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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Google searchWho knows you on the Internet? Everyone!
    In some ways, you are what Google says you are. Anyone can throw your name into a search engine -- potential employers, potential dates, anybody -- and think they know you, even if you've never met.6:40 a.m.
  • Archbishop Desmond TutuSt. Thomas reverses ban on Tutu
    The University of St. Thomas has reversed a decision to bar Archbishop Desmond Tutu from speaking at the school.7:20 a.m.
  • Paul WotzkaWhistleblower highlights concerns about atrazine
    Science got tangled up in politics at the state Capitol Wednesday. It was a hearing on atrazine, a herbicide used on corn fields. One of the people who testified was a former state researcher who has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state.7:24 a.m.
  • In charge of bridge projectWarm concrete and warm fingers are the secret to wintertime bridge construction
    Construct a new I-35W bridge in winter? No sweat, says the project's manager.7:50 a.m.
  • Ansa Akyea as Kirby PuckettKirby Puckett's modern tragedy on stage
    Twenty-years ago this month, Kirby Puckett led the Minnesota Twins to their first World Series victory. A new play at the History Theatre in St. Paul explores the Hall-of-Famer's tragic life as an adored sports icon struggling with off-the-field troubles.7:53 a.m.
  • Bucket of walleyeLake Mille Lacs sees unexpected drop in walleye numbers
    The unexpected declines could lead to stricter walleye rules for the ice-fishing season and possibly next spring.8:20 a.m.
  • Arts Commentator Dominic Papatola talks about Twin Cities cultural peace
    It hasn't always been a pleasant experience when the leaders of the Ordway, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the Schubert Club have gotten together in the same room. But Thursday morning, the leaders gathered in front of a hundred witnesses and the media to sign a new agreement that they hope will end almost a quarter century of hard dealings and mistrust. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola was there, and joins us this morning to talk about cultural peace in our time.8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • New Chrysler Contract Hinges on Jobs, Health Care
    United Auto Workers members celebrate the end of their strike against Chrysler. The two sides reached a tentative contract after a six-hour walk out. Under the new contract with Chrysler, the union will take over responsibility for billions of dollars in retiree health-care obligations.
  • Ford Will Be Next to Negotiate with UAW
    Ford is the weakest of the three Detroit automakers, having suffered deeper U.S. sales declines this year than rivals General Motors and Chrysler. The company, which doesn't expect to be profitable until 2009, has plans to close 16 facilities by 2012.
  • Cleveland School Shooter Had Mental Problems
    A 14-year-old boy shot and wounded two teachers and two students before killing himself in Cleveland. The boy's classmates say he had threatened them before. According to juvenile court records, he had a history of mental health problems and was provocative and confrontational.
  • Judge Blocks 'No Match' Immigration Measure
    A federal judge has put a hold on one of the Bush administration's key immigration measures. The policy aims to curb illegal immigration by identifying workers with fake Social Security numbers.
  • Greater Oversight Given to Spy Program
    House Democrats move ahead with legislation giving more oversight of the U.S. spying program. Under the new bill, the government could still eavesdrop on conversations without a warrant, but would need approval from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
  • British Muslim Renounces Radical Islamic Group
    Hizb ut Tahrir requires its members to adhere to the strictest interpretation of Islamic law and forbids participation in Western institutions like police or army forces. Recently, a former senior member of the group in Britain publicly criticized its fundamentalist ideology.
  • French Immigration Museum Highlights Hot Topic
    La Cite de l'Immigration, on Paris' eastern edge, is a grand forum dedicated to exploring hundreds of years of immigration in France. It opens as a new and tougher immigration bill makes its way through the French parliament.
  • Patients Turn to the Internet for Health Information
    A new report says people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are among the most avid users of the Internet for health information. What they learn online changes how they interact with doctors, their families and even with strangers.
  • What's Greener, Flying or Driving?
    Flying is the fastest way to reach your destination — and it's not the worst option for the environment, researchers say. Although commercial airplanes are responsible for 3 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, driving would be worse.
  • Boeing's Dreamliner Hits Delays
    Boeing announces a six-month delay on its Dreamliner, the first U.S. commercial jetliner built in more than a decade. It was the fastest-selling commercial aircraft in history, topping 700 orders. Many airlines are relying on the Dreamliner to expand their fleets.

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