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The Irish Comeback: How Ireland is Meeting the Challenges of its Economic Collapse

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:58

Dinny McGinley, Ireland’s Minister for the State of Gaeltacht.

SPEAKER: Dinny McGinley is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht. He represents the constituency of Donegal South West in Ireland. 

TOPIC:  “The Irish Comeback – How Ireland is Meeting the Challenges of its Economic Collapse”

RECORDED: Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Plenty of hurdles to shipping Alaska's natural gas off the North Slope

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:58
Plenty of hurdles to shipping Alaska's natural gas off the North Slope Building a port, given the North Slope’s shallow water, would require either significant dredging or construction of a causeway stretching into the Beaufort Sea, a project that would require difficult-to-obtain permits.April 1, 2014

Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:55

A former prime minister and a candy billionaire lead the pack of presidential contenders for the May election. One big question is whether voters in Crimea, which Russia now controls, will have a say.

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It's Official: Americans Are Floating In A Pool Of Ranch Dressing

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:52

What the heck did we put on salad, wings, chips and pizza crust before ranch flavor was invented? If you were born after the 1970s, you probably don't remember.

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“World of Cardboard” dinner & dessert fundraiser for MEPS

Southeast Alaska News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:46

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Parents discuss this Thursday’s fundraiser for Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool, which will be a “World of Cardboard”-themed spaghetti dinner and dessert auction. Attendees are asked to make cardboard creations to bring to the event, to be displayed and experienced. The dessert auction will feature cakes and pastries donated by local businesses. The funds raised will be used in part to match a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to purchase a 14-passenger van for the preschool, to be used for field trips. The dinner will be Thursday, April 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Entry is $15 for adults, and $5 for children. For more information, call 966-2675.

Review Finds Mammography's Benefits Overplayed, Harms Dismissed

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:42

Mammograms can prevent breast cancer deaths, but each woman's benefit or harm will vary based on her age and underlying cancer risks, a study finds. More individualized advice would help.

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Southeast Alaska News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:29

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The Sitka School District goes looking for teachers in Seattle.  Roller derby picks up speed across Southeast. And is Juneau healthier than Sitka? Don’t make us laugh.

There must be 50 ways to support your station…

Southeast Alaska News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:24

Stef receiving a framed 30th Anniversary Raven Radio print during a gathering last fall recognizing his 30 years on the KCAW board of directors.

One of them is to help start the station and then serve on the board of directors for more than 30 years! Thanks to Stef Steffen for his tireless and generous support of Raven Radio since before Raven Radio was on the air! Stef stepped down from the board this fall, but you can bet his membership is already renewed! Is yours?

Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:02

Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former top aide to President Obama, find himself facing a challenge from another politician who was once close to Obama?

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We’re over $27,000! Thank you!

Southeast Alaska News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

This Edgecumbe sunset from almost a decade ago rivals some of the beautiful evenings we’ve had in Sitka recently. While our surroundings are gorgeous, most of us agree that it is our community that really makes this a special place. Raven Radio helps sustain that community, and we rely on you to help sustain Raven Radio. Please help us towards our Spring Drive goal of $85,000 by making your contribution now! Thank you!

Never Too Late: More Older Adults Sold On Entrepreneurship

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

In 2012, nearly a quarter of all new businesses were started by people between the ages of 55 and 64. What makes older adults choose starting businesses over retirement?

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GM Ignition Switch Controversy Comes To Capitol Hill

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

General Motors CEO Mary T. Barra testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday, speaking before a House panel that is investigating how the company handled problems with its vehicles' ignition switch.

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American-Made, Haven-Kept? Congress Looks At Caterpillar's Tax Returns

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

Caterpillar executives are on Capitol Hill answering questions about the company's tax returns. Caterpillar is accused of shifting money abroad to avoid billions in taxes.

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As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

Hispanics now make up 38 percent of Texas residents. One demographer says the state's future is tied to the success of its growing minority population. Schools may be part of the solution.

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Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:00

NPR examines previously undisclosed financial records from Daystar Television. Those files raise issues as basic as the definition of "church" and as a grand as the role of government in religion.

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Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 11:27

After Crimea, is Alaska next? A petition on the White House website calling for just that has more than 37,000 signatures.

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Local Anchorage elections often see skimpy turnout, despite their close-to-home importance

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Tue, 2014-04-01 11:21
Local Anchorage elections often see skimpy turnout, despite their close-to-home importance Anchorage voters hit rock bottom in October of 1977, when an abysmal 11 percent of registered voters bothered to go to the polls.  Here's hoping more people will offer their view on how to run the city and its school district in 2014.April 1, 2014

Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 11:18

The iconic DJ is credited with helping popularize the style of mixes and remixes known as house music. The cause of death is still unknown, but he suffered from diabetes.

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Conservative Media Watchdog: Univision, Telemundo Favor Liberals

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 11:02

The Media Research Center says its survey shows that news stories on the nation's Spanish-language television networks are dominated by partisans on the left — and conservatives should be concerned.

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As Peace Talks Falter, Kerry Cancels Meeting With Abbas

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-01 10:30

John Kerry made the announcement after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked to join international organizations, a move that is opposed by the U.S. and Israel.

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