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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Lawn mowersWhat's in a lawn mower
    Commentator Peter Smith meditates on the relationship between Minnesotans and their lawn mowers.6:50 a.m.
  • Cheryl PetersonSome 'toxic' mortgages are being renegotiated
    More mortgages are being renegotiated now than two years ago, according to one Minneapolis housing counselor.7:20 a.m.
  • Going through a lockBarge traffic caught in a logjam
    Flooding across the Midwest has forced the Army Corps of Engineers to close several locks along the Mississippi River, halting barge traffic from St. Louis to St. Paul.7:25 a.m.
  • International instructionSisters act
    Minnesota wouldn't be what it is today without the help of a small, but dedicated group of nuns.7:50 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Zimbabwe's President 'Beyond Normal Restraint'
    The U.N. Security Council condemned election violence in Zimbabwe, but journalist Peta Thornycroft says that won't affect the crisis. President Robert Mugabe and his generals "don't care what the world says" and are "beyond normal restraint," she says. Meantime, refugees in Harare are living in squalid conditions.
  • U.S. Looks to Ease Barriers in Baghdad Market
    Many parts of Baghdad are enjoying relative calm. But the price of improved security is concrete walls, checkpoints and armed guards. In one formerly violent Baghdad market, the U.S. military is experimenting with ways to open up the walls so that merchants can flourish.
  • Volunteers Greet, Send Off Troops at Maine Airport
    Hundreds of thousands of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars travel though Bangor International Airport in Maine. Often soldiers are allowed to enter the terminal as their airplanes clear customs or refuel, and that's where they'll encounter people like Bill Knight — a Maine troop greeter.
  • Mementos Honor Sons Lost to War
    A group of mothers build shrines on the Arlington National Cemetery graves of their sons killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ribbons in the trees, photographs leaning up against the stones and wind chimes keep the memories of their sons alive.
  • Soaring Food Costs Hit School Lunch Programs
    In addition to home cooks and restaurant chefs, food prices are a growing problem for schools. And the fact that the school year is at an end isn't relieving concerns for a district in Massachusetts.
  • Poll: Most Americans Aren't Dogmatic About Faith
    A survey of Americans about their religious beliefs finds many of them are highly religious. But most aren't dogmatic about their faith. The survey was conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
  • Police Departments Feel Sting of High Gas Prices
    Record gas prices are taking a toll on law enforcement budgets. So, many agencies are getting creative in an effort to save money on fuel.
  • With Sales Lagging, GM Plans to Raise Prices
    Co-host Ari Shapiro has this morning's business news.
  • United Slashes Pilot Ranks, Blames Fuel Costs
    United Airlines announced the layoff of nearly 1,000 pilots on Monday, blaming the increasingly high cost of fuel. The nation's second largest airliner has been out of bankruptcy for two years but continues to lose money.
  • Video Game Makers Push to License Beatles Songs
    For so long, the Beatles have held on tight to the rights to their music. Now two big video game makers are looking to license Beatles songs for video games, and they're in talks with representatives for the band's music.

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