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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Cpl. Andrew KempleFuneral services set for Minnesotan killed in Iraq
    Friends and family say Andrew Kemple joined the military following the 9-11 terrorist attacks and believed strongly in the war on terrorism.6:55 a.m.
  • South Dakota Gov. Mike RoundsSouth Dakota Senate approves nation's strictest abortion ban
    The South Dakota Legislature took a major step Wednesday toward making South Dakota the first state to ban abortion. The Senate passed the bill 23-12.7:20 a.m.
  • Scene of the shootingStar witness in Sackett trial backtracks on testimony
    A key prosecution witness in the trial of Ronald Reed Wednesday backtracked on her story. Reed is charged with first degree murder in the 1970 slaying of St. Paul police officer James Sackett.7:25 a.m.
  • Adventures of a reporter covering the Olympics in Turin
    The U.S. men's curling team is headed to the bronze medal game in the Turin Olympics. They will take on Great Britain, after losing yesterday to Canada 11-5. Meanwhile, Sasha Cohen has a slim lead heading into the finals of the women's figure skating competition tonight. MPR's Cathy Wurzer has been checking in periodically with Jay Weiner who's covering the games for the Star Tribune.7:50 a.m.
  • Playing bowsWorld Voices to explore Native American music
    In a concert this weekend World Voices will feature music and texts from native American tribes as well as from early American French Canadians and Shakers.7:55 a.m.
  • Themes for recent plays coming from newspaper headlines
    Art and current events have always intersected, and over the years, influenced each other. But recently, some Twin Cities theaters seem particularly keen to put what you read in the headlines on stage in the theater. This week alone, you can see plays about cloning, Osama bin Laden, and the perils of Americans traveling abroad. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Morning Edition Arts Commentator Dominic Papatola about this topic.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Protests and Violence Follow Bombing of Samarra Shrine
    Iraq's Shiite Muslims are outraged by the attack on one of their holiest shrines, north of Baghdad. The destruction of the golden dome in Samarra set off protests and sectarian violence across the country.
  • Insurgent Infiltration Not a New Concern in Samarra
    Insurgents posing as police destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines on Wednesday, setting off increased sectarian violence. Steve Inskeep talks with Knight Ridder reporter Tom Lasseter, who was embedded with American troops in Samarra earlier this month.
  • Journal Raises New Questions About 2000 Vioxx Study
    The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine is publishing more criticism of a 2000 study on Vioxx. The journal says at least two researchers knew about "adverse cardiovascular events" more than four months before the article was published. Merck removed Vioxx from the market in 2004 and faces thousands of Vioxx-related lawsuits.
  • Europeans Knock U.S., Canada out of Olympic Hockey
    The Canadian and United States hockey teams are heading home from the Turin Olympics after tough matches against rivals in Europe. Canada was beaten 2-0 by Russia in the quarterfinals and the Americans lost 4-3 to Finland.
  • Dubai Ports World a Multinational Corporation
    Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the government of Dubai, is at the heart of the controversy over port security in the United States. Observers and company employees talk about the history and operations of Dubai Ports World.
  • Lack of Public Defenders Slows Courts in New Orleans
    Judges in New Orleans are suspending the trials of indigent defendants who rely on public defenders as their legal counsel. The city fired dozens of public defenders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the judges say the lawyers who remain cannot give the defendants sufficient representation.
  • A Taste of Mardi Gras: The Return of the King Cake
    King cake is a treat tied to the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. With so many people returning to the city from far-flung places, this special Danish-like confection is flying off the shelves at local bakeries.
  • Alaska Prepares for New Gas Pipeline
    Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski has reached a deal with three major oil companies that would hasten construction of a $20 billion natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the lower 48 states.
  • Call Center Outsourcing Slows
    There are signs that the trend toward outsourcing call center jobs to low-wage countries like India may be slowing down. Research shows that some call centers are most effective when staffed by Americans.
  • White House Gives Post-Katrina Recommendations
    A White House assessment of the sluggish federal response to Hurricane Katrina calls for more clearly defining the military's role during catastrophes, along with more than 100 other recommendations.

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