October 28, 2002 NPR's Cheryl Corley reports that while investigators search for the cause of the plane crash that killed Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone and seven others last week, the state's Democrats are looking for someone to take Wellstone's place in the upcoming election. The party is trying to draft former Vice President Walter Mondale, which would give Democrats a recognized name in the final days of the race against Republican Norm Coleman.
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October 27, 2002 NPR's Cheryl Corley reports that Minnesota Democrats will meet Wednesday to select a replacement for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. Many state Democrats say their best hope for victory Nov. 5 lies with former Vice President and fellow Minnesotan Walter Mondale.
October 26, 2002 NPR's Cheryl Corley reports on the local Minnesota response to the tragic death of Senator Paul Wellstone and others in yesterday's plane crash.
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October 23, 2002 NPR's Cheryl Corley reports on Rodney Yoder, who is indefinitely committed to a maximum security mental health facility in Chester, Il.. He's finished serving a criminal sentence and is seeking release. While he's questioning the concept of mental illness, others say his case highlights the controversial practice of holding people against their will by determining they pose a danger.
October 17, 2002 Arthur Andersen has been hit with the maximum possible fine in its federal trial: the accounting firm was fined $500,000 for obstruction of justice in the federal probe of failed energy trading giant Enron. Also, the firm was sentenced to five years of probation. Even if Andersen wins its expected appeal, experts say real damage to the company has been done to the firm's reputation. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.
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October 15, 2002 Since the death penalty was enacted in Illinois 25 years ago, 12 inmates have been executed. However, 13 on death row have been found to be innocent. In response, the Governor halted all executions two years ago. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports that today the state's Prisoner Review Board begins sifting through almost every case on death row as the Illinois considers changing all death sentences to life imprisonment.
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