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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Four MnSCU college presidents named today
    The appointment of four college presidents in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system Wednesday afternoon might not be unusual, but it's a reminder that the Boomer generation is retiring -- and their replacements face the challenges of a system stretched for money.4:50 p.m.
  • The Dejesus family visits St. Kate'sColleges put on full-court press for top high schoolers
    Parents of college-bound high school seniors may grow tired of all the phone calls this spring -- not from their friends, but from schools hoping to lure them to campus.4:54 p.m.
  • Jon McTaggartMPR chooses new CEO from within the company
    The parent company of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media on Wednesday appointed its chief operating officer to succeed chief executive officer Bill Kling, who will step down this summer from the organization he started 44 years ago.5:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • In Cleaning Oiled Marshlands, A Sea Of Unknowns
    Scientists have begun cleanup efforts in some of the regions that were most affected by oil from the BP spill last April. They're trying to establish which methods — if any — work best.
  • 'Quagmire Of Bureaucracy' Stifles Gulf Spill Research
    A year after the disaster, scientists are waiting for a promised $450 million from BP. Some of the research that has been done is tied up in legal proceedings, and researchers say they've missed the chance to gather critical data from the Gulf.
  • The Familiar Name Of BP's Fated Oil Field
    The oil field where BP was drilling is called Macondo. To some readers of fiction, that name will sound familiar. That's because Macondo is the name of an invented town, the setting for the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  • Napolitano Announces New Terror Alert System
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano traveled to New York City to announce the end of the color-coded terror alerts. The new system goes into effect next week, and it replaces the five color-coded warning levels with just two: Elevated and Imminent.
  • DOT Announces New Airline Regulations
    The Department of Transportation announced new airline regulations Wednesday meant to benefit travelers. The regulations changed the rules for fees, lost luggage and over-booked flights. Robert Siegel talks with Joshua Mitchell of the Dow Jones News Service about the new rules.
  • At Phillies Game, Robot Takes The Mound
    A one-armed robot, called PhillieBot, threw out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday. Robert Siegel and Michele Norris have more.
  • Muslim Brotherhood Maverick Eyes Presidential Bid
    Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood says it will not field a candidate in the presidential election expected later this year. But that hasn't stopped Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh — a charismatic moderate who spent 30 years in the movement's top ranks — from considering a campaign as an independent.
  • Mass Grave Discovery In Iraq Could Fuel Divisions
    In western Iraq, authorities have discovered a mass grave they say holds the remains of more than 800 people who are thought to have been killed during the rule of Saddam Hussein. The government is quick to denounce Saddam, but critics say it's slower to highlight other human rights abuses.
  • Fight Over Michigan Dunes Continues In Court
    The ongoing battle over some pristine lakefront dunes in Michigan plays out in a courtroom Thursday when a township clerk faces charges of violating election law. That's the latest in a zoning fight over a planned luxury development between billionaire Oklahoma oil tycoon Aubrey McClendon and officials in Michigan's Saugatuck Township — a resort area known for its small-town feel.
  • Mexicans Hope For Miracles In Staging Of The Passion
    In the Mexican capital, residents are staging an elaborate re-creation of Jesus Christ's final days on Earth — an Easter tradition in one of the world's most Catholic countries. For residents of one Mexico City neighborhood, it isn't considered far-fetched to ask or hope that a theatrical production can produce social change.

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