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Friday, July 9, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Tim PawlentyPawlenty heads to East Coast for business, politics
    Pawlenty will attend National Governor's Association meetings in Boston, and Saturday he will be back in the key presidential state of New Hampshire for a fundraiser and to speak at a county Republican picnic.6:20 a.m.
  • Hmong farmer questions his safetyVegetables, tension grow on Hmong-American farm
    A dispute last month in the southern Twin Cities community of Eagan has rattled Hmong-American farmers who grow vegetables near suburban homes. More than 40 growers sought restraining orders against a nearby resident who police say used a loaded shotgun to threaten a Hmong couple working in the field.6:25 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyWeather with Mark Seeley
    Mark Seeley examines why July has been so wet in Minnesota, and he forecasts the weather for the weekend ahead.6:55 a.m.
  • Presbyterian Church meetingPresbyterians reject same-sex marriage; allow gay and lesbian clergy
    A split decision from Presbyterian leaders on two gay-friendly measures guarantees even more debate among the U.S. church's members on an issue they've been divided over for years.7:20 a.m.
  • Presbyterian Church meetingPresbyterian pastor explains church's decisions on gay clergy
    With about 5,000 members, Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina has the largest congregation of any Presbyterian church in the upper midwest. John Crosby is senior pastor there. He was at last night's vote and he joined Cathy Wurzer this morning by phone.7:22 a.m.
  • Kelliher: Minnesota should boost minimum wage
    DFL gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher said Friday she wants to see Minnesota increase its minimum wage.7:40 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S.-Russia Carry Out Largest Spy Swap In Decades
    Ten Russian agents who infiltrated suburban America have been deported in exchange for four people convicted of betraying Moscow to the West. It was the largest spy swap since the Cold War.
  • Afghanistan, Pakistan Forge Closer Ties
    Quite separate from the U.S. military and diplomatic strategy in Afghanistan, but equally as important, is the relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Renee Montagne talks with Shuja Nawaz about how that relationship has changed, and what it means for U.S. efforts in the region. Nawaz is Director of the South Asia Center at The Atlantic Council of the United States.
  • Miami-Bound LeBron Breaks Hearts In Cleveland
    LeBron James announced last night on ESPN that he's heading to Miami, where it's undoubtedly a bit sunnier today. But in Cleveland, where he played for seven years, there is a new layer of bitterness in a place where sports and hard luck have gone together for many years.
  • Spain, Netherlands Prepare For World Cup Final
    In this year's final match at the World Cup, Spain takes on the Netherlands in a game that is sure to produce a first-time champion.
  • Italian Journalists Strike Over Wiretap Measure
    Italians won't be able to read newspapers or get their news from TV or radio, as journalists are on strike to protest a bill being pushed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The bill would restrict police use of wiretaps in the name of protecting citizens' privacy.
  • Judge: Federal Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional
    A U.S. judge in Boston has ruled that a federal gay marriage ban is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage.
  • Transit Officer's Verdict Sparks Violent Protests
    A former transit officer from northern California has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. Johannes Mehserle said he meant to use his taser, but accidentally pulled his gun instead and shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant. The 2009 shooting continues to spark racial tension in Oakland where the shooting happened on a BART train platform. The ex-officer is white, Grant was black.
  • EU Ratifies Data Sharing Deal With U.S.
    The European Parliament has given final approval to a deal with the United States that grants terrorism investigators access to sensitive information about Europeans' bank transfers.
  • Disney Agrees To Sell Miramax
    According to news reports, California construction mogul Ron Tutor and an investment firm will buy Miramax from Disney. Disney has owned Miramax since 1993. It put it up for sale earlier this year in order to get out of the independent film business.
  • Recession Catches Up With Concert Revenues
    Some big-ticket musical acts are discovering that demand for their services isn't what they had hoped. Groups are canceling shows and shortening tours. The Jonas Brothers, Lilith Fair and American Idols Live have all announced schedule changes as fans grow pickier about what they will pay large amounts to see.

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