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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Kennedy having coffeeKennedy keeps distance from President Bush
    Mark Kennedy's 2006 Senate campaign has thus far kept a distance from President Bush, at least in TV campaign ads. Kennedy has however used the White House to raise more than $1.5 million in the last year.7:20 a.m.
  • Internet hype gets move off the ground before take-off
    A coy marketing campaign and wildfire buzz on the Internet have gotten the movie, "Snakes on a Plane," starring Samuel L. Jackson on the front pages of newspapers across the country prior to its opening tomorrow. Fill-in host Perry Finelli spoke with Minnesota Public Radio arts commentator and self-professed ophidiophobe Dominic Papatola.8:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Hezbollah Takes the Lead in Rebuilding Lebanon
    The Lebanese military begins deploying into south Lebanon to police the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas. But Hezbollah is already there, making a major effort to help refugees return home and repair the damage left by Israeli attacks.
  • Hezbollah Role Unlikely to Change in Lebanon
    Hezbollah operates as a state within a state, according to many observers of Lebanon. The Shiite group's influence is a vestige of Lebanon's long civil war, when the country had no central government.
  • On the Trail of Former Death Row Inmates
    Joan Cheever, author of Back from the Dead, followed former death row inmates who were released when the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in 1972.
  • Tiger Woods Rolls into PGA Championship
    The PGA Golf Championship begins at Medinah Golf Club, outside Chicago. Phil Mickelson won the PGA last year. But Tiger Woods is on a winning streak and looks like the man to beat at this year's tournament.
  • Obesity Surgery Puts Ex-Football Star Back in Play
    At 53, former USC running back Anthony Davis knew he'd lost control of his body. Life got in the way of keeping in shape, he says and dieting wasn't working. So he turned to gastric bypass surgery. He's since lost the pounds, but the toughest months may still be ahead.
  • Weight-Loss Surgery: It's Not for Everyone
    Gastric bypass surgery has increased ten-fold over the past decade, with more than 150,000 Americans getting the procedure every year. Most insurance companies, as well as Medicare, pay for it. Doctors say there's no question that the surgery works, but there are still significant risks.
  • Taxi Drivers Organize for Better Treatment
    High gas prices are hitting taxi drivers particularly hard. That's one reason hundreds of cabbies in Los Angeles, and other major cities, have started to organize for better pay and work rules.
  • Taxi Drivers Wary of GPS Tracking Plan
    Cab drivers in Philadelphia are protesting a move to equip their taxis with Global Positioning System units. The tracking devices would allow dispatchers to pinpoint a taxi's exact location. But the drivers say this would be a violation of their privacy.
  • U.N. Troop Plan Slow to Materialize
    The Lebanese army is taking up positions in southern Lebanon to police the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas. But countries promising troops under a U.N. banner to back-up the Lebanese are still holding off on firm commitments to the project.
  • Lebanon Conflict Diverts Attention From Iran
    The war in southern Lebanon has drawn attention away from other issues in the Middle East, like negotiations between the United States and Iran over Iran's nuclear program.

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