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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Big BogMinnesota mounts ambitious five-year bird count
    Minnesota is embarking on an ambitious project to count the birds that nest and raise their young here, to accurately chart their numbers.7:20 a.m.
  • MosquitoMosquitoes could be numerous this year
    Minnesotans out enjoying the Fourth of July weather may be fighting off mosquitoes. Jim Stark, executive director of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, gives an update on the mosquito season so far -- and looks ahead to later in the summer.7:25 a.m.
  • Wal-MartPlaintiffs pleased with Wal-Mart ruling
    A Dakota County judge has ruled that Wal-Mart cut short employees' rest and meal breaks and forced them to work off the clock, violating the state's labor laws two million times. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Jon Parritz, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the case.7:50 a.m.
  • High tunnelExtending Minnesota's growing season
    Minnesota farmers are expanding vegetable production to respond to growing demand for locally grown produce.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Sheiks' Meetings: Tradition Poses Risks In Iraq
    As part of the effort to restore security in Iraq, the American military has helped to revive an ancient tradition — the sheiks' council meeting. But those meetings have also become flashpoints for power struggles among the leaders. At least seven Americans have been killed recently in attacks at council meetings.
  • U.S. Reaches Out To Poor Immigrants In France
    A gritty, poor suburb of Paris has become a recruitment ground for a U.S. State Department program for international visitors. The program is trying to court second- and third-generation immigrants across Europe in what began as an effort to counter anti-American sentiment abroad.
  • Rival Actors Sparked Fatal 'Shakespeare Riots'
    Shakespeare's works inspire strong emotions both on stage and off. Author Nigel Cliff talks about his book The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama and Death in 19th-Century America, which tells the story of an argument between two actors that led to a deadly riot.
  • Young Moroccans Bypass Mainstream Media
    When protesters in southern Morocco clashed with security forces, there was very little coverage from state-run television stations. But amateur video posted on YouTube showed what the official media would not. Young Moroccans say the Web is leaving traditional media behind.
  • Do You Know Where Your Mushrooms Come From?
    U.S. law doesn't require a country of origin label for produce. Although the law will change this fall, a recent trip to a produce wholesale market illustrated the confusion over where produce is grown.
  • Chef Proves School Lunch Can Be Healthy, Cheap
    Chef Dominique Valadier once worked in the glamorous world of French Riviera restaurants. Now he is making his gourmet meals, with all local ingredients, for public school children.
  • NYSE's Ex-Chief Wins $187.5M Pay Package
    A court ruled Tuesday that Richard Grasso is entitled to the $187.5 million compensation package from his job leading the New York Stock Exchange. He's been fighting to keep the money for the past several years. When details of his pay package were revealed in 2003, he became a symbol of corporate greed and was forced to retire.
  • Starbucks Store Closures To Affect 12,000 Workers
    Starbucks will close more than 600 shops in the U.S. in the coming months, which analysts say is a consequence of the chain spreading too far, too fast. About 12,000 workers, or 7 percent of its global work force, will be affected by the closings.
  • A Big Three That Isn't So Big Anymore
    Sales of foreign cars are surpassing those of domestic companies, forcing the Big Three to cut more than 270,000 jobs in the past decade. To remain viable, one auto reporter suggests, less profitable brands should be re-evaluated or cut entirely.
  • High Point University Boosts Its 'Wow' Factor
    The president of High Point University in North Carolina hired a director of "wow" to help make students happy. The campus now features ice cream trucks, valet parking, a concierge desk, a hot tub and free snacks. Classical music wafts through the grounds.

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