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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • MoneyBill eliminates tax breaks for businesses
    The Chair of the Minnesota House Tax committee wants to eliminate tax breaks for businesses. In exchange, taxes would be cut for all businesses.6:21 a.m.
  • Twisted metalNTSB divided over public hearing on I-35W bridge collapse
    Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., is asking the chairman of the NTSB board to reverse the board's decision against holding a public hearing into the I-35 bridge collapse.7:21 a.m.
  • Superior National ForestBig decisions ahead on ATV trails in Superior National Forest
    The U.S. Forest Service is about decide where ATVs can and cannot go in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota.7:25 a.m.
  • Tower dutySome young vets struggle to find work
    Several thousand Minnesotans have been to Iraq and back over the past five years. Some are finding that the economic downturn has made getting a job more difficult than it used to be.7:41 a.m.
  • Politics of the Iraq war are changing
    It has been five years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq began. Recent polls show the politics of the war in the presidential campaign, and Minnesota's U.S. Senate campaign, seem to be changing.7:45 a.m.
  • Edo de WaartEdo de Waart returns to the Twin Cities
    A familiar face is returning to the Twin Cities classical music scene. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has appointed former Minnesota Orchestra conductor Edo de Waart as one of the group's new artistic partners beginning in 2010.7:54 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Pledging to 'Do Better' Amid Corruption in Iraq
    The Iraqi government is allocating billions for schools, clinics and roads, but corruption remains a major problem that impedes projects to rebuild the war-torn country, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih says. "We need to do better," he says.
  • Living in an Iraq Still at War, Five Years Later
    Saleem Amer, an NPR staff member in Iraq, talks about what it's like to live in Baghdad five years after the U.S. invasion. Since the war began, Amer has gotten married, welcomed a baby with his wife and moved after his neighborhood became too dangerous.
  • Obama: U.S. Can't Afford to Ignore Race Issues
    Sen. Barack Obama has addressed the simmering controversy about racially charged remarks made by his longtime pastor. In his speech in Philadelphia Tuesday, Obama denounced the remarks and engaged in a conversation about the broader issues of race in America.
  • Chicagoans: Reports Misrepresent Obama's Church
    The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's comments from the pulpit at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago have spotlighted on his church and his relationship with Barack Obama. The church being portrayed in the media, however, is unrecognizable to many who are familiar with the congregation.
  • 'Space Odyssey' Author Clarke Dies at 90
    Writer Arthur C. Clarke has died in Sri Lanka. He was 90. He's best known for writing 2001: A Space Odyssey, but he wrote many dozens of science fiction novels. Clarke, a trained scientist who united intellectual rigor with imagination, inspired generations of writers and scientists with his powerfully humane vision of the future.
  • Individuals' Rights Key in Landmark D.C. Gun Case
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on the District of Columbia's law that essentially bans handguns in the city. Courts historically have interpreted the right to bear arms as a collective right, linked to military service and state militias. But on Tuesday, a majority of justices indicated that they believe it's an individual right.
  • Doctor: China's Stem-Cell Therapy for Kids Is Risky
    Optic nerve hypoplasia is a condition in which nerves in and around the eye fail to develop properly. Some parents of affected children are seeking controversial stem cell treatments in China. Dr. Mark Borchert, head of the Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, urges caution.
  • FCC Airwave Auction Rakes In $20 Billion
    For the past eight weeks, the Federal Communication Commission has been auctioning off airwaves that will be empty when television stations move to digital format next year. Bidding ended Tuesday, with the FCC — and ultimately the U.S. Treasury — raking in about $20 billion.
  • Investors Flock to Buy Visa Stock After Record IPO
    Despite anxiety in the financial markets, investors flocked to buy stock in credit card giant Visa. The company completed the biggest IPO in U.S. history Tuesday, raising nearly $18 billion. When trading began Wednesday, the share price jumped nearly 50 percent.
  • Wal-Mart Expands Employee Health Care Options
    Wal-Mart, the company known for its low prices, also delivers low-cost health coverage to its employees. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., says a record number of workers, many previously uninsured, are signing up.

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