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All Things Considered
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Coleman at printing plantSenate candidates push gas prices to front of campaign
    The two major party candidates for U.S. Senate were talking up their energy proposals on the campaign trail today, now that gas prices have hit record highs.5:20 p.m.
  • UnitedHealth headquartersUnitedHealth settles suit, cuts jobs and earnings outlook
    Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group went on a news spree Wednesday. The company announced a settlement in a high-profile class action lawsuit. It also lowered earnings estimates and announced 4,000 job cuts, and other reorganization moves.5:24 p.m.
  • Bernard wrestlingNew Ulm woman makes Olympic wrestling team
    The road to the Olympics for one Minnesota wrestler began in New Ulm, veered north to Canada, and will head west to Beijing next month for the games.5:50 p.m.
  • Camp Invention attendeesInventing summer
    School may be out, but education isn't. Thousands of kids are learning off the beaten path this summer.5:54 p.m.
  • Voyageurs National ParkNew Voyageurs superintendent will focus on community connections
    The new superintendent of Voyageurs National Park has spent the last 16 years at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis. Michael Ward says he'll keep building bridges between Minnesota's only national park and the people who live near it.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Bleak Car Sales Data Still Produce Winners
    New car purchases are at the lowest levels in 10 years. Nearly all major carmakers reported steep sales declines for June. Derek Mattsson, head of, says consumers are still favoring cars like the Honda Civic at the expense of U.S. vehicles.
  • Starbucks To Close 600 Stores
    Starbucks Corp. says it will close hundreds of stores it opened over the past three years. The company did not say where the stores were located, but all together, 600 underperforming stores will close and 12,000 full- and part-time positions be cut.
  • Rising Fuel Prices Keep Fishermen On Dry Land
    High fuel prices are keeping many New England fishing boats in the docks. Economists predict that if fuel prices stay this high, many fishermen will be forced out of business.
  • Florida Lottery Prize: Gas For Life
    As gas prices across the nation climb to all-time highs, the Florida Lottery is trying to cash in. The lottery's eight-week Summer Cash drawing is offering gas for life and gas for a year. The grand prize is $250,000. Each ticket costs $5.
  • Palestinian Kills 3, Wounds 40 In Jerusalem
    A Palestinian driver rammed a bulldozer into pedestrians and vehicles on one of Jerusalem's busiest streets Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens, authorities said. He was then shot and killed by security officers.
  • 'Kite Runner' Star's Family Feels Exploited By Studio
    The child star of The Kite Runner faced harassment in his home country of Afghanistan before the film was even released. Paramount Pictures tried to relocate the boy for his safety, but his family believes the studio has not done enough to help.
  • Hostages Rescued In Colombia
    Colombia says it rescued three Americans and a French-Colombian politician from leftist FARC rebels who held them for years. John Otis, South America bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle, says all the former hostages are in reasonably good health.
  • Keeping German Doctors On A Budget Lowers Costs
    Nearly every German has ready access to doctors, cheap drugs, high-tech medicine, dental care, nursing homes and home care. All this — and Germany spends half what the United States does per person. One way the country accomplishes this is by putting doctors on a budget.
  • Calif. Fights Extreme Heat
    Climate scientists say extreme heat in California will worsen in the coming decades as a result of climate change. Heat waves that once lasted days could instead last for months. That adds up to dangerous conditions, especially for the elderly. In Stanislaus County, emergency responders are already working on how to help safeguard residents against temperatures that could make life not just uncomfortable, but downright dangerous. Sarah Varney reports from member station KQED.
  • Fireworks With Patriotic Names Popular
    Ahead of this Fourth of July, fireworks are costlier and their supply short because of warehouse fires in China. Scott DeGross, general manager of Victory Fireworks in Ellsworth, Wis., says this year fireworks with patriotic names are popular.

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