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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • DFL congressional candidates debate in 5th District
    Four DFL candidates for the 5th District congressional seat discussed their views on the fighting between Israel and Lebanon in a debate held Tuesday in Minneapolis. The debate included State Representative Keith Ellison, former state senator Ember Reichgott Junge, former DFL Party chair Mike Erlandson and Minneapolis City Council member Paul Ostrow, and it was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council.7:20 a.m.
  • Hope for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of ethanol conversion kits
    Governor Tim Pawlenty is urging the U-S Environmental Protection Agency to let Minnesota be a test location for ethanol conversion kits. The kits allow a car that can only run on regular gasoline to run on E-85... a fuel that's 85-percent ethanol. The EPA has to approve the conversion kits because it's illegal to convert a gasoline-only vehicle into one that can run on E-85. Cathy Wurzer talked with Brad Bristol, who would like to see the approval of these kits. He's installed a conversion kit on vehicle and is planning to open an ethanol conversion kit installation business in Long Lake.7:50 a.m.
  • PediatricianHealth insurance costs slow in 2005
    The soaring cost of health insurance rose a bit slower in Minnesota last year. Health care premiums grew 4.5 percent in 2005, the smallest increase in nine years.7:55 a.m.
  • A gas pump in Hudson, Wisconsin, offering E85 fuelHope for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of ethanol conversion kits
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty is urging the United States Environmental Protection Agency to designate Minnesota as a test location for ethanol conversion kits. The kits allow a car designed to run on regular gasoline to use E85, a fuel blend with 85 percent ethanol. It is illegal to convert a gasoline-only vehicle to run on E85 without EPA approval.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rice Jousts with Diplomats on Lebanon Solution
    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins European and Mideast leaders to talk about the conflict in Lebanon at a conference in Rome. Proposals to end the fighting have focused on deploying an international military force to keep the peace between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.
  • Red Cross, Syria Struggle with Humanitarian Duties
    The International Committee of the Red Cross in Damascus is overwhelmed with aid that it can't deliver it to the Lebanese people who need it. Syria is also facing problems coping with the flood of refugees from Lebanon.
  • Senate Limits Interstate Abortions for Minors
    The Senate has approved a measure that would prohibit taking a minor across state lines to have an abortion without informing her parents. The 65-34 vote is the first time the Senate has approved such a bill -- many states already have laws covering such cases.
  • Flexibility Built into Mass. Abortion Law
    Massachusetts is surrounded by states without parental notification abortion laws. A federal parental notification law is aimed at preventing pregnant minors from being secretly taken across state lines for abortions. But minors do have an option for getting an abortion in Massachusetts without telling their parents; they can get a waiver from a judge.
  • U.S. Pressures Syria Through Regional Friends
    The Bush administration realizes that Syria is one key to a peaceful resolution of the current conflict in the Middle East. But the president has so far refused to talk directly with the government in Damascus. Instead, the U.S. has decided to try and put pressure on Syria through other Mideast governments.
  • Venezuela's Chavez in Moscow for Arms Purchase
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is in Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and sign an arms deal. It is believed he is also using the trip to court countries in the region to form an anti-U.S. alliance.
  • Foreign Service Life Disruptive for Families
    For the foreign service officer, life is much the same wherever the post may be. But for their families, each new post brings dramatic changes. In the final installment of our two-part series, reporter Megan Meline examines the impact foreign service life has on spouses and children.
  • Air Carriers Begin to Show Profits Again
    United Airlines' parent company, UAL, emerged from bankruptcy in February and expects to report its first profit in six years. Renee Montagne talks to David Field, the Americas editor of Airline Business magazine about the improved health of United, and some other airlines.
  • Napping Makes Inroads in the Workplace
    Some employers are doing the unthinkable: encouraging workers to nap on the job. And one firm near Wall Street is trying to cash in on the concept of workday napping. It has opened a napping boutique, filled with bankers, brokers and cops who pay $14 for a 20-minute nap.
  • Iraqi Leader to Address U.S. Congress
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addresses the U.S. Congress, one day after meeting with President Bush to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. The two men announced changes in the security scheme for Baghdad, and disagreed on solutions for the conflict in Lebanon.

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