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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Cleaning up the fishHeavy snow leads to stinky spring mess on SW Minn. lakes
    Even though the grass is turning green, there are still reminders of this year's tough winter. The latest appeared amid breaking ice on southern Minnesota lakes: lots of dead fish.6:25 a.m.
  • Education CommissionerMinnesota regroups on "Race to the Top"
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty will meet with his education commissioner and other education leaders from around Minnesota today. They'll discuss the state's failed bid for millions of dollars in federal funds for schools, and whether to apply for that money again.7:20 a.m.
  • Proposal would reduce judicial ballots to 'hired' or 'fired'
    After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was legal for judicial candidates to use the same tactics as political candidates, some state lawmakers worry that could lead to hyper-political judicial elections.7:25 a.m.
  • Essayist can't escape Top 40 radio
    Minnesota Public Radio has the news station, classical music and The Current. But these days when essayist Peter Smith is in the car, he often finds himself listening to none of those options because he's not in control of the radio.7:45 a.m.
  • Rep. Ellison reflects on trip to Gaza
    Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison has spent the last several days in the Middle East including two days in the Gaza strip.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • 25 Miners Perish In West Virginia Explosion
    Rescuers have converged on a West Virginia coal mine where 25 workers were killed in an explosion Monday. Four miners are still missing deep underground. Safety officials say the operation has a history of violations for not properly ventilating highly combustible methane gas.
  • Quake Victims Surprised Damage Wasn't Worse
    A fuller picture is emerging of the damage from Sunday's big earthquake along the U.S.-Mexico border. The magnitude 7.2 quake was the strongest the region has seen in decades and was felt across a wide area on both sides of the border. Hardest hit were the cities of Mexicali in Mexico and Calexico in California.
  • Cyber Insecurity: U.S. Struggles To Confront Threat
    No country in the world is more dependent on its computers than the U.S., making it uniquely vulnerable to attack. One official tells NPR that the Pentagon has experienced an "explosion" of computer attacks, currently averaging about 5,000 each day. But is the country ready to wage a cyberwar?
  • Obama Continues Century-Old Baseball Tradition
    President Obama threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' home opener Monday. One hundred years ago, President William Howard Taft started the baseball tradition with a low ceremonial first pitch. He did the honors for the old Washington Senators.
  • Maoist Rebels In India Kill 75 Paramilitary Police
    A senior police official in India says rebels have killed at least 75 paramilitary forces in attacks in the eastern part of the country. That's the most casualties against government forces since they launched an offensive against the rebels last year.
  • Afghan Leadership Must 'Exude Steadiness'
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to alienate himself from Western governments. Recently he said foreigners committed the fraud that plagued the presidential elections, and Western troops increasingly are regarded as invaders. Parliament member Daoud Sultanzoi tells Renee Montagne that the country's leadership must "exude confidence and steadiness."
  • Apartment Rents Rise As Vacancies Stay Flat
    After more than a year of declines, rents for apartments rose during the first quarter. Residents of Miami, Seattle and New York experienced some of the highest rent hikes, according to The Wall Street Journal. Analysts say many people who could afford to buy are opting to stay put in their rentals instead.
  • Good Reputation Propels Ford Up Image Survey
    The last year has been a tough one for the Detroit car business, but one company — Ford — seems to have improved its image. A Harris Interactive poll indicates Ford rose 14 spots last year among the 60 most visible companies in America.
  • U.S. Lawmakers Complain China Manipulates Yuan
    The Obama administration is giving China more time to adjust its currency. Some lawmakers, however, are growing impatient. They say the Chinese government is keeping its currency artificially low, costing jobs and sales for U.S. firms.
  • Enjoy! Strawberry Prices Are Unusually Low
    A record amount of strawberries — 80 million pounds — was picked last week in the U.S., according to berry grower Driscoll's. Cold weather delayed the harvest in Florida, which now coincides with the berry haul in California. So producers are flooding the market.

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