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All Things Considered
Friday, March 31, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Three cups of tea
    In a dangerous part of the world better known for U.S. military operations, clan warfare, and Islamic extremism, Greg Mortensen builds schools. Since 1996 his Central Asia Institute has built 55 schools in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has educated some 20,000 children. His experiences are documented in a new book: "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to fight terrorism and build nations, one school at a time." Written with journalist David Oliver Relin.4:50 p.m.
  • Capitol rotundaMinnesota lawmakers on course for gridlock over tax relief
    Anyone hoping for tax relief from state lawmakers may be disappointed this year, because Gov. Pawlenty, Senate DFLers and House Republicans appear to be headed toward an impasse over tax cuts.5:19 p.m.
  • Red River floodingSandbags reappear along Red River
    It likely won't be a repeat of the infamous 1997 flood, but Red River Valley areas are watching the river closely as some flooding is likely.5:23 p.m.
  • Store exteriorMinneapolis moving on problem 'inconvenience' stores
    The Minneapolis city council has voted to revoke the license of a convenience store, effectively shutting it down. City officials say some stores have become magnets for loitering and drug dealing.5:49 p.m.
  • The cost of health care
    Whatever you're paying for health insurance, it isn't enough, according to reports filed by Minnesota's eight non-profit health plans. The Minnesota Council of Health plans says its members paid 10 percent more to doctors, hospitals and clinics in 2005 than in 2004, but only brought in 8 percent more money from customer premiums. The industry lost $78.5 million in operating money, according the the trade group. Joining Tom Crann to talk about this continuing trend in health care costs and premiums wass independent health care consultant Allan Baumgarten. He tracks the health of managed care providers in Minnesota and other states.5:53 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Delphi Asks Judge to Void Labor Contract
    Delphi, the nation's largest auto-parts supplier, asks a federal bankruptcy judge to void its labor contract with the United Auto Workers Union. The UAW has warned that its members may strike if the judge approves Delphi's request. Delphi is General Motors' biggest supplier and a strike could cripple the struggling auto giant.
  • GM Workers Face Choice: Buyout or Bet on Recovery
    Facing mounting losses, General Motors has offered buyouts to its union employees in the United States. Now GM workers must decide whether to take company buyouts or stay on, betting that the automaker can recover and avoid bankruptcy.
  • Pro-Immigrant March Planned for Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Organizers of last week's massive pro-immigrant march in Los Angeles have turned their sights to Costa Mesa in Orange County. The city has allied itself with U.S. Immigration and Customs to question and detain illegal immigrants. Opponents of that practice are planning a protest rally for Saturday.
  • Jackson Hole Resort's Tram Retires this Weekend
    After forty years in operation, the aerial tram at Jackson Hole Resort in Wyoming makes the final run of its final ski season this weekend. Next year, skiers will ride chair lifts to the summit. Corky Ward, the ski patrol director in Jackson Hole, talks with Melissa block about the end of an era.
  • Chicago's 'L' Train Gets New Branch: The Pink Line
    The Chicago Transit Authority has picked the color pink for the name of a branch of the "L" train. So what does Chicago -- home of the Bears, the Bulls and Mike Ditka -- think of the "Pink Line"?
  • Army Bans Non-Military Issued Body Armor
    The U.S. Army says it has banned the use of body armor that is not issued by the military. Army officials say any soldier wearing commercially purchased body armor will have to turn it in and have it replaced by authorized gear. Military officials said they cannot guarantee the commercial gear's safety.
  • Iraqi Foundation Preserves Country's Recent Past
    The Iraq Memory Foundation, created by Iraqi exiles after the ouster of Saddam Hussein three years ago, aims to preserve and analyze Iraqi Baath party records. It hopes that Iraqis can understand the mistakes of the past -- and never repeat them.
  • Indiana to 'Spring Forward' for First Time Since 1971
    Indiana has been a holdout on daylight-saving time. But because of a bill passed in the legislature last year, Indiana residents will have to move their clocks forward for the first time since 1971. Rene Burton, president of the Chamber of Commerce in Pulaski County, Ind., talks with Melissa Block.
  • 'Brick' Takes a Clever Look at Suburban Adolescence
    Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a young outcast trying to find out what happened to his ex-girlfriend in Brick, a hard-boiled noir set in a suburban high school.
  • Former DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty in Abramoff Inquiry
    Tony Rudy, a former aide to Texas Congressman Tom DeLay, pleads guilty in the investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his relationship with members of Congress. It's the first guilty plea in that investigation, but it may not be the final one, leaving lawmakers associated with Abramoff nervous.

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