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Friday, May 30, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Ron PaulRon Paul supporters want voice at convention
    As the state Republican convention gets underway in Rochester, Minnesota supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul want to be heard, and that has party officials worried.6:50 a.m.
  • Sen. Norm ColemanColeman acknowledges tough race ahead
    As Republicans gather to endorse him for re-election, Sen. Norm Coleman is talking a lot about his public service experience and Democrat Al Franken.7:20 a.m.
  • Competing yard signsUnion County residents vote on oil refinery
    In Union County, South Dakota, residents cast their vote on a plan that could bring a $10 billion oil refinery to the southeastern tip of the state.7:50 a.m.
  • StudentsStudents make music and instruments
    Thousands of people are expected over the next couple of days at the Flint Hills Children's Festival at the Ordway Center in St Paul. Students from Webster Magnet School in St Paul created one of the many performances at the event.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Planned Palestinian City in West Bank Faces Hurdles
    Backed by hundreds of millions of dollars from the government of Qatar, a Palestinian developer is moving aggressively to build the first new Palestinian city in the West Bank in a generation. But the state-of-the-art planned city faces big hurdles, including Israeli military objections and critics who say the West Bank is not ready for such projects.
  • Karachi: First Stop on 'Urban Frontier' Tour
    Karachi, Pakistan, is one of the largest cities in the world. Next week, Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep will explore how this mega-city works. Co-host Renee Montagne talks with him for a preview of a new series on large and growing cities called "The Urban Frontier."
  • Navajo Nation Pushes for Uranium Cleanup
    Despite the lure of potentially big money, the Navajo Nation has banned uranium mining on its reservation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. In part, the decision reflects deep Navajo concerns about how past mining activities have damaged health and the environment.
  • Ancient Hair Reveals Greenland Eskimos' Roots
    A 3,000-year-old clump of human hair found frozen in Greenland may have solved a scientific mystery: Where did ancient Eskimos come from, and where did they all go?
  • Myanmar's Media Criticize Cyclone Aid Agencies
    Myanmar's military government lashed out at international aid agencies that are trying to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis. A state-run news agency has also criticized the amount of money that has been pledged for cyclone relief. NPR's Michael Sullivan is in Bangkok.
  • Russia, Georgia Trade Accusations over Province
    The two countries are locked in a bitter standoff over Georgia's pro-Moscow separatist region, Abkhazia. Russia claims Tbilisi is planning to attack the province from the remote Kodori Gorge, a tiny silver of the province that is partly under Georgian control.
  • Oil Prices Fall as Regulators Boost Surveillance
    Crude oil prices are down from their record highs. Oil is now trading under $130 a barrel; it was more than $135 a barrel last week. The drop is partly a result of the rising value of the U.S. dollar, and partly a reaction to an announcement that regulators plan to step up surveillance of energy markets.
  • Most Airlines Switching to All-Electronic Ticketing
    Electronic tickets have become so popular in the past five years that paper tickets have almost died out. Now, the International Air Transport Association wants all airlines to use e-tickets as of June 1.
  • Tapping 401(k) Now May Cause Financial Pain Later
    Some people facing financial hardship are cashing in part or all of their retirement accounts to make ends meet. But financial planners caution against the practice because of penalties for early withdrawals, taxes and the loss of a long-term investment.
  • Unable to Pay Mortgage, Man Raffles Off Pricey Flat
    An unemployed real estate agent in Madrid, Spain, couldn't afford his mortgage payments and couldn't sell his half-a-million-dollar apartment, so he's raffling it off. The proceeds from the 64,000 tickets at about $10 dollars each will pay off his mortgage. On his Web site, he writes, "For 5 euros, you can win a flat, and I'll be able to sleep again."

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