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  • Stearns County courthouseMinnesota should change the way it chooses its judges, panel says
    A bipartisan commission was formed in the wake of several federal rulings that some critics argue will inject politics and big money contributors into the state's judicial campaigns.6:52 a.m.
  • University of Minnesota studentsState sets up system to evaluate colleges and universities
    The Minnesota Office of Higher Education wants to make the state's colleges and universitires more accountable in areas such as graduation rates and serving students from minority groups. The office issued the first in a series of periodic reports Tuesday that will track how the U of M and MnSCU are performing.7:20 a.m.
  • Wind turbineHow utilities will meet the renewable mandate
    Carol Tombari with the Colorado-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory talks about the opportunities and challenges utility companies will face in getting 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2025.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Blair Sets Timetable for Troop Withdrawal
    Prime Minister Tony Blair says Britain will reduce its troop levels in Iraq. What are the implications of the move for Iraq security and for U.S.-British relations?
  • Libby Perjury Trial Heads to Jury Room
    A jury will begin deliberating the case against Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, after a tearful closing statement from Libby's lead defense attorney.
  • Cherokee Tribe Faces Decision on Freedmen
    A federal court hearing Wednesday pits Native Americans against the descendants of African slaves once kept by tribal members. The Cherokee Nation has moved to expel the people known as Cherokee Freedmen, who claim membership in the tribe.
  • Ruling Complicates California Prison Problems
    A judge's ruling that California cannot transfer prison inmates out of state to relieve crowding creates a dilemma for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor says he will appeal. If that fails, he might have to release scores of inmates early.
  • A Messy Grieving Process Is Still a Healthy One
    New research challenges assumptions about the well-known stages of grief. It was commonly thought that mourners experience each stage one by one, but a research team has found that the process is actually more complex.
  • When Nixon Went to China, Cameras Went Along
    President Richard Nixon's historic visit to China began 35 years ago Wednesday. And one of the camera crews that went along captured images that caused China's leaders some displeasure.
  • Love Songs Capture Ancient Ritual in New China
    At a mountain festival featuring courtship singing, China's Miao people, also known as the Hmong, gather to welcome the lunar new year. Some fear their ancient culture might disappear in the rush to modernity.
  • Philip Morris Ruling a Blow to Punitive Awards
    The nation's high court throws out an $80 million judgment against tobacco giant Philip Morris. Ruling in an Oregon case, the U.S. Supreme Court said Philip Morris can't be punished for harm suffered by consumers who are not party to a lawsuit.
  • Regional Disputes Delay Airbus Restructuring
    The parent company of Europe's Airbus plans job cuts, but can't decide where to make them. Germany, France and Britain all want to preserve jobs in their countries. An announcement of a restructuring plan — expected this week — is now on hold.
  • Retiree Health Care Shifts to Unions
    Some manufacturers are shifting health-care responsibility for retirees to unions. Goodyear Tire and Rubber, for example, is giving the United Steelworkers about $1 billion to take over retiree health care. Others ponder similar plans.

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