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Monday, April 23, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • "The Storm"Art makes noise at St. Paul museum
    The spatial, sculptural and psychological dimensions of sound are the focus of a new exhibition at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul. Organizers of "Sound in Art/Art in Sound" say it's designed to bring the background noise of our lives into the foreground of our consciousness.6:53 a.m.
  • Potential power struggle at the Capitol
    Members of the Minnesota House Taxes Committee are set to take up the tax bill, and conference committees will meet in the House and Senate to discuss spending bills. Meanwhile, Gov. Pawlenty is threatening to use his veto power.7:20 a.m.
  • South Dakota Supreme Court chambersOpen government laws at issue in South Dakota
    The South Dakota Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a first-of-its-kind case dealing with open records.7:25 a.m.
  • Worried about the orphansWidening Somali conflict has locals worried
    Violence in Somalia escalated dramatically over the weekend with hundreds more civilians killed and injured. The war is affecting Minnesota's Somali community deeply as many fear for the safety of family and friends back home.7:50 a.m.
  • Inside a care packageMore than 20,000 care packages and counting
    A loosely organized group of Minnesotans has been sending thousands of care packages to troops deployed in the war on terrorism. Without "Operation Minnesota Nice," many of these members of the military would receive little or no mail.7:55 a.m.
  • How are high schools doing?
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with Minnesota Public Radio education reporter Laura McCallum for an overview of the current state of high school education.8:25 a.m.
  • Monday Markets
    From earnings reports to gas prices, MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell about the current state of the economy.8:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Nigerian Election Results Hotly Disputed
    Opposition candidates for Nigeria's presidency refuse to accept results that show a win for ruling-party candidate Umaru Yar'Adua. Outside monitors also say voting was marred by violence and ballot tampering.
  • Sarkozy, Royal Face Runoff in France
    Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal have advanced to a May 6 runoff in France's presidential elections. With most of the votes counted, Sarkozy took in more than 31 percent, with Segolene second at just under 26 percent.
  • Hugh Hefner on a Life Less Ordinary
    Before he was Hef, Hugh Marston Hefner was the son of a couple from Nebraska, growing up on Chicago's Westside, at a time when it was still prairie. Today, a reality show chronicles the lives of Hefner's three blonde live-in girlfriends.
  • Many Iraqis Don't Like Baghdad Wall
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the U.S. military should halt construction of a concrete wall separating a Sunni enclave from surrounding Shiite areas in Baghdad. The Iraqi leader faces harsh criticism over the project.
  • Guest-Worker Debate: Human or Mechanical Labor?
    American growers who say they need more workers to pick crops are pushing lawmakers to pass an agricultural guest-worker program. Business leaders and even some unions endorse the idea. Critics say giving farmers a low-wage, imported workforce will stifle modernization.
  • As I Grow Old
    David Greenberger has made a career of talking with old people and sharing their stories in books, magazines and CDs. He believes the elderly friends he's made over time are teaching him how to grow old.
  • Merger Would Create European Banking Titan
    Britain's Barclays plans to buy the Dutch lending firm ABN Amro in a deal valued at more than $91 billion. The merger would create a bank with nearly 50 million customers, headquartered in Amsterdam.
  • Data Breach Revealed at USDA Web Site
    For more than a decade, the Department of Agriculture posted Social Security numbers of agricultural-grant awardees on its Web site — 63,000 names in all. It's the latest in a string of security problems uncovered at federal agencies.
  • Light-Bulb Switch May Create a Glaring Problem
    Environmental groups are trying to get people to buy fluorescent bulbs because they save energy and they're better for the environment. But some homeowners take a dim view of the way fluorescent bulbs look.
  • Plastic Surgery Loans a Hit for Lebanese Bank
    A Lebanese bank is making it offering a new line of loans for people who want cosmetic improvements. Clients can borrow up to $5,000 to cover plastic surgery, orthodontic procedures and other nips and tucks. So far, the bank has received more than 200 phone calls a day about the loan.

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