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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Masako UsuiWife, friends say Erlinder's career defined by unpopular causes
    St. Paul attorney Peter Erlinder has often raised eyebrows in the Twin Cities for the long-shot clients and unpopular causes he represents, but his friends and family say his controversial work in Rwanda has been the crusade of his career.7:20 a.m.
  • Lily, the black bearMissing cub found at Ely bear center
    Researchers at the North American Bear Center in Ely said Wednesday that they have found the cub that had been separated from her mother for a second time.7:25 a.m.
  • Rev. Dennis CampbellPastor's newspaper ad fans religious tensions in St. Cloud
    A St. Cloud pastor has upset Muslims and Christians with a paid newspaper advertisement that questions whether Islam threatens the United States.7:40 a.m.
  • Holiday traffic tests Duluth road construction
    The huge road repair project in and around Duluth got its first major traffic test over the Memorial Day weekend. The project has reduced the roadway to one lane in each direction over parts of a 10-mile stretch. MnDOT officials were telling motorists to expect trips to allow an extra half-an-hour.8:25 a.m.
  • Lawyer's detention revs up debate over genocide in Rwanda
    William Mitchel College of Law professor Peter Erlinder has been been in a prison in Rwanda for six days. Rwanda accuses him of espousing "genocide ideology." Professor Erlinder argues the 1994 massacres that killed more than 800,000 Rwandans were the result of a war between rival factions in the country, and were not a genocide perpetrated by the majority Hutus against the minority Tutsis.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Turkey Wants Obama To Condemn Israeli Raid
    The Israeli raid on an aid flotilla heading for Gaza couldn't have come at a worse time for the Obama administration. The U.S. had finally gotten indirect peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians off the ground when the raid set off a firestorm of criticism. Turkey's foreign minister is demanding an apology and compensation for the activists who were killed -- many of them Turks. He and others are putting pressure on the White House to take a tougher line on Israel.
  • Former U.S. Diplomat Witnessed Israeli Raid
    Former Ambassador Edward Peck, who was on one of the ships boarded by Israeli commandos over the weekend, talks to Steve Inskeep about the experience. Peck says the group had discussed being nonviolent because they didn't want to provoke soldiers.
  • Overhaul Debate Centers On Bank Risk-Taking
    As the battle over financial industry rules nears its final phase, lawmakers will be focusing on how much risk banks should be allowed to take. The measure is heading to a House-Senate conference, where banks are trying to kill a rule that would prohibit them from trading for their own profit.
  • Suspects Must Invoke Miranda Right To Stay Silent
    The Supreme Court has given police greater latitude in questioning suspects, cutting back yet again on the famous Miranda decision. By a 5-to-4 vote, the court ruled that a properly warned suspect, who remains largely silent for hours of questioning, has not invoked his right to remain silent -- and that even a one or two word answer to a single question can be used against him at trial.
  • Japan's Prime Minister Resigns Over U.S. Base
    Yukio Hatoyama said he is stepping down over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa. His approval ratings have plummeted over the bungling, reinforcing his public image as an indecisive leader after only eight months in office.
  • Corruption Trial To Start For Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich
    Jury selection begins Thursday in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He is charged with scheming to use his office to enrich himself. Blagojevich has used much of the last 18 months to proclaim his innocence.
  • Falcon 9: A Future Space Taxi?
    A rocket set to launch this week could be the bellwether for President Obama's new vision for NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket was designed by a private company called SpaceX to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The company is hopeful that one day it will also carry astronauts into space.
  • Prudential Ends Plans To Buy AIG Asian Subsidiary
    British insurance company Prudential is calling off plans to buy AIG's Asian subsidiary. AIG needed the sale to pay back some of the $180 billion it still owes American taxpayers. Merger talks hit the rocks after Prudential's shareholders balked at the $35 billion price. Prudential lowered its offer, AIG refused and the deal fell apart.
  • British Retirees Watch Pension Leak Into The Gulf
    The oil spill in the Gulf has BP taking a battering in the media and on the London Stock Exchange. Shares in the oil company have lost a third of their value since the crisis began. BP is a major source of investment-income for Britain's pension funds, and many British seniors feel they are watching their pension leak away.
  • Dream Of TV Job Remains Elusive For Montana Grad
    Dustin "Buddy" Cowart is the only member of his family to earn a college degree. He's determined to find a job in the television industry. But with $50,000 in student debt, he has to keep working at a local home improvement store to make ends meet.

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