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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Sen. Larry PogemillerPogemiller in spotlight as session nears
    The big question leading into the legislative session is whether Sen. Larry Pogemiller can work with Republican Gov. Pawlenty, whom he has repeatedly criticized over the past four years.6:50 a.m.
  • Bonnie BleskachekFire chief deal rejected
    The Minneapolis City Council's executive committee has rejected the terms of a settlement agreement with fire chief Bonnie Bleskachek. Mayor R.T. Rybak had recommended approval of the settlement, which would have meant her demotion to captain.7:20 a.m.
  • Courting changes in drug prosecution
    When Hennepin County started its drug court nearly a decade ago, nearly all felony-level drug offenders were eligible. Now, a multi-agency task force has decided to focus the special court on those who are addicted and at high risk to re-offend.7:24 a.m.
  • Pawlenty reacts cautiouslyState predicts $2 billion budget surplus over next three years
    The surplus means lawmakers are likely to face a parade of proposals for spending the money in the 2007 session. Gov. Pawlenty also has proposed a plan that would give some of the money back to taxpayers.7:50 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Analysts: Iraq Chaos Demands Urgent Response
    Members of the Iraq Study Group are expected to make their recommendations on the direction of U.S. involvement in the next few weeks. But analysts say that events in Iraq are moving so quickly that the proposed recommendations may have lost their relevance by the time they are revealed.
  • Turkish Christians Face Hurdles to Keeping the Faith
    Much of the attention this week is swirling around the Pope and Turkey's Muslims. But Turkey's religious minorities have their own challenges, especially Christians. They make up less than half a percent of the country's population.
  • British Treatment of Injured Soldiers Questioned
    In the 1990s, Britain's conservative government began shutting down Britain's military hospitals. Today, Military casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan are being treated at public hospitals around the country. The treatment they receive has been the source of controversy.
  • Non-Partisan Wild Dogs Stand Guard in Afghanistan
    When training the Afghan National Army on a former Russian military base, one challenge comes from packs of wild dogs. Attacks are not unheard of. But there is a silver lining.
  • Los Angeles Council to Rule on Harassment Case
    A major racial harassment case involving the fire department in Los Angeles and one of its firefighters was originally settled for millions of dollars. But the mayor moved to block the settlement. The Los Angeles City Council is now set to rule on a final settlement.
  • Russian Government Squelches Dissent in the Media
    Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died last week from radiation poisoning. But questions linger about who was responsible. Journalist David Remnick discusses the threat of violence in President Vladamir Putin's Russia.
  • Colorado Marine Chose to Lead, Serve in Iraq
    Marine Cpl. Kyle W. Powell of Colorado Springs, Colo., died earlier this month in Fallujah, Iraq. The 21-year-old was on his third combat tour when a roadside bomb he discovered detonated, killing Powell and a fellow Marine.
  • Pfizer Cutting 2,000 Sales Jobs in the U.S.
    Drug maker Pfizer is cutting 20 percent of its U.S. sales force, in what it calls "a review" of its operations. The cuts should add up to about 2,200 jobs. Industry analysts say the job cuts are overdue and are the result of a declining market for the company.
  • The Office Party: You MUST Attend
    Lucy Kellaway has pondered the perils of the annual holiday office party in her workplace column for the Financial Times, and shares some thoughts and advice with Renee Montagne.
  • Court: Dollars Need Differentiation for the Blind
    Close your eyes and reach into your wallet. Can you tell the difference between a $5 and a $10 bill? No. And neither can people who are blind. Now, a federal judge is asking that something be added to paper money to make it distinguishable by touch, or by sound.

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