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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Kevin GarnettGarnett hopes to win in Boston
    An icon of basketball in Minnesota is heading to Boston. Kevin Garnett was traded on Tuesday in the largest trade for a single player in NBA history.5:18 p.m.
  • Lined upNorthwest reports profit
    Just two months after emerging from bankruptcy, Northwest Airlines is reporting a $273 million pre-tax profit for its second quarter. That's up 53 percent from the same period last year. But even as Northwest touted the financial results, airline officials called recent spikes in flight cancellations unacceptable.5:22 p.m.
  • Irrigating cornPawlenty to ask for agricultural disaster declaration
    After viewing crop damage at a central Minnesota farm, Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he's moving ahead with plans for a possible disaster request for drought-stricken areas of the state.5:50 p.m.
  • Tom MichelettiTwo energy companies square off over Iron Range power plant
    The fate of an Iron Range coal gasification power plant is in the hands of the state's Public Utilities Commission. The question is whether Xcel Energy should be required to purchase the energy produced by the plant. Xcel says it doesn't want to.5:54 p.m.
  • Reserve processing plantCompany seeks to reopen 1970s Reserve Mining case
    Northshore Mining Co. wants to reopen a 30-year-old court case that set important precedents in environmental law. The court ruling set up restrictions on the former Reserve Mining Co. Northshore Mining now owns the Reserve mine, and Northshore says it can't live with the restrictions.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Murdoch's News Corp. OKs Bid for Dow Jones
    Following overnight negotiations, the board of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. met Tuesday afternoon and approved Murdoch's bid to purchase Dow Jones & Co., which owns The Wall Street Journal. The deal is valued at $5 billion.
  • Lobbying Overhaul Wins Approval in House
    The House on Tuesday approved a bill to make sweeping changes to the way lawmakers deal with lobbyists. The vote was 411-8. The bill aims to bring more transparency to so-called "earmarks," or special-interest spending in particular lawmakers' districts.
  • Groups Call for Alaska Senator to Leave Committees
    Two Congressional watchdog groups Tuesday called on Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) to step down from his seats on the Senate's Commerce and Appropriations committees. The senator is being investigated as part of a political corruption inquiry.
  • U.N. Weighs Multinational Force in Darfur
    The U.N. Security Council is set to approve a resolution authorizing a joint African Union-United Nations force for Darfur, Sudan. The measure would send up to 26,000 troops and police to the vast, arid region in an effort to quell violence there: Millions of people have been displaced and more than 200,000 killed.
  • A Tenuous Transition to Paradise Lost
    Giorgio Bassani's tragic The Garden of the Finzi-Continis chronicles a wealthy Jewish family's struggle to keep change — and destruction — at bay in Mussolini's Italy.
  • Thompson's 'Test' Campaign Reports $3.4 Million
    Actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has been testing the waters for a possible presidential bid. Tuesday brought the first financial measure of that test: lukewarm. His campaign committee raised $3.4 million in June, short of what some were forecasting a few weeks ago.
  • Federal Panel on Voter Fraud Scrutinized
    The Election Assistance Commission, a small group with the responsibility of finding good voting technologies and distributing federal funds, is being examined by congressional committees. It drew Democratic complaints when it reported that the amount of vote fraud is unclear. Democrats point to the commission consultant's report, which says there is little fraud. It's an issue that splits along the Democratic/Republican divide.
  • Family's Plane-Watching Hobby Spans Generations
    Have you ever seen those people sitting in lawn chairs and watching the planes come and go at your local airport? One man started watching planes with his father 40 years ago. These days, he brings his own sons out to the Baltimore airport when he goes plane watching.
  • British Army's Exit Marks End of Era in N. Ireland
    The British army in Northern Ireland officially withdraws Tuesday, marking the end of an era and the final success of the peace process in the province. As of Wednesday, there will be no regular military presence in Northern Ireland.
  • The Quest for a Same-Named Sandwich
    Commentator Daniel Pinkwater has long been on a quest to have a sandwich named after him. Whether or not he succeeds on his crusade is the point of this commentary.

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