struggling families with everything from nutrition to emotional health, works long-term with families in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • Jerusalem Rocked By Deadly Bombing
    A bomb explosion at a bus stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday left one dead and more than 20 wounded. It was the first major terrorist attack in the city in some three years.
  • Opposition Official Weighs In On Libyan Siege
    Host Melissa Block speaks with Ali Al Issawi, who co-chairs the executive team of the Interim Transitional National Council in Libya, about the Western siege of Libya. He and his co-chair are international liaisons for the council, and are responsible for foreign affairs.
  • Suburban Parents Blocked In Try For Charter Schools
    Charter schools may be multiplying fast across the country, but they're stalled in affluent, high-performing suburban school systems. Suburban parents are frustrated by what they see as arbitrary policies to keep charter schools from spreading and are fighting back.
  • Remembering Screen Legend Elizabeth Taylor
    Legendary screen actress Elizabeth Taylor has died at age 79 of congestive heart failure. Taylor's film career spanned seven decades and more than 50 leading roles — from National Velvet to Cleopatra. And her enduring glamour, multiple marriages, and public struggles with alcohol and health problems became a model for contemporary celebrity.
  • When It Comes To Political Cash, Some Firms Tell All
    The percentage of undisclosed money in the political system went up during last year's midterm elections. But while Congress won't make corporations disclose the money they give to political campaigns, shareholder activists are winning disclosure battles, one company at a time.
  • What Did Obama's Latin America Trip Accomplish?
    President Obama wound up his tour of Latin America in El Salvador on Wednesday. The president's trip to South and Central America has been overshadowed by events in Libya, but the administration believes the contacts and agreements made during the tour will benefit the U.S. in the years to come.

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