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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Growing up Indian
    Next week marks the one-year anniversary of the school shootings that left 10 people dead on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. In a special report called "Growing up Indian," Minnesota Public Radio reporters Dan Gunderson and Tom Robertson examine what life is like for Indian kids.6:50 a.m.
  • Minneapolis police chief heads to Texas
    Minneapolis Police Chief William McManus is leaving to lead the police department in San Antonio, Texas. In his two years as chief McManus had earned praise for his work to improve police-community relations and to diversify the police force.7:20 a.m.
  • Steaks for the troopsFamilies say farewells as Minnesota Guard leaves for Iraq
    Twenty-six hundred members of the Minnesota Army National Guard formally conclude six months of training for their fast-approaching deployment to Iraq Thursday at Camp Shelby in southern Mississippi.7:25 a.m.
  • Angela StrassheimMinnesotans make a mark at New York's Whitney Biennial
    The Whitney Biennial is the most influential group art show in the country. This year, there's a surge in the number of Minnesota artists invited to show their work.7:50 a.m.
  • Legislature considering tax incentives for film industry
    There's talk at the Minnesota Legislature about luring more movie production to the state. A bill in House committee today would provide tax incentives for the film production industry. The bill is similar to the so-called "Snowbate" program, which was cut in 2003 due to a tight budget.7:55 a.m.
  • Dominic Papatola provides advance peek at shows bound for Twin Cities
    St. Paul Pioneer Press Theater Critic Dominic Papatola is in New York, where he will see ten Broadway productions in seven days. He's there to get a sense of what's happening in the city, and a peek at some shows that will be coming to Minnesota.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iraqi Parliament Convenes, Adjourns After 30 Minutes
    Iraq's new parliament was sworn in Thursday, but the political parties deadlocked over which one will lead the next government. Renee Montagne talks to Jonathan Morrow, senior advisor with the Rule of Law Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He recently returned from Iraq where he's been working with the Sunni leadership on Iraq's constitution.
  • Prosecutors Ask for Second Chance at Moussaoui Trial
    Government prosecutors want a federal judge to reconsider her decision to ban crucial testimony and evidence in the sentencing phase of the Zacarias Moussaoui case. They say the aviation security witnesses and evidence are essential to the case.
  • Religious Mix a Source of Tension in Nigeria
    Nigeria's religious make-up is roughly half-Christian, half-Muslim, and there has been recent violence between the two groups. Steve Inskeep talks with Sue O'Brien, assistant professor of African history at the University of Florida, about how politics in Nigeria's fledgling democracy is inflaming religious tensions.
  • 'New Testament' Translated into Gullah
    The New Testament has recently been translated into Gullah, a language of slaves and their descendants that's still spoken by a few people along the southeast coast of the United States. Steve Inskeep talks about the project with Emory Campbell, a native Gullah speaker and one of the members of the translation team.
  • Abortion Rights Activists Use Petition to Fight S.D. Ban
    An abortion-rights group in South Dakota has started a petition drive that, if successful, would stall that state's new abortion ban and give voters a say in the matter. The move could replace talk of a legal challenge of the law. Abortion opponents call it a desperate maneuver to avoid a legal confrontation. South Dakota Public Radio's Johanna Sailor reports.
  • Family Ties Source of Strength for Elderly Caregivers
    Clarice Morant has been taking care of her sister for more than 20 years, and her brother for six. It's a natural role for a big sister, even if in this case, the big sister is 101.
  • Will Inflation Make a Comeback?
    Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, about the current outlook on inflation.
  • New York Sues H&R Block Over Alleged Investment Fraud
    The giant tax-preparation company H&R Block is being accused of fraudulently marketing a money-losing investment retirement account to its customers. The allegations are included in a complaint filed Wednesday by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who is suing the company for $250 billion.
  • Congress Sets New Federal Debt Limit: $9 Trillion
    Faced with a potential government shutdown, the Senate votes to raise the nation's debt limit for the fourth time in five years, to $9 trillion. That's about $30,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States. The debt now stands at more than $8.2 trillion.
  • Emergency Contraception Issue Complicates FDA Nominee's Future
    President Bush has nominated the head of the National Cancer Institute to become the chief of the Food and Drug Administration. The nomination is already in trouble on Capitol Hill over the issue of emergency contraception.

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