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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Joseph AmatoBook explores history through the story of one family
    In a new book Southwest State University historian Joseph Amato traces the story of his family across North America and Europe. In "Jacob's Well: A Case for Rethinking Family History," Amato talks about his ancestors and uses their stories to put a human face on historical events.6:50 a.m.
  • COX-2 enzymeEnzyme linked to high incidence of breast cancer
    The findings of a new Mayo Clinic study may change how doctors predict who will develop breast cancer and how they look for it.7:20 a.m.
  • Map of Keystone pipeline projectSD approves new oil pipeline
    The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has unanimously approved a construction permit for a new oil pipeline.7:25 a.m.
  • Stage presenceThe value of SXSW
    For Minnesota musicians who make it to South by Southwest, the event offers them the largest critical mass of music industry officials during the year. But does the hype equal the payoff for local bands?7:50 a.m.
  • Coast Guard is breaking ice on Lake Superior
    It's one of the first signs of spring in Minnesota: It's time to break up the ice in the Duluth harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard is giving Mother Nature a hand in plowing through the ice. A Coast Guard vessel called the Alder is out this week. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Lt. Commander Kevin Wirth, the Alder's commanding officer.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama's Mississippi Win Comes Amid Racial Divide
    Sen. Barack Obama topped Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's Mississippi primary. Despite overwhelming support in the African-American community for Obama, exit polls showed that he lost ground with white voters in what turned out to be the most racially polarized vote so far.
  • If Florida and Michigan Vote Again, Who Pays?
    With the Democratic race for president coming down to only 100 delegates or so, Michigan and Florida are trying to regain their standing at the convention. That means both states may have to cast their ballots, again. But holding elections can cost tens of millions of dollars. So who's going to pay?
  • Pennsylvania: Steel City and More Trivia
    The Democratic presidential candidates have six weeks to prepare for Pennsylvania's primary. So it's time to get to know the Keystone State a bit better. For example, it ranks 18th in agriculture production but first in mushrooms. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne share some Pennsylvania facts.
  • Negotiating America's Future in Iraq
    The Bush administration is negotiating with Iraqis about the future operations of U.S. soldiers and civilians in Iraq. The current agreement is set to expire at year end. Critics say any deal made without congressional consent will unnecessarily bind future administrations to a costly campaign. Steve Inskeep talks with one of the negotiators, Ambassador David Satterfield.
  • New Yorkers Relish Irony in Spitzer Scandal
    The apparent unraveling of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's political career is playing like a soap opera in New York. Member station WNYC's Fred Mogul found a lot of people in New York City have dropped everything in favor of watching the real-life political drama unfold in the media.
  • House Panel Questions Ashcroft on No-Bid Contract
    The House Judiciary Committee questions former Attorney General John Ashcroft about a no-bid contract, worth as much as $52 million, that his consulting firm got from a former colleague in the Justice Department. The job was to oversee compliance by a corporation that was under threat of being prosecuted unless it changed the way it did business. Such deferred prosecution agreements are not uncommon, and the committee wanted to know what rules the Justice Department follows in awarding the lucrative contracts.
  • Deposed Thai Premier Maintains Rural Popularity
    Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra pleads not guilty to corruption charges after returning from exile. He remains very popular, particularly among Thailand's rural people and urban poor for his financial and social welfare policies.
  • Caterpillar's Business Not Crawling Overseas
    Many businesses and individuals are grappling with a beleaguered American economy, but one U.S. company has found increased success amid the financial gloom. Riding the surge of cheaper American exports made possible by the ever-weaker dollar, Caterpillar has expanded — shipping its large tractors and mining tools overseas to places like China and South America. Renee Montagne talks with Caterpillar Chief Executive Officer Jim Owens about the company's rapid growth.
  • Grace to Pay $250 Million for Asbestos Cleanup
    Chemical giant W.R. Grace has agreed to pay the government $250 million to help clean up asbestos contamination around its mining operations near Libby, Mont. The fine is the largest ever ordered under the government's Superfund cleanup program.
  • Fed Credit Move Lifts Sagging Stocks
    Wall Street had one of its best days in years Tuesday, with the major stock indexes rising sharply on news that the Federal Reserve is taking new steps to address the mortgage crisis. The Fed is hoping that by making more money available to banks, they'll lend more money to each other and to consumers.

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