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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Plot pointHeather McElhatton revels in her "Pretty Little Mistakes"
    It's a rare novel that opens with instructions on how it should be read. But that's exactly how Heather McElhatton's "Pretty Little Mistakes" begins. At the end of each chapter she presents a choice and a reader gets to decide the direction of the story. McElhatton admits the book arose out of a personal crisis.4:50 p.m.
  • New bridges neededUntangling the infamous Crosstown Commons now underway
    One of Minnesota's largest and most expensive road and bridge projects is underway. The rebuilding of the Crosstown Commons traffic interchange in south Minneapolis began on Tuesday.5:20 p.m.
  • Highway trafficMinnesotans not so nice on the highways
    A new annual survey shows drivers in Minneapolis-St. Paul are becoming more rude.5:24 p.m.
  • The new stadiumTwins ballpark construction ready to begin; Vikings waiting for their turn
    Construction on the new Minnesota Twins ballpark begins next week, when crews will begin ripping up asphalt from the old Rapid Park site in downtown Minneapolis. The Twins are scheduled to move into their new home in 2010, leaving the Metrodome behind.5:44 p.m.
  • Fighting fireResidents of upper Gunflint Trail to be allowed back briefly
    The Gunflint Trail fire has consumed 75,000 acres so far -- about half in the U.S. and half in Canada. Fire officials are now predicting if conditions remain the same, they could have the fire contained by Sunday.5:50 p.m.
  • The Canadian firefighting effort is gearing up
    Across the northern border, Canadian firefighters are gathering to fight the same fire as it crosses into Ontario. MPR's Greta Cunningham talked with Dave Jackson, the fire information officer for "Thunder Bay 37," the Canadian name for the Ham Lake Fire.5:55 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Televangelist, Christian Leader Jerry Falwell Dies
    The Rev. Jerry Falwell, a pioneer among televangelists who later became a leading voice in the national debate over Christian values, has died at the age of 73. Falwell was found unconscious Tuesday in his office at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
  • The Falwell Effect in American Politics, Religion
    The Rev. Jerry Falwell's death Tuesday ended a career that helped shape America's evangelical community, and its politics. Michele Norris talks with Paul Weyrich, who worked with Falwell in founding the conservative Christian group, Moral Majority. Weyrich is now the chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation.
  • GOP's Second Debate Is in South Carolina
    The Republican candidates for president are gathering for their second televised debate of the year Tuesday. The debate will be held in South Carolina, a state that has never erred in picking GOP nominees. The Fox News Channel is broadcasting the debate.
  • Cerberus Drags Private Equity Firms into Spotlight
    Cerberus, the private equity firm that is buying Chrysler, has been on a tear in recent years, buying up billions of dollars worth of companies. Other so-called "private equity groups" have been doing the same, making private equity one of the most powerful forces in the financial world.
  • Running Entertainment for a Meeting of the Suits
    What happens when an employee is put in charge of entertainment at a Fortune 500 company's annual sales meeting? Top hats, tails and stumbling execs, all to the tune of "One" from A Chorus Line.
  • Fort Drum and the Loss of Killed, Missing Soldiers
    U.S. troops continue to search for three American soldiers believed captured by an al-Qaida-affiliated group during an ambush Saturday south of Baghdad. Four soldiers were killed in the attack. Army officials confirm that all seven men were members of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum.
  • Son of Prominent War Critic Dies in Iraq
    First Lt. Andrew Bacevich was killed in Iraq on Mother's Day. His mother and father received the news when two uniformed officers rang their doorbell in Walpole, Mass. Bacevich is the 3,400th U.S. serviceman to die in Iraq. His father, a professor of international relations at Boston University, is one of the most prominent critics of the Iraq war in America.
  • Wolfowitz Will Meet with World Bank Board
    Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is set to appear before the World Bank board behind closed doors. This week, the bank is due to give its final decision on whether Wolfowitz should remain as bank president. The question at hand is whether Wolfowitz violated rules by arranging a pay raise for his bank-employed girlfriend.
  • Brown Poised to Emerge from Blair's Shadow
    Once British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced he would be stepping down in June, the ruling Labor Party began the process of finding a successor. But there is little suspense about the process; Finance Minister Gordon Brown is the sole legitimate candidate.
  • Rebuilding Courtney Love, One Song at a Time
    Producer Linda Perry has worked with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Alicia Keys and the Dixie Chicks, and she discovered James Blunt. But Perry faces what may be a producer's most formidable challenge: rehabilitating the career of Courtney Love.

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