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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • "Rebuilding Biloxi" documents Hurricane Katrina anniversary in Mississippi coast city
    American RadioWorks and Marketplace documentary, "Rebuilding Biloxi", marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The producers of the program have made many trips to Biloxi, MS over the last year and one of them has made another visit. Cathy Wurzer spoke with producer Steven Smith, who is based in St. Paul, from Biloxi, MS.6:53 a.m.
  • Leads the money racePawlenty leads fundraising race for governor
    With a little more than two months before the November election, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a significant fundraising lead over his opponents. Pawlenty's campaign says the governor has $2 million in the bank, twice as much as his nearest rival, DFLer Mike Hatch.7:20 a.m.
  • Twins ballparkCommissioners stadium tax vote gives challengers political ammunition
    The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday to levy a county-wide sales tax to help pay for construction of a new Minnesota Twins stadium in downtown Minneapolis.7:24 a.m.
  • The Cunnikin familyAfter taking refuge in Twin Cities, Katrina survivor returns home to more challenges
    After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast one year ago, more than 800 families from the region ended up taking shelter in the Twin Cities.7:54 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.N. Chief Visits Lebanon Peacekeepers
    U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan visits peacekeepers near the Israeli border in southern Lebanon. Annan is urging Hezbollah and Israel to honor a cease-fire agreement. An 11-day Mideast tour will take him to Israel, as well as to Syria and Iran -- Hezbollah's main benefactors.
  • Israel Turns Attention Back to Palestinian Question
    Now that there's a halt in fighting between Hezbollah and Israel, there is talk that it may be the time to revive negotiations for a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians. The Bush administration says the so-called "road map" is still a viable plan. Others say that the road map was dead on arrival.
  • Mental Issues Surge, Suicide Rates Flat Post-Katrina
    A new study says that mental health problems roughly doubled in the months after Hurricane Katrina, but thoughts of suicide among those with mental problems actually decreased. The finding of reduced suicide runs counter to many other reports. It's the first report of a federally funded tracking survey of the mental health needs of about a thousand pre-hurricane residents of the Gulf states.
  • Katrina Anniversary a Burden for the Crescent City
    Hurricane Katrina commemorations and anniversary events are seen a burden for many people in New Orleans. They want to focus on the business of rebuilding their city. Commentator Chris Rose is a columnist with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
  • Comair Pilots Noticed Lack of Runway Lighting
    More details of Comair Flight 5191's final moments are emerging. In a briefing Monday, federal officials said the flight crew noticed they were on an unlit runway, but never asked the airport's tower for an explanation. The jet crashed at a Lexington, Ky., airport, killing 49.
  • Technology Lets Parents Track Kids' Every Move
    For every mother who ever told her kids she had eyes in the back of her head, modern technology can now do one better-- allowing Mom and Dad to watch their kid's every move -- even from across town. New gadgets let parents know every time their children drive too fast or visit someone they shouldn't.
  • College Freshman Brings Unique Worldview to School
    Each year, Beloit College in Wisconsin publishes a list of historical and cultural touchstones that have, and have not happened, during the lifetime of entering freshmen. Subjects range from the Soviet Union to carbon paper. Steve Inskeep talks to Adam Kennedy, a freshman at Beloit.
  • Diesel Prices Remain High as Gas Prices Drop
    Gasoline prices have been falling over the past month, with the average dropping 20 cents in the last three weeks. But diesel users have not seen the same price improvements.
  • Pesticide Scare Cripples Coke and Pepsi in India
    In India, several states have banned the sale of Coke and Pepsi after a group called The Center for Science and Environment said the soft drinks contain unacceptably high levels of pesticide. The national government of India has said the Center's data is flawed. But the state governments continue to ban the products.
  • President Advises 'Optimism' in Katrina Recovery
    President Bush visits New Orleans on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's assault on the Gulf Coast. While the president continues to face criticism of his handling of the disaster, Bush told people in Mississippi that "optimism is the only option" for the future.

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