Big screen TVs are getting to be big business Have you thought about buying a big-screen TV?
Their picture quality is almost always sharper than standard televisions. And some boast screens that top 100 inches. But many of the sets cost $1,000 or more. Still, big retailers, including Twin Cities-based Best Buy, are betting more and more of us are going to buy these TVs.6:24 a.m.
Pawlenty's meth registry: Good policy or a gimmick? Gov. Tim Pawlenty has signed an executive order creating a new online registry for meth offenders. When it's up and running, Minnesotans will be able to search the registry for people convicted of making or selling methamphetamine. Pawlenty's political rivals mocked the idea as a gimmick that won't do anything to deter meth use.6:50 a.m.
Minnesota Weather with Mark Seeley
Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about heat waves, drought and the urban heat island effect.6:53 a.m.
Research suggests link between pesticides and brain disease Researchers at the University of North Dakota say preliminary research shows a link between pesticide exposure and neurological diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Researchers say they've also identified a surprisingly efficient way pesticides may get into the human body.7:20 a.m.
The cost of covering Minnesota's uninsured people What would it cost to cover Minnesota's approximately 383,000 uninsured people? On the low end, about $663 million a year, state officials say. On the high end, the bill could jump to more than $850 million. The estimates come from a new background paper issued by the Minnesota Department of Health.7:24 a.m.
The quietest place on earth Minnesota has received a lot of attention lately for nationally acclaimed buildings like the new Guthrie Theater, the new Minneapolis Public Library, and the Walker Art Center. One building in Minneapolis has even made the Guinness Book of World Records -- twice.7:50 a.m.
DNR imposes water restrictions on 12 Minnesota rivers during extreme drought
Areas stretching from northwestern to east-central Minnesota are facing extreme drought conditions and water levels in many lakes and rivers have dipped well-below normal. In the state's worst drought in 18 years, the Department of Natural Resources has suspended some permits for water use on a dozen rivers in Minnesota. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kent Lokkesmoe, Director of the Minnesota DNR's Division of Waters.8:54 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Public Challenges Arab Leaders on Lebanon Conflict
Demonstrations against the Israeli military campaign in Lebanon have been growing on the streets of Arab capitals. Pro-American Arab leaders are recalibrating their positions. U.S. hopes of keeping them on board for a wider Middle East initiative may be eroding.
Defining Syria's Role in Mideast Peace
As fighting between Israel and Hezbollah rages on in Lebanon, Don Gonyea talks with former U.S. ambassador to Syria Theodore Kattouf. They discuss the role Syria might still play in brokering a deal.
Landis Doping Allegations Give Cycling Black Eye
The sport of cycling is reeling after the announcement that Tour de France winner Floyd Landis may have tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race. A second urine sample from Landis will be tested next week before any conclusions are drawn by cycling officials. Landis says he did nothing wrong.
'Miami Vice' Looks Pretty, Acts Tough
Michael Mann's movie re-make of his classic 80s TV show Miami Vice is visually stunning. But its poor plot leaves the viewer wanting more. Morning Edition and Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan says its a "B" picture with an "A" picture budget.
Court Holds Russia Responsible for Chechen's Death
The European Court of Human Rights has found Russia responsible for the presumed death of a young Chechen man who disappeared six years ago. Thursday, the court leveled a $44,000 fine on Moscow. The landmark case may give hope to families of thousands of people abducted during Moscow's brutal war in Chechnya.
Questions Arise About Congo's Readiness to Vote
As it prepares to hold its first direct elections in 46 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo faces steep hurdles, including how to get election material to 50,000 polling stations. Some observers say Congo isn't ready for Sunday's balloting.
Soft Housing Market Catches Some Between Homes
The housing market is cooling. New figures show that both new and existing home sales are down about 10 percent since last year. Rising inventories and dropping prices are making it tougher to sell a house or condo.
New Chips Lead to Lower Computer Prices
Intel had its biggest product roll-out in six years Thursday with the introduction of the Core 2 Duo processor chip. Intel and rival Advanced Micro Devices used the product switch to drop prices on many chips. Computer buyers should see substantially lower costs for powerful desktop PCs in the coming months.
Israeli Warplanes Pound Targets in Lebanon
U.N. observers in south Lebanon say there's a lull in the fierce ground battles between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah guerillas near the villages of Bint Jbail and Maroun al-Ras. But Israeli warplanes continue to pound suspected Hezbollah targets throughout Lebanon. Hezbollah fired more than 100 rockets into northern Israel on Thursday, wounding at least 20.