Minnesota Public Radio features by Bianca Vazquez Toness http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=119 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:33:31 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Bianca Vazquez Toness http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 The ethics of bird flu Who will get vaccines first? Should employees be required to go to work during a pandemic? Who gets helped? Who doesn't. Good questions for which there appear to be no answers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/02_tonessb_birdflu/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2005 16:30:00 -0600 Bird flu affects Hmong Minnesotans' travel plans Many Hmong Minnesotans are traveling to Laos and Thailand to celebrate their New Year with family. Health care officials say there are ways for travelers to keep themselves safe from the bird flu virus. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/25_tonessb_immigrantbirdflu/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2005 15:10:00 -0600 Bird flu preparations hard to pin down State health officials are preparing for a worst-case scenario, in case a flu pandemic reaches Minnesota. They say more than a million people could become sick. But they say it's hard to prepare when there's so little known about the threat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/25_tonessb_birdfluprep/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:15:00 -0600 Pawlenty outlines bird flu strategy School closures, mass vaccinations and quarantines are among the worst-case steps the state will take if an aggressive strain of flu hits Minnesota. Gov. Pawlenty outlined plans Thursday to cope with avian or pandemic flu. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/03_tonessb_birdfluplans/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2005 15:37:00 -0600 Mixed reaction to Bush's bird flu strategy President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy Tuesday to prepare for the danger of a pandemic outbreak of avian flu. The plan gets mixed reactions from some health experts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/01_tonessb_birdflureax/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2005 14:50:00 -0600 Another 2,600 flight attendant jobs could go Northwest Airlines' flight attendants union says the company is seeking to cut another 2,600 flight attendant jobs while in bankruptcy. Northwest recently disclosed plans to lay off 1,400 flight attendants by January 2006, as the company shrinks its flight schedule. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/09_tonessb_fltatts/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2005 17:16:00 -0500 Northwest to lay off up to 1,400 flight attendants Northwest Airlines Corp. said Wednesday it will lay off 1,400 flight attendants by January as it shrinks in bankruptcy, just months after it re-hired some of them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/21_tonessb_falayoffs/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2005 15:18:00 -0500 Federal agents search home of Minneapolis Council member Federal agents searched the home of Minneapolis City Council member Dean Zimmermann on Thursday, confiscating everything relating to Zimmermann's re-election campaign plus personal financial records. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/09_scheckt_council/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2005 10:35:00 -0500 Adopting scrutiny Minnesotans adopt more children from overseas per capita than any other state in the nation. The question is, why? Some adoption scholars say Minnesotans should examine the trend. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/06_tonessb_adoption/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Strike or no strike, it's still a company town Some travelers looking for other airlines to fly during the strike at Northwest Airlines are having a hard time, since Northwest controls 80 percent of the gates at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/24_tonessb_monopoly/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2005 15:53:00 -0500 Northwest, union argue over impact of mechanics' strike There were some wary passengers but few reported problems Monday at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, on the third day of the Northwest mechanics strike. The airline and the union disagree over how much travel has been impacted by the strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/22_horwichj_nwaday4/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2005 16:00:00 -0500 Early travel smooth in first day of Northwest mechanics strike Mechanics struck Northwest Airlines Corp. late Friday, resisting big pay cuts and layoffs that would have cut their numbers almost in half. The nation's fourth-largest airline pledged to keep flying with replacements. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/19_ap_nwastrikeday1/?refid=0 Sat, 20 Aug 2005 09:23:00 -0500 Northwest prepares for CHAOS As the strike deadline for Northwest mechanics draws closer, the airline is also concerned about whether other unions will strike in sympathy. Officials are reportedly preparing for flight attendants to use a strategy called CHAOS, which could disrupt flight schedules unpredictably. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/18_tonessb_chaos/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2005 14:30:00 -0500 A dollar for me, a dollar from you? Some Minnesotans will get a raise on Monday. The state's minimum wage for most employers increases by $1, to $6.15 an hour. It's the first increase in Minnesota in seven years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/28_tonessb_minwagewrkrs/?refid=0 Sun, 31 Jul 2005 14:30:00 -0500 Will other NWA unions honor mechanics picket line? With a strike deadline for the Northwest Airlines mechanics approaching, the company's other unions aren't saying if they'll honor a mechanics union picket line. Whether other unions refuse to work in solidarity with striking mechanics could affect the outcome of a walkout. But it's not clear how many other unions will honor the picket line. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/25_tonessb_solidarity/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2005 18:31:00 -0500 NWA flight attendants file suit against airline Northwest Airlines flight attendants' union filed suit Thursday to stop the Eagan-based company from training replacement flight attendants, who would fill in if there's a strike. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/22_tonessb_pfaasuit/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Veterinarians: The new public health experts? More than 5,000 veterinarians are in Minneapolis for the annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Talk of bio and agriterrorism has put veterinarians on the front lines of national defense. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/20_tonessb_vetpubhealth/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2005 09:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans blame both parties for shutdown DFL Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson and Gov. Tim Pawlenty flew around the state yesterday offering Minnesotans their assessment of the legislative session. They had a lot of explaining to do since Minnesotans are still complaining about the state government shutdown, which put about nine thousand state employees out of work and halted some government services for eight days. