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Monday, July 3, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minnesota communities serve up Smithsonian Institution exhibit
    A new Smithsonian Institution exhibit is now touring Minnesota. The exhibit, "Key Ingredients: America by Food" tells the story of Minnesota's immigration experience through the foods and flavors new arrivals brought with them. It also touches on innovations in food production. The exhibit will tour the state over the next two years. The Minnesota Humanities Commission partnered with the Smithsonian Institution's "Museum on Main Street" program to bring the exhibit here. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Stanley Romanstein, president and CEO of the Minnesota Humanities Commission about the exhibit.6:24 a.m.
  • Illegal fireworksFireworks: What's legal and what's not
    Since 2002, it has been legal in Minnesota for the general public to buy fireworks, but only ones that don't explode or lift off the ground. But it's quite easy to buy those types of fireworks in other states and bring them into Minnesota.7:20 a.m.
  • Harun MudungFargo/Moorhead a destination point for new immigrants
    Fargo, North Dakota has a long history of accepting people driven out of their homeland by war. Twenty years ago, the city saw an influx of refugees from Vietnam. In the years since the nationalities have changed but the influx of new Americans and the communities acceptance of them, has not.7:25 a.m.
  • MegabusMegabus -- you get what you pay for?
    Scrounge around under your couch cushions for money and you just might come up with enough change for a trip to Chicago. A new bus service is touting fares from the Twin Cities for as little as $1.7:50 a.m.
  • Joe MauerMauer and Santana All-Stars, Liriano has chance
    Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana and catcher Joe Mauer will be in Pittsburgh next week for baseball's All Star Game. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with sports commentator Steve Rudolph.7:54 a.m.
  • Monday Markets with Chris Farrell
    Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer speaks with Chris Farrell, Chief Economics Correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio News.8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rivals Declare Victory in Mexican Elections
    Felipe Calderon and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador both declare victory in Mexico's presidential election. Authorities say an official vote count will not be complete until later in the week. With more than 30 million votes counted, preliminary numbers showed the two men only 300,000 votes apart.
  • Mexico's Absentee Voters Struggle to Cast Ballots
    Many Mexicans living abroad cast votes in Sunday's election. This was the first national election in Mexico that accepted absentee ballots. But poor planning and advertising stymied the effort.
  • Hunt for Osama Bin Laden Shifts Gears
    Nearly five years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Osama Bin Laden is still a free man. U.S. officials are not sure where he is, although it has long been assumed that he is hiding in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. Although the U.S. government says the hunt is still on, the CIA recently closed its Bin Laden unit.
  • Iraqi Government Releases Most-Wanted List
    Iraq's national security adviser has released a list of the country's most-wanted criminals. It includes Saddam Hussein's first wife and eldest daughter. The list was issued one day after the bloodiest bombing in Iraq in months killed more than 60 people.
  • Ants Count Their Way Home
    Desert ants are very good at finding their way home. How they do that has been a mystery, until now. A clever experiment in Germany finds that these ants get home by counting their steps. Ants with shortened legs stopped short of their nests, while ants outfitted with stilts walked too far.
  • NBC Takes Web Programming a Step Further
    Network television companies have been exploring ways to use the Internet to expand their audience, without losing advertising dollars. To that end, it is now possible to watch old episodes of your favorite programs on the Internet. This month, NBC will take this concept a step further by offering made-for-the-Web programming.
  • President Looks to Congress for Help with Guantanamo Rules
    Steve Inskeep talks to Cokie Roberts about last week's Supreme Court ruling on the detainees the U.S. is holding at Guantanamo Bay. They also discuss the Bush administration's attack on The New York Times.
  • Militants Issue Ultimatum over Captive Palestinians
    Three militant Palestinian groups, believed to be holding a captured Israeli soldier, say Israel has until Tuesday to release Palestinian prisoners, or "bear all the consequences." Meanwhile, a small force of Israeli tanks move into northern Gaza in what Israeli officials say is a limited operation to find tunnels and explosives.
  • Corps Criticized for Encouraging Vulnerable Building
    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers came under fire for the failure of the New Orleans levee system. But engineering concerns aside, critics say federally funded flood-control projects are to blame for luring new development into flood-prone areas.
  • Pennsylvania Town Unsure if it Weathered the Storm
    Joe Franks, a resident and council member in the small town of Hallstead, Penn., tells Steve Inskeep that parts of his town were destroyed by recent flooding. Franks says Hallstead is a quiet town with little to call attention to it, until now.

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