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Monday, August 11, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Barbara, Elisabeth and Todd BachmanSecurity in Beijing tightens after attack on Minnesota couple
    Security around the Beijing Olympics is tighter after a weekend attack on a Minnesota couple. Bachman's CEO Todd Bachman died Saturday after being attacked by a man with a knife.6:50 a.m.
  • University Ave.University Avenue business owners step up opposition to LRT
    Some St. Paul community organizations are escalating their opposition to the proposed Central Corridor light rail project.7:20 a.m.
  • Longtime St. Paul columnist Don Boxmeyer dies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Don Boxmeyer has died after a long illness. Boxmeyer was 67 years old. He wrote about many of St. Paul's most colorful characters during more than 35 years as a reporter and columnist with the newspaper.7:24 a.m.
  • Traders at the New York Stock ExchangeMarkets with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest economic news.7:50 a.m.
  • Bog walkersBoardwalk gives visitors better access to Big Bog
    The Red Lake Bog covers nearly 600 square miles in northern Minnesota. Until a few years ago, walking into this bog's spongy landscape was only for the most adventurous. But the bog is now accessible to anyone, thanks to a mile-long boardwalk.7:54 a.m.
  • Jon GordonFuture Tense with Jon Gordon
    A new book explores the growing threats to cyber security. Every day, potential thieves are gathering information on the Internet to help them steal from individuals, and very little is being done to stop them.8:20 a.m.
  • Coleman and FrankenNext Coleman-Franken 'debate' unfolds in cyberspace
    Starting tomorrow, U.S. Senate candidates Al Franken and Norm Coleman will answer questions on YouTube. It's part of a YouTube program called "You Choose '08," which is highlighting some of the biggest congressional races in the country.8:24 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Russia Steps Up Assault As Georgia Withdraws
    The battle between Russia and Georgia shows no sign of letting up. The conflict was triggered by a Georgian ground offensive into the Russian-backed breakaway region of South Ossetia. Now Georgia's president says he's withdrawing forces from the area and publicly calling for a cease-fire. But Russia continues its bombardment of Georgian territory.
  • Russia In Georgia: Aggressor Or Peacekeeper?
    While Russia and Georgia are battling in South Ossetia, they are also engaged in a propaganda war on the world stage. Western nations friendly to Georgia have condemned Russia's attacks against its neighbor. Moscow counters that its actions are a legitimate peacekeeping operation.
  • Ballet's 'Flying Cuban' Looks Toward Home
    Ballet dancer Carlos Acosta is known for powerful leaps that make him seem to fly. Those leaps have earned him comparisons with Nureyev and Baryshnikov. He grew up in a poor neighborhood outside Havana. How that boy became a man who dances with grace and power is the subject of Acosta's memoir, No Way Home.
  • Bolivia's President Survives Recall Referendum
    Bolivian President Evo Morales has survived a referendum vote called after a power struggle with regional governors. Since taking office in 2006, the leftist leader has nationalized industries and spent state funds on social programs.
  • China's Basketball Fans Drawn To NBA Stars
    The U.S. Olympic basketball team easily beat China over the weekend. Basketball has become more and more popular in China, where the NBA's Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant were favorites among fans watching the game Sunday.
  • Soul Legend Isaac Hayes, From 'Shaft' To 'Chef'
    Isaac Hayes, the legendary soul singer and composer, died Sunday in Memphis, Tenn. He was 65. His signature sound laid the groundwork for the lush orchestrations of disco and the hip vocals of rap. He was known more recently as the voice of "Chef" on South Park.
  • Verizon's Union Contract Includes Pay Raise
    One of the country's biggest telecommunications companies has agreed on a new contract for 65,000 of its union workers. A union leader calls the deal with Verizon a "breakthrough." Talks over a new contract had stalled over the issue of health care.
  • NBC's Olympic Challenge: Measuring Viewership
    U.S. viewership of the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Summer Olympics was 19 percent higher than it was for the Athens Games in 2004. But accurately measuring viewers will be a significant challenge for NBC.
  • Missouri's 'Tightwad Bank' Re-Opens
    Tightwad Bank in Missouri has re-opened. The latest incarnation of this bank includes low-fee banking and debit cards emblazoned with the word "Tightwad." While many banks are struggling, this bank hopes to capture attention and investors with its quirky name and the slogan, "The bank with a sense of humor."
  • U.S. Olympic Teams' Official Detergent: Win
    Logos for McDonald's and Coca-Cola are plastered everywhere in Beijing, but smaller brands have also been given the chance to win big at the Summer Olympics — like the U.S. Olympic Committee's official detergent: Win. It's specially formulated to get smells out of hi-tech athletic wear.

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