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Friday, June 12, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Environmental forumGovernor's race ramping up
    Even though the 2008 U.S. Senate race hasn't been resolved yet, the 2010 race for governor is already ramping up.7:20 a.m.
  • Analog elevisions get phased outA few are still not ready for digital TV
    Starting at midnight Friday, all U.S. TV stations must switch to digital-only broadcasting. If you get your TV over the airwaves and do not have a newer digital-ready TV or converter box, all you'll get is static.7:25 a.m.
  • A tank crushes a car as part of a demonstrationFort Snelling says goodbye to the 88th
    After almost 80 years in Minnesota, the 88th Regional Support Command is saying goodbye to Fort Snelling. The division is moving to Wisconsin's Fort McCoy. But first - the 88th is holding its last open house for the public this weekend.8:25 a.m.
  • The auction ringLivestock auctioneers compete for world championship
    Some of the fastest-talking auctioneers in the world compete for title of World Champion on June 13, in Fergus Falls.8:40 a.m.
  • A tribute to the work of MPR's William Wilcoxen
    This Sunday evening will be the last time you will hear William Wilcoxen on the air here at Minnesota Public Radio. He's leaving us after 23 years.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iranians Decide Between Incumbent Or Reformist
    Iranians are voting in the country's presidential election. The race has come down to a choice between two candidates: incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a moderate reformer, Mir Hossein Mousavi.
  • In Brussels, Gates Pushes Afghan Plan
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Brussels trying to sell NATO allies on his plans for the war in Afghanistan. The Pentagon is sending in 20,000 new troops and a new team of generals to Afghanistan. But Gates denies that the U.S. is taking over the war effort.
  • 'Food, Inc.': Attention Must Be Paid To Food Supply
    The new movie Food Inc. takes aim at corporate giants behind the U.S. food supply. It makes a fierce argument for Americans to pay attention to where their food really comes from. Director Robert Kenner and food advocate and author Michael Pollan discuss the film with Steve Inskeep.
  • White House Works To Improve Relations With Syria
    U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell holds talks in Syria on Friday. The Obama administration signaled early that it wants better relations with Syria.
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1 Year After Record Flood
    On June 13, 2008, floodwaters began destroying thousands of homes and businesses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Cedar River, which cuts through the center of town, crested almost 20 feet above flood level. That's 11 feet higher than the previous record.
  • New Hybrids Flavor Stone Fruit Grower's Stand
    J. Fitzgerald Kelly grows 190 different kinds of stone fruit. At his Santa Monica fruit stand, you can find the Flavorella aprium and the Flavorosa pluot, both crosses of plums and apricots. He has also created a plum and white nectarine mix called Mr. McNulty.
  • Bill Passes That Allows FDA To Regulate Tobacco
    A bill aimed at cracking down on tobacco use among adults and children is a step away from the president's desk. The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would give the Food and Drug Administration broad powers to regulate the industry. The House could vote as early as Friday.
  • Pirate Party Does Well In European Election
    The European Parliament elections didn't get much attention outside the European Union last weekend. However, one party in Sweden did get a lot of media coverage and votes. It's the Pirate Party.
  • Beijing To Block Unhealthy Internet Content
    The Chinese government has demand that a new Internet filter be included with all personal computers sold in the country. The filter is designed to protect people from pornography, but many believe it would allow authorities to censor the Net even more thoroughly than they currently do.
  • China Goes Back On Promise To Lend Monkeys
    The Los Angeles Zoo spent more than $7 million building a China-themed primate enclosure. China had promised to lend the zoo rare monkeys. But the Chinese government has canceled the deal.

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