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Thursday, May 4, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minneapolis architect unveils design for revived Ninth Ward business
    In the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, a Minnesota architect is helping photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick rebuild their famous Calhous Photography Studio. The couple spent their lives documenting everyday life in the district's African American community. Before Hurricane Katrina swept away over two-thirds of the couple's work, their photographs had been exhibited in the Smithsonian and the Brooklyn Museum among other places. Cathy Wurzer talked with John Dwyer of Minneapolis-based Shelter Architecture who has designed a new house and studio for the couple.7:20 a.m.
  • Stars in St. Paul
    The stars of the movie "A Prairie Home Companion" filed into downtown Saint Paul's Fitzgerald Theater for the debut of the film based on the long-running radio show. The film opens in theaters next month, but a select group was invited to the premiere inside the theater where much of the movie was filmed.7:25 a.m.
  • Northwest planeNorthwest pilots approve pay-cut deal
    Northwest Airlines Corp. pilots approved a package of deep pay cuts and other concessions that the bankrupt carrier said it needs to reorganize. About 63 percent of Northwest's 4,800 pilots voted to approve the pact.7:40 a.m.
  • Minnesota prepares for flu pandemic
    In his latest bird flu plan, President Bush warns the country of the federal government's limited capacity to provide aid in the event of a flu pandemic. Bush calls upon local governments be ready to respond to a bird flu emergency. Cathy Wurzer talked with Dr. Greg Filice, the Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Minnesota Veteran Affairs Medical Center and the Chair of the hospital's Biodefense Committee.7:55 a.m.
  • Goodbye to the old Guthrie
    After 43 years and almost 300 productions, the Guthrie Theater will close its storied Vineland Place stage after Sunday night. This summer, the Guthrie will move to a new complex on the Mississippi Riverfront. Cathy Wurzer talked with Morning Edition's arts commentator, Dominic Papatola.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Jury Rejects Execution for Moussaoui
    The sentencing phase of the Zacarias Moussaoui trial culminates with the jury recommending life in prison for the confessed terrorist conspirator. The jury apparently agreed with many of the prosecution's key arguments, but ended up voting against the death penalty. Formal sentencing by the judge takes place Thursday.
  • The Meaning of the Moussaoui Sentencing Verdict
    Adam Thurschwell, of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, talks with John Ydstie about the meaning of the verdict in the Moussaoui sentencing trial. After the verdict, Thurschwell was able to speak with Gerald Zerkin, the lead defense attorney on the case.
  • New Leader Rallies Britain's Conservatives
    The new leader of Britain's opposition Conservative Party, David Cameron, is trying to remake his party in much the same way that Tony Blair rebuilt the ruling Labour Party. He has a mammoth task. Many in Britain remember the Tory government as a time of public service cuts, homelessness and mass unemployment.
  • Letters: Immigration, Health and Tomatoes
    John Ydstie and Renee Montagne read from listeners' letters, including responses to stories on immigration, English health and expensive tomatoes.
  • Washington Spars Over Fuel Economy Standards
    The Bush administration is asking Congress for permission to rewrite fuel economy standards for passenger cars. Congressional Republicans are lining up behind the idea. But Democrats say the request is silly. They say the president already has the authority to raise the standards.
  • Resurfacing Procedure on Trial for Aging Hips
    Two companies have applied for FDA approval of their hip-resurfacing devices, and trials are under way. Resurfacing salvages the bone and is considered less invasive than total hip replacement. The technique is geared to patients younger than 60 who have strong bones.
  • Life Starts Again with Hip Replacement
    Commentator Eric Stromquist was 45 when his doctor told him he'd need both hips replaced. The advice that most people get from their doctors is to wait as long as you can because total hip replacement only lasts about a decade. Stromquist waited until he couldn't stand the pain any longer.
  • Limits on Sugary Drinks in School Aimed at Obesity
    Sugary soft drinks will no longer be sold during regular school hours. The deal, announced by former President Bill Clinton, is aimed at fighting the rising problem of childhood obesity.
  • Independent Coffee Houses Thrive in Starbucks' Shadow
    Starbucks is reporting another quarter of strong profits. Despite the success of the ubiquitous Seattle-based company, independent coffee houses are thriving. That is, if they make good coffee and know how to run a business.
  • Gulf Coast Firms Question Government Contracts
    Contracts awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for post-Hurricane Katrina work along the Gulf Coast were initially awarded to big firms. But some local, smaller firms are questioning the deals. Unsuccessful bidders say the government didn't follow its own rules.

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