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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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  • PBS special explores integrative medicine
    On Wednesday night, Twin Cities Public Television will air a documentary called "The New Medicine." The program explores what is now being called "integrative medicine," a combination of traditional Western medicine with nontraditional practices, including acupuncture, meditation and self-hypnosis. One of the people behind the documentary is Penny George, who works with the Bravewell Collaborative and is president of the George Family Foundation.6:50 a.m.
  • Meria CarstarphenSt. Paul school board chooses Washington, D.C. administrator as superintendent
    The St. Paul school district has a new superintendent. In a unanimous vote, the Board of Education chose Meria Carstarphen, the chief accountability officer for the Washington, D.C., public schools.7:20 a.m.
  • Mississippi in downtown MinneapolisEnvironmental group says state firms regularly exceed pollution limits
    A national environmental group says almost 40-percent of Minnesota's industrial and municipal facilities discharged more pollution into the state's waterways than their federal permits allow.7:25 a.m.
  • Bruininks testifiesU of M stadium proposal gets first legislative hearing
    University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks and top U of M athletics leaders told members of the Senate Higher Education Budget Committee this legislative session offers the best chance for a new Gopher football stadium. The latest stadium proposal passed out of committee.7:50 a.m.
  • Minnesota Judicial CenterLegal experts doubt Minnesota Supreme Court would overturn marriage ban
    Opponents of gay marriage say a constitutional amendment defining marriage is necessary because they worry Minnesota's Supreme Court would overturn a decades-old ruling banning same-sex marriage. Several legal experts doubt that scenario.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Centrist Kadima Party to Lead Israeli Government
    Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declares victory for his centrist Kadima party in Israel's parliamentary elections. Kadima won 28 seats in the 120-member parliament. Olmert says he'd prefer a peace deal with Palestinians, but is ready to act unilaterally to define Israel's final borders.
  • Hamas Cabinet in Place; Challenges Await
    The Israeli election was held the same day the Palestinian parliament overwhelmingly approved the new Hamas Cabinet, setting the stage for the new administration to take office later this week. Hamas has shown no interest in accepting Israel's right to exist. But its leader says he also has no interest in perpetuating the cycle of violence of the past five years. Renee Montagne talks to Linda Gradstein.
  • Students Abandon School for Immigration Protests
    Thousands of Latino students continue to stage walkouts across Los Angeles to protest the proposed toughening of immigration laws. Local authorities and school officials are working to keep the students in class.
  • Town Declares Itself a Sanctuary for Illegal Immigrants
    The past few days have seen protests around the country in opposition to proposed federal immigration legislation. Renee Montagne speaks with Felipe Aguirre, the vice mayor of one Southern California town that has declared itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
  • Bolten Takes Over Amid Tough Times for White House
    Joshua Bolten, currently director of the Office of Management and Budget, is replacing Andrew Card as the White House Chief of Staff. Bolten comes in at a tough time for Mr. Bush. The president's approval numbers are at an all-time low, largely because of Iraq. Also, the Republican Congress is increasingly complaining about White House policies in this mid-term election year.
  • For Tammy Duckworth, War Injury Leads to Politics
    Tammy Duckworth, a former Army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in a 2004 attack in Iraq, is running for the Illinois House seat occupied by retiring GOP Rep. Henry Hyde. Duckworth comes from a long line of veterans with serious war injuries who wind up in politics.
  • Business and Labor Groups Split on Immigration Legislation
    Business and labor groups are weighing in on proposed immigration legislation. The Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO are both against certain provisions in the bill. But agri-business interests are backing the proposals.
  • Imagining a United States without Immigrant Labor
    From gardeners to dry wallers, there are millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. workforce. Renee Montagne talks with Michael Fix of the Migration Policy Institute about what would happen if they all went away.
  • Nigeria Seizes Wanted Warlord Charles Taylor at Border
    Former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor has been arrested trying to cross the Nigerian border with Cameroon. He vanished after authorities in Nigeria reluctantly agreed to transfer him to a U.N. war crimes tribunal. Renee Montagne talks to Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.
  • Christian Convert in Limbo After Release from Afghan Prison
    The Afghan man who faced the death penalty for his conversion to Christianity has disappeared into hiding in Kabul, just hours after his release from prison. Italy says it may give Abdul Rahman asylum since an Afghan court dropped charges against him.

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