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Friday, August 15, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The weather guyWeather with Mark Seeley
    University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to a beautiful summer weekend.6:54 a.m.
  • Rep. Mark OlsonGOP senate leaders reject Olson
    Republicans in the Minnesota Senate are say they will not welcome Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, into their caucus if Olson wins a special senate election this fall.7:19 a.m.
  • AngstConflict between arts groups and their boards at the heart of recent turmoil
    The Twin Cities arts community has been in turmoil recently, with the closures of two high-profile organizations and a management shuffle at a third. They all stemmed from a conflict between the organization's staff and its board.7:23 a.m.
  • Jon GordonFuture Tense with Jon Gordon
    The conflict between Russia and Georgia has apparently spilled into cyberspace. Russian-controlled computers are said to have launched attacks against Georgian-controlled Web sites as early as July 20.8:20 a.m.
  • Todd BjerstedtEconomic lookouts see the result of higher jobless rate
    The number of people looking for work in Minnesota continues to grow. Over 171,000 people are now unemployed in the state. That's 40,000 more people than a year ago.8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rice Delivers Cease-Fire Proposal To Georgia
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi with the goal of getting Russian combat forces out of the former Soviet country. Rice is carrying a draft cease-fire that requires Russia to withdraw combat troops and allows peacekeepers to remain in the flash-point separatist region.
  • Russian Troops Keep Grip On South Ossetia
    Russia say tens of thousands of people have been displaced from South Ossetia, where the conflict erupted a week ago. Fighting has largely stopped in the area, but reports of looting and banditry continue.
  • Candidate's Campaign Rebuts 'The Obama Nation'
    A new round of books attacking presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama have hit store shelves, including The Obama Nation. That's been penned by one of the co-authors of the Swift Boat book from the 2004 election. What role might the latest publishing salvos play in the November election?
  • 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona': Woody Allen, Uninspired
    Though Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz almost redeem the film, the director's latest is almost as flat as its title. Critic Kenneth Turan is left wondering: Can't we just have the old Woody back?
  • Dallas Fends Off Housing Downturn
    Jeff Updike, who specializes in residential real estate in Dallas, says the number of home sales there is down, but prices are up. The economy in Dallas has fended off the worst of the housing downturn.
  • 'Dead Zones' Multiplying In World's Oceans
    A global study shows the number of "dead zones" — areas of ocean with too little oxygen for most marine life — has increased by one-third since 1995. In the latest issue of the journal Science, researchers say these polluted waters are the leading threat to life in coastal oceans.
  • With Juneau's Power Restored, Conservation Drops
    Juneau, Alaska, was forced into radical electricity conservation earlier this year when electrical transmission lines were destroyed in an avalanche. Residents managed to cut their electrical consumption by more than 30 percent. Now that the repairs have been completed, usage has crept back up.
  • Inflation Rate Grows, Driven By Energy, Food Costs
    The Department of Labor says inflation is growing at the fastest rate in 17 years. The Consumer Price Index was up about 5.5 percent from a year ago. Energy and food prices drove the increase in July. With oil prices falling, inflation could slow in August, but the pain may linger.
  • Shipping Snag Delays Netflix Customers' Rentals
    About 2.5 million Netflix customers won't get this week's movie delivery on time. The company says an internal technical issue has disrupted shipping across the country. It's the worst delivery problem the Internet rental pioneer has ever had.
  • Facebook Faceoff: German Rival Gets Poked
    The success of the social networking site Facebook has spawned knockoffs around the world. Now Facebook is poking back. Last month, it filed a lawsuit against Germany's top social networking site, saying that it copied the "look and feel" of Facebook.

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