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Friday, June 22, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The heat is coming
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climitologist Mark Seeley about the heat index and the warm days ahead.6:55 a.m.
  • Farm bill debate continuesLines drawn over subsidy cap in farm bill
    Subcommittee work is underway in Congress on a new farm bill. House lawmakers mainly from southern states oppose major changes in the farm subsidy program.7:20 a.m.
  • The Evocative LandscapeNorthern landscapes reflect Nordic identity
    A new exhibition of paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts explores the importance of the landscape to Nordic cultural identity.7:50 a.m.
  • KraukaMusic of the Viking age
    A Danish band named Krauka blends ancient and contemporary music to bring the Viking sagas to life.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • West Bank Militants Pose Test for Abbas
    The international community is rallying behind Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he faces off with the Islamic militant group Hamas. But he is also facing a key battle in his own party, over controlling Fatah's militant wing, the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades.
  • Gaza Residents See Calm after Hamas Rout
    Life in Gaza has quieted after recent violent clashes between Palestinian factions that resulted in the area falling to Hamas rule. All Gaza residents are not supportive of Hamas but remain calm. And some loyal to Fatah are still in Gaza. Fadi Bakheet, a Gaza resident and translator, talks about life in Gaza since the Hamas takeover with Renee Montagne.
  • Democrats Push Bills Despite Veto Promise
    After swearing they were going to cooperate with President Bush's legislation and pass spending bills Democrats seem to have changed their mind. One sticky issue is the insertion of "pro-choice" language into a foreign aid bill by House Democrats.
  • DOJ Civil Rights Head Grilled on Political Hires
    The Civil Rights division of the Justice Department has been under fire from congressional Democrats for allegedly hiring career employees according to their political affiliations. Division head Wan Kim testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. And the House Judiciary Committee heard more testimony on alleged politicization of other aspects of the Justice Department.
  • High Court Sentencing Vote May Bode Ill for Libby
    I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, is appealing his sentence of 30 months in prison for lying and obstructing an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity. But the situation isn't looking good after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-1 to uphold the sentencing decision of a man convicted on similar charges.
  • Wimbledon Tournament Promises Excitement
    Wimbledon, the most famous tennis championship in the world, is set to begin on Monday. Roger Federer is almost unbeatable on grass surfaces. On the women's side Serena Williams will be watched closely. Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist and author, previews the tournament for Renee Montagne.
  • Local Election Officials Oppose Paper Ballots
    County election officials are joining others across the country in opposing legislation to require paper ballots for all voting equipment. They say it will cause chaos in next year's election. Hundreds of angry letters have poured into congressional offices.
  • Thomas Tank Engine Toy Recall Angers Parents
    RC2, a suburban Chicago-based toy company, voluntarily began recalling some Thomas the Tank Engine railway toys because the Chinese factory that makes them used lead paints. Parents are outraged the problem went undiscovered for so long.
  • Blackstone Raises $4 Billion in Initial Stock Sale
    Private-equity group Blackstone begins trading its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, after the company offered more than 130 million shares to the public Friday. The initial shares were sold at $31 a share. The deal raised more than $4 billion in capital.
  • Green is the New Black for Corporate America
    Businesses are trying to remake their image to look more environmentally friendly. It's a transformation that began more than a decade ago. Don Carli, a research fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Communication, discusses the new corporate trend with Renee Montagne.

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