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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Ojibwe membersSmall gestures help improve race relations in Bemidji
    A year ago, Bemidji business owners began to display greetings and words of thanks written in the Ojibwe language. It was a simple, symbolic gesture, but the idea caught on.6:25 a.m.
  • Tax formsNew factors trip up some tax filers
    It's April 15th, the deadline for filing income taxes. It's never much fun -- and this year, changes to tax law and the slow economy have conspired to create a few more complications than usual for filers.7:20 a.m.
  • David TilmanU of M scientist talks about his prestigious award
    A University of Minnesota ecologist has won one of the world's most prestigious scientific awards. David Tilman will receive the 2010 "Heineken Prize for Environmendal Sciences" from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.8:40 a.m.
  • Kevin Love, Jonas Jerebko, Austin DayeNext steps to improve the Timberwolves
    The Minnesota Timberwolves are heading into a key off-season. The Wolves lost their final game of the 2009 - 2010 season last night 103-98 against the Detroit Pistons. The Wolves finished with a dismal record of 15-67. Now the focus shifts to first-year General Manager David Kahn and what he will do to make the team better.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Forces Leave Afghanistan's Korengal Valley
    Five years after entering what would be one of the bloodiest battlegrounds in Afghanistan, U.S. troops have pulled out of the Korengal Valley. Reporter Greg Jaffe of The Washington Post talks to Steve Inskeep about the Korengal Valley campaign.
  • Iraqi Women Gear Up For Greater Role In Politics
    When Iraq finally forms a new government, there will be many new female faces. By law, 25 percent of parliament must be female. In some cases, that means replacing men who would have won seats, which is isn't always welcome news.
  • Foreshock May Have Preceded China Quake
    Because of geology and history of the region, scientists were not surprised when an earthquake struck China on Wednesday. They were, however, intrigued that the quake may have been preceded by a small foreshock.
  • China: 'What Everyone Needs To Know'
    Besides Wednesday's devastating earthquake, China has been in the news a lot lately. China's president attended the nuclear security summit in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Treasury secretary visited China last week. Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom talks to Renee Montagne about Chinese thinking. Wasserstrom is the author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.
  • Vets' Stories Preserve Memory Of Holocaust Victims
    Veterans who helped liberate the Nazi concentration camps gathered at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. The museum's curators say this week's gathering is the one of the last chances they'll have to hear these veterans' stories -- and to thank them.
  • Should Personal Texts From Work Devices Be Private?
    How much privacy an employee can expect when using a work-issued pager is at the core of a case the Supreme Court will hear Monday. A police officer's sexually explicit text messages brought a reprimand, despite assurances that personal messages would remain private.
  • Taking TV With You In The Digital Age
    Hundreds of people in Washington, D.C., are testing gadgets that allow them to watch local TV on mobile phones and laptops. Broadcasters hope these devices might bring younger viewers back to live TV. But some analysts think the future of video distribution is online, not over the air.
  • China Posts Strong Growth In 1st Quarter
    Beijing says its economy grew at an annual rate of nearly 12 percent. It's the fastest growth since 2007, and another indication of how well China is recovering from the global recession. The strong economic growth could also add pressure on Beijing to revalue its currency so exports become more expensive.
  • New Tax Breaks Cause Confusion At IRS
    It's Tax Day, and the Treasury Department's inspector general is giving the IRS a mixed report card for its performance so far. The agency is having trouble implementing some of the new tax laws. On the positive side, the agency is detecting more fraudulent returns than in the past.
  • Turning Chicken Poop Into Power
    U.S. farmers raise 9 billion chickens a year. That's a lot of chicken manure. An enterprising farmer in Mississippi has developed a way to turn their waste into energy.

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