The news agenda: The next 24

Every day at 1:15, the news staff meets to go over what’s in the works. Here’s what we’re working on for the next 24 hours:

This afternoon on All Things Considered:

Stephen John talks to Emily Dewey, the wife of the Mahnomen deputy sheriff who was shot last month.

Lorna Benson says researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered that a relatively common, and FDA-approved compound, can prevent spread of HIV. This story is online here. The blog post is here.

In part two of MPR’s continuing series on how the state budget is playing on Main Street, Dan Gunderson reports that if health care programs are cut back, the hospital keeps admitting patients. Medical Assistance now makes up 10% of the hospital’s revenue but reimbursement keeps dropping. Here’s the whole series from Fergus Falls.

The producers are also trying to follow-up on the story from Duluth in which a handcuffed, orange jump suit-clad woman was married to her beau before being shipped off to Arkansas to face charges of illegally using credit cards.

Thursday on Morning Edition:

Dan Gunderson looks at how a proposal for 15 regional service centers for human services might change things. This is part of the series (linked above) about how Gov. Pawlenty’s budget proposal is playing.

Mark Zdechlik files a report on a proposal from Al Franken to change the federal fundraising rules to make it easier to raise money to pay expenses in the Senate race trial.

Thursday on Midmorning:

At 9, Majora Carter speaks on environmental racism. She’s the keynote speaker Saturday for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Northfield.

At 10, they’ll discuss national politics and, I suspect, the “who’s in charge of the Republican Party” angle. Is it Rush?

Thursday on Midday:

At 11, former Gov. Arne Carlson will discuss the state budget. Former Gov. Al Quie was on the program on Monday.

At noon, Midday will provide live coverage of the Westminster Town Hall forum presentation by Barbara Brown Taylor. Her speech is called “Downtime: The Sacred Art of Stopping.” Here is her Web site.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us three stories we should be talking more about.