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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Duck HuntersHunters and anglers say they see global warming in Minnesota
    A statewide poll of Minnesota hunters and anglers shows that a majority of them believe global warming is occurring and that they've seen its effects in Minnesota.6:50 a.m.
  • Proposed VikingsVikings stadium hopes hit dead end
    The Minnesota Twins are one step closer to getting a new ballpark now that the Vikings have all but lost their bid for a new stadium.7:20 a.m.
  • Bicycle research looks for ways to lure cyclists to the trails
    National Bike to Work Day is tomorrow. In the Twin Cities, several bike trails will fill with cyclists taking the commuter challenge. These bike trails are the subject of several research projects at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. Cathy Wurzer talked with Kevin Kreizak, an Assistant Professor in Urban Planning & Public Affairs at the Humphrey Institute on Public Affairs and the Director of several bicycle research projects.7:50 a.m.
  • Learning to rideStudents explore their new home by bike
    A new group of riders is discovering the Twin Cities bike trail system. They are immigrant students at the Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis. For the last two years, the school has sponsored a bike club where students learn how to ride and get a chance to explore the area.7:54 a.m.
  • The Da Vinci debut
    The film based on the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" opens in theaters tomorrow and is generating international controversy. The Vatican, angry about a character in the story who argues Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were married and had a child, has called for a boycott of the movie. While the film is riling religious leaders, it's disappointing film critics. After its Cannes Film Festival showing, critics berated the movie, saying it was "grim" and "plodding." In an interivew with Cathy Wurzer, arts commentator Dominic Papatola offered his insight.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Data: Vioxx Heart Risks Began Earlier than Thought
    New data obtained by NPR about the painkiller Vioxx show that all patients who took the drug were at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and other complications -- even those who took it for short periods of time. About 20 million Americans are estimated to have taken Vioxx before it was withdrawn in 2004.
  • Lawyers Debate the Legality of Domestic Spying
    Last week, USA Today reported that the National Security Agency collected and analyzed Americans' calling records. Lawyers are still battling over whether the administration, or the phone companies, might have violated privacy laws.
  • Moving Toward Peace in Sudan's Darfur Region
    The Sudanese Liberation Army is Darfur's largest rebel group. It has already signed a peace deal that is the best hope yet to end ongoing violence in the region. Renee Montagne talks to one of the members of the Sudanese Liberation Army, Bahar Arabie. He used to be a rebel fighter, but now he is a negotiator.
  • Letters: Guerilla Gardening, and More
    Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne read listeners' letters, including praise for stories on China and gardening in London.
  • Russia Increases Budget to Battle AIDS
    Russia's HIV/AIDS epidemic is larger than any other in Europe. Activists have been warning that the disease might soon spiral out of control. Although the government has been accused of mishandling the problem, Russia is now stepping up its budget for AIDS prevention.
  • FDA to Review Vaccine for Cancer-Causing Virus
    On Thursday, an expert panel will tell the FDA whether a new vaccine against the human papilloma virus is ready to use. HPV can be sexually transmitted and can cause cervical cancer. It affects about 10,000 American women a year, and it kills about 3,700.
  • Tailored Vitamins Better than Multivitamins
    There's no real rationale behind multivitamins, say nutrition experts. A better strategy is to take just the vitamins a person needs based on age and diet.
  • Auto Industry Chiefs Talk Alternative Fuel in Washington
    The heads of the major U.S. automakers are on Capitol Hill talking about the future of building cars that use alternative fuels.
  • Sewing Machine Companies Seek New Markets
    Fifty years ago, most American households had sewing machines. But sewing machine sales began to decline as more and more women left to work outside the home. In recent years, however, sewing machine companies have tried to reverse the decline by reaching out to a new market.
  • Hayden Faces Tough Senate Confirmation Hearings
    Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden's confirmation hearings begin on Capitol Hill. Hayden is nominated to be the next head of the CIA. Hayden is controversial for his role as head of the NSA, a government spy organization that has reportedly tracked phone calls placed by American citizens.

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