Minnesota Weather with Mark Seeley
Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about record high temperatures and our current heat wave.6:54 a.m.
Entenza apologizes over research into Hatch's background DFL Attorney General candidate Matt Entenza says he's horrified and embarrassed by revelations that a Chicago firm he hired dug for dirt on current DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch. He says he will apologize to Hatch, his fellow Democrat, the party's endorsed candidate for governor.7:20 a.m.
South Dakota fields look like winter in July Farmers and ranchers from central and western part of state are angry about the fifth year in a row without a crop due to drought. They're selling off livestock because there's no grass to graze. Gov. Mike Rounds asked for disaster declaration for 20 counties and the federal government said farmers could cut hay and graze cattle on land set aside for conservation programs.7:24 a.m.
Working at Ford is a family affair The Ford assembly plant in St. Paul will close for good within the next couple of years -- after employing thousands of people over time. For many of those people, working at Ford has been a family affair -- with spouses, parents, children and other relatives on the payroll at the same time. We meet one such family.7:40 a.m.
Finding places for new plays Despite the Twin Cities' active writing community, there are relatively few outlets for local playwrights to see their new work on stage. So how and where do they get their work produced? While playwrights haven't given up on established theaters, more and more they're doing it themselves.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Rembrandt's Unsparing Eye
Museums throughout the world are observing the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt. The 17th-century Dutchman was the leading portrait painter of his day, and is celebrated for his unsparing look at the human experience.
Middle East Conflict Shadows G-8 Summit
President Bush arrives in St. Petersburg, ahead of the G-8 summit there. The president paid his respects at the city's World War II memorial, and met with Russian civil-society activists. But talk of fighting in the Middle East threatens to dominate G-8 meetings.
U.S.-Russia Tension Evident in Diplomacy
President Bush meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, ahead of the G-8 summit there. Their two nations are trying to work out their differences on some very serious issues, including Iraq and the nuclear programs under development in Iran and North Korea.
Pentagon Pays for Students to Learn Foreign Languages
Howard University in Washington, D.C., is one institution where the Defense Department is paying for students to learn less-commonly taught languages, like Korean and Arabic. It's part of a government effort to prepare the U.S. for global security challenges.
Israeli Military Hits Beirut's Airport Again
Israel resumes its bombardment of Beirut's airport, one part of an air campaign against Lebanon that's in its third day. Israeli forces also attacked Lebanon's bridges, highways and military bases. The strikes come after rocket attacks on northern Israel, and the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militants.
Middle East Worried by Israel-Lebanon Violence
Walid Kazziha talks with Steve Inskeep about the regional reaction to Israeli attacks on Lebanon. Kazziha is a Professor of political science at the American University in Cairo. Arab League foreign ministers are to meet in emergency session Saturday in Cairo.
Former CIA Officer Plame Sues VP Cheney
Valerie Plame and her husband, Joseph Wilson, have filed a civil lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney, and a handful of other top-level administration officials. They claim that Cheney endangered their lives and violated their privacy when he allegedly exposed Plame as a CIA operative.
Obama Works to Win Evangelicals Back for Democrats
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama talks with Renee Montagne about his call for Democrats to reach out to evangelical Christians. Republicans have long laid claim to that powerful voting block. He believes that Democrats can win them back with issues like the drive to end poverty.
Middle East Tensions Keep Oil Prices Pumped Up
The latest fighting in the Middle East pushed oil prices above $78 a barrel overnight. The spike is a reflection of traders' fears that violence in the Middle East could spiral out of control, possibly disrupting oil supplies.
SEC Fights Financial Scams Targeting Seniors
Senior citizens are prime targets for investment fraud and abusive sales practices. Aware of these vulnerabilities, the Securities and Exchange Commission plans to devote more resources to busting scams that prey on seniors. Jim Zarroli reports.