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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Goat with crowdItasca State Park using new, four-legged weed control
    There's a new kind of invasive weed control at work in Itasca State Park. It doesn't use chemicals, but rather stands on four legs. Goats are eating spotted knapweed near the Headwaters of the Mississippi River as part of a three-year pilot project.6:52 a.m.
  • Clean-upWith a struggle ahead, patience wears thin in flood zone
    In Winona, about 60 area residents confronted Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying they aren't getting the help they need to recover from flash floods that killed six. Meanwhile, the cleanup continued.7:20 a.m.
  • Floods in SE Minnesota of historic proportions
    University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley says the recent floods in southeastern Minnesota set some new records. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.7:25 a.m.
  • Drilling bargeGlobal copper and nickel demand spurs exploration on the Range
    Worldwide demand for copper, nickel and other metals has reignited interest in mineral deposits under the Iron Range. One mine is already in development, and now other companies are seeking permits for testing n the area.7:50 a.m.
  • Mud in the houseFlooding adds to pressure for a special session
    State Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatanna, says damage from floods in southeastern Minnesota is yet another reason to hold a special session of the legislature this year. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.7:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Mexican President to Leave Americas' Summit
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon is cutting short his meeting with North American leaders in Montebello, Quebec. He will return home to oversee emergency efforts regarding Hurricane Dean. The Category 5 storm hit Mexico's Caribbean coast.
  • NASA Culture Changed by Columbia
    NASA makes changes to its culture since the Columbia Accident Investigation Board made recommendations, Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs at American University, says. But everything is not fixed. He's concerned that it ignored allegations about drunken astronauts.
  • Fearing Iran, Western Nations Look to Saudi Arabia
    As Iran's strength and influence expands, many in the region and the West are counting on Saudi Arabia to keep Tehran in check. But Saudi analysts say that those expectations are unrealistic.
  • Laws Limiting Car-Phone Use Tough to Enforce
    Three out of four of us are using cell phones in our cars. Five states and the District of Columbia have banned the use of hand-held phones while driving. But is such a law even enforceable anymore? The answer may be found in New York, which was the first state to clamp down on driving and dialing.
  • Italian Village Demands Return of Ancient Chariot
    The 2,600-year-old golden chariot is a star attraction at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, but residents of the mountain town where it was discovered more than a century ago say the masterpiece is rightfully theirs.
  • In India, Religious Conflict and Harmony
    Although thousands have died in recent years in India in violence involving Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims, an amazing open-mindedness exists about other people's religions. And there is a willingness to draw on other faiths. Buddhists and Christians worship at Hindu shrines and vice versa.
  • Tribune Employees Ante Up $8 Billion for Company
    Tribune Co. shareholders have approved an $8.2 billion buyout to take the media giant private. Chicago billionaire Sam Zell struck a deal to take the empire of 11 daily newspapers, 23 TV stations and the Chicago Cubs private under an employee stock ownership plan.
  • European Stocks Slide After Gains
    Investors worldwide are trying to gauge whether the worst of the financial storm has passed. Asian stocks managed to hold firm after Monday's rally on Wall Street. In Europe, shares shed earlier gains in early afternoon trading.
  • High-End Fashion Names at a Low-End Price
    Vera Wang, the high-end fashion designer, is launching a low-end line of clothing for the retailer Kohl's early next month. She's following in the footsteps of dozens of other luxury makers.
  • Wal-Mart Fashion Executive Resigns
    Wal-Mart Stores ventured into high-end fashion last year, launching two upscale brands. But customers seemed confused by the tight-fitting jeans and fur-collared jackets. Last month, the Wal-Mart executive in charge of high-end fashion resigned.

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