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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Tom HeffelfingerColeman joins in call for Gonzales resignation
    Alberto Gonzales' Justice Department had considered dismissing one in four of the nation's U.S. attorneys, according to a report in the Washington Post. The Post reports former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger was on the list. In response to the developments, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota joined the calls for Gonzales' resignation.7:20 a.m.
  • capitolProgress, but no deal yet at Capitol
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders will continue budget negotiations Thursday after meeting late into Wednesday night. Lawmakers have until Monday to complete a two year budget and legislative leaders now say they're optimistic that they'll finish their work on time.7:25 a.m.
  • Minnesota-made RangersFord workers pin hopes on battery-powered truck
    Ford Motor Company's Twin Cities assembly plant is slated to go dark next year. But some of the plant's workers hope battery power can keep Minnesota's auto industry moving forward.7:45 a.m.
  • Don and Carole GermainReturning to Gunflint Lake
    Even as the Ham Lake fire burns into Canada, life can start getting back to normal for many of the people who live in the Gunflint Lake area. Fire officials let them return to their homes Wednesday, nearly a week after they were forced out by the Ham Lake fire.7:50 a.m.
  • damage from the Ham Lake fireBack at the camp to clean up the damage
    Employees of the Lake Wapogassett Lutheran Bible Camp are still waiting to see how the Ham Lake fire has damaged their camp site. They'll be allowed back on the property later today.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rebuilding Iraq: A Contract Goes Awry
    Among the thousands of projects undertaken to reconstruct Iraq, one case offers a good microcosm of the challenges and missteps that have bedeviled the multi-billion dollar rebuilding effort. Parsons, a California company, was awarded a contract in 2004 to build 151 health-care centers. No more than 20 were finished.
  • Teachers Wanted as New Orleans Students Return
    School officials are struggling to find teachers to serve the rapidly growing student population in New Orleans before school starts again in September.
  • U.N. May Probe Lebanese Prime Minister Murder
    The United States is set to introduce a U.N. Security Council resolution to set up tribunal to prosecute those suspected of killing former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Lebanon's Prime Minister asked the Security Council to impose the tribunal, even though he met stiff resistance at home for the idea.
  • Major Cities Get Green Funding
    Former President Bill Clinton and some of the world's biggest banks will help reduce climate change by renovating city owned buildings with green technology in 16 cities, including New York, Chicago, and Houston.
  • Bill Seeks to Lift Ban on Baby Pet Turtles
    Baby turtles as pets may be ready for a comeback. Sales were banned in 1975 after the animals were linked to salmonella infections in children. But farmers say they've found a way to reduce the bacteria in the turtles.
  • Music for Pets Gone to the Web
    Americans with pet birds have long used long-playing records to help train their birds to sing and talk. But now those dated collections from albums from the 1950s and 1960s can be taken from the Web site
  • to Sell Music Downloads for iPod
    Online retailer says it's joining the movement to sell songs that can be copied for free to computers, cell phones or music players, including the iPod. Until now, iPod users were mostly restricted to music available in Apple's iTunes store.
  • Private Equity Deals Gain Clout, May Hurt Workers
    The recent sale of Chrysler by Cerberus illustrates the growing clout of private equity firms in the U.S. economy. But the growth of private equity firms also raises questions about its impact on workers. Members of a House committee delved into these issues at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
  • 'Spark' Ignites GM Sales in China
    General Motors lost its place as the world's No. 1 carmaker. But it's now the biggest carmaker in China thanks to its minicar, the Chevy Spark. That car is so popular in China that even the test drive cars sold out this month.
  • U.S. Troops Spread Thin Despite Surge
    Dozens of American outposts in Baghdad were established around the city as part of a new security effort in the four-month-old troop surge. But at an outpost in the Gazalia neighborhood some 200 U.S. soldiers protect 50,000 residents.

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