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All Things Considered
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Dakota County BoardHennepin, Dakota Counties approve sales tax hike
    Hennepin and Dakota Counties Tuesday joined Anoka and Ramsey counties in raising their sales tax to help pay for public transit. Scott County commissioners rejected the idea.5:20 p.m.
  • ForeclosedPawlenty, lawmakers take action on foreclosures
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Tuesday that a federal grant will help the state pay for more foreclosure counselors. Earlier in the day the Minnesota House passed several bills targeting some of the secondary effects of foreclosures.5:24 p.m.
  • Iva WeirWoman donates $1.8 million to help protect loons
    A teacher has designated nearly $2 million from her estate to protect Minnesota's state bird.5:50 p.m.
  • Needle in grooveVinyl's staying power
    The vinyl record is undergoing somewhat of a resurgence in the Twin Cities music scene. More bands are putting their music out on vinyl, more consumers, especially younger ones, are choosing vinyl over compact discs.5:54 p.m.
  • Science FairBudding future scientists gather in St. Paul
    At a hotel ballroom in downtown St. Paul, over 400 young people were standing beside their projects and posterboards.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Divisions Arise in Wounded Iraq Veteran's Family
    Sgt. Tim Ngo was 20 years old when he almost died from a head wound in an Iraq grenade attack. Though years of therapy have helped him recover, his relationship with his mother has deteriorated. Now, he's starting a new life in Texas, and the rift with his mother remains.
  • Ore. Uses Lottery Approach for Health Program
    Oregon officials knew demand for new slots in a state-funded health-insurance program would far exceed supply, so they decided to randomly pull names from the nearly 100,000 people who applied. Meet a winner and a loser in Oregon's health-insurance "lottery."
  • Colo. Town Flushes Salmonella from Water System
    As Alamosa, Colo., recovers from a salmonella outbreak that sickened 300 people, Mayor Farris Bervig talks about learning how to manage such a crisis and what it means to be under yellow water notices.
  • Bush Urges NATO Membership for Ukraine, Georgia
    Visiting Kiev ahead of this week's NATO summit in Romania, President Bush says he supports the idea of extending possible NATO membership to Ukraine and Georgia — even in the face of strong Russian opposition.
  • NATO's Mission, Sense of Unity Is Flagging
    Old alliances, like old soldiers, never die. They just fade away. In the case of NATO, membership may expand even as the alliance's sense of purpose and cohesion fades.
  • Heart Association Supports Compression-Only CPR
    It's all right to skip mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and use hands-only compression when performing CPR on adults, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. Gordon Ewy, a longtime advocate of compression-only CPR, talks about the change in guidelines.
  • A Hoop Dream Comes True
    Lance Allred is a basketball vagabond who most recently played for the Idaho Stampede in the NBA's development league. His hard work on and off the court — he lives with a severe hearing deficiency and battles obsessive-compulsive disorder — finally paid off when the Cleveland Cavaliers called.
  • Oil Executives Defend Profits to Congress
    As the price of gasoline rises toward $4 per gallon, top oil executives explain to a House panel why they need $18 billion in subsidies when their companies rake in huge profits. Democrats want to end the tax breaks and spend the money on renewable sources of energy like wind and solar power.
  • Rising Fuel Prices Drive Truckers Off the Road
    At almost $4 a gallon, the cost of diesel fuel is making life tough for many truckers, who are finding it harder to make a living driving their rigs. Energy Department officials expect the price of diesel to continue rising this year.
  • Male Birth Rate Among Asian Americans Studied
    An analysis of the 2000 census suggests that some Asian-American parents of girls may be using advances in prenatal technology to ensure they get a boy the next time around.

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