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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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  • School plan protestDespite protest, St. Paul school plan moves forward
    After approving most of its reorganization plan Tuesday night, the St. Paul School board will meet again to finalize the details of moves to help solve a nearly $30-million budget deficit.6:20 a.m.
  • Frank Bibeau, Dale GreenTwo northern Ojibwe bands say it's their turn on treaty rights
    The Leech Lake and White Earth Ojibwe Indian bands are gearing up to reassert hunting and fishing rights they say are guaranteed by 19th century treaties. The push by the northern Minnesota bands comes more than a decade after the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe won a similar claim in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.7:20 a.m.
  • Fire memorialFire marshal recommends changes to Mpls. inspections
    The state fire marshal recommends that in the case of mixed-use buildings -- like McMahon's Pub in Minneapolis, which burned earlier this month, killing six -- both the commercial and residential floors be inspected at the same time.7:25 a.m.
  • Cap WigingtonCap Wigington, St. Paul's architect
    Of the approximately 100,000 architects in the United States in 2005, only about 1,500 were African-American, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This fact makes the story of Clarence "Cap" Wigington even more remarkable.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Derivatives: Major Player In Economic Troubles
    A Senate panel on Wednesday plans to take up a measure imposing regulations on over-the-counter derivatives — the privately traded financial contracts that businesses use to hedge their bets on the value of a commodity or investment. The measure would effectively require Wall Street banks to spin off their derivatives trading desks. Republicans say it's overkill, and could drive the derivatives market overseas.
  • Experts: Goldman Case Won't Be Easy For SEC
    The Securities and Exchange Commission's fight against Goldman Sachs is about more than just money. It's a test of whether the SEC's revamped enforcement team can keep up with the complexities of modern finance. Many people are watching to see whether the SEC can really get tough on Wall Street.
  • Pollen Count Is At Its Highest In Years
    Across the United States, the pollen count is at its highest level in years. Dr. Phillip Gallagher of Allergy and Asthma Associates of Northwestern Pennsylvania talks to Steve Inskeep about why the pollen count is so high, and what people can do to gain some relief.
  • Albuquerque Sees No Letup In Pollen Despite Law
    Albuquerque has relatively few trees, but those that are there, combined with the hot, dry and often windy weather, can mean big problems for allergy sufferers. That's despite a 1994 pollen-control ordinance that bars residents of the New Mexico city from planting certain types of trees.
  • Mixed Picture One Year After Serve America Act
    A year ago, President Obama signed the Serve America Act, which creates volunteer opportunities and triples the size of the AmeriCorps national service program. But the money is just starting to trickle out.
  • Ties With Syria Warm Under Wary Lebanese Eyes
    Lebanon and Syria have had tense relations since the 2005 assassination of the Lebanese prime minister. Today, the two countries are experiencing a rapprochement that could yield significant economic benefits. Some Lebanese, however, wonder how long the positive trend will last.
  • Is Peace Really Possible In The Middle East?
    U.S. officials often insist that a Middle East peace deal is essential and can be negotiated. They argue that it is only the U.S. that can make that happen. Former diplomat Aaron David Miller tells Steve Inskeep that he no longer believes in the process. Miller is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
  • Record iPhone Sales Raises Apple's Earnings
    Apple says it sold more iPhones than in any previous quarter, more than double from a year ago. Apple had a 90 percent leap in net income for the most recent quarter.
  • Germany Criticized Over Massive Flight Restrictions
    There is a growing conflict in Germany involving the country's two major airlines and the transportation minister over flight restrictions due to the volcanic ash cloud. The airlines claim the government is being overly cautious and relying on computer models rather than facts. But the minister insists his job is to defend public safety, not commercial profit.
  • U.S. Airlines See Major Disruption, Some Losses
    Although the disruption has created uncertainty for customers, U.S. airlines won't face as many costs as you might think. The biggest losses will be among European carriers. Still, it's going to take some time for all of the airlines to get back on track.

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