Gas prices collide with county fair tradition The demolition derby has been a quirky tradition at county fairs across the country for decades. Add to that the truck and tractor pull events, and you've got traditions running face to face into reality. With rising fuel costs, it's getting more and more expensive to be a derby competitor.5:24 p.m.
Top government climate change scientist visits Minnesota
NASA's top global warming expert, Dr. James Hansen, is joining Minnesota polar explorer Will Steger at the Science Museum of Minnesota this week to teach teachers and students about climate change.
Dr. Hansen will also meet with
Minnesota lawmakers to advocate for policy changes to stop global warming and address climate change.
Dr. Hansen talked to Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann.5:50 p.m.
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As the Olympics claim center stage in Beijing, elderly Chinese gather in local parks to dance, play pingpong and exercise. Many say the outdoor activities have improved their health.
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The largest employer in Wilmington, Ohio, is planning to close its facility there. As Democrats try to link John McCain to the lost jobs, residents are more worried about their livelihoods.
Europe Takes Lead In Georgia Diplomacy
The Bush administration insists it won't let its ally Georgia down. But so far all the tough talk has not slowed Russia's actions. The U.S. seems to have little leverage and it is the Europeans who have been launching a mediation effort.
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Fund Would Aid Those Seized In Workplace Raids
Organizers have unveiled the National Immigrant Bond Fund, to which immigrants arrested in workplace raids can apply for help in paying bail. A Boston financier is helping launch the fund, saying he was shocked at the treatment of those arrested.
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Letters: Edwards, Hays Code
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Women's Softball On Olympic Chopping Block
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Ga. Bookstore Seeks Funds To Stay Open
The owner of Wordsmiths bookstore in Decatur, Ga., is appealing for donations to help pay his bills. Word of his plight is spreading in the literary world. But some wonder whether it's appropriate for a for-profit enterprise to ask for donations.