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Thursday, June 19, 2008

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  • SandbaggedUniversity of Iowa responds to flooding
    The summer session at the University of Iowa will begin on Monday in Iowa City, even though parts of the campus are still under water. University officials say 20 buildings were inundated when the Iowa River flooded over the weekend.6:40 a.m.
  • McCain in New HampshireAdding up John McCain's fundraising
    By law, a law co-sponsored by presidential candidate John McCain, the most you can give a presidential candidate this year is $4,600. But by partnering with the Republican Party, McCain is able to ask Minnesotans to give as much as $50,000 at a fundraiser in Minneapolis on Thursday.7:20 a.m.
  • Steve CrossAge and experience count against older workers
    The federal government's current unemployment numbers paint a grim picture for the job market, and it's even tougher for a group of would-be workers who already have two strikes against them: age and experience.7:45 a.m.
  • Map of RNC trafficDowntown dwellers, businesses brace for RNC
    St. Paul police say downtown traffic disruptions during the Republican National Convention should be relatively contained.7:50 a.m.
  • Mississippi River floodingMajor rain events are happening more frequently
    It's been a particularly tough month as heavy rains have flooded communities and forced evacuations in at least six Midwestern states. It seems as if the flooding is as bad as it's ever been, and experts say it just might be.8:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Israel, Hamas Honor Cease-Fire in Gaza
    A cease-fire between Israel and the Islamic group Hamas is now in effect on the Gaza Strip. The truce is aimed at ending a year of violence that has left seven Israelis and more than 400 Palestinians dead.
  • U.N. Ambassador Khalilzad Surveys Darfur Crisis
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad, now president of the U.N. Security Council, says he agrees with activists who are demanding that more pressure be applied to the Sudanese government.
  • E-Mail: To Encrypt or Not to Encrypt?
    Some people take extra precautions to protect their e-mail correspondence. Encryption software helps ensure that "for your eyes only" e-mail is seen only by the intended recipient.
  • Letters: E-Mail; SUVs; Lima, Like the Bean
    One listener tells an e-mail horror story; another finds irony in an SUV trip to Amish country. And the mayor of Lima, Ohio, offers an explanation of why the town's name is pronounced like the bean (and not the city in Peru).
  • U.S. Gymnasts Set to Vie for Beijing Trip
    The U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials are getting under way in Philadelphia, as American athletes compete for a spot on the team that will go to Beijing for the Summer Olympics.
  • What Facial Expressions Are Really Saying
    A study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience says that facial expressions — such as a frown of disgust — may actually have a purpose that goes beyond simple communication.
  • How to Keep Your Feet Happy
    Cavewomen didn't wear shoes, but most of them died by age 30. To keep your feet happy into old age, podiatrists recommend you keep them well supported and stretch your toes daily.
  • Oil Prices Jump After Attack on Offshore Field
    Oil traded at nearly $137 a barrel Thursday morning after Royal Dutch Shell shut down production on an oil field off the coast of Nigeria. The field, which normally produces nearly 200,000 barrels of crude daily, was attacked by militants. Shell says it doesn't know how long it will suspend production.
  • Boeing Wins Round in Air Tanker Fight
    A government report has found significant errors in the awarding of an Air Force contract for refueling tankers. The deal, worth nearly $40 billion, went to Northrop Grumman and its European-based EADS. But Boeing's appeal gains traction.
  • France Puts New Focus on Arms Sales
    France recently became more competitive in the international arms market. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has cleared away much of the red tape that delayed government approval for weapons sales.

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