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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Automark voting machineMinnesota officials check out new voting machines in South Dakota
    Sioux Falls will test new voting machines in its local election Tuesday, and Minnesota election officials will observe how it all works. Federal law requires these machines be in place this year.6:50 a.m.
  • On the wrong side of the leveeLiving on the wrong side of the levee
    A few Fargo residents enjoy living near the Red River enough to stay, despite being on the wrong side of a levee.6:55 a.m.
  • Rep. Steve Sviggum and Rep. Erik PaulsenHouse Republicans present property tax rebate
    Just ahead of a due date for property tax payments - and just weeks before the fall election - rebate checks averaging $205 would begin arriving in the mailboxes of homeowners if House Republican lawmakers get their way.7:20 a.m.
  • Pastor won't officially sign off on marriages
    The congregation of the Lyndale United Church of Christ in Minneapolis has voted unanimously to ask its pastor to stop signing marriage licenses as an agent of the State of Minnesota until the state recognizes same-sex marriages. The church will continue to perform religious marriage ceremonies for straight and gay couples, but opposite gender couples married at the church will need to go before a justice of the peace in order to have their marriage recognized by the state. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Don Portwood, the church's pastor.7:25 a.m.
  • Gov. Tim PawlentyGovernor talks bonding, taxes, and stadiums
    The Legislature is busy this session debating a new bonding bill, taxes and fees, as well as possible stadium deals for the Minnesota Gophers, the Twins and the Vikings. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's gave his take on those issues in an interview with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.7:55 a.m.
  • Pembina, North Dakota preparing for flooding
    Residents of Pembina, North Dakota are building an earthen dike to help hold back the rising waters of the Red and Pembina rivers. Levee closures have been installed on the Pembina River bridge through town and the bridge also has been sandbagged. The water is expected to crest well above flood stage later this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ken Norby, the Public Works Superintendent for Pembina.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Olmert Promises New Borders for Israelis and Palestinians
    Israel's acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is leading efforts to form a center-left governing coalition after his Kadima party's win in Israel's parliamentary elections. Olmert campaigned on setting Israel's final borders by 2010. Many Palestinians fear that Olmert's willingness to make unilateral moves will deny them a viable state.
  • Gas Prices Climb as Summer Driving Season Nears
    Gasoline prices jumped nearly 10 cents a gallon in the last week, and forecasters say that drivers could see even higher prices as summer approaches. Prices typically rise in anticipation of the summer driving season, but in 2004, it was mid-May before prices topped the $2 mark. This year, $2-a-gallon gas is but a distant reflection in the rearview mirror; it's $3 a gallon we seem to be closing in on.
  • Rising Energy Costs Complicate U.S. Diplomacy
    In addition to affecting U.S. consumers, energy prices are also influencing U.S. diplomatic efforts. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the politics of energy policy are particularly complicated.
  • Opposition Leader Claims Victory in Italian Elections
    Challenger Romano Prodi claims victory in Italy's general election. By a razor-thin margin, his coalition appears to have won a majority in the lower house of parliament. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is disputing the results and demanding a review of the count.
  • Remembering the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
    One hundred years ago, a 7.8-magnitude quake and rapidly spreading fires dealt San Francisco a stunning blow. Those events are remembered through grainy photos, local legends and survivors' letters.
  • Broad Group Opposes Wal-Mart Banking Plan
    Wal-Mart wants to open a state-chartered bank. But consumer groups, unions and the banking industry are opposing the retailing giant's plans.
  • ABC Making TV Shows Available for Free on Internet
    ABC, with its parent company Disney, announces it will be making some TV shows available for free on the Internet. The catch? You'll have to watch ads that can't be skipped. Renee Montagne talks to New York Times columnist David Pogue.
  • Options Limited for Military Attack on Iran
    Despite all the talk of preparations for war on Iran, the military options have limits. Military analysts look at the options for a U.S. attack on Iran.
  • President's Approval Rating Hits New Low
    The latest survey on President Bush's approval ratings is out. The Washington Post-ABC News poll finds only 38 percent of the public approve of the job the President is doing. That's his worst showing since he was elected.
  • Skilling Takes Stand, Proclaims Innocence at Enron Trial
    Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling takes the stand at his trial in Houston and testifies that he is innocent of any crime. He faces 28 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors.

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