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Monday, July 30, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Classical CDsWhat's in store for classical CD sales?
    CD sales continue to plummet as digital music downloads enjoy a steady ascent. Classical fans are getting more of their music online too, but many still prefer browsing through the record shop.6:40 a.m.
  • Flight infoMore end-of-month flight woes for NWA
    Northwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend. The company blamed pilot absenteeism, while employees claimed staffing shortages were foreseeable.7:20 a.m.
  • Where is St. Louis County?St. Louis County considers a split
    There's a renewed effort to split St. Louis County, Minnesota's largest, into two. Some northern county residents may want to go their own way, leaving Duluth and its metropolitan region on its own.7:25 a.m.
  • Watering cornFarmers worry about drought
    A band of severe drought in Minnesota is causing concern among the state's farmers. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with two University of Minnesota extension educators about the current state of Minnesota's crops.7:50 a.m.
  • Monday Markets
    Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked about the latest market news with MPR's Chief Economics Correspondent, Chris Farrell.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iranians Divided over U.S. Role in Iraq
    After a second meeting in Baghdad to discuss security in Iraq, Iran's government is sending mixed messages about what it wants the U.S. role to be. Some Iranian leaders want the U.S. to stay until Iraq is politically stable. Others want a faster exit.
  • Savoring a Soccer Win in Iraq
    Iraq's soccer team beat Saudi Arabia in Sunday's Asian Cup final. The upset victory gave Iraqis a rare chance to celebrate. Hassan Al-Khalidy, a 24-year-old Iraqi medical student and soccer fan, talks about the national team's victory and its aftermath.
  • Human History Shows a Gift for Adaptability
    Climate change isn't just about how humans affect the environment — it's a question of adaption, too. One scientist at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., says humans are the most adaptable species on Earth.
  • Japan's Abe Won't Quit Despite Blow at Polls
    Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party suffers a severe defeat in parliamentary elections, losing control of the upper house of parliament. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will stay in office.
  • Immigrants Rush to Seek Citizenship
    Analysts say a surge in naturalizations has been spurred by Congress' failure to pass an immigration overhaul in recent years. Through May of this year, more than half a million people had filed forms to become citizens, up 60 percent from last year.
  • FBI Recruiting Class Shows Language Diversity
    Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. intelligence community has tried to find agents who speak such languages as Arabic and Farsi. A $1.5 million recruiting campaign by the FBI seems to have paid off.
  • For the Moment, Gas Prices Decline
    The average price of a gallon of gas has fallen 17 cents in the past two weeks, leaving the average price per gallon at $2.88. That's mostly thanks to Midwest refiners recovering from recent difficulties. But analysts warn of a new spike in the fall or winter if OPEC fails to increase production.
  • Lululemon, Taking Stock in Yoga Wear
    Last week's market plunge was bad news for many companies. But Vancouver-based Lululemon, which sells high-performance clothing for power yoga, made its market debut — and saw its stock prices soar.
  • Groups Urge FCC to Open Wireless Networks
    The FCC is being urged to ease the way for open, flexible cell-phone networks when it sets the rules for an upcoming auction of the wireless spectrum. Advocates say that requiring winning bidders to open their networks to all devices would lead to an explosion of innovation.
  • Botanicalls: Your Fern Is on Line Two
    Botanicalls is the name of a New York University student project that helps plants call for help if they're parched or overwatered. Moisture sensors send a signal over a wireless network (with humans supplying the voices for messages of need or thanks).

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