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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Phil Rynearson and Malenna Hoes listen together.Fit in the classroom of the future
    Obesity in schools is being tackled with a new approach: classrooms that encourage students who get up and move.6:50 a.m.
  • The gasification/power generation moduleEco-industry looking to launch in Superior
    Promoters say ethanol from trash may be possible in two years. That's just part of what's planned in Superior, Wisconsin. The Twin Ports first eco-industry could be on-line in two years.6:55 a.m.
  • Minnesota National Guard troops celebrate end of training
    Later today, at a military post in Mississippi, 2600 Minnesota National Guard troops and some of their families will mark the end of training with a celebratory picnic. The soldiers are part of Minnesota's first brigade combat division, which will soon be shipping out for a year-long tour of duty in Iraq.7:20 a.m.
  • Gov. Tim PawlentyPawlenty plan spends some, saves some and shaves some taxes
    Gov. Pawlenty says the state needs more money to house sex offenders and to reduce the tax bite on married couples. Those initiatives are among the highlights of a supplemental budget plan the governor announced on Tuesday.7:25 a.m.
  • The roofA sneak peek at the new Central Library
    Minnesota Library officials say so far, the $125 million project is on schedule and on budget. The five-story, 365,000 sq. ft. building will house much more than books.7:50 a.m.
  • Media "convergence" expert Rob Curley on how the media landscape is changing
    The McClatchy Company plans to sell off 12 of its publications after it purchases Knight-Ridder, including the Pioneer Press. Potential buyers will have to consider where a newspaper like the Pioneer Press fits into the future of journalism. Rob Curley is one of the country's leading web developers. He has thought, and written, a lot about where journalism is headed.7:55 a.m.
  • A Knight Ridder Web templateFuture Tense: McClatchy's Internet strategy
    When Sacramento-based McClatchy bought the 32 daily newspapers of the Knight Ridder chain, it also bought the papers' Web sites. Now, big changes are likely for the Web sites of the former Knight Ridder-owned properties, including those of the 12 newspapers McClatchy plans to sell in the months ahead.8:20 a.m.
  • Culpepper headed to Miami
    Daunte Culpepper is Miami-bound. The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade the disgruntled quarterback to the Miami Dolphins for a second-round draft pick.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Violence Seen as Sign of Shiite Militia Strength
    Over the past two days, police in Baghdad have found the bodies of more than 70 men -- some shot, some strangled, most with their hands bound -- raising fears that Shiite militias are running death squads to avenge Sunday's bombing in the capital's main Shiite district. The wave of reprisal killings is seen as the latest show of strength by Shiite militias.
  • An Inside Look at Training Iraqi Soldiers
    U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Murrell is responsible for training Iraqi soldiers and non-commissioned officers at the Forward Operating Base at Qayyarah, Iraq. Renee Montagne talks to Murrell about the training.
  • Texas Fires Swallow Part of Panhandle
    Wildfires have burned 1,000 square miles of the Texas panhandle since Sunday. The fires are blamed for 11 deaths. Firefighters are relying heavily on air power; a fleet of 26 tanker aircraft is dropping fire retardant on the blaze.
  • Retirees Demand Constant Activity in Arizona
    Driving north from Phoenix, you pass one huge retirement community after another: Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand. For decades, these communities have represented the cutting edge of retirement life. These days, that means satisfying the baby-boomer generation's quest for constant activity.
  • Judge to Force Google to Surrender Web Data
    A federal judge says he intends to force Google to turn over Web search data to the Department of Justice. In January, the department subpoenaed information contained in Google's database, claiming it would help prove the need for tougher laws against online pornography.
  • Illegal Immigrants Worry States and Local Governments
    Cities, counties and states are worried about the cost of illegal immigrants. They are passing legislation in hopes of controlling it.
  • Undocumented Immigrants Have Friend in Catholic Church
    In the first of two commentaries on immigration reform, Ruben Navarrette praises Cardinal Roger Mahony's stand against a House bill that would punish anyone who assists undocumented immigrants coming to the United States.
  • New Border Points Opened Along North and South Korean Border
    North and South Korea are opening new immigration checkpoints along their common border. Relations between the two countries have warmed significantly since a summit in 2000. Ties between the two were severed during the Korean War.
  • Mine Company: Lightning Caused Deadly Blast
    After its own investigation, the owners of a West Virginia coal mine where 12 miners died announced that lightning caused the deadly explosion early this year. This declaration allows the company to restart production at Sago Mine on Wednesday. State and federal officials continue their investigations. Dan Heyman of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports.
  • NCAA Brackets Draw Attention Away from Work
    In workplaces across the country this week, people are filling out NCAA tournament brackets and checking in on the games. Is productivity taking a hit, and are companies cracking down on March Madness at the office?

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