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All Things Considered
Monday, April 20, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-BloomingtonHouse DFLers: State 'can't afford' some current tax breaks
    Democrats in the Minnesota House are proposing to raise income taxes for the state's wealthiest residents and scrap many of the tax breaks those same people now enjoy.5:19 p.m.
  • CigaretteMinn. researchers find 'smoking gun' link between nicotine and cancer
    Researchers at the University of Minnesota have detected two substances in tobacco smoke that directly cause lung cancer, and they say the finding may help one day predict which smokers will develop the disease.5:24 p.m.
  • Norm ColemanColeman files Supreme Court appeal
    Republican Norm Coleman's lawyers filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court Monday afternoon, seeking to overturn last week's ruling by a three-judge panel that found Democrat Al Franken received more legal votes than Coleman in November's election.5:51 p.m.
  • PepsiCo CEOPepsiCo offers to buy Mpls bottler and one other, for $6B
    Shares of Minneapolis-based PepsiAmericas jumped 26 percent today after PepsiCo, the maker of drinks like Mountain Dew and its namesake cola, announced it wants to acquire the company and Pepsi Bottling Group, another of its big bottlers.5:55 p.m.
  • Target promises philanthropic dollars will keep coming in recession
    MPR's Tom Crann speaks with Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel and Laysha Ward, President of Community Relations and the Target Foundation about the company's philanthropic plans in a harsh retail climate.6:20 p.m.
  • Composer Steve Reich on his Pulitzer Prize-winning sound
    Performance Today host Fred Child speaks with Steve Reich about winning the 2009 Pulizer Prize in Music for his composition, "Double Sextet."6:26 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Asks Agency Heads For Budget Cuts
    President Obama sends his Cabinet back to work with a mandate: Cut $100 million dollars from the federal budget. The president called it a "drop in the bucket," but an important first step.
  • Justices Hears Arizona Case On Teaching English
    The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether Arizona is providing enough English-language learning under federal law. The case could limit a federal court's power to tell states to spend more money on English learners.
  • Spelling Of Lake's Name Was All Wet
    Richard Cazeault, president and director of the Webster Lake Association in central Massachusetts, talks about an effort to correct old signs that misspelled the name of a local lake. The lake's 45-letter name was the subject of an Ethel Merman/Ray Bolger song.
  • Making Stimulus Spending Transparent
    New technologies and online tools are helping make that spending more transparent and accountable. But they require input from citizens.
  • Cars That Know If You've Paid For Them
    Mark Barr, general manager at South Jersey Auto Finance, talks about technology that permits dealers to shut down cars they've sold if the owner misses a payment.
  • Time Warner Retreats From Internet Use Charge
    Time Warner appears to have backed away from a plan to charge customers according to how much they use the Internet.
  • What If Marijuana Were Legal? Possible Outcomes
    NPR came up with a hypothetical scenario and asked experts to respond: Marijuana has been legal in the U.S. for two years. Legally, it is treated similar to alcohol: It is taxed and regulated, and users must be 21 or older. Under these parameters, what are some possible outcomes?
  • Zuma Favored To Be South Africa's Next President
    The controversial leader of South Africa's African National Congress will likely become the country's next president. A polygamist who has faced rape and corruption charges, Jacob Zuma is also a populist who has widespread respect for his role in winning black rule for South Africa.
  • 'Empire Of The Sun' Novelist Ballard Dies
    British writer J. G. Ballard was well known for Empire of the Sun, loosely based on his childhood in China. But his darker vision resonates. He died Sunday in London at 73.
  • Obama's CIA Visit Touches On Torture Issue
    President Obama's visit to the CIA Monday comes on the heels of the release of Justice Department memos that provided the legal justification for certain interrogation techniques that many consider torture.

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