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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Cabin in KoochichingCabins of Minnesota
    Cabin life is celebrated in a new book from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. "Cabins of Minnesota" is the latest in a series of books featuring photographs by Doug Ohman. MPR's Cathy Wurzer explores the cabins in this Flash presentation.6:50 a.m.
  • RoadsideAll not lost on Gunflint Trail
    Rain showers helped the Ham Lake fire settle down on Monday. Officials say the fire made little new progress. Meanwhile, residents said they're now worrying more about the future.7:20 a.m.
  • Sprinklers saving houses in Ham Lake fire
    George Carlson, who started Wildfire Sprinkler, talks about how his exterior sprinkler systems keep fires away from houses.7:25 a.m.
  • DFLers conferMinn. Legislature challenges Pawlenty by backing higher gas tax
    The Minnesota Legislature voted Monday to raise the state gas tax by a nickel as lawmakers prepared to confront Gov. Tim Pawlenty over spending on roads.7:50 a.m.
  • School nameNew Ulm school closure sends ripples though community
    School districts across Minnesota are once again tightening their belts, and in some districts that has meant closing buildings.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Raucous Iraqi Parliament Makes Little Progress
    Iraq's parliament is increasingly hamstrung by sectarian rivalries, with many shouting matches and many lawmakers failing to show up. None of the legislation seen as crucial for national reconciliation has yet to be debated on the floor.
  • Constitutional Deadline Arrives in Baghdad
    An Iraqi committee made up of Shiites, Sunnis and ethnic Kurds wants an extension to deliver a reform draft of Iraq's constitution. The deadline was today. What's the status of the document? Vali Nasr, a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, talks about a key benchmark.
  • The Broken Romances of Pink Martini's 'Eugene'
    Across musical styles, genres and cultures, Pink Martini's latest CD explores the heartbreak of a lover spurned. The band performs songs from Hey Eugene!, one so fast it threatens to fly off the musical tracks.
  • U.S. Envoy Ending Turbulent Tour in Zimbabwe
    Christopher Dell seems to like challenging jobs. He's heading to Kabul later this summer, after three years as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe. There, he earned a reputation for speaking out against President Robert Mugabe's regime.
  • Blaze Challenges Crews in Georgia, Florida
    Hundreds of people along the Georgia-Florida border have been driven from their homes by a stubborn wildfire, and it remains unclear when they might be able to return. Others are standing their ground against a blaze that has scorched nearly 250,000 acres.
  • Oregon Governor Eyes Biomass Strategy
    Gov. Ted Kulongoski says Oregon can prevent wildfires by thinning forests and using the timber to create electricity. He says the strategy will create jobs and improve the health of the forest. Environmentalists aren't so sure.
  • Two Wheels Better than Four in France
    Paris officials are making 20,000 bikes available for rent across the city in a bid to reduce the number of cars. It's one of the most ambitious efforts anywhere but critics believe it won't appeal to many potential cyclists.
  • Stricter Rules Coming for Vehicle Emissions
    President Bush says he'll create rules by the end of next year, mandating fuel efficiency and the use of alternative fuels. The burden will mostly fall on auto makers to build more efficient cars, and on gasoline refiners to include ethanol in their products. But consumers will feel the pinch too in the higher costs of both cars and gas.
  • Chrysler Sells Controlling Stake
    DaimlerChrysler agreed to sell a controlling stake of Chrysler to private equity firm, Cerberus. The deal will affect 80,000 workers of the company.
  • Why Buy Chrysler?
    Chrysler would be the first major automaker to become a private company. The big question is what will Cerberus do with the ailing car maker? Colin Blaydon, professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, talks about the deal.

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