May 13, 1998

All Things Considered
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An index of the day's stories:

Indonesia -- NPR's Julie McCarthy reports that violent political demonstrations erupted in the streets of Jakarta, Indonesia today. Students, who have orchestrated previous protests, stayed on campus to mourn the six people killed by security forces yesterday. Today's demonstrators were non-students, something the government of President Suharto has feared for months. The demonstrations quickly became riots, with serious damage to vehicles, stores, a police station and other property. (3:30)

India Testing -- NPR's Mike Shuster reports that India has conducted two more nuclear weapons tests despite international condemnation of the three tests that India carried out on Monday. Even before the new tests were announced, the Clinton administration had decided to impose economic sanctions on India as called for under U.S. laws designed to curb nuclear proliferation. The Indian government says the tests were necessary because of regional security threats. India also says it will not succumb to international pressure -- including economic sanctions. (4:00)

Netanyahu & Albright -- NPR's Ted Clark talks with Robert about today's meeting between Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They discussed U.S. suggestions for a compromise to break the 14 month-long deadlock in the Middle East peace process. At issue is the U.S. insistence that Israel must withdraw its occupying troops an additional 13 percent from the West Bank. Israelis insist that this would constitute a significant security risk. (4:00)

Kosovo -- NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Pristina on the prospects for a political settlement in Serbia's Kosovo Province. Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic has agreed to meet with Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova. But Kosovo Albanians are expressing doubts about Rugova's credibility among his own people. (6:00)

Joel Klein -- The head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, Joel Klein, is overseeing the government's actions against computer software giant Microsoft, and could announce a government suit against the company as early as tomorrow. Klein has headed the division only a short time, but is in a position to make decisions that affect businesses and consumers across the country. NPR's Nina Totenberg has a profile. (12:00)

Fitness Standards -- NPR's Tom Goldman reports that physical activity guidelines have been issued for the first time for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Educators and physical education experts are becoming increasingly concerned about the sedentary lifestyle of American teens and adults. The experts say "let kids be kids" and are recommending 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. (3:00)

61 Years of Conducting -- Linda talks with Ernst Katz, founder and conductor of the Junior Philharmonic of California. Tonight at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Katz will take to the podium to begin a record-setting 61st year of leadership. (4:00)

Clinton in Berlin -- NPR's Mara Liasson says that President Clinton has carried out his pledge to impose tough economic sanctions against India for breaking a 24-year moratorium on nuclear testing. Speaking today in Germany, the President said he also is asking other countries to impose sanctions against India, which conducted three nuclear tests on Monday and another two today. The President is in Germany to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Berlin airlift. In addition to nuclear proliferation, he and Chancellor Helmut Kohl discussed ongoing tensions in Bosnia and Kosovo. (4:30)

Intelligence -- NPR's Martha Raddatz reports that the Clinton administration and members of Congress are trying to determine why U.S. intelligence failed to warn of impending nuclear tests by India. CIA Director george Tenet has acknowledged that the intelligence community was caught off guard by the three nuclear tests India conducted on Monday. Two more were carried out today. Tenet has appointed a review team to investigate, but some members of Congress aren't satisfied. (4:30)

Shocked About Testing -- NPR senior news analyst Daniel Schorr says India's nuclear tests should not have been a big surprise to the Clinton administration. (3:00)

Low Level Nuke Disposal -- NPR's John Nielsen reports on today's approval by the Environmental Protection Agency of a radioactive waste dump in New Mexico. The so-called waste isolation project was 24 years in the planning, and would place low-level radioactive waste deep in underground salt deposits. Some environmental groups say they'll sue to stop the opening of the site, which could start taking waste within months. (3:30)

Burton Committee -- Democrats on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee failed today to oust Congressman Dan Burton as head of a campaign fund-raising investigation. But they vowed they would succeed in blocking immunity for four potential witnesses. Burton has been widely criticized for releasing edited tapes of former Justice Department official Webster Hubbell's prison conversations. The committee is investigating illegal foreign fund-raising in the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign. NPR's Peter Overby reports. (3:30)

Graduated Licensing -- NPR's Vicky Que reports on an effort to restrict driving privileges of 16-year-olds because they now have the highest rate of fatal car crashes among all driver age groups -- including other teenagers. The AAA and federal officials want the states to adopt new laws that require 16-year-olds to have formal training and a lengthy period of accident-free driving experience in order to get an unrestricted drivers license. (12:00)

Viagra & Insurance -- NPR's Patricia Neighmond updates the situation concerning insurance coverage for the new impotence drug, Viagra. Some insurers and HMOs are paying for the drug on a case-by-case basis, but others are not. Medicaid coverage varies from state to state. There is considerable discussion about what kind of limits to place on coverage for the drug -- because that may ultimately determine how many times a month an impotent man can have sex. (5:00)

Cabs in New York -- NPR's Margot Adler reports that the streets of Manhattan look a little different today. Many of the city's famous Yellow Cab drivers are on a one-day strike. They're angry at Mayor Rudolph Giuliani about proposals that would require drivers to boost insurance coverage and which would raise fines levied for such violations as smoking or being rude to passengers. (2:30)

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