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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Jane DeppertOne family begins the process of cleaning up
    Hugo residents who lost their homes to Sunday's tornado are beginning to ponder what's next. They spent much of yesterday sifting through the contents of their lives.7:20 a.m.
  • Featherstone FarmsFarm bill is mixed news for organic growers
    The 2008 farm bill designates more resources to organics than ever, but organic growers won't find relief from one of their thorniest problems: renting land.7:25 a.m.
  • Attorney General Lori SwansonAttorney General's office dismisses assistant
    An assistant attorney general has been fired after an investigation found no evidence to support her claims of ethical lapses in the office.7:50 a.m.
  • Study: News media fails at health reporting
    New research from the University of Minnesota says the major mainstream media has many failings when it comes to reporting on medical and science topics.7:55 a.m.
  • Cleaning upEmergency officials explain use of sirens before Hugo tornado
    Warning sirens did go off in Hugo before Sunday's tornado, but at a community meeting last night, some residents expressed concern that the sirens went off just before the tornado hit. When the sirens went silent, residents said they thought they were in the clear, which was certainly not the case. Deb Paige, Washington County's emergency manager, explains how the sirens were used on Sunday.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • McCain Outlines His Vision for Nuclear Security
    Republican presumptive presidential nominee John McCain explained his policy on nuclear weapons Tuesday. The Arizona senator is positioning himself as being different from both Democratic presidential candidates and President Bush.
  • China Taps Citizen Volunteers to Dole Quake Aid
    Since the devastating earthquake in southwestern China, hundreds of Chinese have volunteered to oversee the distribution of disaster relief funds and supplies. The aim is to prevent corrupt local officials from embezzling the funds. Observers say the experiment could increase public participation in anti-corruption efforts.
  • Nepal Becomes a Republic, Ending Monarchy
    A special assembly in Nepal holds its first meeting Wednesday to declare the Himalayan nation a republic. It is abolishing its centuries-old Hindu monarchy.
  • Long Days and Short Nights for a Hindu Monk
    What's a day in the life like for a young Hare Krishna monk? If you think it's spent meditating all day, think again. Gadadhara Pandit Dasa does chant and pray at his urban temple in New York City. But he also talks on his cell phone, drives and uses Facebook.
  • U.S. Childhood Obesity Rates Level Off
    For the first time since the 1980s, America's childhood obesity epidemic has leveled off. New government figures indicate that the percentage of overweight and obese children in 2005 and '06 were about the same as in '03 and '04. Still, one-third of U.S. kids are overweight, obese or morbidly obese.
  • Myanmar Rescuers: No Sign of '2nd Wave' Deaths
    Myanmar's military government is allowing international aid workers into the areas hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis. Medical workers say there is no evidence so far of a feared "second wave" of deaths resulting from malnutrition and disease.
  • Conflict Brewing Over Breakaway Georgian Province
    Russia and its pro-Western neighbor Georgia are teetering on the edge of a military conflict over Georgia's separatist province Abkhazia. The self-styled republic is officially recognized by no one, but Moscow has kept it alive with economic support.
  • Indonesia, OPEC's Only Asian Member, to Pull Out
    Indonesia says it's pulling out of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The energy minister says it makes no sense for his country to be in OPEC because it is no longer a net oil exporter. Exploration and oil production have been declining for years, and OPEC's only Asian member now imports oil.
  • Deal May Ease Online House Hunting
    The Justice Department and the National Association of Realtors reached a tentative agreement Tuesday in a case involving the Multiple Listing Service. This means online realtors will have better access to information about homes for sale. Internet-based agents had been denied access to the MLS databases.
  • Beneteau Sailboats: From Family Shop to Global Hit
    Fifty years ago, Beneteau was a small, family-owned company that made fishing boats in a French village. Now it's the world's top sailboat maker, with dealers in 50 countries. Reporter Eleanor Beardsley has more on the woman who transformed the company.

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