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Monday, August 20, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Book coverNorth Shore writer and artist conjure an "Agate"
    A new children's book by two northern Minnesota writers combines vibrant watercolors with a gentle message of positive self-esteem.6:55 a.m.
  • WashoutSix dead as flooding hits SE Minnesota
    Gov. Pawlenty says the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency will provide some relief. But in the meantime, county officials aren't sure they've found all the victims of the flood.7:20 a.m.
  • Monday Markets
    Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talks with Chris Farrell, MPR's Chief Economics Correspondent.7:25 a.m.
  • Temporary detourI-94 shutdown causes only minor headaches
    There were a few reports of traffic jams over the weekend, but overall, Department of Transportation officials say drivers took a shutdown of a section of I-94 in stride.7:50 a.m.
  • WreckageFlood victims take shelter with Red Cross
    Hundreds of people have had to leave their flooded homes, and some are now in Red Cross shelters. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Joe Buchmann, the night manager at a Red Cross shelter at St. Mary's University in Winona.7:55 a.m.
  • Monday Markets
    Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talks with Chris Farrell, MPR's Chief Economics Correspondent.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Hurricane Dean Kills 8, Leaves Trail of Destruction
    So far, Hurricane Dean has killed eight people as it has made its way through the Caribbean. The Category 4 storm smashed into trees and homes, leaving behind landslides and flooded roads in Jamaica. Electricity has been shut off to protect the electrical infrastructure and the government has declared a 48-hour curfew.
  • Reports of Squalid Conditions at New Orleans Prison
    Former inmates at the House of Detention at Orleans Parish Prison report that conditions are not fit for humans, even two years after Hurricane Katrina hit the city.
  • Iran's Ambitions Spark Fears in the Muslim World
    As Iran strengthens its military and political muscle, the nation's leaders seek to increase its influence over the Middle East. But Iran's ambitious talk of revolution worries its Arab neighbors.
  • Hope Ebbs for Finding Trapped Miners
    Families of the six men trapped in a central Utah mine are speaking out. They are angry about the latest statement from mine officials. On Sunday a vice president of the mine said it's likely the six miners will never be found.
  • Researchers Seek to Recreate Fusion Power
    In southern France researchers are working on an idea for producing essentially limitless power without greenhouse gases. They're building a massive machine that will recreate what usually only happens in stars or the sun — fusion. That's where two atoms become one, and release energy.
  • Hurricane Dean Pushes Endeavour to Return Early
    The threat of Hurricane Dean is forcing NASA to try to bring the Space Shuttle Endeavour back to earth one day early. NASA wants to avoid any disruptions to flight operations in case Hurricane Dean takes aim at Houston. That, however, now appears less likely. The shuttle is scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • High Housing Prices Fuels Consumer Debt
    High-priced housing has fueled the economy since the last recession in 2001. That's partly because the population is older, richer, and able to borrow money with ease. But with home prices falling, and mortgages harder to get, that's likely to change. The Wall Street Journal reports that the biggest U.S. home-mortgage lender, Countrywide Financial, has started laying off employees.
  • Asian Markets Jittery Despite Fed Action
    Asian financial markets shot back up after the Federal Reserve moved on Friday to put money into the banking system as well as cut the discount bank lending rate. While that calmed some fears about credit, investors remain jittery.
  • More TV Options Mean More Confused Consumers
    Digital TV? HDTV? If you don't know whether the one is equal to the other, take comfort: You're not alone. An expanding range of options, and the looming switch to all-digital broadcasting, make a couch-potato evening much more complicated than it used to be. Luckily, there are teenagers to help untangle things.
  • DirecTV Manipulates Hollywood to Tout Virtues
    In the commercials, actors break out of iconic scenes from movies to spout the virtues of DirecTV. Charlie Sheen stops mid-pitch in Major League to sell high-definition TVs. Sigourney Weaver is actually battling a creature in a scene from Aliens when she says: "All I want to do is kick back and enjoy the DirecTV we just hooked up."

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