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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Walker Ambulance crewCass County officials say they need a hospital
    Cass County has no hospital, not one in the entire county. There's interest in reusing the state-owned Ah-Gwah-Ching facility in Walker for such a purpose. Cass County first has to get an exemption from a state moratorium on new hospital beds in Minnesota.6:20 a.m.
  • MelissaAfter the Falls
    Photographer Alec Soth explores Niagara Falls, falling in love, and the aftermath of passion in a new body of work devoted to the famous body of water.6:50 a.m.
  • Twins win home opener
    The Minnesota Twins won their home opener 7-6 against the Oakland A's. The game served as another memorial to former Twin Kirby Puckett who died last month. The Twins have dedicated the season to the Hall of Famer.7:20 a.m.
  • Sen. Belanger on the latest push for stadiums
    Momentum at the state Capitol is gathering steam for new stadiums for the University of Minnesota Gophers, the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. All three teams currently play in the Metrodome, which opened in 1982. Sen. Bill Belanger, R-Bloomington, has been in the Legislature since before the Metrodome opened. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about momentum at the Capitol for stadiums.7:25 a.m.
  • Turkey farmOfficials say they need full funding for avian flu prep
    The leaders of several state government departments and agencies say they're prepared for a possible bird flu pandemic. But those officials also say the Legislature needs to come through this year with sufficient funding to keep the preparations on track.7:45 a.m.
  • Signs of the timesImmigration issue could be political windfall for Pawlenty
    Gov. Pawlenty has called for cracking down on illegal immigration, and although his proposals are unlikely to get through the Legislature intact this session, he could get some political traction from the issue.7:50 a.m.
  • Juanos CardosCluster clinics help migrant workers stay healthy
    Health concerns aren't often at the top of the list for migrant workers, but their health problems can be chronic. Diabetes and obesity are problems, and often migrant workers aren't doing anything to monitor their diseases.7:55 a.m.
  • Attorney for tobacco companiesState Supreme Court takes on tobacco fee case
    Under sharp questioning from Minnesota Supreme Court justices, a tobacco industry lawyer conceded Tuesday that legislators would be within their power to pass a 75-cent-per-pack cigarette charge as long as they kept silent on the money's purpose.8:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • West Bank Settlers Vow Resistance to Withdrawal
    As many as 70,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank could be forced from their homes if Prime Minister-Designate Ehud Olmert goes ahead with his plan for more unilateral withdrawals from occupied territory. West Bankers say that, unlike their counterparts in Gaza, they will fight to stay in their homes.
  • Local Journalists Brave Dangers to Tell the Iraqi Story
    Many Iraqi journalists face death threats and other security fears. But they are willing to risk their own safety to report the story of their lives.
  • California Targets Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide. California's air quality goals have implications for industry and auto makers because they often lead to a ripple effect for laws across the country.
  • Large Sea Lion Population Threatens Fishing
    Sea lions are approaching historic peak population numbers and fishermen are beginning to complain. They are frustrated because they say control measures to keep the creatures out of fishing beds are limited and ineffective. Tom Banse reports.
  • Fallout Continues from Divisive Italian Election
    Official election results give a center-left coalition led by Romano Prodi a thin majority in both houses of Italy's parliament. Prodi rejects calls by current Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to form a broad-based government of national unity. Also in Italy, authorities nab a mafia boss sought for more than 40 years.
  • Rebuilding Chinatown After the 1906 Quake
    As San Francisco prepares to mark the centennial of the 1906 earthquake and fire, historians recall how Chinatown, destroyed along with much of the city, almost wasn't rebuilt.
  • Job-Market Churn a Fact of Life for U.S. Workers
    College seniors in the United States will soon jump into the workforce. Unlike the French youths who recently protested in favor of job-security laws, U.S. students don't think they'll keep a job for life.
  • The Perils of Honest E-Mails
    E-mail writers are finding that their notes occasionally reach a much larger audience than they intended. Commentator Judy Muller discusses some recent examples. Her advice is to think before you put anything in writing.
  • President Takes Medicare Plan on Midwest Tour
    President Bush is touring the Midwest. He is promoting his new Medicare drug plan among seniors. Some say the system is too complicated to use easily.
  • Iran Moves Forward with Uranium Enrichment
    Iran says it is now enriching uranium for use in nuclear power and will ramp up the program in coming years. In Washington, there is talk of a military strike against Iran because of fears it will develop nuclear arms. Steve Inskeep talks to Matthew Bunn, a senior research associate at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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