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Friday, June 27, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Workers - Five O'ClockWeisman exhibit features New Deal art
    Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt launched the New Deal. It was a massive federal relief effort intended to improve the economy and provide employment during the Great Depression. A new exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis features art from that program.6:50 a.m.
  • University of Minnesota climatologist Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • Curious cowFarmer uses methane to make electricity
    A central Minnesota farm is using methane from cow manure to create electricity.7:20 a.m.
  • Roger RuanU of M researcher says algae is an answer to nation's energy needs
    Researchers in Minnesota hope to create biodiesel from algae utilizing wastewater from the metro area sewage treatment plant.7:25 a.m.
  • Maria Jose Uribe of ColombiaWomen's Open starts day two with a tie
    Day two of the U.S. Women's Open in Edina begins this morning with two leaders. South Korean Ji Young Oh and American Pat Hurst are both 6 under par.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Gun Ruling Reverberates with Politicians, Police
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday for the first time that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual's right to own a gun. Gun rights advocates say there will be a flood of lawsuits attempting to ease regulations on gun ownership. Big city mayors and police chiefs predict an increase in gun violence.
  • Chicago-Area Gun Owners Praise D.C. Ruling
    Gun owners are praising the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on handgun ownership in the District of Columbia, which has one of the strictest laws of its kind. Chicago's is similar, and some gun owners there filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the city's anti-gun law.
  • McCain Praises Gun Ruling; Obama More Cautious
    The presumptive Republican and Democratic presidential nominees have reacted to Thursday's Supreme Court ruling that protects an individual's right town on a gun.
  • Gates Retires from Daily Role at Microsoft
    Bill Gates helped bring computers to the masses, creating a company so influential that it was once dubbed "the Evil Empire." On Friday, he moves on to a full-time role as the world's leading philanthropist.
  • 'Wall-E': A Robot Love Story with Heart to Spare
    Robot love story and human cautionary tale, the film is daring and traditional, groundbreaking and familiar, apocalyptic and sentimental. It's a tonic in these times — and it proves Pixar still has its touch.
  • No Deal in Sight as Actors' Contract Nears Expiration
    The contract for the Screen Actors Guild expires Monday. SAG has been negotiating with the studios for weeks, but they're nowhere near an agreement. Chances of a Hollywood actors' strike are slim, but movie shoots have ground to a halt, just in case.
  • Juarez Police Face Both Criminals and Suspicions
    Across the border from El Paso, Texas, is the Mexican city of Juarez. Rival drug gangs have killed 18 police officers there so far this year. The mayor says the police department is corrupt, and he's making the entire force take lie detector tests. Police officers complain that the city lacks resources.
  • Fire Season Strikes Early in California
    Firefighters are battling hundreds of wildfires across California. Lightning strikes sparked an estimated 800 blazes, and many of those fires are still burning out of control. The biggest one is in the Big Sur area south of Monterey, where 19,000 acres have burned.
  • Stocks Plunge in U.S., Asia, Europe
    Asian and European stock markets were down Friday as investors overseas were shaken by a jump in oil prices and a plunge in U.S. stock prices. Citigroup and GM stocks plummeted. But one stock price that rose was that of beer maker Anheuser-Busch.
  • Safeguarding the World's Chocolate Supply
    Mars, the maker of M&Ms, is teaming with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and IBM to make chocolate give up its secrets. They're spending more than $10 million in an effort to sequence the genome of the cacao plant — from which chocolate is made.

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