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Friday, June 15, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Western meadowlarkBirds of a feather disappearing together
    A new study by the National Audubon Society shows a dramatic decline in the populations of some 20 familiar bird species nationally. Most of those species are found in Minnesota.6:20 a.m.
  • Weather words
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climitologist Mark Seeley.6:50 a.m.
  • Dr. Demetrius MaraganoreMayo researchers find gene pattern affecting Parkinson's
    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic may have found gene patterns that make a person 90 times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. The findings likely have implications for other diseases, such as Alzheimer's and schizophrenia.7:20 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Pentagon Report Cites Mental Health Concerns
    A Pentagon report decries the status of mental health care in the military. As many as one in four who serve have symptoms. Some are suicidal. But there are too few mental health specialists to provide needed help.
  • Navy's Influence on Rise Among Military Brass
    With the recent recommendation to elevate Adm. Michael Mullen to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Navy could take over yet another key military command. Naval officers now hold three of the military's five major commands.
  • Tennessee Drought Stunts Growth of Local Crops
    During one of the driest years in Tennessee history, a stunting drought has lowered the local produce quality for local farmers — and the $20 billion farming industry.
  • Florida Faces Vanishing Water Supply
    In Florida, Lake Okeechobee's water level dropped enough that dry grasses on the lake floor caught fire. But the weather isn't the only reason for the state's water woes, the author of a new book says.
  • Israel Fears Influx of Gaza Refugees
    Israeli officials worry that Palestinians will try to flee Gaza for Israel to escape Hamas-Fatah fighting. Border crossings with Gaza are now closed, but cannot stay that way indefinitely.
  • Families of Victims Welcome Seale Verdict
    James Seale, 71, faces life in prison after being convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy in the 1964 murder of two black teens in Mississippi. Members of the victims' families welcome the verdict as a sign of how much the state has changed.
  • Passport Rules Eased as Demand Grows
    The State Department waives some passport regulations to ease backlogs on approvals. A record number of passport requests greeted a January decision to require passports for air travel to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.
  • Running for President? Are You Rich Enough?
    With $50 million in the bank, Bill and Hillary Clinton are pretty well off, new findings show. But Sen. Clinton is far from the wealthiest candidate in the 2008 presidential race. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is worth at least $190 million.
  • 'Forbes' Ranks Most Potent Celebrities
    Mdia queen Oprah Winfrey tops Forbes magazine's list of rich, powerful celebrities. The rankings are based not just on income, but also bankable "buzz" — measured by magazine covers, Google hits and other factors.
  • Penny Stock Scams Still Cheating Millions
    Penny stock scams are still relieving investors of hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Why are some firms so good at targeting Americans looking to make a quick buck on the market?

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