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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Andrew FoxwellHow John McCain won one Minnesotan's vote
    John McCain won St. Olaf senior Andrew Foxwell's vote with the help of an online quiz. But it was following the Republican presidential candidate on the campaign trail that really inspired him.6:50 a.m.
  • Light rail trainPawlenty delivers a setback to the Central Corridor project
    The biggest-ticket item that Gov. Tim Pawlenty struck from a bonding bill was $70 million for a light rail train line between St. Paul and Minneapolis.7:20 a.m.
  • Gov. Tim PawlentyPawlenty points to sheet music library as example of fat in bonding bill
    At his press conference announcing his bonding bill vetos, Gov. Pawlenty had a favorite symbol of misplaced priorities by DFLers who put the bill together: a sheet music lending library in Chatfield, Minnesota. He singled out a $400,000 bonding proposal for the library in his discussion of the bill. Morning Edition host Perry Finelli talked with Teresa Cerling, library manager for the Chatfield Brass Band and Lending Library.7:25 a.m.
  • Weishair memorialPelican Rapids teen remembered
    Students and local residents poured into the gym at Pelican Rapids High School to remember Jessica Weishair and pray for those injured in a weekend school bus accident.7:50 a.m.
  • Collecting plastic bags at grocery storesCommunities wrestle with the menace of plastic bags
    Plastic grocery bags are a big environmental problem. They take up space in landfills and require lots of fuel to make. In Minnesota, groceries are leading some recycling efforts. But so far, these efforts are not enough.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Petraeus, Crocker Update Congress on Iraq
    The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, briefs both the Senate Armed Services and the Senate Foreign Relations committees Tuesday on the military situation in Iraq. Lawmakers will also be updated on political developments by the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, Ryan Crocker.
  • Families Caught in Shiite Power Struggle in Iraq
    Fighting between Iraq's Shiite-led government forces and Shiite militia loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is threatening any gains won by the U.S.-led troop surge. Shiite families are caught in the middle of the power struggle. Some empathize with Sadr and are increasingly disillusioned with the government.
  • Walter Reed Reports Among 'Post' Pulitzer Winners
    The Washington Post garnered the most Pulitzer Prizes this year with six. They included the prize for public service for reporting on the deplorable conditions for wounded servicemen and servicewomen at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
  • Deportee a Stranger in His Homeland
    Omar Giron lived in the United States for so long that when he returned to El Salvador — the country he left 20 years ago — it was anything but a homecoming. And perhaps nothing marks him more as an outsider than his daily battle against dust.
  • Kansas Beats Memphis in Overtime for NCAA Title
    The Kansas Jayhawks are the men's NCAA basketball champions. Kansas beat Memphis 75-68 in overtime Monday in San Antonio. The Jayhawks last won the championship in 1988.
  • Jury Blames Photographers, Driver in Diana's Death
    A British jury reached a decision in the 1997 death of Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi al-Fayed. The coroners jury spent six months hearing evidence from more than 250 witnesses and finally decided whom to blame for the deaths: the chauffeur and the paparazzi.
  • Tracing a D.C. Neighborhood's Comeback from 1968
    In Washington, D.C., riots sparked by the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. decimated the U Street corridor. Now 40 years later, residents and business owners see the area rejuvenated, in large part by the neighborhood's rich African-American heritage.
  • Washington Mutual Gets $7B Boost from Investors
    Washington Mutual, the country's largest savings and loan, says it will receive a $7 billion cash infusion to shore up its finances. Washington Mutual has been struggling with huge losses from its mortgage business. It has already slashed thousands of jobs.
  • Bush Pushes Congress on Colombia Free Trade Deal
    President Bush on Monday asked Congress to pass the Colombia free trade agreement. But many Democrats and union groups oppose the deal.
  • Biznik Connects Independent Business Owners
    A Seattle couple never meant to start a business, but now they're running Biznik, an online network for independent business owners that consistently ranks in the top 10 results for business networking.

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