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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • ApartmentsSwedish town takes sustainability to new level
    A town in Europe has figured out a solution for a problem that vexes Minnesota and communities all over the world -- what to do with garbage.6:45 a.m.
  • AbuseDomestic abuse among elders remains a hidden problem
    We've heard of children and caregivers physically exploiting seniors, but it turns out that abuse between partners and spouses is also substantial--and a largely hidden problem.7:40 a.m.
  • Dominic PapatolaLondon play to be beamed to Guthrie
    In an experiment that's both new and old, the National Theater in London is filming performances of "Phedre" starring actress Helen Mirren, and a handful of its other plays this season, and beaming them to theaters in the U.S. and elsewhere.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • G-8 Summit Picks Up Where G-20 Left Off
    President Obama is in Italy, meeting with fellow world leaders at the annual summit of the Group of Eight — the seven major Western countries plus Russia. The leaders last gathered in April for the G-20 summit in London. At that time, they promised a collective effort to promote a global economic recovery. Has progress been made since then?
  • Tremors, Not Protests, Challenge G-8 Organizers
    Security is intense around the venue for the G-8 summit being held in Italy's earthquake-devastated city of L'Aquila. But the biggest fear of organizers is not violent protests by anti-global activists, but continuing aftershocks. And months after the powerful quake, reconstruction lags.
  • Former FBI Director Freeh To Endorse Sotomayor
    Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are set for next week, and the endorsements are flowing with increasing intensity. So, too, is the political maneuvering. Later this week, former FBI director Louis Freeh is expected to join those formally recommending Sotomayor.
  • Health Care Overhaul Ignores Illegal Immigrants
    As Congress wrangles with overhauling the country's health care system, there is one population that isn't being discussed. No proposal for a national health plan would cover the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
  • White House Proposes New Rules For Food Safety
    Every year, 5,000 Americans die from contaminated food, and tens of millions get sick. The Obama administration is calling for tougher production standards for poultry, beef, leafy greens, melons and tomatoes so consumers can stop fearing their food.
  • Rare Guilty Pleas In Artifacts Sting
    Two collectors from Utah pleaded guilty this week in the government's crackdown on the looting and trafficking of ancient Native American artifacts. That's a rare success for prosecutors in the decades-long effort to curb an artifacts black market in the Four Corners states.
  • Getting Lost Is Totally Human. Try It
    Psychology professor Colin Ellard, author of You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall, says you can train yourself to be more conscious of your surroundings.
  • Google To Take On Microsoft's Operating System
    Google has announced it's launching its own computer operating system. The move is aimed squarely at Microsoft's core territory — the software that's used to run other computer applications. Google's Chrome operating system is due out next year.
  • Boeing To Buy 787 Parts Plant In S.C.
    Airplane manufacturer Boeing is taking over operations at one of its main suppliers in South Carolina. Boeing says buying Vought Aircraft Industries will improve efficiency. Being will pay $580 million for the plant that makes large sections of its 787 jetliner.
  • Perks Lure Commercial Real Estate Tenants
    Commercial real estate has been feeling the effects of the recessionary economy. Foreclosures are on the rise in many cities, and downtown buildings are sitting vacant from coast to coast. In Seattle, where vacancy rates are approaching 20 percent, landlords are trying to woo new tenants and keep their old ones.

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