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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • What's next for South Dakota abortion law?
    South Dakota's Governor Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday banning most abortions in the state. The measure is designed as a direct challenge to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. MPR's Cara Hetland in Sioux Falls talked with All Things Considered host Tom Crann about the new law.6:50 a.m.
  • Going through a lockLocks and dams project moves ahead, hesitantly
    A government report obtained by Minnesota Public Radio shows the Bush administration is skeptical about funding a $2.3 billion lock and dam project on the Upper Mississippi River.6:55 a.m.
  • Puckett at batKirby Puckett dies at 45
    Kirby Puckett died Monday, a day after the Hall of Fame outfielder had a stroke at his Arizona home, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 45.7:20 a.m.
  • Precinct caucuses to be held Tuesday night
    Thousands of Minnesotans will attend precinct caucuses around the state Tuesday night. The local meetings are the first step in the process of choosing political candidates for the November election.7:50 a.m.
  • Precinct caucuses have long history in Minnesota
    Hy Berman, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, provides some history on precinct caucuses in Minnesota.7:55 a.m.
  • Syphilis cases rise
    State health officials say they're alarmed by the increasing number of syphilis cases among men having sex with men. The number jumped 200 percent in 2005 from the previous year from 34 cases to 99 cases. Kip Beardsley is the director of the STD and HIV Section at the Minnesota Department of Health.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iraqi General Shot to Death on Patrol
    A sniper kills the Iraqi major general in charge of Iraqi forces protecting Baghdad. The general's division has been gradually assuming control of parts of the capital from U.S. forces. He was among at least 16 people killed in Iraq on Monday.
  • Short-Term Marriages Gain Popularity in Iraq
    Outlawed under Saddam Hussein's rule, a Shia custom that allows a man to marry a woman for a short period of time has become increasingly popular in Iraq since the American invasion. But critics say it's nothing more than religiously sanctioned prostitution.
  • An Online Privacy Adventure
    Renee Montagne explores the various bits of private information available online with Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota. They use Steve Inskeep as a test case.
  • Congress to Vote on Domestic Spying Probe
    Congress could vote Tuesday on whether to investigate President Bush's domestic spying program. Republican leaders say they'd rather put the National Security Agency program under congressional supervision than open a probe.
  • Supreme Court Upholds Law Allowing Military Recruiters on Campus
    The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that colleges must accept military recruiters on campus, if the schools want to continue receiving federal funds. Some schools had objected to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays. The schools claimed that, as a matter of free speech, they should not have to associate with military recruiters.
  • Chicken and Hog Farms Measured for Air Pollution
    Hog farms are known for their odor. But so far, no one has paid much attention to whether these smells actually pollute the air. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is testing chicken and hog farms for gases and particles that can make air harmful to breathe.
  • Stroke Claims Baseball Hall of Famer Puckett at 45
    Kirby Puckett, whose shining baseball career was cut short by physical problems, dies after suffering a stroke at age 45. The affable outfielder led the Minnesota Twins to two World Series titles and is a member of the Hall of Fame. He was a 10-time All-Star and won six Gold Gloves. William Wilcoxen of Minnesota Public Radio reports.
  • AT&T Looms Large, Again
    AT&T's $67 billion acquisition of BellSouth, if approved, would create the nation's largest telecommunications company. Renee Montagne discusses the proposed merger with Blair Levin. He's a telecommunications analyst and a former chief-of-staff at the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Enron Trial an Opportunity for Fresh Thinking
    Commentator Ev Ehrlich, who was Undersecretary of Commerce in the Clinton administration, says the Enron trial presents an opportunity to reexamine corporate accounting practices.
  • Guantanamo Documents Open Window to Secret World
    The Pentagon's release of documents detailing the hearings of Guantanamo detainees has cracked open a window into the government's top-secret world. The 5,000 pages offer unedited transcripts that include names and stories from some of the prisoners at the base. The documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press.

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