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Monday, April 21, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • New MnDOT commissionerPawlenty names new MnDOT chief
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty has named Tom Sorel, an official with the Federal Highway Administration, as the state's next transportation comissioner.5:20 p.m.
  • Beer glassPolice error leads to DWI dismissals
    Clay County has thrown out 10 drunk driving cases because police made a mistake that could have led to inaccurate blood alcohol tests.5:50 p.m.
  • Don LeeNew novel combines development, kung fu and brussels sprouts
    When author Don Lee began writing his latest novel, "Wrack and Ruin," he wanted to do something light. He wanted to set the story in a small northern California town, and make one of his characters a farmer. He said the choice of crops was narrow, and one stood out: brussels sprouts.6:19 p.m.
  • Commentator Peter SmithPeter Smith on the Wild
    The hockey season is over in Minnesota. On Saturday, the Wild lost the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs four games to two. Commentator and reluctant hockey fan Peter Smith says he should have known better.6:26 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Seeks to Close Gap in Pennsylvania
    Sen. Barack Obama storms across Pennsylvania in a final effort to catch Sen. Hillary Clinton and win Tuesday's Democratic primary. Can he grasp another chance to close out his rival?
  • Clinton Confident on Eve of Pa. Primary
    Sen. Hillary Clinton finishes strong in Pennsylvania, where a big win in tomorrow's primary can end talk of her conceding the Democratic nomination to Sen. Barack Obama.
  • In Selma, McCain Praises Civil Rights Pioneers
    Sen. John McCain says Selma, Ala., and other communities on his "It's Time for Action" tour have suffered the "sins of indifference and injustice." He lauded the courage shown by civil-rights advocates who were beaten as they marched across Selma's Edmond Pettus Bridge in 1965.
  • Chicago Police Probe Rash of Shootings
    At least 30 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago. Six died. Authorities point to the usual culprits — gang warfare and easy access to guns. Police had just released statistics showing the city's murder rate fell in March compared to a year earlier.
  • Indiana Jones: Saving History or Stealing It?
    With that bullwhip and fedora, he's not your typical archaeologist. Sometimes, in fact, Indy's more treasure hunter than scientist. In the real world of archeologists, Indy's adventure-addicted character doesn't quite match the facts.
  • Letters: Take Heart, Sarah Marshalls
    In the wake of a less-than-flattering promotional campaign for the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall several listeners send messages of encouragement to the Sarah Marshalls of the world. One of those listeners is named Annie Hall.
  • Food-Bank Organizers Face Shortages
    Global food shortages and a faltering U.S. economy are hurting food banks. Leaders in the food bank community are finding creative ways to cope. Two food-bank organizers discuss their approach to the problem.
  • Shucking the 'Corn Lobby' on Ethanol
    It may be time for the U.S. government to slip the grip of the corn lobby and fund biofuels using matter other than corn — and at the same time, drop tariffs on ethanol made in Brazil.
  • Fairbanks Diocese Copes with Sex-Abuse Crisis
    More than 140 Alaska natives have sued the Roman Catholic Diocese in Fairbanks, Alaska, saying they were sexually abused by church workers from the 1950s through the 1980s.
  • Two Novel Approaches to Coming of Age
    The coming-of-age story isn't new, but a couple of new novels based on this theme stand out. Alan Cheuse reviews Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, by Susan Gregg Gilmore, and The Flowers, by Dagoberto Gilb.

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