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Monday, May 15, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Patty WetterlingWetterling wins 6th District DFL endorsement
    Patty Wetterling locked down the DFL endorsement in the 6th District on Saturday, setting up what promises to be a rip-roaring battle for Congress with the GOP's conservative candidate, Michele Bachmann.6:55 a.m.
  • Final week of Minnesota's legislative session
    Cathy Wurzer talked with MPR's Capitol Bureau Chief Laura MCallum about the stadium conference committee, the eminent domain bill, abortion legislation and other issues at the capitol as the legislative session begins its final week.7:20 a.m.
  • Immigrant trafficking becomes sophisticated
    Crossing the border illegally into the United States is a difficult emotional journey. But it has also become increasingly difficult on a practical level. The images of crossing the desert or the Rio Grande in the dead of night are giving way to sophisticated networks of smuggling and document fraud. For many illegal immigrants from Mexico, crossing is a carefully orchestrated event -- and so is the process of remaining here.7:50 a.m.
  • Baseball woes and basketball hopes
    Sports commentator Steve Rudolph says that last weekend's Twins game may be considered a "turning point." He talked with Cathy Wurzer about the fate of the Twins, the first home game for the St. Paul Saints and how number one draft pick Seimone Augustus will make the upcoming Lynx basketball games more exciting to watch.8:25 a.m.
  • The Federal Reserve's rising rates
    Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrel about rising interest rates; Farrel speculates as to whether or not they will continue to rise.8:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Violence Grips Iraq as Government Stumbles
    In Iraq, Prime Minister-designate Nouri al-Maliki is struggling with sectarian divisions as he attempts to fill out his Cabinet before the constitutional deadline of May 22. The backdrop for Iraq's political troubles continues to be deadly violence, with multiple attacks leaving dozens dead on Sunday. Monday also brings the resumption of Saddam Hussein's trial.
  • Kurds Pay a Price for Stability and Prosperity
    Kurdish-ruled northern Iraq has prospered while the rest of the country suffers through chaos. The ruling Kurdish elite have succeeded in keeping the region relatively secure from terrorism. But it has also cracked down on dissent, persecuting critical journalists and crushing protest demonstrations.
  • The Lost Sounds of Old Beijing
    Beijing is tearing down many of its historic districts to make way for high-rise apartments and office towers. In the process, the sounds of the city's old neighborhoods are gradually falling silent.
  • Enron Fraud Trial Moves to Closing Arguments
    Closing arguments begin in the fraud and conspiracy trial of two former Enron officials. Prosecutors will lay out their case against former Chairman Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling. The defense presents its case Tuesday. The jury is expected to begin deliberating Wednesday.
  • Legal Immigrants Hope for Relaxation of Rules
    Legal foreign workers hope the immigration debate will lead to the relaxation of laws covering their status, and the status of their families. Many high-tech workers allowed into the United States have trouble finding a mate, or sustaining long-distance marriages. They hope changes in the law will make their private lives easier.
  • Legal U.S. Entry Options for Unskilled Workers
    Illegal immigrants often risk their lives crossing the border for the opportunity to work in low-wage U.S. jobs. Renee Montagne talks to Ben Johnson of American Immigration Law Foundation about the legal options for unskilled workers trying to get into the United States.
  • Broadening the Reach of Broadband
    As people get more of their entertainment from the Internet, the amount of data flowing in and out of the house is going to grow. Telecommunications companies and communities are looking for ways to make "broadband" even broader -- and more affordable.
  • President to Announce Border Plan in TV Address
    President Bush addresses the nation tonight from the Oval Office on the subject of illegal immigration. He is expected to call for the deployment of National Guard troops to help seal America's border with Mexico. Renee Montagne talks with analyst Cokie Roberts about the president's speech.
  • Republicans Turn Attention to Abolishing Estate Tax
    President Bush this week is expected to sign a $70 billion tax-cut package into law. It will lower rates for investors and save billions of dollars for families with above-average incomes. Now Republicans in Congress are turning their attention toward the estate tax. They want it repealed permanently.
  • Europeans Meet to Hammer Out Iran Nuclear Deal
    EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels to work out a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The Bush administration and its European allies fear that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. They hope to pass a U.N. Security Council resolution that would oblige Iran to halt all uranium enrichment work.

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