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Friday, September 29, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Brent BoydBrent Boyd's love letter to Minneapolis
    A new movie called "Aurora Borealis" peers into some of the quirky scenes of life in Minneapolis. The story is the work of screenwriter Brent Boyd, who grew up in the Twin Cities. He trained as a playwright here, but now lives in Los Angeles. He says the film is in a way a love letter to the city4:49 p.m.
  • Monticello nuclear power plantMinnesota regulators approve additional storage for nuclear power plant
    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved extra above ground storage for radioactive waste at the Monticello nuclear plant in central Minnesota.5:16 p.m.
  • "Broken Promises"Crime becoming big issue in Senate campaign
    The latest ads in the Senate race are about crime in Hennepin County. Mark Kennedy, a Republican, is accusing DFLer Klobuchar of being soft on crime and breaking 1998 campaign promises.5:19 p.m.
  • Children's Hospital in MinneapolisMinnesota hospitals put prices online
    If you've ever wondered what a heart attack costs, now you can find out.5:23 p.m.
  • Mark and potSummit reaches top of the brewing heap
    While bigger, locally-based breweries like Hamm's, Stroh's and Grain Belt have faded into history, Summit's profits have grown steadily every year since it opened in 1986.5:48 p.m.
  • Where's the bylines?
    If you're a keen-eyed reader of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, you may have noticed in past week that some reporters names have not appeared on top if the stories they worked on. Some call it a "byline strike." David Brauer monitors the media for All Things Considered.5:53 p.m.
  • Marathon man
    This Sunday morning, thousands of runners will gather at the Metrodome for the annual Twin Cities Marathon. When the event started 25 years ago, there was no Metrodome. Ron Finger remembers that first race; he remembers every Twin Cities Marathon. The retired school teacher from Apple Valley is one of only 66 people to have run the marathon each of the last 24 years.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iraqi Government Applies Pressure to Journalists
    As many as 130 journalists have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 -- the vast majority of them Iraqis. Iraqi journalists are under attack from both Sunni and Shiite extremists, and the U.S. military has detained some for months at a time. Now the Iraqi government is stepping up pressure on the country's journalists.
  • White House Steps Up Rhetoric, Denies Charges
    As Congress wraps up and heads for the campaign trail, the White House is ramping up its political rhetoric against what it calls "the party of cut and run." President Bush says his Iraq war critics are buying into what he calls "the enemy's propaganda."
  • High School Honors Graduates Who Fell in Iraq
    Bishop Hendrickson High School in Warwick, R.I., has lost two students in combat in Iraq, and seen others severely wounded. Nancy Cook reports on how the school is coping with the losses.
  • Baseball Set to Enter October Playoffs
    Next week, the Major League Baseball playoffs get under way -- but the matchups are far from set. In the National League, the New York Mets are in, but six other teams are still alive for the other three spots. In the American League, it's still unclear whether the Tigers or Twins will take the wildcard spot -- and open against the Yankees.
  • High School Team Tests 50-Point Run-Up Rule
    Connecticut's high school football teams started off the fall season with a new rule designed to protect tender feelings. A coach found to be running up the score when his team is already 50 points ahead could face sanctions. One case is testing the new rule. John Dankosky reports.
  • Allen's Miscues Make for Close Race in Virginia
    Sen. George Allen, who could once count on winning re-election -- and possibly running for the White House in 2008 -- is now in a tight race. A series of gaffes by Allen has turned his race with Democrat Jim Webb from a sure thing into a nail-biter. Virginia voters try to make sense of what has happened to the Allen campaign.
  • Parties Court the Growing Exurban Vote in 2006
    Robert Siegel travels to the eastern portion of Loudoun County, Va., to talk with a group of residents about the upcoming midterm elections. Loudon, the eighth-fastest growing county in the United States, has struggled to grow its infrastructure along with its population.
  • Bad Movies Lead Owner to Shutter Illinois Theater
    Melissa Block talks with Greg Boardman, owner of the Lorraine Theater in Hoopeston, Ill. Boardman closed the theater for a few weeks, because he didn't think there were any movies worth showing. But the community strongly disagreed.
  • Sister Terrell: A Crooner on the Amen Corner
    Commentator and musicologist Bruce Nemerov introduces us to Sister Ola Mae Terrell. She died earlier this year at the age of 95. For 75 years, she sang her own gospel compositions on street corners in the South, using her music to spread her Holiness faith. Bruce Nemerov, the editor of the book Lost Delta Found, lives in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Congress Gives Final OK to Detainee Bill
    Congress gives final approval to a new system for trying and interrogating terror suspects while it scrambles to try to finish a mountain of unfinished work as lawmakers campaign to hold on to their jobs. Democrats are calling this a "do-nothing" Congress; Republicans say they are the ones voters can count on to protect national security.

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