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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • In the airIn St. Paul, an ancient Irish sport preserved on the field
    A couple of times a week at the McMurray Fields in St. Paul, a group of enthusiasts is hard at work playing hurling, a game that involves sticks, a ball, and a certain amount of raw courage.6:25 a.m.
  • MnDOT closes Highway 43 bridge over Mississippi at Winona
    The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed the Highway 43 bridge over the Mississippi River at Winona.6:50 a.m.
  • Big Stone power plantPUC weighs decision on Big Stone power plant
    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will decide tomorrow whether to approve transmission lines to bring electricity from a coal-fired power plant from South Dakota into Minnesota.6:55 a.m.
  • Barack and Michellle ObamaObama's challenge: unite the party
    A big question in the Democratic presidential race now is will Hillary Clinton supporters unite behind Barack Obama?7:20 a.m.
  • Lines, lines and linesLong line is fine for Obama faithful
    Officials estimated that 30,000 to 40,000 people stood in a line that snaked through the heart of St. Paul. Many in the line said they were drawn to the event because they felt it was a chance to be part of history.7:25 a.m.
  • Piles of sandStudy: Heavy construction materials, added pavement brought down 35W bridge
    The 35W bridge was over-weighted with concrete pavement and construction materials, causing an under-sized gusset plate to fail, according to a study conducted by University of California-Berkeley structural engineering professor Hassan Astaneh.7:45 a.m.
  • Hillary ClintonSome Clinton supporters became Obama supporters
    Polls taken last year at this time showed Hillary Clinton with a commanding 15 point lead over any of her Democratic rivals. But the tide turned at different points for different voters.7:50 a.m.
  • Marking the endStanding at the back of the line, but never losing hope
    As people piled into the Xcel Energy Center to catch a glimpse of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the line out the door kept getting longer. At one point, it stretched for more than a mile and a half. For people at the end of line, they never gave up hope.7:55 a.m.
  • Rep. Margaret Anderson KelliherObama meets with Clinton supporters
    After claiming his party's nomination in front of an enthusiastic crowd at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center, Sen. Obama met with a small group of Minnesota's Clinton supporters. One of the people at that meeting was Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher. She says it was a bittersweet moment.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • As Primary Race Ends, Next Contest Is in Full Swing
    Barack Obama collected enough delegates Tuesday to claim the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. The Illinois senator is making history as the first black presumptive presidential nominee of a major party. But Hillary Clinton has yet to concede defeat and says she's open to filling the vice presidential slot on the party's ticket.
  • McCain Previews Experience-Over-Youth Strategy
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain had a rally Tuesday in Kenner, La., where he acknowledged that Democratic Barack Obama would be a formidable opponent. McCain previewed his likely campaign mantra that paints him as the experienced candidate compared with Obama's youthfulness.
  • Amid Threats, Activist Fights Karachi Development
    As big-money developers flock to Karachi, Amber Alibhai is one of the few people to openly question the development. In a city where millions of people live in poverty and clean water is often scarce, the activist asks, who needs golf courses? Alibhai's work has provoked threats against her and her family.
  • Discovery's Proliferation Marks Cable TV Trend
    Discovery Channel isn't just one cable channel. It's 13 channels, including TLC, Discovery Kids and, starting Wednesday, Planet Green. It's evidence of an increasingly common business model in cable television — spinoffs of successful cable channels.
  • Olmert Addresses U.S. Pro-Israel Lobbyists
    Under fire at home and facing corruption charges, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is visiting Washington, D.C. He was honored at a dinner Tuesday by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. On Wednesday, he meets with President Bush.
  • Promoting Perfume, Not Poppies, in Afghanistan
    In recent years, poppy production has skyrocketed in Afghanistan. A group of businessmen has been trying to offer an alternative, by urging farmers to grow flowers for perfume instead of for drugs. It has been a frustrating and costly project.
  • Cars By Toyota, Honda Beat F-150 Sales in May
    For years, the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. hasn't been a car; it's been Ford's F-150 pickup. But automakers report that in May, fuel-efficient cars made by Toyota and Honda outsold the F-150 for the first time in more than 15 years. Overall, auto sales skidded 10 percent last month.
  • Bernanke Watchful as Dollar's Slide Fuels Inflation
    As the U.S. dollar continues its slide against other currencies, inflation is making an unwelcome return. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke this week spoke about what a weakening dollar could mean for the economy.
  • Anheuser-Busch Takeover Talk Shakes St. Louis
    People inside Anheuser-Busch say a takeover of the St. Louis brewer by Belgium's InBev is possible — though the company is still not commenting. Talk of the company's takeover has people in St. Louis on edge. The brewer is part of the city's identity, and not just as a major employer.
  • U.K. Brewer Plugs Earth-Friendly Beer
    The U.K.'s Adnam's brewing company says its new brew, called "East Green," is made in a way that reduces potential damage to the environment.

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