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Friday, August 3, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Crushed truckWhy did the bridge collapse?
    Minnesota officials were warned as early as 1990 that the bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River was "structurally deficient," yet they relied on patchwork repairs and stepped-up inspections that unraveled amid a thunderous plunge of concrete and automobiles.6:40 a.m.
  • This wayTraffic problems expected to increase in wake of collapse
    Commuters are heading into their second day re-routed onto an emergency detour around the I-35W bridge that collapsed over the Mississippi River Wednesday.6:50 a.m.
  • Weather with Mark Seeley
    Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about this week's weather and the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
  • Rescue boatFifth victim identified while searchers struggle with poor conditions
    Hennepin County officials have identified the fifth victim of the I-35W bridge collapse. He is Paul Eicksadt of Mounds View, whose semi trailer truck was crushed by the falling bridge. Searchers continue to look for other victims in the murky river.7:20 a.m.
  • Gov. PawlentyBridge collapse renews focus on transportation funding debate
    Members of Congress are promising millions of dollars in assistance to rebuild the I-35W bridge. Two key Minnesota lawmakers are angry that it has taken a tragedy to free up money for such an essential piece of the state's transportation infrastructure.7:50 a.m.
  • DiverRecovery effort cautious, deliberate
    Late Wednesday night emergency response officials switched their approach to the bridge collapse from rescuing survivors to recovering the dead. But Thursday's experience suggests the recovery will be extremely slow.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate OKs Children's Health Insurance
    The Senate passes a bill to renew and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program. It received 68 votes — enough to override a threatened veto. Still, hurdles to overcome include merging S-CHIP with the House version before expiration at the end of September.
  • Examiners Unsure of Cause of I-35 Bridge Collapse
    Minnesota officials acknowledged they were warned as early as 1990, that the eight-lane bridge had been labeled "structurally deficient." Inspectors designated the bridge as such because of significant corrosion in its bearings. And in the 1990s, additional inspections found fatigue cracks.
  • Overstretched British Troops Suffer High Stress
    Members of Britain's armed forces who are on prolonged deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan are likely to drink too much and have problems at home, according to a new study. Researchers say lengthy missions are putting the U.K. military at risk of psychological problems.
  • Low-Key Drill Sergeants Retain Recruits
    In the Army, gone are the screaming drill sergeants who struck fear into the hearts of recruits. They're now more like coaches or mentors. Some drill sergeants say they feel more like babysitters — and they wonder whether they are really preparing young soldiers for the stress of war.
  • 'Phoenix' Lander Set for Red Planet Exploration
    NASA's latest mission to Mars will send the Phoenix Lander to the Red Planet's northern poles, trenching deep into the icy water layers in search of mineral deposits and proof that life could have once existed.
  • Alaskans Split Over Sen. Stevens' Jam
    Constituents of longtime Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens often refer to him as "Uncle Ted." But when federal agents swooped in and searched his home outside Anchorage — possibly looking for evidence that could tie Stevens to a corrupt oil company executive — some took pleasure in his pain.
  • Giuliani Hones Abortion Stance for GOP Primary
    Pro-abortion GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani says that as president, he would appoint strict constructionist Supreme Court judges who believe the constitution does not guarantee the right to abortion. That's also the belief of Republican primary voters who Giuliani needs to win the nomination.
  • Lobbying, Ethics Overhaul Endorsed by Senate
    The Senate approves tighter ethics rules. The ethics reform bill makes it illegal for legislators to accept gifts, meals, and even travel from lobbyists. And it requires them to make public 48 hours in advance any plans for spending on pet projects. It goes now to President Bush.
  • Katrina Victims Lose Insurance Court Battle
    Insurance companies don't have to pay damages to New Orleans homeowners whose properties were destroyed by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina, according to a federal appeals court ruling. The court says the companies' policies clearly weren't intended to cover flood damage.
  • Camp Teaches Newly Rich to Manage Wealth
    Many millionaires will leave their wealth to kids who are not equipped to handle it. Robert Frank, author of Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich," describes a camp that teaches life skills to millionaire kids. Frank spoke with Renee Montagne.

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