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Friday, May 15, 2009

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  • Patti ShomionAudio slideshow: Jemne Puppet Stage celebrates its 60th birthday
    Since 1949, children have sat enthralled the by puppet shows at the St. Paul Public Library. The downtown library's Jemne Puppet Stage celebrates its anniversary 60th this weekend.6:20 a.m.
  • 'Tyson'Director aims to change Iron Mike Tyson's image
    Film director James Toback says he wants to change the way the world sees Mike Tyson. The former world heavyweight boxing champion has been mired in controversy for what he did inside and outside the ring. He also spent years in jail for things he did outside the ropes. Now Toback has made a film that let's Tyson make his own case that he has been misunderstood.6:40 a.m.
  • Tenzin ChoerapTRiO program fuels college dreams
    At each level of education, from ninth grade to college graduate, Minnesota is losing students of color. The TRiO program is trying to improve those statistics, one student at a time.6:45 a.m.
  • Pawlenty addresses new budget gapPawlenty to use line veto power to balance budget
    Gov. Pawlenty line-item vetoed $383 million from the Health and Human Services and Economic Development budget bills. Pawlenty took the action last night, just hours after he said he would not call lawmakers back for a special session.7:20 a.m.
  • Andersen employee Steve HarrisEnergy tax credit helping boost business for Minn. window makers
    Energy tax credits that are part of the economic stimulus plan are breathing life back into the replacement windown and door business. That's good news for Minnesota-based Marvin Windows and Doors and Andersen Windows and Doors.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Pelosi Accuses CIA Of Misleading Congress
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the CIA misled her in 2002 about the use of waterboarding against detainees in the war on terrorism. Pelosi went beyond her previous remarks about a briefing she attended, saying she had asked about the technique that many consider torture, and had been told it was not being used.
  • CIA Contractors Played Big Role In Interrogations
    Congressional testimony this week showed that private CIA contractors were a driving force behind harsh interrogations. Although there are lawsuits against military contractors involved in detainee abuse, there has been far less legal action against contractors who worked for the CIA.
  • Are There More Foreclosures Than Necessary?
    New figures out this week show that foreclosure filings are up 32 percent from a year ago. Our Planet Money team found that some people in the mortgage industry are saying something remarkable: As many as half of these foreclosures don't need to happen.
  • Olympic Medalist Michael Phelps Tests The Water
    Swimmer Michael Phelps returns to competition this weekend following his recent decision to dedicate himself to the sport for another four years. The Olympian hopes to bring home more gold medals in 2012.
  • Minority Catholics Help Obama's Approval Ratings
    On Sunday, President Obama delivers the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. It's been a controversial invitation because it's a Catholic school, and Obama supports a woman's right to have an abortion. Polls show Catholics are among the president's strongest supporters. That's due mostly to minority Catholics.
  • Small College Nets Big Fish: First Lady To Speak
    First lady Michelle Obama is heading to California this weekend to give her only college commencement speech this graduation season. She'll be speaking at the University of California's newest campus, Merced, after students there lobbied her with handwritten valentines and a video.
  • Europe's Recession Deepens In First Quarter
    New numbers indicate Europe's major economies continued to sink in the first three months of the year. The economy in the 16 countries that use the euro shrank by a massive 2.5 percent in the first quarter. The euro zone has now seen output decline for four consecutive quarters.
  • German Toy Train Maker Off The Tracks
    The German toy producer Marklin makes model trains loved around the world. But the 150-year-old firm is now seeking bankruptcy protection, a victim of the global recession and alleged company mismanagement. Some believe avid fans of the trains could save the endangered toymaker.
  • Russia Hosts Performers From Across Europe
    The music competition Eurovision is a $32 million showcase for the 42 participating nations. It's not just all about business, however; there have been some political issues raised. Russian officials told a band from Georgia that its entry was too critical of former Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Residents Escape Fighting In Pakistan's Swat Valley
    Pakistani authorities have temporarily lifted a curfew to enable thousands of people to flee the fighting in the militant bastion of Swat. More than 800,000 people already have left. The army launched the offensive northwest of Islamabad, last week to stop the spread of Taliban influence.

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