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Thursday, June 8, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Duluth News TribuneForum Communications to buy Duluth and Grand Forks papers
    Fargo based Forum Communications Company will buy the Grand Forks Herald, a North Dakota rival, and the Duluth News Tribune in Minnesota. The company owns nearly 30 newspapers in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin.7:50 a.m.
  • Sen. Norm ColemanSen. Coleman reacts to al-Qaida leader's death
    World leaders and military officals are reacting to the news that al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. air raid Wednesday night. President Bush called al-Zarqawi's death "a severe blow to al-Qaida and a significant victory in the war on terror." U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman reacted much the same, in an interview with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.8:50 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Air Strike Kills Zarqawi, Key Terrorist Figure in Iraq
    A U.S. air strike north of Baghdad kills Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian terrorist blamed for orchestrating many violent attacks in Iraq and elsewhere over the past three years.
  • Zarqawi Leaves Bloody Legacy in Iraq, Beyond
    Over the past three years, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had emerged as the most feared figure in Iraq. The man reported killed in an air raid Wednesday was the suspected mastermind behind many of the kidnappings, beheadings and bombings that followed the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
  • Zarqawi's Death and the Iraqi Insurgency
    What does the death of Abu Musba al-Zarqawi mean to the future of the insurgency in Iraq? Paul Wilkinson, chairman of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at Scotland's University of St. Andrews, offers his insights to Mike Shuster.
  • A Symbolic Victory with Limited Tactical Effect
    Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death is a major symbolic victory. But it is unlikely to noticeably alter the tactical situation in Iraq. The damage Zarqawi has done in stirring an Iraqi insurgency is likely to continue.
  • Iran Gives Positive Reception to Offer of Incentives
    Iranian officials have given a generally upbeat reception to a package of incentives delivered by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, aimed at persuading Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
  • Panel's Report Seeks Changes in Prison Policy
    A commission on American prisons offers a report to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. Among the group's findings: Violence is an enormous problem, and health care is a disaster. The panel recommends an end to institutional secrecy that has permitted prisons to evade oversight for decades.
  • Maryland Prisons and Mental Illness
    Mental illness is a major problem for jails and prisons across the country. Arthur Wallenstein, director of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation in Montgomery County, Md., says jails are becoming a mental-health provider of last resort.
  • World Cup Battle: Nike vs. Adidas
    Two major shoe companies have much at stake as World Cup soccer play begins. Nike, which made deals with Brazilian stars, is trying to put a dent in Adidas' long-standing dominance of the soccer market.
  • Zarqawi Killing Further Weakens Iraqi Insurgency
    The killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a big setback for Iraqi insurgents, says Zaki Cehab, a political editor of the London-based Al Hayat newspaper. Cehab tells Renee Montagne that political progress since the December elections has also weakened the insurgency.
  • Locals Tipped Iraq Government to Zarqawi Location
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says that locals in an area about 35 miles north of Baghdad tipped off the government to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's location several weeks ago. That information was then passed along to U.S. officials, who used it to kill Zarqawi and seven associates with an airstrike Wednesday.

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