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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Marriage rallyPawlenty to GOP: "Move on"
    Gov. Pawlenty says it's time to move on from the controversy surrounding Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson. His party, the GOP, says it's not.6:50 a.m.
  • Sharing memoriesA quiet anniversary for Red Lake
    Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the school shootings on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Many tribal members spent the day quietly with family or friends to honor the victims.7:20 a.m.
  • Shooting areaMinneapolis police say Uptown still safe despite shooting
    The fatal shooting of a college student by muggers in the Uptown neighborhood over the weekend has prompted police to rethink their approach to patrolling the streets in the popular nightclub and shopping area.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iraq Unrest Prompts Questions of Civil War
    Ashraf Qazi, the United Nations envoy to Iraq, talks with Steve Inskeep about whether the country is facing a civil war. Qazi says it is not, and that he is helping Iraqis form a stable government.
  • Rate of New U.S. Deaths Declining in Iraq
    American combat deaths in Iraq have been declining since late last year. Iraqi security forces now appear to be bearing the brunt of violence in the country. The decline was especially significant in February, when 55 American service personnel were killed, compared to 96 in October. More than 2,300 American military personnel have died supporting operations in Iraq.
  • Afghan Christian Convert Faces Death Penalty for Beliefs
    The United States is urging the government of Afghanistan to respect the religious freedom of a man who converted to Christianity, and now faces the death penalty. The U.S. raised the case Tuesday with visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah.
  • Bush Challenges Eavesdropping Detractors
    President Bush is responding defiantly to a Democratic senator's call for his censure over the warrantless domestic eavesdropping program.
  • Eavesdropping Policy Best if not Built on Worst-Case Scenarios
    Commentator and constitutional scholar Douglas Kmiec warns both Congress and the President not to dabble in worse-case scenarios when debating the importance and legality of the eavesdropping program. He says they polarize the two branches of government, at a time when compromise is needed.
  • China-U.S. Currency Feud Draws Senators to Beijing
    A group of senators is in Beijing this week, meeting with top Chinese officials about the value of the Chinese currency, the yuan. Democrats and Republicans have authored a bill threatening China with a huge tariff increase on its exports to the United States unless Beijing allows the yuan to strengthen significantly against the dollar.
  • Rob Reiner Accused of Misusing California State Funds
    Actor and director Rob Reiner is charged with using taxpayer money to fund a partisan initiative for universal preschool in California. The money in question paid for commercials supporting the initiative, which is coming up for a vote in June. Reiner has refused to resign as chairman of the state commission that supplied the money. He says he has done nothing wrong.
  • Georgia Eyes High-School Bible-History Classes
    Georgia lawmakers are expected to pass a bill authorizing a Bible literacy class in public high schools. The class, "History and Literature of the Old and New Testament," will be taught with the Bible as the text. The bill does not require that schools teach the course, or that students take it. Emily Kopp of Georgia Public Broadcasting reports.
  • Spring Training Game Turns into Test of Wills Between Star, Team
    The St. Louis Cardinals face the Washington Nationals in a spring training game in Florida on Wednesday. The big question surrounding the game is whether National's star Alfonso Soriano will take his assigned spot in left field. He refused to play the outfield position in a game earlier this week. Soriano played second base last year for the Texas Rangers.
  • Organic Products Turn into Big Business
    If you are listening while brushing your teeth, here's a story for you: Colgate-Palmolive is buying Tom's of Maine, the leading maker of natural toothpaste. It's just the latest example of a big corporation acquiring a company that succeeded by selling organic or health-oriented products.

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