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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • James WilliamsPulitzer prize-winning 'Fences' opens tonight in St. Paul
    Tonight is opening night for Penumbra Theatre's latest production, "Fences" by August Wilson. The Pulitzer prize-winning play is part of Wilson's "20th Century cycle".4:49 p.m.
  • Minnehaha windowDuluth tries to trim budget hole with civic yard sale
    The City of Duluth, which is facing a large budget crisis, is considering selling part of its cultural and natural heritage to settle the budget gap.5:19 p.m.
  • Ashwin Madia/Erik PaulsenCandidates for Minnesota's 3rd district hold first debate
    The three major party candidates hoping to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad appeared on stage together for the first time Thursday.5:23 p.m.
  • Drug addictionHuge surge seen in methadone prescriptions nationwide
    Doctors are prescribing the drug methadone for pain more and more often. Methadone is a narcotic that has been used for years to wean drug addicts off heroin. Methadone a powerful and effective drug, but is itself highly addictive and in some cases it's deadly.5:50 p.m.
  • Minnesota State Fair: What's that sound?
    The Minnesota State Fair has been going since last Thursday and it's always a feast for the senses. You might even say, sensory overload. Great people watching and visual distraction everywhere. The smells of the deep fryer, and the swine barn.5:56 p.m.
  • A sheep waits to be shearedMinnesota State Fair by the numbers
    More than 1.5 million people make their way to the Minnesota State Fair each year, which kicked off Thursday. However, those are not the only significant numbers of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.6:23 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S., Iraq Near Pact On Troop Withdrawal
    Iraq and the U.S. reached a preliminary agreement including the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities by next June if security conditions allow, Iraq's foreign minister said Thursday. The draft document still must be approved by the U.S. and Iraq governments.
  • Candidates Would Ease Up On Executive Power
    The Bush administration has dramatically expanded executive authority over the past seven years. John McCain and Barack Obama have generally distanced themselves from President Bush's stance on executive power — but some scholars want a more resounding renouncement.
  • NFL's Gene Upshaw Dies
    Gene Upshaw, the longtime president of the NFL Players Association, has died. The former all-pro offensive lineman was a member of the Hall of Fame. He led the union into the era of free agency and negotiated one of the most generous contracts in professional sports.
  • Computing In The Cloud: Who Owns Your Files?
    Cloud computing — whereby users work and store information on the Internet — is becoming more and more popular. But what happens if you get locked out of your Flickr account?
  • Condom A Capella Ringtone Fights HIV In India
    The BBC World Service Trust has begun an unusual, new campaign to help prevent the transmission of HIV in India. It's a ringtone — for your cell phone. It features the word "condom" repeated over and over in a catchy, a capella arrangement.
  • Convention Host Committees Flush With Funds
    More money than ever is flowing into the "host committees" that supposedly support the conventions with funding from proud local businesses. And more than ever, the host committee money is being raised nationally by the presidential campaigns.
  • Podesta: Progressive Politics Will Cure U.S. Ills
    In his new book, the head of the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff for President Clinton says the U.S. needs to create community activists, reform immigration law and form a stronger government; that will lead to a more fair society, he says.
  • McCain's Homes Are Focus Of Latest Political Flap
    Sen. John McCain told Politico he's not sure how many homes he and his wife own. Sen. Barack Obama seized on that remark, telling an audience there's a fundamental gap of understanding between McCain's world and what Americans are going through.
  • Seattle's Bag-User Fee Spurs Backlash
    The Seattle City Council has voted to start requiring grocery stores to charge a 20 cent "user fee" for every plastic bag. But many people call the council's actions heavy-handed and the food industry is trying to repeal the measure.
  • New Orleans Empty Lot Brings Neighbors Together
    Empty lots are hardly unusual in New Orleans. Many of them are trashed and overgrown, a depressing reminder of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. But the corner of North Roman and Columbus is different.

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