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Friday, June 2, 2006

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  • International BridgeBorder towns want changes to 2008 passport requirements
    By 2008, the U.S. will require passports to enter the country from Canada. Northern border communities want the law changed, saying it would devastate cross-border tourism and trade.6:54 a.m.
  • Kennedy acceptsKennedy gets Republican nod for U.S. Senate
    Promising to bring Minnesota values to Washington, U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy on Thursday night secured the Republican endorsement as its 2006 candidate for the U.S. Senate. Kennedy's endorsement capped the first night of the state Republican convention at the Minneapolis Convention center.7:20 a.m.
  • Greeting supportersPawlenty heads into second campaign
    Delegates to the state Republican convention are expected to handily endorse Gov. Tim Pawlenty for a second term Friday afternoon Pawlenty has led the state during a contentious and highly-polarized era at the Capitol, which included the state's first partial government shutdown.7:24 a.m.
  • Minneapolis voters may cast instant-runoff ballots
    There is an effort in Minneapolis to do away with primaries and instead, hold elections on one day with one ballot. Voters would rank three candidates in order of preference. It is called instant runoff voting. The Minneapolis Charter Commission is scheduled to meet next week to discuss the language of the 'Single Transferable Vote' referendum recently approved by the city council. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Larry Jacobs, Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota about how the proposed voting system works.7:50 a.m.
  • NorShor protestNorShor strip club plan raises hackles in Duluth
    Duluth's historic downtown theater is being turned into a strip club. After years of trying, the owner says he's finally found something that will pay the bills. But some of his downtown neighbors, including the mayor, are really upset.7:54 a.m.
  • Jill Krimmel riding CusterJill rides again
    At a horse show near Cannon Falls this weekend, one woman's dream will come true. Jill Krimmel of Buffalo, Minnesota, was a familiar face at Saddlebred horse shows across the region until she suffered a devastating stroke. After an amazing recovery, Krimmel is back in the saddle.8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Government Policies Lead to Collapse of Zimbabwe Economy
    The former southern African breadbasket of Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic and social meltdown. Zimbabwe's annual inflation tops 1,000 percent, the highest in the world. The country's economy has shrunk by almost a third since 2000. And there are regular shortages of everything from gasoline to basic food staples.
  • Reporting Undercover in Zimbabwe
    NPR Reporter Jason Beaubien talks with Steve Inskeep about the difficulty of reporting the crisis in Zimbabwe. Beaubien says he must go undercover as a tourist to enter Zimbabwe and report on conditions there.
  • Congress Debates Help for Veterans Affected by Stolen Data
    Many members of Congress want the Veteran's Administration to pay for services to help all 26 million vets affected by a recent data theft. But some consumer groups say the services don't do much good.
  • Letters: Defiant Gardens and White House News
    Host Steve Inskeep reads from listeners' letters. This week's topics include defiant gardens and an interview with the new White House press secretary.
  • U.S. Military Probes Second Set of Iraq Killings
    The U.S. military confirms it is investigating a report that American troops killed Iraqi civilians in a Sunni village northwest of Baghdad. The news comes amid allegations that American Marines killed 24 unarmed civilians at Haditha.
  • Myanmar Extends Sentence for Democracy Activist
    The military junta of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has imposed another year of house arrest on democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Emma Larkin, author of Finding George Orwell in Burma, talks about the sentence extension. Emma Larkin is a pseudonym for the author.
  • Democracy Suffers in Egypt After Election
    Egyptian journalist Hisham Kassem talks with Steve Inskeep about the status of Ayman Nour. Nour is a pro-democracy candidate who challenged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in last year's elections. He is in now jail after being charged with fraud by the government.
  • Young Workers Spending Instead of Saving
    Thousands of college seniors graduate this spring, entering the work force to earn their way for the first time. But many young workers are struggling to save money. Lower wages and free-spending habits mean that there is little money left for the future.
  • U.S. Car Makers Revive Incentives to Lure Customers
    Slowing car sales have forced the Big Three U.S. automakers to offer special incentives to lure customers back. Automakers are struggling to overcome the fears consumers have about soaring gas prices. Detroit Public Radio's Jerome Vaughn reports.
  • U.S. Military to Train Iraq Troops in Values
    The commander of multinational forces in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, talks with Steve Inskeep about the new core values training U.S. forces will receive after allegations of killings in Iraq.

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