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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • soybeansBiodiesel backers seek same boost as ethanol
    Minnesota already leads the nation in the manufacture and use of ethanol. Now the Legislature is considering a big boost for biodiesel.7:20 a.m.
  • County courthousePawlenty budget includes cuts to courts
    Judges and other court staffers are concerned about Gov. Pawlenty's proposal to trim state spending to cover a projected $1 billion budget shortfall. Pawlenty's plan would reduce state funding of district courts by about $7 million a year, or around 2.8 percent.7:50 a.m.
  • Fourth grade operaTales of a fourth grade opera
    Fourth graders at Linwood A+ Elementary in St. Paul created an opera to celebrate Minnesota's 150th birthday.7:55 a.m.
  • Injecting culture into Spring Break
    The spring break season kicks off next week for many Minnesotans, which means parents will be facing the prospect of idle days with their children. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola has some ideas for injecting a little culture into the spring.8:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Clinton Says Michigan and Florida Should Count
    In an NPR interview, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton discusses the fate of the Michigan and Florida delegates, the role of race in the campaign, foreign-policy credentials and superdelegates.
  • Ferraro Leaves Clinton Campaign
    Geraldine Ferraro has given up her position on the finance committee of Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in the wake of a controversial remark about Sen. Barack Obama.
  • Croat Generals on Trial at The Hague
    Three former generals in the Croatian army are on trial in The Hague. They are accused of driving thousands of Serbs from their homes in the 1990s, during the war in the former Yugoslavia.
  • Nepal's King Finds Road to Republic Costly
    Nepal's 240-year-old Hindu monarchy will be abolished if a new assembly agrees to continue a path toward making the nation a republic. Now the king and his family face a mounting pile of personal debt.
  • Role of U.S. Military Commands Shifting
    Adm. William Fallon resigned this week as commander of U.S. forces in Africa and the Middle East. His post is one of several powerful U.S. commands that increasingly touch on an array of diplomatic functions beyond military concerns.
  • Boomers Reluctant over Long-Term Care Insurance
    Insurance choices are expanding for assisted living and in-home care for the aging. But boomers aren't biting. Would a policy bought today even be applicable 20 years from now?
  • Doctor Blogs Raise Concerns About Patient Privacy
    Medical blogs have drawn back the curtain on the inner workings of the health care profession. But some worry that physician blogs threaten patient privacy.
  • EPA Sets New Limits on Smog
    Environmental regulators say the air in hundreds of counties is too dirty to breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering local officials to pay for a cleanup that will cost billions of dollars. But the EPA's goal for reducing allowable smog levels is less ambitious than the recommendations of its own scientists.
  • Southwest Grounds Jets After FAA Fine
    Southwest Airlines has grounded some of its jets after the Federal Aviation Administration levied a massive penalty on the airline for failing to complete some required inspections.
  • Brazil Takes Big Bite of U.S. Meat Industry
    Brazil's JBS plans to acquire two more U.S. meat-packing companies will give it about 30 percent of the American market. The news is shaking up American meat packers.

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