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Friday, February 23, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Brush fire near Leech LakeLittle snow foreshadows more drought
    Although a big winter storm could dump several inches of snow on Minnesota over the next few days, the overall lack of snow this winter means the state's drought situation has not improved. And prospects for another dry summer are increasing.7:21 a.m.
  • Receding shorelineLow water in Leech Lake concerns resort owner
    Drought in northern Minnesota is affecting Leech Lake water levels which are down. MPR's Perry Finelli spoke with Larry Jacobson owner of Hiawatha Beach Resort which is located on Leech Lake's Steamboat Bay.7:25 a.m.
  • International FallsInternational Falls and Colorado town battle over "Icebox" title
    There's a cold war heating up between the northern border town of International Falls and Fraser, Colo. Both communities claim to be the "Icebox of the Nation." It's now up to federal trademark officials to decide who's right.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Travels in Iowa with a Freshman Congressman
    Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Iowa, has made Iraq his main focus since taking office in January. As Braley visits small towns in his district, the war is much on the mind of his constituents, but other issues emerge as well.
  • Quirky Essays a Window to Future Success?
    Tufts University is trying to spot the future leaders in its vast pool of applicants by assigning optional essays on offbeat topics. Other colleges are doubtful of the experiment, but watching with interest.
  • Study Casts Doubt on New World's First Settlers
    New evidence undercuts long-held beliefs about early inhabitants of North America. Evidence of the Clovis culture, discovered in 1952 in New Mexico, suggested a migration from Asia at the end of the last Ice Age. A new report points to a later arrival.
  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe Hangs on to Power
    President Robert Mugabe celebrates his 83rd birthday Saturday. He has been Zimbabwe's leader since the nation gained its independence in 1980. He has rejected opposition demands to resign.
  • Unrest Leaves Guinea in State of Limbo
    The West African nation of Guinea has been under a state of emergency for nearly two weeks. A 12-hour curfew is in place. A crippling union-led strike prompted waves of anti-government demonstrations and riots.
  • Microsoft Faces Huge Fine in MP3 Case
    A federal jury has ordered Microsoft to pay more than $1.5 billion in damages to resolve a dispute over the MP3 technology at the heart of the music download boom. The ruling is a victory for Lucent Technologies.
  • Critics Question Value of Report on Hedge Funds
    A new report provides some guidelines for overseeing hedge funds. But critics say the recommendations are so vague, they are nearly useless.
  • Blogs Track Long Slog Out of Debt
    Blogs are creating an online support network for people who are in dire financial situations — trying to beat back debt and keep their credit cards in their pockets.
  • Oscar Winners: What Are the Odds?
    The Oscars fuel a betting frenzy every year. The Departed remains the odds-on favorite to win Best Picture. But bookies aren't counting out Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima or Little Miss Sunshine. The longest odds are for The Queen.
  • As the British Leave, Whither Basra?
    The Bush administration and British government officials are putting a positive spin on Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision to reduce British troop levels in Iraq. But the phased withdrawal is likely to leave many parts of Iraq vulnerable.

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