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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minnesota graduation rates high overall, low for minorities
    A new report shows Minnesota has one of the best high school graduation rates in the country, but its racial disparities are among the worst. The Education Week magazine analysis released Tuesday ranked Minnesota eighth in the nation overall for graduation, but when it comes to the graduation rate for black students, Minnesota falls to near the bottom of the list. Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Pugmire reports.6:25 a.m.
  • BusinessesFate of Central Corridor linked to funding questions
    The Met Council votes on whether or not to recommend building the $840 million Central Corridor rail line between St. Paul and Minneapolis on June 28th. Whatever it recommends, the council has little control over what Minnesota voters do this fall on a major piece of the Central Corridor's funding.6:50 a.m.
  • StudentsThe "i" word debated
    A forum sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota News Council on Tuesday evening looked at the stakes of the media's representation of immigration issues.7:20 a.m.
  • Urban sprawlCensus says suburbs, exurbs are big population winners
    The populations of outer-ring suburbs and exurbs are growing faster than those in Minneapolis and St. Paul, according to new estimates from the U.S.Census Bureau.7:24 a.m.
  • Timberwolves guard recovering from knee surgery
    Second-season Timberwolves guard, Rashad McCants was predicted to develop into a major primeter threat, but now he may spend part of the year rehabilitating from knee surgery. McCants recently underwent microfracture knee surgery in an attempt to regenerate cartilage in his right knee. Morning Edition fill-in host, Perry Finelli spoke with Dr. Robert LaPrade, professor of sports medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota.8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iran, North Korea on Agenda as Bush Meets with EU
    President Bush is in Vienna, Austria, for the United States-European Union summit. Leaders will discuss the war in Iraq and efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Also on the agenda: plans by North Korea to launch a test missile capable of reaching the United States.
  • Could U.S. Defenses Down a North Korean Missile?
    Phil Coyle, a former senior Defense Department official, talks about the difficulties of successfully deploying the U.S. anti-ballistic missile system. North Korea is said to be planning to test launch a long-range missile capable of reaching the United States.
  • Marines Discuss Training of Iraqi Troops
    In the second of two conversations, two Marines discuss their time in Iraq and leadership in a lengthening war. Maj. Michael Zacchea and Lt. Seth Moulton trained Iraqi troops with limited resources except their own Marine training.
  • Weighing the Effects of the Safavian Verdict
    Former White House aide David Safavian is likely to see jail time after being found guilty on four counts of lying and obstructing justice. What does the verdict mean for others ensnared in the influence-peddling case?
  • Measles Outbreak Shows Even Vaccinated at Risk
    A measles outbreak in Boston is showing how the global economy opens opportunities for one of the world's most contagious viruses. Disease detectives say a computer programmer from India brought the virus to Boston's tallest office tower. The outbreak reveals that millions of Americans in their 30s and 40s are vulnerable to measles, even though they were vaccinated years ago.
  • Congress Debates Internet Fast Lane
    Congress is in the midst of debating whether online-service providers can favor certain Web sites or services. Commentator Scott Cleland says the best way to combat this is by keeping the Internet free and open to competition.
  • Office Managers Watch over World Cup
    A lot of employees are following the monthlong World Cup during the workday. What should managers do? Go with the flow or try to curb worker viewing?
  • Lego Makes Deep Cuts in Move to Mexico
    Toymaker Lego is closing its plant in Connecticut next year and firing the 300 people who work there. The Danish-based company says it is moving production to Mexico. The company plans to cut 1,200 jobs worldwide.
  • Congress at Odds over Immigration Legislation
    House Speaker Dennis Hastert announces plans to consider a Senate version of immigration reform. Meanwhile, Republican congressional leaders call special hearings to discuss the measures.
  • Border Protection Chief, National Guard Arrive in Arizona
    The new Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection makes his first official visit to the Arizona border. The former Secret Service chief arrived just as National Guard troops began arriving to fortify the work of CBP staff there.

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