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Monday, July 4, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Flag dayMarking July 4th during a government shutdown
    The state shutdown is hitting home for many Minnesotans who haven't paid attention to the impasse at the state Capitol until now.And, after weeks of anticipating a potential shutdown, the reality of the situation sunk in for state employees.8:40 a.m.
  • Will be hurt by shutdownEmployers in private sector prepare for hit
    Businesses in the private sector are also expecting trouble in the wake of government shutdown.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Reading The Declaration Of Independence Aloud
    For 23 years, Morning Edition has observed an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence aloud.
  • Ousted Thai Leader's Sister Becomes Prime Minister
    In Thailand, the sister of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has led the country's opposition movement to a landslide victory in parliamentary elections. Yingluck Shinawatra is a 44-year-old businesswoman with no political experience other than her carefully managed election campaign.
  • Southern Sudan Set To Become Newest Nation
    On July 9, southern Sudan becomes the world's newest nation. It comes six years after a peace deal ended a two-decade civil war between Sudan's north and south.
  • Djokovic Defeats Nadal To Win Wimbledon Trophy
    Over the weekend, Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title by beating defending champion Rafael Nadal. On the women's side, Petra Kvitova won her first Grand Slam title over former champion Maria Sharapova.
  • 'Evil Scientist' Wants To Teach People To Do Good
    Forty years ago, the Stanford Prison Experiment revealed that people tend to conform — even when that means otherwise good people doing terrible things. Now Philip Zimbardo, the psychologist who created that study, has a new project: proving that regular people can be taught to be heroes.
  • Budget Woes Darken July 4 Fireworks Displays
    Over the last several years, budget shortfalls have forced the cancellation of many Independence Day celebrations across the country. The trend continues. Cities including Cincinnati, Jersey City and Chicago have canceled their displays this year.
  • Two Scouts Want Palm Oil Out Of Famous Cookies
    Two Michigan teenagers are spearheading a charge to remove palm oil from Girl Scout cookies in an effort to reduce environmental damage caused by growing palm trees. But the girls, who are scouts themselves, are facing push back from both palm plantations and Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
  • KFC Concentrates On Its Grilled Chicken
    KFC is trying to get a new image — a healthier one. To do that, it's pushing its grilled chicken again — this time focusing on bigger sizes and better flavors. KFC needs to drum up all the business it can get because its U.S. sales have been sliding.
  • In Iowa, Corn Is King And Candidates Are Everywhere
    Everybody knows that Iowa is all about agriculture. And for presidential candidates traipsing through the state this summer, that means a top item on their campaign itinerary has to be the annual Iowa State Fair.
  • GOP Scoffs At Raising Taxes To Lower Deficit
    The Senate canceled its planned July Fourth recess and instead will work on passing legislation raising the government's borrowing authority. The Obama administration is locked in a dispute with Republicans over how to bring down the deficit as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling and prevent Washington from default. The GOP opposes any tax increases.

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