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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Messner and MyrickDaniel Myrick looks for some "Believers"
    Daniel Myrick caused a media sensation in 1999 when he and some friends created "The Blair Witch Project." Now he has a new movie "Believers," which gets its world premiere tonight in St Paul.4:50 p.m.
  • Bob SkibaMiners angered by Health Department delay
    Some retired mine workers are fuming at the Minnesota Department of Health's decision to withhold information for a year, about the death of 35 miners from mesothelioma.5:20 p.m.
  • Logging trailAnother legislative session over, another ATV law on the books
    There are more than a quarter-million all-terrain vehicles in Minnesota. Lawmakers have been haggling for years to figure out where those machines can and can't go on state lands. This past legislative session produced another set of new laws designed to reign in ATV use.5:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Baquba Residents Displaced by Insurgents
    U.S. troops in Baquba, Iraq, are trying to flush out insurgents believed to have al-Qaida ties. The insurgents have imposed a strict Islamic creed in Baquba and have commandeered residents' homes. U.S. troops move from house to house, finding roadside bombs and entire houses wired as bombs.
  • Facing an Enemy that Wields Kids as Weapons
    NPR Senior News Analyst Ted Koppel comments on the resolve of enemies who will use children as shields — or blow them up in cars with bombs. What are we up against?
  • Israel Grapples with Border Security Along Gaza
    Israel's borders with Gaza are closed, and Israeli officials fear an influx of refugees if the borders reopen. They worry that they'll have to re-enter Gaza if the Iranian influence keeps growing. Weapons smuggling from Egypt presents another problem.
  • Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal
    The SPF numbers on sunscreen bottles only refer to the level of protection against a type of radiation called UVB. But dermatologists say it's important to use a lotion that shields skin from UVA rays, too.
  • 'Right Livelihoods' Offers Top-Notch Short Fiction
    Writer Rick Moody follows his elaborate work of two years ago, The Diviners, with a new book: Right Livelihoods. It's a collection of three stories that reviewer Alan Cheuse says offers some of the best short fiction of the year.
  • Lawmakers Focus on 'Greening' the Capitol
    As Congress considers an energy bill, lawmakers plan a "greening" of the Capitol — with fluorescent lights, recycled paper and electricity from renewable sources, among other efforts. Yet the building gets its energy from a smoke-belching coal plant on Capitol Street.
  • 'Evan Almighty' Director Tries Carbon-Neutral Set
    The film Evan Almighty is Universal's first attempt at carbon-neutral production. Director Tom Shadyac says carbon emissions were counted and then offset by planting trees. But he also made changes on the set, including a lot of recycling, bikes for crew members, and double-sided scripts.
  • 'Oz' Munchkins Get Long-Awaited Hollywood Star
    The munchkins from The Wizard of Oz are getting a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. Ted Bulthaup, a theater owner in Woodridge, Ill., who led a campaign for the star, and 88-year-old Mickey Carroll, one of the actors who played a munchkin, talk with Melissa Block.
  • Proposed Video-Game School Gets $1.1 Million Boost
    The MacArthur Foundation board announced Thursday that it will fund a $1.1 million grant for a new middle- and high school in New York. The curriculum revolves around teaching kids to make video games.
  • Summer Poses Problem for Teacher: What to Do?
    On Thursday, the first day of summer, commentator Emily Wylie has the job that many people want this time of year. She's a teacher with summers off. The problem is, she never knows what to do with herself when the school year is over.

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