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Friday, April 20, 2007

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  • Keep the FaithKeeping the faith a decade later
    Residents of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks commemorate the 1997 Red River flood with a four-day series of events, including a reprise of a dramatic student production called "Keep the Faith."6:50 a.m.
  • Proposed stadiumWith no payment plan in place, Vikings push $954M stadium project
    The Minnesota Vikings want a new retractable roof stadium on the current site of the Metrodome on the east edge of downtown Minneapolis. The stadium and surrounding redevelopment would cost $954 million.7:20 a.m.
  • Dan PossLegislature poised to enact landmark mental health bill
    In what some are calling a landmark step, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and lawmakers in the House and Senate are working on a plan to directly address mental health needs of more than 150,000 Minnesotans.7:25 a.m.
  • Scott Gutknecht choose Comcast over QwestTime to bundle up your telecom bills?
    Many of us spend a bundle of money on phone, Internet and cable TV services. But cable and phone companies are offering opportunities to trim that spending by $50 a month or more in many cases.7:50 a.m.
  • It's over for the Wild
    Minnesota lost to the Ducks 4-1 last night in Anaheim, ending the best of seven series. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with the publisher of "Lets Play Hockey," Doug Johnson.8:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Gonzales Defends Attorney Firings to Skeptical Senate
    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales tells the Senate Judiciary Committee he mishandled the firings of eight federal prosecutors, but insists that his conduct was not improper. His explanations didn't go over well with the committee.
  • Was Pressure on Prosecutors a Partisan Issue?
    Were some of the eight U.S. attorneys fired for failing to support a White House plan to prosecute voter fraud cases. Some Democrats are convinced the pressure was based on political concerns over tight races.
  • Questions Keep Coming for Va. Tech Officials
    As Virginia Tech officials continue to answer tough questions about their handling of complaints about Seung-hui Cho's behavior before Monday's fatal attacks, administrators and students are calling for a return to normal school life.
  • Survivor Recalls 1998 School Shooting
    Mary Hollis Inboden was a sixth-grader in Jonesboro, Ark., when two boys opened fire on the playground of her middle school in 1998. Her best friend died along with three fellow students and a teacher. Inboden recalls the traumatic event.
  • Safe Way to Ease Menopause? Search Goes On
    Another study has tied hormone treatment for severe menopausal symptoms to breast cancer. Millions of women who were taking hormones have stopped. But researchers are still trying to find healthy ways to combat symptoms.
  • Reid's Remarks Lead to Challenge on War Funds
    After more than 100 Iraq civilians were killed in bombings this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he feels the war is lost. So the White House has challenged Democrats to take a politically risky move and "defund" the war.
  • U.S. Troops in Baghdad Caught Between Sunnis, Shia
    Members of the Shiite Mahdi Army have been driving Sunni families out of Doura, a south Baghdad neighborhood. U.S. troops trying to restore order find themselves at odds with the Iraqi government they're trying to protect.
  • Qwest's Nacchio Convicted of Insider Trading
    The former CEO of Qwest has been convicted of 19 counts of insider trading. Joseph Nacchio sold more than $100 million of stock ahead of the telcom company's imminent collapse. He now awaits sentencing, although his lawyers intend to appeal the conviction.
  • Job Market Welcoming to New Grads
    As this year's crop of college graduates turn to the job market, prospects are promising. A number of surveys suggest that employers are hiring more grads and offering higher starting salaries.
  • New Ohio Governor Targets School Vouchers
    More states are enacting programs that use tax money to help parents meet tuition at private schools. But Ohio's new governor, Democrat Ted Strickland, wants to reduce the use of school vouchers. Teachers' unions support him. Many parents and students do not.

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