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/15_tonessb_fallout/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Cigarette tax: Can the state afford fewer smokers? The proposed 75-cents-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax is likely to discourage people from smoking. But can the state afford fewer smokers? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/12_tonessb_smokers/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2005 06:00:00 -0500 The new Girl Scouts To many, Girl Scouts are as American as the flag and apple pie. But the scouts are adapting, changing their ways to attract and keep girls who haven't traditionally joined a troop, including the children of immigrants. Scouting seems to particularly appeal to Muslims girls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_tonessb_girlscouts/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2005 13:11:00 -0500 Public impact of the shutdown is varied Among the state employees who didn't work Friday are 700 in the Department of Public Safety. That meant offices in charge of giving driving exams were closed. Some people didn't know about the shutdown or had gotten assurances that the services they needed would still be available. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/01_tonessb_shutdownimpacts/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 17:22:00 -0500 Hot tamales by the thousands A young couple in Minneapolis makes a name for themselves as the largest local tamale supplier in the Twin Cities. Now they're ramping up production to get their tamales in grocery stores across the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_tonessb_tamales/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2005 00:01:00 -0500 B-girl, be you Mainstream hip-hop music can offer a view of the world that's about drugs and violence, and it's not very nice to women, either. But there are some people who say it doesn't have to be that way. They call themselves B-girls, and they're coming out to play in Minneapolis this weekend. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/02_tonessb_bgirls/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2005 16:47:00 -0500 Memorial Day at Fort Snelling National Cemetary Thousands of Minnesotans celebrated Memorial Day at Fort Snelling National Cemetary in the Twin Cities. Many came to honor military veterans, while others were there primarily to visit their loved ones' graves. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/30_tonessb_tonessmemday/?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2005 19:08:00 -0500 Mexican consulate opens in June Mexico is opening a new consulate in St. Paul next month. The office will serve the thousands of Mexicans living in Minnesota, the Dakotas and northern Wisconsin. But Mexicans aren't the only ones celebrating. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/20_tonessb_consulate/?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Ecuador: Manuel Marcatoma Manuel Marcatoma, 42, arrived in Minnesota in 1998. He's from a rural area outside the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. He worked there in house construction as a carpenter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_tonessb_globalecuador/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Mexico: Marta Morales Marta Morales, 43, has been living in Minneapolis for four years. She's from Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_tonessb_globalmexico/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Colombia: Gerardo Cajamarca For Gerardo Cajamarca, it was his fight against globalization that brought him to Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_tonessb_globalcolombia/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Guatemala: Pedro and Maria Ochoa Pedro and Maria Ochoa, from Guatemala, have lived in Minneapolis 10 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_tonessb_globalguatemala/?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Latino HIV AIDS education takes to the streets New studies in Minnesota show that Latinos are getting HIV AIDS at a much higher rate than the white population. They are younger when they contract the virus and less likely to seek care. There are health education programs aimed at Latinos, but they're not well funded and may not last. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/06_tonessb_latinohiv/?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2005 17:23:00 -0500 Minneapolis couple mocks new food pyramid Federal officials unveiled a revamped food pyramid last week. They pushed the old tiered graphic on its side, and created an interactive Web site that suggests daily diet based on someone's age, gender, and physical activity. A Minneapolis couple created a satirical Web site mocking the official one. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_tonessb_thenewpyramid/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2005 12:53:00 -0500 In search of the perfect prom dress It's springtime, which means it's almost time for prom. While the days can be beautiful, women and their daughters have been inside, shopping for the perfect dress. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/22_tonessb_promtime/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2005 13:00:00 -0500 Ecuadorian consulate opens in the Twin Cities A new consulate serving Ecuadorians in the area opened last month. The office, staffed entirely by volunteers, operates two nights a week, in addition to one Saturday a month. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/22_tonessb_consulates/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2005 08:08:00 -0500 Tax time is for everyone, including illegal immigrants The April 15 tax deadline to file taxes causes most Americans stress and anguish. But for the millions of people living and working illegally in the United States, filing taxes can be an opportunity to prove their economic contribution and document their residence here. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/11_tonessb_illegal/?refid=0 Sun, 10 Apr 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Spanish-language media in the Twin Cities goes prime time Spanish-language media in the Twin Cities has grown quickly along with the boom in the Latino population. But many wonder if the market can support the dozen or so publications aimed at Spanish-speakers in the area. That's even more true now that there are new broadcast media players entering the picture. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/14_tonessb_media/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2005 14:57:00 -0600 Undocumented immigrants may get in-state tuition Some Minnesota school children can't get in-state tuition to Minnesota's colleges and universities. But that might change soon. A bill before the Legislature would give Minnesota students who are not legal residents of the United states the right to pay the same amount as kids who were born here. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/21_tonessb_tuition/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2005 15:00:00 -0600