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Monday, July 31, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Koochiching County Transfer StationKoochiching County hopes emerging gasification technology could solve garbage woes
    A proposed $30 million facility in Koochiching County could convert municipal waste to energy with minimal emissions. It would be the first of its kind in North America. Some environmentalists say the technology might be too good to be true.4:48 p.m.
  • Just saying "no"Flight attendants reject new contract with Northwest
    Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines have rejected the latest attempt at a cost-cutting contract with the bankrupt company. The vote escalates the standoff between the two sides, with the airline planning to impose pay cuts, and the flight attendants planning to strike.5:24 p.m.
  • PulaskiThe front lines of the BWCA fire
    More than an inch of rain over the weekend helped firefighters get better control of the Cavity Lake wildfire. As of Monday, it's about 65 percent contained. But fire managers say crews will be in the wilderness battling the fire for a good long time. We went out to the edge of the fire to see how it's done.5:47 p.m.
  • Bruce CarlsonBruce Carlson's friends remember musical visionary
    Services will be held Sunday at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis for a local music visionary. Bruce Carlson, director of the Schubert Club, died of complications from leukemia, leaving behind him a legacy of several decades of gorgeous music.6:19 p.m.
  • Love CruikshankAlbert Lea loses Love
    A beloved -- if controversial -- newspaper columnist in Albert Lea has died. Love Cruikshank was known for her outspoken newspaper columns, and her wholehearted embrace of life and community.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Israel Stages Limited Attacks on Lebanon
    Israeli ground forces continue attacks inside southern Lebanon. Israel's defense minister says the army needs more time to complete the offensive against Hezbollah, but diplomatic pressure for a cease-fire is growing.
  • Dip in Violence Lets Bint Jbail Residents Regroup
    Sick and elderly residents of the southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbail emerge from the rubble of their homes after more than a week of heavy fighting between Israeli troops and Hezbollah guerrillas. The combatants have pulled out of the village for now -- but they've left a huge unexploded Israeli bomb sitting in the middle of the road leading to it.
  • Israel's Peace Groups Adjust to Current Conflict
    Three weeks into war, Israel's peacenik community is grappling with their country's military operations in Lebanon. Michele Norris talks with Galia Golan, one of the longtime leaders of Peace Now. Golan is a professor of political science at Hebrew University.
  • International Aid Groups Rush to Lebanon
    The United Nations and other aid agencies scramble to dispatch supplies to southern Lebanon, during what Israel says will be a 48-hour pause in airstrikes. The French and Iranian foreign ministers travel to Beirut, both voicing support for an immediate cease-fire -- and outrage over an Israeli attack that killed more than 50 civilians.
  • Will Power Shift Due to Israel-Hezbollah Fight?
    NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr discusses the nearly three-week long conflict between Israel and Hezbollah and how that could lead to a shift in power in the region.
  • A Georgia District's Schoolkids Are Back in Class
    Many students around the country still have weeks left of vacation, but for students in Rockdale County, Ga., the school year began today. The early start is part of a trend of shortened summer breaks in some pockets of the country. Susanna Capelouto of Georgia Public Broadcasting reports.
  • For Toddlers, a World Laden with Advertising
    For many weary parents of preschoolers, television can be a godsend. And some of the programming might even be educational. But some experts say that even the most positive children's television can carry messages that aren't good for children.
  • Rally Racing Hits It Big in 'X Games' -- and in Maine
    Rally-style racing, long popular in Europe, is now becoming more common in the United States. Independent producer Joshua Gleason sends an audio postcard from Maine, where street-car drivers are going off-road in the hopes of a thrilling win.
  • Baseball's Brewers Put Chorizo in the Running
    There was a standing ovation at baseball's Miller Park in Milwaukee this weekend, as a new athlete took the field for the first time. Standing about eight feet tall -- including his sombrero -- "El Picante" was the star of the show during the Brewers' 6th-inning entertainment: the sausage races.
  • U.S. Hands Part of Afghanistan to NATO Control
    With a symbolic changing of flags, the command of troops in southern Afghanistan shifted from United States to NATO control Monday. NATO will now lead forces from 37 countries in six southern Afghan provinces. The area has seen the worst fighting since the Taliban was overthrown in 2001.

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