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Monday, June 23, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Interlachen clubhouseMinnesota welcomes top golfers to U.S. Women's Open
    The U.S. Women's Open golf tournament starts this morning at Interlachen Country Club in Edina. Some of the world's best female golfers will compete there this week, including retiring champion Annika Sorenstam.6:50 a.m.
  • Martha NauseMinnesotan is the oldest in the Women's Open field
    The oldest player to take to the Interlachen course is Martha Nause of Minnesota. Nause, 53, coaches golf at Macalester College in St. Paul.6:55 a.m.
  • Dominique SerrandJeune Lune closing concerns arts community
    Internationally acclaimed Minneapolis-based Theatre de la Jeune Lune announced this weekend it's calling it quits because of mounting debts. The news is causing members of the arts community to look back and look forward.7:20 a.m.
  • Emergency roomHospitals say they're ready for Republican convention
    Hospital officials say they'll be ready for a worst-case scenario. But a recent federal report questioned whether local emergency rooms have the capacity for a large-scale disaster, particularly an act of terrorism.7:25 a.m.
  • New York Stock ExchangeMarkets with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses oil prices and other economic news.7:50 a.m.
  • Mikhail BaryshnikovMikhail Baryshnikov, photographer
    Legendary dancer and occasional actor Mikhail Baryshnikov was in Minneapolis this weekend for the opening of an exhibition of his photography.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Mugabe's Opponent Quits amid Escalating Violence
    In Zimbabwe, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew Sunday from the upcoming runoff election. Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, said he's stepping down because he can no longer watch his supporters being killed for the sake of power.
  • Senate Aims to Slash Bush's Foreign Aid Program
    The Senate is looking to cut more than $500 million from the Bush administration's key foreign aid program, the Millennium Challenge Corp. Critics say such deep cuts to the program would be deadly.
  • Mothers Bound Together by the Cost of War
    Mothers of troops buried in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery have formed a second family through friendship, communion and strength. It's their deep wounds, they say, that have linked them together with deep bonds.
  • Portuguese Fado and a Few Dirty Tables
    The Portuguese folk music called fado is enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks to international stars like Mariza. But in the narrow alleys of Lisbon's Alfama district, locals like their fado stripped down to its soulful essentials.
  • Midwest Flooding Raises Costs of Staple Crops
    For farmers living along the Mississippi River in Iowa, the flooding has been financially devastating. Thousands of acres of farmland in the Midwest are still underwater. And it couldn't have come at a worse time — prices for corn and soybeans are at record levels.
  • Mississippi River Flood Defense Lacks Funding
    After the devastating 1993 floods, a few Midwestern states got together with the Army Corps of Engineers to draw up a plan to build higher levee walls along the Mississippi River. The plan could have helped limit the recent flooding; a final draft was released in February. But it doesn't look like the federal government will fund it.
  • Members of Congress Meet on Oil Speculation
    Lawmakers in Washington are sharpening their focus on the oil markets. They're having a hearing Monday to discuss how much of the run-up in oil prices is due to financial speculation.
  • Saudis Promise Modest Boost in Oil Production
    Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer, has promised to boost production modestly. But some energy forecasters aren't jumping for joy.
  • Mineral Makeup: Is it Really More Natural?
    Makeup made from minerals is all the rage. Manufacturers claim that it is more natural than traditional makeup because it's made from ground minerals.
  • Ads for Candy, Video Game Earn Top Honors
    Commercials for sweets took top prizes at the ad industry's annual awards ceremony in Cannes, France. More than 4,000 commercials were in the running. Top awards went to a TV ad for Skittles, an ad for the videogame Halo, and one for Cadbury milk chocolate.

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