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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Parents of murdered childrenA better approach to sex offender policy
    Across the country, state lawmakers are getting tough on sex offenders. Is it the best way to improve public safety?6:40 a.m.
  • Announcing the returnMinnesota National Guard is coming home
    Seventy-five soldiers from Grand Rapids arrived at Fort McCoy in Wisc., yesterday, where they are being demobilized before going home.7:20 a.m.
  • Away from homeThe reasons for World Refugee Day
    It's World Refugee Day -- a day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness of the plight of refugees. Refugees account for only a small percentage of nationwide immigration, but Minnesota takes a lot of them.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Hamas-Fatah Rift Splits Palestinians' Priorities
    Recent fighting between Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas has left Gaza and the West Bank divided. Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian journalist and director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Jerusalem, discusses how Hamas and Fatah became rivals, and why Hamas is strong in Gaza versus Fatah's strength in the West Bank.
  • In Baghdad, a Rare Musical Performance
    Baghdadi Square is an old style of music traditionally heard at weddings and other celebrations. But there's little to celebrate in Baghdad these days. So when a musical troupe gathers to perform, it's a rare event.
  • Michael Moore's 'Sicko' Flogs U.S. Health Care
    Director Michael Moore, whose upcoming film, Sicko, attacks the American health care system, is scheduled to have a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. While Sicko does not open in most theaters until next week, it has already generated considerable attention.
  • Panel Weighs Financing Congressional Campaigns
    The Senate Rules Committee holds a hearing on legislation that would give public funds to candidates who agreed to hold down their spending. The ever-lengthening list of fundraising and lobbying scandals has prompted senators to re-think the way they run for office. The top Senate races last year cost more than $25 million dollars.
  • Boeing, Airbus Square Off at Paris Air Show
    The Paris Air Show is bringing together the biggest players and the latest technologies in the aviation industry. America's Boeing and Europe's Airbus are dominating the show once again. With Boeing parading the success of its 787, Airbus has been trying to recover from the manufacturing problems that delayed sales of its giant A380.
  • French Presidential Candidate Royal Quits Beau
    French presidential candidate Segolene Royal has separated from her long-time partner, Francois Hollande, who's also the head of the French Socialist Party. The couple has four children but never married. Their personal and political relationship formed a backdrop to the recent presidential election in France.
  • Study: Low-Skilled Workers Failed by Free Trade
    A study by one of the world's top economic institutes finds that free trade may be hurting low-skilled workers. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says the rising tide of globalization hasn't lifted all boats.
  • Democrats Struggle With Free Trade Issue
    Democrats endorsing free trade risk alienating union voters. But if they renounce it, opponents may label them a protectionist. Presidential candidates tried to address the issue without tripping over it.
  • Unpaid Sick Leave Diminishing for Poor
    Half of working Americans don't receive a sick day. For low-wage workers, one out of every four workers doesn't get a sick day. Beth Shulman, labor consultant and author of The Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans, talks with Steve Inskeep about the issue.
  • New TV Drama Soaps Up Personal Life of CEOs
    ABC is premiering a new drama called Big Shots, about four young CEOs trying to stay on top. TV shows about corporate suits don't usually pull in the ratings like cops and doctors do, but Big Shots is more about the CEOs' steamy personal lives than stock prices.

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