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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Hmong businessesCentral Corridor parking makes businesses nervous
    Plans for a light-rail line along University Avenue have made many St. Paul business owners both cautious and curious. Now they're learning that the proposal to link Minneapolis and St. Paul could eat up much more street parking than initially thought.7:20 a.m.
  • Lumber millPlummeting lumber prices good for consumers, bad for timber industry
    Prices are up on most things these days, but lumber prices have plummeted because of a slowdown in home construction. That's good news for consumers, but devastating for those in the timber products industry.7:25 a.m.
  • Al Milgrom2008 MSP International Film Festival set to launch
    The 26th Annual Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival kicks off tonight. Critics agree, with the largest selection of films ever shown at the event, this year's festival has much to offer.7:50 a.m.
  • The GuthrieSeveral theater shows opening this weekend
    Theater fans will have plenty of options in the Twin Cities this weekend -- classics, musicals and world premieres of brand new plays. St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic and Morning Edition arts commentator Dominic Papatola stopped by to discuss what's going on.8:25 a.m.
  • Quality Pork ProcessorsMayo finds common thread in pork plant illnesses
    Researchers say more workers at pork plants have contracted a mysterious neurological illnesses. The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Daniel Lachance says the common thread is pork brains.8:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Britain's PM Visits Bush, Presidential Candidates
    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is visiting the United States this week. Brown will meet with President Bush and all three U.S. presidential candidates, but he has also focused his trip on the current economic downturn.
  • Bread Lines Symbolize Egyptians' Financial Woes
    Once the breadbasket of the Roman Empire, Egypt faces growing unrest related to high food prices. Recently, long and sometimes violent lines have formed at bakeries selling subsidized bread, and ordinary Egyptians say it's impossible to make ends meet.
  • Second Mistrial for 'Miami Seven' Terror Suspects
    In Miami, a federal judge declared a second mistrial against six men — the seventh was acquitted — accused of plotting an attack on Chicago's Sears Tower and FBI offices. Prosecutors built their case on the testimony of a paid informant posing as an al-Qaida operative.
  • Talk with Catholic Educators on Pope's D.C. Agenda
    Pope Benedict will address a group of Catholic educators Thursday about what it means to be a Catholic institution. First, though, he celebrated Mass with tens of thousands of worshippers in the nation's capital. It's part of his six-day visit to the U.S.
  • Olympic Torch Traces Route Through New Delhi
    The Olympic torch was carried through the heart of the Indian capital Thursday. Hours earlier, Tibetan exiles gathered in protest. India is home to the world's largest community of exiled Tibetans, as well as the Dalai Lama and his government in exile.
  • McCain on Health Care: Cutting Costs Is Key
    Both Democratic presidential candidates continue to debate their plans to cover the 47 million Americans who currently have no health insurance. But presumptive GOP nominee John McCain's plan would move the nation's health care system in a different direction.
  • Internet Health Records: Convenience at a Cost?
    Web sites that allow you to store information about your medical care provide both you and your doctors quick access to records. But maintaining them can be time-consuming, or worse, can jeopardize your privacy.
  • Samsung Chairman Indicted for Tax Evasion
    Samsung Electronics is known in this country for flat screen TVs. In South Korea, Samsung is the biggest conglomerate, and a large chunk of the economy. That didn't stop a South Korean prosecutor from indicting Samsung's chairman for tax evasion Thursday.
  • Merrill Lynch Reports $2B in First-Quarter Losses
    One of the country's biggest investment firms, Merrill Lynch, announced net losses of nearly $2 billion for the first quarter of the year — on top of last year's record losses as a result of the housing market meltdown. Merrill's CEO John Thain is now trying boost confidence among shareholders.
  • Motley Crue Song Premieres on Video Game
    The title track from the soon-to-be-released Motley Crue album Saints of Los Angeles isn't available in stores — or on iTunes — until June 17. It's the first single to be released exclusively through a video game.

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