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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mining shovelSteel plant proceeds slowly
    Officials with Minnesota Steel Industries plan a $1.6 billion iron-to-steel operation near Nashwauk. But environmental permitting is taking longer than they expected.7:20 a.m.
  • Courage card displayNationwide "calling card" for Courage Center
    Courage Cards are going nationwide this year. You've probably seen them in stores or perhaps received them in the mail. The proceeds from the sale of the cards helps fund programs at the Golden Valley-based Courage Center.7:25 a.m.
  • Radke exitsReflections on Radke
    A look at Twins starting pitcher Brad Radke's career as he is expected to officially announce his retirement from baseball today.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Training Iraqis for Security Easier Said than Done
    Most generals, politicians and defense analysts talk of increased training for Iraqi forces as the highest priority, and the best shot possible for U.S. success in Iraq.
  • Change of Leadership Suggested for Iraqi Police
    The Iraq Study Group recommended changes to how Iraqi security forces are run. Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense, talks with Steve Inskeep about the challenge of forging an effective Iraqi police force.
  • Time to 'Try' a Woman in White House, Clinton Says
    Will she or won't she? Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn't definitely said whether she will run for president in 2008. But in an NPR interview, she says that the time is right for a woman to try.
  • Libya Sentences Foreigners to Death in HIV Case
    A Libyan court sentences five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death on charges that they deliberately infected more than 400 children with HIV in a Libyan hospital.
  • U.S. Delegation Probes Cuba for Hints of the Future
    The largest U.S. congressional delegation to visit Cuba since 1959 tried, but failed, to open a dialogue with Fidel Castro's brother, Raul. But they did meet with an array of high-level Cuban officials.
  • Further Political Consolidation in Venezuela?
    Venezuela's ruling party is attempting to forge a single pro-government party. Opponents say the push is intended to consolidate more power in the hands of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
  • Colombian President Snared by Scandal
    Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is embroiled in the biggest scandal of his political career. Nine congressmen, all allies, have been implicated as having had ties to right-wing paramilitaries.
  • U.S. Delegation Returns from Talks in China
    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and the high-level delegation he led on a visit to China, is in Washington. The group discussed currency and other trade issues with China.
  • New Underwater Fiber-Optic Link Planned for Pacific
    Verizon announced it has signed agreements with various Asian firms, including China Telecom, to build an undersea communications cable across the Pacific. The advanced cable will greatly increase the amount of voice and data traffic that can cross the Pacific.
  • Holiday Shipping Season Nears Peak
    The holiday season means big bucks for shipping companies and the U.S. postal service. And the biggest shipping day of the year is projected to take place Wednesday.

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