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Monday, May 8, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • ProcrastinatedDeadline approaches for Medicare drug coverage
    With just a week left to enroll in Medicare Part D, about one-third of eligible Minnesotans still have not signed up for the government-subsidized drug program. Organizations that help seniors sort through the complicated Medicare enrollment materials say they've noticed a surge in attendance at recent events.6:25 a.m.
  • Developments at the capitol
    There are just two weeks to go in the Legislative session, and state lawmakers have a lot of work to do. Their main job this year is to agree on a bonding bill to fund building projects around the state. But legislative leaders still haven't agreed on targets for that bill. Meanwhile, a variety of stadium funding proposals are getting a lot of attention. Cathy Wurzer talked with Laura McCallum, Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief, for the latest on developments at the capitol.7:20 a.m.
  • Northwest Airlines retireeNWA retirees fear for benefits in bankruptcy
    Northwest Airlines retirees are gearing up for a fight with their former employer over medical benefits. A retiree committee is slated to meet the airline in bankruptcy court sometime during the week of May 15 for hearings.7:25 a.m.
  • Poet James Armstrong reads from his new volume, "Blue Lash"
    Poet James Armstrong examines the complex nature of Lake Superior in his new collection of poetry, "Blue Lash." The great lake, for Armstrong, roils with both beauty and foreboding and was the primary source of inspiration for his poems. The collection, "Blue Lash," connects the history of the lake to Armstrong's life and universal human emotions. Cathy Wurzer talked with James Armstrong about his poetry.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Examining Roadblocks to Law Enforcement in Iraq
    NPR's Steve Inskeep visits a small morgue on the outskirts of Baghdad. Endless regulations, a lack of trained personnel and a fear of militias are some of the many reasons that it's hard to investigate these deaths.
  • Fort Drum Mourns 10 Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
    Ten American soldiers killed Friday in a helicopter crash in the hills of Afghanistan were all from Fort Drum, just north of Syracuse, N.Y. North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein reports on the base's reaction to the loss of the soldiers.
  • Some Choose to Stay Near Java Volcano
    Indonesia's most active volcano, located in central Java, is producing clouds of ash and steam and may erupt soon. Yet thousands of people living at the base have not evacuated. They are unwilling to leave their livestock behind.
  • Gallaudet Protesters Meet with New President
    Thousands of students and alumni from Gallaudet University insist a new appointee for president can't represent them because she grew up speaking instead of using sign language. The appointee, Jane Fernandes, who is deaf, met with students Sunday and asked them not to prejudge her.
  • Mississippi D.A. Weighs Prosecution in Till Murder
    District Attorney Joyce Chiles in Mississippi is considering whether enough evidence exists to prosecute the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. FBI investigators reopened the Till case in 2004. Federal civil rights prosecutors are hamstrung by a statute of limitations, but there is no such obstacle in Mississippi.
  • Methanol: The Key to Building a Better Battery?
    Technology companies and even the U.S. military are working on new power sources that last longer than today's batteries. One unexpected answer is a highly flammable liquid fuel that's been around for over 300 years.
  • Hayden at CIA? Response Is Mixed
    NPR News Analyst Cokie Roberts talks about President Bush's nomination of Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to head the CIA. Porter Goss resigned from the position on Friday.
  • Author: Hayden's Experience Could Ease Transition
    Author James Bamford talks about Gen. Michael Hayden, the expected nominee to be the next chief of the CIA. Bamford wrote Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency.
  • Migrants' Job Search Empties Mexican Community
    After leaving for better-paying jobs in the United States, migrants from the Mexican town of Malinalco find themselves missing their families and communities back home.
  • New York Welfare Rolls at Lowest Level in Years
    The number of people on welfare in New York City is the lowest since the 1960s. City officials are claiming a huge victory but researchers and advocates say the numbers don't tell the whole story.

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