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Friday, May 14, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Wes AlcenatHaitian student beat the odds to finish college
    Over the next few weeks, thousands of college students will graduate, and celebrate the end of years of hard work in the classroom. For one Macalester College senior, graduation marks another chapter in a life-long struggle.6:50 a.m.
  • Margaret Anderson KelliherLawmakers fishing for a deal with 3 days to go
    Budget negotiations continued Friday, even though Gov. Tim Pawlenty was 300 miles away from St. Paul preparing for the governor's fishing opener.7:16 a.m.
  • Away from the Capitol, frustration with lawmakers evident
    This unscientific sample of Minnesotans at the Mall of America found different approaches to dealing with the budget shortfall, but unanimous discontent that the governor and lawmakers are having such a hard time getting their jobs done.7:20 a.m.
  • Nurses picketLittle progress in negotiations between nurses and hospitals
    The last of the scheduled bargaining sessions between Minnesota nurses and Twin Cities hospitals concluded Thursday without significant progress on the main issue that divides them: patient safety.7:35 a.m.
  • Removing the catchA decade later, Mille Lacs netting decision still angers anglers
    Some Ojibwe tribal members plan to protest for treaty rights by fishing Lake Bemidji today. Eleven years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Mille Lacs band, a decision that still angers many business owners and anglers around Lake Mille Lacs.7:40 a.m.
  • Treaty rights supporters to launch fish-off today
    Tomorrow is the big walleye fishing season opener in Minnesota, but some Native Americans from the White Earth and Leech Lake bands of Ojibwe plan to violate state law by fishing in Lake Bemidji today. It's part of a rally to draw attention to an 1855 treaty between the Ojibwe and the U.S. government. The bands claim they may have given up land in the treaty, but they kept their right to hunt, fish, and gather in a large section of northern Minnesota.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Gulf Spill May Far Exceed Official Estimates
    NPR Exclusive: Independent analysis suggests 10 times the amount of oil and gas may be leaking into Gulf waters than authorities are reporting.
  • Transocean Seeks Limited Liability In Suits
    The company that owns the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico has asked a federal court to put a limit on the money it might be forced to pay out in more than 100 lawsuits. The company seeks to cap damages at $27 million. But Transocean already has been paid more than $400 million by its own insurance company for the loss of the rig.
  • In India, Can Schools Offer Path Out Of Poverty?
    India recently passed a law providing children with the right to free education. But public schools are inadequate and child labor remains common. As a result, many parents turn to better-equipped -- but costly -- private schools. On the Grand Trunk Road that crosses South Asia, NPR explores the plight of young people in this series.
  • The First Last Flight Of Space Shuttle Atlantis
    NASA's 25-year space veteran is expected to blast off Friday on its official final flight before retirement. But once it returns, workers will make it ready to fly again as a back-up for Endeavour in November. If Atlantis isn't called into service, some are suggesting an extra flight be squeezed in to the last days of the shuttle program.
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger To Submit Final Budget Plan
    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presents his revised budget proposal Friday. It takes into account numbers that are worse than previously thought. Schwarzenegger is about to leave office.
  • For N.M., Nuclear Waste May Be Too Hot To Handle
    Southeastern New Mexico has profited from its low-level nuclear waste depository, hidden in underground salt beds. But as the federal government eyes those salt beds as a candidate to take on higher-level nuclear waste, the state players are debating everything from geology to safety to trust in government.
  • The Costs Of BP's Gulf Oil Spill Keep Adding Up
    BP says the oil spill has so far cost the company $450 million. The White House wants the oil company to pay for all the damage caused by the spill but there are other costs as well. The White House wants Congress to approve $10 million to cover potential litigation costs that the Justice Department may have to bear.
  • Spill Forces Layoffs In 'Seafood Capital Of The World'
    The oil spill has had rippling effects to the fishing, shrimping and oystering industries along the Gulf Coast. In Mississippi, employees were laid off at a seafood processing plant. In Biloxi, referred to as the "seafood capital of the world," shrimp are scarce and there are worries that imports will have to do.
  • Lala Shutdown To Silence Music Websites
    Apple's decision to end its online streaming music service will reverberate across many music websites, including those of several leading publications, blogs, venues and artists. So what will the online community do without the songs?
  • Vending Machine Dispenses Gold Bars, Coins
    The machine at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, spits out gold bars, coins and hundreds of other gold items. A computer updates the international market price every 10 minutes. The dispenser takes only local cash.

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