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Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mike OpatStadium waters turn murky at Capitol
    The Senate Taxes Committee voted unanimously Monday to require voter approval of a Hennepin County sales tax to help pay for a Twins ballpark.7:20 a.m.
  • Immigrants rally at Powderhorn Park
    About 1500 people huddled under umbrellas in Minneapolis's Powderhorn park for a pro immigration rally yesterday. The event was part of a nationwide effort called "A Day Without Immigrants." Around the country, immigrants stayed home from work and refused to spend money to underscore their contributions to the economy. Many people attending the Minneapolis event were hopeful their message would make a difference.7:25 a.m.
  • Bill McGuire of UnitedHealth GroupMcGuire faces UnitedHealth Group shareholders
    Some shareholders of UnitedHealth Group are upset about the large compensation package of CEO Bill McGuire amid a review by securities regulators. The controversy has stoked wider concerns about just who pays the bill when a health insurance CEO is among highest-paid people in the nation.7:50 a.m.
  • Local musicians compete in songwriting contest
    Seventeen local musicians will compete in the first ever songwriting contest put on by the local music magazine, Rift. Songwriters were given a topic to write about Sunday at noon, and they have until 8 p.m. Monday to compose an original song. The topic for this contest -- coffee. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with songwriter Brad Senne.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • California Farm Workers Honor Boycott
    In Salinas, Calif., tens of thousands agricultural workers heed the call for a national work boycott by staying away from the fields. As Ben Adler of member station KAZU reports, they had union and industry support for the action, designed to demonstrate immigrant worker strength.
  • Boycott Doesn't Close All Immigrant Businesses
    While many immigrants across the nation boycotted work, school and shopping, others simply continued their regular routines. Washington, D.C. was one area where some businesses run by Latinos and West Africans stayed open.
  • Were Trio of Terrorist Messages Coordinated?
    The world's three most notorious terrorists have all released new tapes within the same week. Experts say it's more likely coincidence than a coordinated message. But some security analysts say the messages of Abu Musab Zarqawi, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri could imply more than mere rhetoric.
  • Female-Focused Baghdad Radio Station Seeks Support
    Bushra Jamil is one of the founders of the Radio al-Mahaba, Baghdad's radio station for women. Jamil is in the United States hoping to get financial and popular support for her station. She speaks with Renee Montagne. The station provides a forum for women to ask pointed and personal questions about their legal rights, domestic violence, health and family matters.
  • Lay Testimony Wraps up at Enron Trial
    Assistant U.S. Attorney John Hueston finishes his cross examination of former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay. The ex-chairman was combative during his fifth day on the witness stand in his fraud and conspiracy trial, accusing a federal prosecutor of highlighting only negative information.
  • Germany to Open Holocaust Archives
    Germany has reversed its decades-long opposition to opening its Holocaust archive. The files contain information on more than 17 million people who were murdered or forced into slave labor by the Nazis.
  • 'Uncle Gocha' Protects Crumbling Soviet Relic in Georgia
    A few miles from the Turkish border, in the former mining town of Vale, stands the House of Culture. Once the heart of the community, the huge structure is now a monument to post-Soviet decline. One flamboyant resident of Vale, known by locals as "Uncle Gocha," has worked without pay for 15 years to keep what's left from collapsing.
  • iPods Edge Out Home Stereo Systems
    Apple's iPod and other digital music players are reshaping the home-stereo business. Users aren't just relying on the devices to store their music. In some instances, they're using them as their main listening device in the home.
  • Vinyl Still Sells in New Orleans
    Some music fans are still loyal to vinyl. In New Orleans, sellers of vinyl records are continuing business even after some of their stock was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Impact Varies on 'A Day Without Immigrants'
    Hundreds of thousands of immigrants marched, and scores of businesses closed, for what some called the "Great American Boycott." But what impact did the "Day Without Immigrants" have on the United States?

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