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Monday, May 5, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Barack ObamaMinnesotans worry Rev. Wright controversy overblown
    Many in St. Paul's African American religious community think the media firestorm has blown the controversy over Rev. Wright's comments and his connection to Barack Obama out of proportion. They are hoping the scandal will not hurt Obama's chances at the polls.6:50 a.m.
  • Eden Prairie High SchoolSex ed curricula all over the map in Minnesota
    About five out of six schools offer sex education in Minnesota.7:20 a.m.
  • Minnesota State CapitolBudget negotiations continue at the State Capitol
    Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders met behind closed doors for several hours on both Saturday and Sunday, but reached no agreement on how to solve the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck has been following the developments.7:25 a.m.
  • No one homeA postmortem on a vacant home
    Vincent Peterson knew the house he purchased in St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood was a fixer-upper. He says what he didn't know was that he wouldn't be allowed to live in it.7:50 a.m.
  • scrappy guyHigh prices for scrap steel cleaning the landscape
    High prices for scrap steel have helped push a widespread cleanup of the Minnesota landscape this spring.7:55 a.m.
  • Mumps, measles and rubella vaccineMinn. working to prevent a measles outbreak
    There are a number of states dealing with their worst outbreaks of measles in years, and one of those states is nearby Wisconsin. Minnesota health department epidemiologist Kris Ehresmann said so far, Minnesota hasn't had any measles cases this year.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iraq Investigates Weapons Allegations Against Iran
    The Iraqi government is creating a special committee to look into allegations that Iran is funneling arms to Shiite militia groups in Iraq. U.S. military officials say there is evidence of Iranian-supplied munitions, but it's uncertain whether there is complicity by the Iranian government.
  • Last Day of Campaigning for Ind., N.C. Primaries
    Tuesday is the next test for the Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. NPR's Don Gonyea reports on the final days of campaigning before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.
  • Dallas Man Exonerated After 27 Years in Prison
    James Lee Woodard walked out of a Texas prison last week after almost three decades behind bars. The state now agrees that Woodard was wrongfully convicted in 1981 of killing a girl he had been dating. Woodard is the 17th man from Dallas to be cleared by DNA evidence.
  • Bolivia's Richest Province Votes for More Autonomy
    Residents of the largest state in Bolivia voted Sunday on a measure seeking greater political and economic autonomy from the central government. President Evo Morales said the vote in Santa Cruz, where there was scattered violence during the balloting, was illegitimate.
  • What Will Come of Talks Between China, Tibetans?
    Representatives of the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama met Monday in South China for a second day of talks to try to resolve their differences. Foreign governments have been pressuring Beijing to open a dialogue with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader after weeks of riots.
  • Russia Begins Slow Transfer from Putin to Medvedev
    As Russia prepares for a transition of power to a new president, many Americans dismiss Dmitry Medvedev as simply a front-man for Vladimir Putin. But Medvedev, a former oil chief, will likely use Russia's leverage in the energy sector to forge closer ties to China and Europe.
  • What's Next for Yahoo with Microsoft Deal Off?
    Yahoo shareholders — and shareholding employees — would have made a pretty penny if Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang had accepted Microsoft's $47 billion offer, but he didn't. Now Yang has to prove to shareholders that he can boost Yahoo's profits. Microsoft is expected to try to find other ways to boost its Internet business.
  • U.S. Businesses Cash In on Cinco de Mayo
    Cinco de Mayo has become big business in the U.S. as restaurants, bars and party planners turn the red, white and green-themed holiday into a lot of green for themselves.
  • 'Cloud Computing' Puts Computer Resources on Tap
    A new technology aims to make computer power, like electricity, a pay-as-you-go enterprise, potentially bringing supercomputing to the masses. Craig Balding, an information technology security expert for a Fortune 500 company, talks about what is known as "cloud computing."
  • Germans Develop Mobile Smell-O-Phone
    German researchers have patented a chip for sending smells through mobile phones. The chip has been in the works for eight years, and may not be on the market for another two. If it does come out, a spokesperson for a German technology company says people will be able to send the scent of the ocean breeze while on vacation.

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