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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Victims of violence
    Against the backdrop of recent news involving the cruel deaths of animals, the American Humane Association is holding a conference that will look at the link between animal abuse and domestic violence.6:55 a.m.
  • Mining shovelTaconite a suspect in Iron Range cancer deaths
    After three dozen new cases of a rare form of lung cancer were reported among Minnesota iron miners, the state health department says it will launch studies to determine the cause.7:20 a.m.
  • Concerned neighborsSt. Paul residents seek answers to triple homicide
    St. Paul police officials say they're working hard to solve the triple homicide in St. Paul last Friday. More than 100 neighborhood residents attended a meeting Wednesday night with police and city officials to discuss the case, and how to move forward as a neighborhood.7:25 a.m.
  • WorkingFarmers play corn roulette
    This could be a historic year for the nation's corn farmers. It's expected that rising ethanol production will bring a big increase in the U.S. corn crop.7:40 a.m.
  • WiFi connection nodeMoorhead finds WiFi a challenge
    Wireless Internet systems are being built by a growing number of cities. Plug in an antenna and you're online. But city officials and customers are finding WiFi is not as easy as it sounds.7:45 a.m.
  • Rep. Steve SviggumFormer speakers talk taxes
    There's a lot of tax talk at the Capitol, and the governor has said he will veto any of the tax bills being considered in the House and Senate. If he holds firm on his veto threat, what next?7:50 a.m.
  • High school spiritHow to balance edgy art in the ledgers
    A common dilema for theaters is how much to emphasize art or commerce when planning a season.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate Bypassed on Many Key Justice Jobs
    The Bush administration has taken full advantage of a Patriot Act provision that permitted Justice Department appointments with no Senate confirmation. Of federal prosecutors now on the job, 21 of 93 were not confirmed by the Senate.
  • House Panel Grills GSA Chief on Republican Briefing
    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is asking why Lurita Doan, administrator of the General Services Administration, allowed a White House aide to brief her managers on the Republican Party's prospects in the 2008 elections. GSA is the government's landlord and office supplier.
  • Mine's Legacy: Mexico City Homes Are Sunk
    A neighborhood in Mexico City is at risk of sinking into an abandoned sand mine. After 30 years of mining, the ground has became unstable. On that hilly section at the city's western edge, the homes of nearly 200,000 people are threatened.
  • Letters: War Photos, TMZ, Defending a Recipe
    Comments from listeners include thoughts on an interview with war photographer Chris Hondros; a debate to the -nth degree over "restau(n)rateurs;" a feature of the gossip Web site TMZ.com; and "outrage" over TV foodie Chris Kimball's dismissal of pineapple souffle as a bad recipe.
  • Iran, Britain at Impasse over Captives
    Iran says it will release 15 captive British sailors and marines, but only if Britain admits they trespassed in Iranian waters. Britain refuses to do so and has frozen further dealings with Tehran.
  • On the Job with 'Operation Minotaur'
    U.S. soldiers taking part in Operation Minotaur are trying to clear Sunni insurgents from a maze of villages in a province northeast of Baghdad. On a recent overnight sweep, there were victories and losses.
  • No Bonuses for GM Executives
    Sales at General Motors were up last year, but according to The New York Times, the increase was not enough to earn bonuses for GM's top managers, because the company still came up $2 billion short of making a profit. It's the second consecutive year that GM executives won't be getting cash bonuses or stock options.
  • Fed Chief Downplays Recession Talk
    In a visit to Capitol Hill, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tells lawmakers he does not believe that continued weakness in the housing sector will push the economy into a recession.
  • Merck Cleared in Vioxx Death Case
    An Illinois jury has exonerated Vioxx maker Merck in the death of a 52-year-old woman. The woman's family claimed that the painkiller caused her fatal heart attack in 2003.
  • Study: TV Ads Push Junk Food on Children
    A Kaiser Foundation study finds that half the TV commercials aimed at children in 2005 were devoted to food. And most promote junk food: candy, snacks, sugary cereals and fast food. Health officials say the ads contribute to childhood obesity. The industry says it's trying to cut back. Since 2005, 11 major companies have adopted a voluntary rule to limit ads for less-healthy products.

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