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All Things Considered
Monday, May 22, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Rink drawingAccusations fly over Duluth Entertainment Center money
    Some journalists are calling this "the stadium session," but the only sports facility which had already received public support in a referendum got skunked at the Capitol.5:15 p.m.
  • University Ave.Will LRT and change come to central corridor neighborhoods?
    There's wide agreement that building a nearly $1 billion light rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis will affect surrounding neighborhoods. The disagreement is over whether the effects will be good or bad.5:20 p.m.
  • Artist sketchTwins' stadium opponents were tired of the fight; supporters weren't
    One reason the Twins were successful in their stadium quest is because they convinced enough long-time stadium opponents to change their minds and support the plan.5:48 p.m.
  • Roller coaster safety
    The Wild Thing roller coaster at Valleyfair amusement park remains shut down after an accident yesterday injured 18 people. Valleyfair said today that the coaster will be left untouched until an independent investigation is completed. The rear car of one of the coaster's trains separated as the ride was slowing and entering the station, tipping the car over and sending some riders to the hospital with scrapes and sprains.6:19 p.m.
  • "Guy from the Urals"Socialist realist and nonconformist art collide in Minneapolis
    A new exhibit at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis presents two distinct interpretations of Soviet life in late 20th century.6:23 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • FBI: Rep. Jefferson Took $100,000 Bribe
    The FBI says it has video footage of Rep. Bill Jefferson (D-LA) accepting $100,000 from an FBI informant. Jefferson, who has not been charged with anything, insists that he has committed no crime. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
  • Buying Leniency: Small-Scale and Widespread
    In the criminal courts of eastern Washington, people arrested for offenses such as drunk driving could routinely get a lenient sentence by contributing money to prosecutors' favorite charities. A prominent defense lawyer in Wisconsin calls the practice the "dirty little secret" of criminal courts in America.
  • WHO Leader Dies After Surgery for Blood Clot
    The doctor who led the World Health Organization's battles against SARS and bird flu has died following surgery for a blood clot on the brain. Dr. Lee Jong-Wook, the first South Korean to head a U.N. agency, was 61.
  • Tehran May Set Aside Washington Talks
    Iran is no longer interested in a dialogue with the United States, according to officials in Tehran. Word that proposed talks are not likely to get off the ground came after Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, renewed an offer of talks in an interview with the Associated Press.
  • Pressuring Iran to Abandon Nuclear Power
    NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr is keeping track of the rhetoric on Iran. He assesses the pressure being put on Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.
  • Leaving Guantanamo: Enduring a Harsh Stay
    In late November, three Guantanamo detainees were released and sent back to Bahrain. The men had been held by the United States for about four years, first in Afghanistan and then in Guantanamo. None were ever charged, nor were they told why they were being held or why they were finally released.
  • Locking In Gas Prices When They're Low
    There you are, steamed at paying $3 for a gallon of gasoline. So how does it feel to learn that some people are paying $2 dollars, or even a buck a gallon? That's because they bought from a Minnesota chain that allows customers to purchase gasoline at market prices, then stockpile for periods when gas is more expensive.
  • Recalling Choreographer and Activist Dunham
    Dancer, choreographer, and activist Katherine Dunham died Sunday morning at the age of 96. Michele Norris talks with Harry Belafonte about the life and work of Dunham, who brought African and Caribbean influences to the dance world at a time when it was very Euro-centric. Dunham is also remembered for the work she did with poor communities in East St Louis, and for her 47-day hunger strike in 1992 on behalf of Haitian boat people.
  • Forecasters Call for Another Busy Hurricane Season
    A hectic, above-normal tropical storm season could produce between four and six major hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico this year, but conditions don't appear ripe for a repeat of 2005's record activity, the National Hurricane Center predicted Monday.
  • Laying Out a Vision for New Orleans
    With Mayor Ray Nagin set to return for another term in New Orleans, those on the Bring New Orleans Back Commission and other planning panels are making recommendations for rebuilding the city and its infrastructure. Kim Boyle is the chair of the Health/Social Services Committee of Bring New Orleans Back, as well as co-chair of the Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee. Boyle says the future of New Orleans is exciting, but a main challenge remains the city's health care system. Michele Norris talks with Boyle, member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority Board, and partner in the Employment Group with the law firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP.

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