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Friday, June 8, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mining truck, Hibbing TaconiteResearchers look for links between taconite and mesothelioma
    The Minnesota Department of Health wants to find out whether dust from taconite can cause a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. It's one of two major studies on taconite and health.6:20 a.m.
  • Summer days
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climitologist Mark Seeley.6:55 a.m.
  • Benefits of activitiesWhy we are who we are
    A unique lab in Sioux Falls will take on cutting-edge genomics research to study adolescent mental health. Researchers hope to learn the role that environment and genetics play in influencing the development of behavioral disorders.7:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Bush Falls Ill at G-8
    President Bush falls ill briefly at the G-8 summit in Germany. He is forced to make some changes to his schedule, but does meet France's new president.
  • Bono Presses G-8 Leaders on Africa Aid
    U2 lead singer Bono campaigns on the sidelines of this week's G-8 meeting, using his celebrity status to pressure world leaders to stick to their promises to give billions in aid to Africa.
  • Six Day War: Legality of Settlements Debated
    Since 1996, Israelis have built more than 100 outposts — consisting of a few trailers or tents on a hilltop — in the West Bank that were never officially authorized by the Israeli government. But most of them were constructed with direct help from the state.
  • Padilla Trial Focuses on Phone Calls
    Sometimes-ambiguous wire-tapped phone calls are a key part of the prosecution's case in the terrorism trial of accused al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla and two co-defendants. Padilla, Adham Hassoun and Kifah Jayyousi are charged with operating a cell in south Florida that supported Islamic jihadists fighting in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya. The Miami trial is in its fourth week.
  • Interest in Climate Change Heats Up in 2008 Race
    Environmental issues have rarely played a starring role in presidential politics. But some hope this campaign will be different. Already, the issue is moving to the front burner among would-be leaders in the U.S presidential race.
  • 'Ocean's Thirteen': A Slick Scam, Sure — and Smug
    Ocean's Thirteen is the latest Steven Soderbergh-directed movie, starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Clooney plays Danny Ocean, the mastermind behind a gang of thieves who steal from casinos. In this third installment of the franchise, their target is casino owner Willy Bank, played by Al Pacino.
  • Paris Hilton Heads Back to Court After Early Release
    Hotel heiress Paris Hilton is out of jail after just three days of a 45-day sentence. Hilton was sent home early Thursday morning with an electronic ankle bracelet. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's office says her release was due to an undisclosed medical condition. Now, the judge in the case has ordered the heiress back to court to decide whether she should return to jail.
  • Tech Firms Unsettled by Failed Immigration Bill
    The immigration overhaul endorsed by President Bush was pulled from the Senate floor Thursday without a timetable to bring it back. There was disagreement over a business-backed program allowing 200,000 foreign guest workers into the country every year. Technology executives are concerned the bill wouldn't allow enough high-skilled workers to become permanent residents.
  • MIT Researchers Transmit Wireless Electricity
    Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have figured out a way to transmit electric power over the air, meaning one day your cell phone could recharge itself without your having to plug it in. They're calling it Wi-tricity — short for "wireless electricity."
  • Gas Prices Don't Slow Summer Driving Season
    Drivers are buying more SUVs for summer vacations even as the price of gasoline hovers in the $3 range. Csaba Csere, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver magazine talks about why.

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