Weekend rain assists ground crews fight Boundary Waters fire
About 30 percent of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wildfire is under control now, after receiving more than a quarter of an inch of rain yesterday. Around Sea Gull Lake the rain let ground crews work right on the fire line. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jeff Edmonds, Fire Information Center for the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center.7:20 a.m.
Poor spring wheat harvest may mean higher bread and cereal prices The harvest of winter wheat is just finishing up and combines will move over to the spring wheat harvest this week or early next. Farmers expect $5 per bushel this year. That's up $1.50 over last year. Consumers are seeing an increase in the grocery store but the reason for that might surprise you.7:24 a.m.
Minnesota's highways will bear extra large load
A giant truck will be rolling through Minnesota tomorrow. It is in Wisconsin right now, and it is heading for an ethanol plant in Richardton, ND. The truck, carrying an industrial dryer, has 94 wheels and gets 2 miles to the gallon. It weighs nearly 230 tons, almost 200 tons heavier than most semi-trucks. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Shelley Latham, a dispatcher with Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting.7:44 a.m.
Twins play for wildcard, Vikings begin camp, Lynx loose coach
The Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series tonight against the White Sox in Chicago. If the Twins win all three games, they will be tied with Chicago, the team that is currently leading the race for the wild card spot in the playoffs. The Vikings are getting ready for training camp in Mankato and Minnesota Lynx head coach Suzie McConnell Serio resigned with 11 games left in the season. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Morning Edition sports commentator Steve Rudolph.8:24 a.m.
Rising intrest rates lead to increase in foreclosures
Foreclosures in Hennepin County are up 71 percent over the last year. The Hennepin County Sheriff's office used data from June 2005 to June 2006 to measure the jump. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Deputy John Villerius, who conducts foreclosure sales for Hennepin County.8:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Rice Launches Mideast Mission with Lebanon Stop
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Beirut to begin a diplomatic mission to the Middle East. Her unannounced stop in Lebanon is intended to show support for the country's beleaguered government. Rice will work to end hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.
Lebanon Fighting Drives Humanitarian Crisis
Israel's bombing campaign has displaced more than 600,000 Lebanese -- a humanitarian disaster, says the United Nations. Aid agencies are concerned about getting help to people who can't evacuate from dangerous areas.
Soccer Teams Demoted in Italian Match-Fixing Scandal
A judge has ruled against teams involved in an Italian soccer-fixing scandal, sending top soccer clubs like Juventus to the sport's minor leagues. Some are worried that the sentences were too tough on the teams, and not harsh enough on the individuals involved.
American Overcomes Long Odds to Win Tour de France
American Floyd Landis wins the Tour de France, becoming the third American to take the trophy. It was his first win of the race, and it cam on the heels of American Lance Armstrong's seven-year domination of the event. Renee Montagne talks to sports journalist James Raia about Landis' improbable victory.
Reed Primary Loss Analyzed for National Implications
Conservative activist Ralph Reed lost his bid in last week's Republican primary to become Georgia's next Lt. Gov. He had been favored to win. But ties to fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff tainted his candidacy. Some see Reed's fate as a sign of things to come this November.
Black Student Enrollment at UCLA Plunges
The number of African-American students at UCLA has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years. Proposition 206 gets some of the blame. The ballot measure ended racial preferences in admissions. School leaders agree action is needed, but the proposition limits their ability to rewrite policy.
An Act of Faith
Commentator Leroy Sievers talks about something that takes up a big part of any cancer patient's life: waiting for test results. After months of unpleasant chemotherapy, it all comes down to a single day of testing.
Tiny Cars Finding New Homes in the U.S.
With gas at around $3 per gallon, it would seem a good time for automakers to step up their marketing of small cars. Honda, Nissan, GM and Toyota are introducing new fuel efficient, sub-compacts to the U.S. market. The cars are finding some unexpected buyers.
Dictation Software Improves Usability, Accuracy
New dictation software hits the market this week that, for the first time, allows users to dictate directly to a computer right out of the box. Previous versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking required training the computer to recognize a particular user's voice.
Fierce Israel-Hezbollah Fighting Grips Border
Hezbollah continues to fire large numbers of rockets into northern Israel, while the Israeli military continues its air and artillery strikes on Lebanon. Israeli incursions into south Lebanon have encountered heavier-than-expected resistance from well-organized Hezbollah guerrillas.