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Friday, March 3, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Eagle in a treeThe eagle viewing is easy along the Minnesota River
    Late winter days offer Twin Cities residents an opportunity to get a close-up view of an environmental success story: The return of the American bald eagle.6:50 a.m.
  • Climatologist Mark Seeley's weather comments
    University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley stops by the studio to talk about the weather.6:55 a.m.
  • Northwest plane in flightNWA, pilots still locked in negotations
    Northwest Airlines' pilot's union has voted to authorize a strike, and the airline could ask a bankruptcy judge to void the union's contract, but for now both sides are still trying to arrive at a cost-cutting agreement through negotiation.7:20 a.m.
  • Carl EllerDUI charges against Eller prompt concern
    The drunk driving charges against Carl Eller are especially surprising to people who know the former Viking through his work on chemical dependency issues. Chemical dependency counselors say relapse is always a concern with those who have experienced drug or alcohol problems.7:25 a.m.
  • Hmong send U.N. letters on desecrated graves
    Many members of the Hmong community are sending letters to the U.N. to register their complaints about a gravesite in Thailand that was desecrated.7:50 a.m.
  • The first World Baseball Classic begins
    The World Baseball Classic is underway, and several Minnesota Twins are on some of the 16 teams participating. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with La Velle E. Neal III who covers the Twins for the Star Tribune.8:25 a.m.
  • Garden guru Deb Brown
    The garden guru Deb Brown answers listener questions about plants, gardens, and lawns.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iraqi City Rebuilds in Relative Calm
    Few Sunni Muslims live in the Shiite holy city of Najaf. As a result, the city has not suffered from the same sectarian attacks that plague Baghdad, just a two hour drive north. Reconstruction efforts there have picked up, but peace in Najaf is still far from certain.
  • The Bordelons and Ronald Lewis: Mardi Gras Update
    Steve Inskeep checks in with some New Orleans residents with whom he has been in touch since Hurricane Katrina hit. The Bordelon family lives in St. Bernard Parish. Ronald Lewis is the president of a Ninth Ward social club.
  • Will Government Bulldoze New Orleans-Area Homes?
    Steve Inskeep asks Polly Boudreaux, clerk of council for Louisiana's Saint Bernard Parish, whether the rumors that Colleen and Donald Bordelon have heard about bulldozing large parts of the parish are true.
  • Critics Hound Administration on Dubai Ports Deal
    Lawmakers' complaints about the Bush administration's handling of the Dubai Ports World deal continue to grow. The Senate Armed Service Committee is preparing legislation to block the Dubai-based company from managing terminal operations at six U.S. ports.
  • Arroyo Halts State of Emergency in Philippines
    Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has lifted a week-old state of emergency. Security advisers say the threat of a coup has eased. Economic conditions are so bad, however, that many Filipinos might look favorably on a change in government.
  • 'Block Party' Is Chappelle at His Best
    Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes. It's a movie inspired, in part, by the 1973 documentary Wattstax. The movie is a fun mix of music and Chappelle at his best.
  • Real Estate Commissions Under Pressure
    Economist Steven Levitt talks to Renee Montagne about the future of real estate agents. Levitt says their standard six-percent commission may become a thing of the past. The Internet is putting pressure on the fees that agents have become accustomed to.
  • NFL Negotiates with Union Over Contract Extension
    The NFL's free-agent signing period was supposed to begin Friday. Instead, the league has bought itself some time as it tries to hammer out a contract extension with the Players Association. The NFL and the union now have about three days to work out an extension that could add about $10 million in salary-cap room.
  • President Bush Touts India as an Opportunity
    Can India become a key export market instead of a place where U.S. companies send jobs? On a visit to the Indian School of Business in the southern city of Hyderabad, President Bush highlights trade opportunities with a nation of more than 1 billion people.
  • Nuclear Deal with India Breaks with Past U.S. Policy
    The nuclear agreement with India that President Bush announced Thursday must still be approved by Congress. Some members have expressed doubt because it breaks with past policy. The United States has previously barred countries like India -- which refused to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty -- from accessing American nuclear capabilities. Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Blackwill, former U.S. ambassador to India, and a lobbyist for that government.

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