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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • TextingNew polls reach cell phone owners
    With the state's primary just a week away, poll season is in full swing. For the first time the Star Tribune's polling methodology includes voters who only have cell phones. Rob Daves, a public opinion research consultant based in Minneapolis joined Cathy Wurzer to discuss the complexities of polling a primary election race in the age of cell phone.7:25 a.m.
  • Map of Enbridge pipelineAn oil spill in Michigan calls Minnesota's pipeline safety into question
    A faulty pipe owned by the energy company Enbridge is to blame for the the recent oil spill in Michigan. More than 14-hundred miles of that very same Enbridge pipeline runs through northern Minnesota. State Fire Marshall Jerry Rosendahl oversees Minnesota's Office of Pipeline Safety. He joined Cathy Wurzer this morning by phone.7:41 a.m.
  • Commentator Peter SmithEssayist Peter Smith discovers a new way to pass the time when he can't sleep
    Peter Smith thought of the Edward Hopper painting called "Nighthawks" around 3:30 the other morning. He couldn't sleep, so he got up, walked over to the computer and got on Facebook.7:45 a.m.
  • The Ranger buildingForest Service mulls razing historic wolf research post
    When wolf researcher Mike Nelson isn't in the woods, he's often in the Kawishiwi Laboratory and Forest Research Center -- a small complex of log and stone cabins nestled under centuries-old white pines south of Ely.8:25 a.m.
  • In 12 years, chlamydia rate doubles, screening funds flat
    Last year more than 14,000 Minnesotans tested positive for chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the state. The Minnesota Department of Health has limited resources to fight the spread of the disease, so is holding a statewide summit on the issue Tuesday to get the public's help.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iran Asserts 'Soft Power' Influence In Iraq
    During the most violent years of the Iraq war, American commanders believed that neighboring Iran was behind insurgent attacks -- a way to keep the country unstable. As U.S. forces slowly depart Iraq, officials say Iran is moving toward a more soft-power approach, trying to influence politics, social services and the economy.
  • Contractors Will Take The Place Of Troops In Iraq
    As U.S. troops pull out of Iraq, the State Department will need to rely extensively on security contractors. Their presence raises issues of oversight and cost -- and what happens if those contractors are targeted by insurgents? Grant Green of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan talks to Steve Inskeep about what contractors will be responsible for.
  • Mexico's Drug Cartels Use Force To Silence Media
    Covering the drug beat is dangerous. In some parts of the country, reports about drug-related crime simply do not appear in newspapers or on news broadcasts. Reporters have been abducted and killed and their families threatened.
  • N.Y. Red Bulls Welcome Soccer Star Theirry Henry
    Major League Soccer has a new star -- he came to the United States just after the World Cup reminded Americans what brilliant soccer looks like. Thierry Henry of France is the New York Red Bulls' new star player. ESPN commentator Alexi Lalas talks to Steve Inskeep about what makes Henry so good.
  • Disney To Sell Miramax For $600 Million
    A group of investors, backed by a Southern California construction magnate, has agreed to buy Miramax Films from The Walt Disney Co. for about $660 million. Kim Masters, who hosts The Business on member station KCRW and is editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter, talks to Renee Montagne about the deal.
  • Meet The 'Real Housewives' Of Washington, Not D.C.
    The newest addition to Bravo's Real Housewives franchise premiers Thursday, and while it may sound like it's about one place, the title actually names two very different places: Washington and D.C.
  • Hewlett-Packard Settles In Kickbacks Case
    Technology giant Hewlett-Packard says it has agreed to settle a government lawsuit alleging it paid kickbacks in exchange for help getting federal contracts. The charges against HP started with a whistleblower several years ago. HP and other technology firms are accused of violating anti-kickback laws by forming partnerships involving payments that were not disclosed to the government.
  • Family Dollar Uses Ads To Retain Affluent Customers
    Family Dollar, like many of its low-price discount competitors, saw a big business boom during the recession. More affluent customers flocked to their stores to save a little money. Now Family Dollar is working to keep those customers.
  • Want To Open A Slaughterhouse? Go To Meat School
    At the State University of New York's meat lab, students learn how to kill, cut and grind up beef, pork and lamb. After a month, they get a meat-processing and food-safety certificate and the basic know-how to work in the industry. The program aims to help fill the shortage of butchers and small slaughterhouses -- and keep meat local.
  • Thieves Desire Blinged-Out Cadillac Escalades
    An insurance industry group says the Cadillac Escalade is the vehicle voted most likely to be stolen. Also high on the list: the F-250 crew cab pickup, Infiniti G37 two-door car, Dodge Charger with its high-power HEMI engine and Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

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