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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • IceCleanup begins in flooded town
    Residents of Browns Valley are beginning to clean up after sections of their town flooded Tuesday night. The town sits on the Minnesota side of the border with South Dakota. Ice jams apparently caused the Little Minnesota River to burst its banks.7:20 a.m.
  • Pawlenty rides along in McCain's "Straight Talk Express"
    Cathy Wurzer talks with Minnesota Public Radio Capitol reporter Tom Scheck to find out what Pawlenty brings to McCain's campaign.7:50 a.m.
  • Bill George on leadership
    Mr. George left Medtronic in 2002, and now teaches at the Harvard Business School. His new book on leadership is called "True North," and George says some of the problem can be traced to a wrong-headed notion of what leadership is.8:35 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Republican Senator Urges Gonzales to Resign
    Sen. John Sununu of New Hampshire has called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign. Sununu is the first Republican to join a chorus of Democrats in Congress who say the attorney general had an improper role in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
  • Voter Fraud: A Tough Crime to Prove
    The Bush administration says it has received complaints that some U.S. attorneys are not pursuing voter fraud aggressively enough. But collecting enough evidence to prosecute such claims is rarely easy.
  • Analyzing an Al-Qaida Suspect's Confession
    A transcript of a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, details a thorough confession from al-Qaida suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But can the confession be taken at face value? Jack Cloonan, a former FBI agent who spent time on a joint-terrorism task force, offers his insights.
  • Ides of March After-Party: Roman Drinking Songs?
    On March 15, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was murdered by a posse of Roman senators. On the 2050th anniversary of the killing, we imagine a raucous "Apres Slaying Party" hosted by Brutus. Perhaps the senators broke into "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall"… in Roman numerals?
  • Soldier Accused of Detainee Killings to Testify
    A U.S. soldier accused of killing three Iraqi detainees last spring is expected to testify Thursday at his court martial. Raymond Girouard is accused of planning not just the shootings, but an alleged cover-up attempt.
  • Hospitals Ill Equipped for Weekend Heart Attacks
    Many hospitals are not able to provide state-of-the-art treatment for heart attacks on a 24/7 basis. Nearly a million Americans suffer heart attacks every year. A new study shows that the inability for hospitals to do emergency angioplasties anytime is costing lives.
  • Report: Federal Spending on Children Dropping
    An Urban Institute report indicates that the share of the federal domestic budget devoted to children is falling. Researchers say the number could drop even more in coming years.
  • Chiquita Concedes Colombia Protection Payments
    Chiquita Brands International will plead guilty to doing business with gunmen in Colombia. Prosecutors said the banana company made $1.7 million in "protection payments" to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a right-wing paramilitary group linked to some of Colombia's worst massacres. The company will pay $25 million to settle the charges.
  • Charges Dropped Against Dunn in HP Spy Case
    A California judge dismisses felony charges against Patricia Dunn, former chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard. Her case spotlighted corporate spy tactics. She was accused of ordering what turned out to be an overzealous hunt for boardroom news leaks.
  • Would More Biofuel Use Threaten Food Supplies?
    President Bush promoted the benefits of ethanol during a recent Latin American tour. But the fuel has drawbacks, including the possibility that significant use of corn-based ethanol could mean higher costs for a food staple in many poor nations. Rob Routs, an executive director at Shell Oil, talks with Steve Inskeep.

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