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Friday, September 15, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Small farmImmigrant farmers work and learn in a new land
    The Latino farming population in Minnesota is growing rapidly. It almost doubled from 1997 to 2002. To help some of the new residents, a nonprofit organization developed a specialized project that helps immigrant farmers continue their agragrian lifestyle in this country.6:49 a.m.
  • Unsold trucksUnion: Ford to offer buyouts to more than 75,000 workers
    Ford Motor Co. will offer buyout and early retirement plans to all of its hourly U.S. employees - more than 75,000 of them - as part of a broad restructuring plan aimed at cutting its costs.7:20 a.m.
  • Cpl. Johnathan BensonMinnesota Marine laid to rest this weekend
    Marine Cpl. Johnathan Benson of North Branch is remembered for his love of the military, and his pride in serving. Benson died last week from injuries he suffered in Iraq a few months ago. His funeral is Sunday.7:26 a.m.
  • Real or fake?The Equine Art Protection League saddles up
    A St. Paul artist named Lynn Maderich has been victimized by Internet art fraud. Her speciality is equine art, which is in extremely high demand all over the world. She was recently tipped off that a forged copy of one of her prize-winning paintings was up for sale on eBay. Her source: the Equine Art Protection League.7:53 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • GOP Senators Break with President over Detaineess
    Four Republican senators are at odds with the White House over proposed legislation on terrorism suspects. The White House does not like a version of the bill passed by the GOP-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee. The Bush administration's goal of signing a measure into law before mid-term elections now seems in doubt.
  • Moazzam Begg: From Pakistan to Guantanamo
    Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has published a memoir called Enemy Combatant. Begg says he was arrested in Pakistan without ever being charged with a crime, beaten and psychologically tortured at prison camps in Afghanistan and kept in isolation for nearly two years at Guantanamo Bay.
  • Disabled Activists Win Battle for Independent Care
    Earlier this summer, federal officials announced they will provide two billion dollars to states that help people leave nursing homes -- instead of paying for them to live in one. That plan was the result of an unlikely alliance between severely disabled activists and a White House official.
  • Jerusalem Tolerance Museum in Legal Limbo
    The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center wants to build a museum of tolerance in Jerusalem. But construction was halted months ago when local Muslims complained that the site is an old Islamic Cemetery.
  • Kean Chases N.J. Senate Seat without Bush Baggage
    Republican Tom Kean Jr. is hoping to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate. He has all the makings of a politician. For one, politics runs in his family. His father Tom Kean Sr. served as one of the state's most popular governors. The best thing Kean may have going for him is that he has no ties to President Bush, or the Iraq war.
  • Documentaries View the Iraq War from Two Sides
    Two new documentaries are out about the Iraq war: The Ground Truth and My Country, My Country. My Country shows what the war has been like for Iraqis, while Ground Truth concentrates on the personal traumas U.S. soldiers have to deal with when they return home. Both movies offer compelling views of the costs of war.
  • Ford Speeds Restructuring with Closures, Buyouts
    Ford Motor Co. plans to offer buyout proposals to all its North American hourly workers in a bid to speed up a restructuring plan announced earlier this year. Ford employs approximately 75,000 UAW members in the U.S. Ford also said it will cut 14,000 salaried jobs.
  • Marketing Higher Education Gets Sophisticated
    Colleges and universities are turning to sophisticated marketing techniques to lure students to their schools. It's not unusual for kids with reasonably high test scores to receive several hundred pieces of mail and e-mail from colleges coveting their enrollment. Marketing costs can sometimes swell to thousands of dollars per student.
  • Senate Rebellion Breaks Out Against White House
    President Bush faced an unexpected rebellion from some of his fellow Republicans in the Senate on Thursday. Members of the Armed Services committee passed a bill creating military courts for suspected terrorists, in a move that is significantly different from the legislation the Bush administration proposed.
  • Ney Expected to Plead Guilty in Abramoff Scandal
    A Republican congressman linked to tainted lobbyist Jack Abramoff is expected to plead guilty to at least one criminal charge. Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio has been the focus of a Justice Department investigation for more than a year. A guilty plea could come as early as Friday.

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