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Friday, July 31, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Orlando CabreraWhat will Orlando Cabrera bring to the Twins?
    The Minnesota Twins have made a deadline trade with the Oakland Athletics for a new shortstop. Orlando Cabrera is expected to be in the Twins line-up by tomorrow's evening game against the LA Angels.4:20 p.m.
  • Ash batsAsh borers not a threat to MLB's bats, yet
    What do Major League Baseball players have in common with forest products researchers? They're all preoccupied with, well, wood. Recently, the focus has been on tree-eating bugs and exploding baseball bats.4:24 p.m.
  • The morning afterLessons learned from the 35W bridge collapse
    It's been two years since the collapse of the I- 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis. In that time, Minnesota and other states have become more rigorous about managing their bridges, and researchers are learning how to help design better bridges for the future.4:45 p.m.
  • Twisted metalState sues firm for $37 million in 35W bridge collapse
    The state of Minnesota has filed a lawsuit against its primary consultant on the Interstate 35W bridge, which collapsed Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145.4:49 p.m.
  • Lindsay PettersonTwo years later, a 35W bridge survivor reflects on the tragedy
    Lindsay Petterson was one of the people who was on the bridge when it collapsed.4:54 p.m.
  • Hawo HassanFBI searches Rochester homes in Somali probe
    Earlier this month, FBI agents raided the apartments of two Rochester women, investigating whether they were sending supplies to insurgents in Somalia. The woman say they were collecting used clothing to send to poor people in their native country.5:20 p.m.
  • At the Lost IsleHells Angels in Duluth cause few problems for police
    Life has been as close to normal as it can be around the town of Carlton today Friday, that is, given the presence of about 500 members of the Hells Angels and an untold number of law enforcement officials.5:24 p.m.
  • Dr. David PollyU of M surgeon defends work with Medtronic
    A University of Minnesota doctor who's now part of a look into conflicts of interest, says information about payments to him doesn't tell the whole story.5:48 p.m.
  • Entering the dataDealers scramble to beat 'cash for clunkers' deadline
    Minnesota auto dealers scrambled to get cash for clunkers deals signed by the end of the day Friday could go through after the program ran out of money in just a week.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • House OKs More Cash-For-Clunkers Funds
    The House voted Friday to rush $2 billion more dollars into the government's cash-for-clunkers program. It emerged Thursday that the $1 billion set aside to encourage purchases of fuel-efficient vehicles may be in danger of running out only days after the program began.
  • Analyst On Cash-For-Clunkers Program
    The government's cash-for-clunkers program ran out of funds only days after it was launched. Gary Dilts, senior vice president of global automotives at the market research firm J.D. Power, offers his insight.
  • GDP Data Show Recession May Be Easing
    The recession that began in December 2007 is likely still with us, but it appears to be fading. A report released Friday by the Commerce Department shows the economy contracted at a 1 percent annual rate during April through June. The new data also show the downturn was quite a bit deeper than previously thought.
  • At School, Lower Expectations Of Dominican Kids
    Parents and teachers often expect less of students who are the children of Dominican immigrants. This causes their grades and ambitions to suffer.
  • When A Man's Home Really Is His Castle
    From whimsical to threatening, mock medieval castles are scattered throughout the U.S. They are monuments to wealth, theatricality, eccentricity and the Gothic revival in architecture. But what inspires people to build them?
  • Pakistan Court Rules Musharraf Emergency Illegal
    Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled Friday that a state of emergency imposed in 2007 by former leader Pervez Musharraf was illegal. As a result, some of the actions taken by Musharraf during that time may be reversed. The ruling might bolster the case for trying Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 military coup.
  • Ethiopia Prepares For 'Rumble In The Jungle' Redux
    Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is expected to meet Ethiopian boxer Sammy Retta next month in Addis Ababa. Though not quite as dramatic, the match in Africa recalls the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman fight more than 30 years ago. So far, though, the boxers are late to the ring.
  • Health Overhaul Moves One Step Forward, One Back
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved its version of a health care measure Friday, clearing the way for a full House vote in September. Compromise, however, is proving elusive for a small negotiating group of three Democrats and three Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee.
  • Sen. Rockefeller On Health Co-Ops Plan
    In the debate over health care, some Democrats are touting the idea of health cooperative as an alternative to a government-sponsored health insurance plan. But not all Democrats support that idea. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia is publicly skeptical of the co-op idea and offers his insight.
  • Will Swine Flu Follow Campers To School?
    Scores of children have been sent home from summer camps across the nation this summer with flulike symptoms. The outbreaks have raised concerns about what schools may face this fall.

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