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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Planned changes at St. Paul assembly plant leaves some workers unsure
    There is a lot of uncertainty at the Ford plant in St. Paul. Earlier this week, there was an announcement that Ford will eliminate the second shift at the plant, which makes the Ranger truck. Workers are still waiting to hear whether buyouts will be offered. Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of those workers, Ed Dean, Jr., about how Ford plans to cut operations down to one shift in St. Paul.6:49 a.m.
  • Ember Reichgott Junge5th District DFL candidates challenge endorsement
    The DFL candidates in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District are busy campaigning just weeks before primary election day. Four of them will appear at debate at the Minnesota State Fair with the hopes of attracting DFL support.7:20 a.m.
  • Northwest Airlines' appeal hearing, CHAOS deadline tomorrow
    The Northwest Airlines flight attendants' CHAOS strike deadline is just a day away, but a couple of groups are supporting the company in trying to prevent targeted walk-offs. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Air Transport Association are urging a federal judge in the Southern District of New York to hold the union to its imposed contract.7:49 a.m.
  • Bernie the burn barrelState fair's Eco Experience shows the way to conserve
    There's a new exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, and it has nothing to do with food on a stick.7:54 a.m.
  • State Fair GopherDominic Papatola: State Fair arts commentary
    Minnesota Public Radio arts commentator Dominic Papatola remarks on his annual attraction to the Minnesota State Fair.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Peace Deal Fails to End Darfur Violence
    Three months after an official truce in Sudan's Darfur region, an international aid group says rape is so prevalent in a displaced persons camp that women there are pleading for outside help. And a U.N. report warns that children in Darfur are still being killed, raped and forced into fighting.
  • Obama Makes Family Pilgrimage to Kenya
    Sen. Barack Obama arrives in Kenya for a visit to his father's native country, and ancestral village. The Obama family's home village is preparing to celebrate his much-anticipated arrival. The Illinois Democrat is on a tour of several African countries.
  • Hot Real Estate Market Has China Worried
    Property values in Shanghai have risen 300 percent in three years, pricing many out of the market. The Chinese government is trying to cool the sizzling market, but not everybody's happy with its moves.
  • Navajos Sign Cuba Trade Deal
    The Navajo Nation and Cuba sign a trade deal. The Navajos will sell beans, corn, wheat and other products to Cuba. The deal is possible because of a little-known loophole in the U.S. trade embargo.
  • Emmy Changes Fail to Win Hollywood's Applause
    The Emmy awards ceremony takes place Sunday. This year, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences tried a new nominating system intended to boost the chances of some previously neglected shows. But the changes have largely been considered a failure.
  • Scientists Search for Fresh Antibiotics in the Ocean
    As more bacteria develop resistance to common antibiotics, scientists are desperate to find new drugs. Few are emerging. So some scientists are looking to the ocean for new medicines. But the economics of developing new antibiotics means that few drug companies are interested in the search.
  • Sick of Getting Sick? Embrace Your Inner Bacteria!
    No one has time to be sick anymore. But will an antibiotic help or hurt? The answer depends on how your garden grows. You read that right -- a garden. Imagine your body, not as a battlefield for germs, but as a lush, tropical rainforest filled with thriving bacteria. There are more than 300 species of bacteria in your gut alone, and they make up a gorgeous garden of hard workers.
  • Apple Pays Rival $100 Million in iPod Patent Dispute
    Apple settles a patent lawsuit involving the iPod's content menu system. Creative Technology will receive $100 million from Apple to settle the dispute between the two music-player rivals.
  • Real Estate Downturn Produces Condo Glut
    The real estate slump on both coasts has left a glut of condominiums on the market in places like San Diego. That's forcing some sellers into big price cuts. Many developers are responding to the changing market conditions by converting vacant condos into rentals.
  • Europeans Fail to Follow Italy's Lebanon Lead
    Italy again appeals to Europe to contribute troops to a U.N. peace mission in Lebanon. [Italy has offered to send up to 3,000 troops and take the lead if European nations help fill a 15,000-member force. Its neighbors have been slow to accept the challenge.

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