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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Twins ballparkTwins stadium opponents haven't given up yet
    Opponents of the Hennepin County Twins ballpark finance plan showed up in force for a public hearing Tuesday night in Minneapolis. A few dozen people voiced their opposition to the plan that would impose a countywide sales tax to raise nearly $400 million for the stadium construction. The board is expected to pass the measure next week.7:25 a.m.
  • Bush's panel discussionBush visit energizes Republicans
    President Bush mixed policy and politics into a four and a half hour trip to Minnesota Tuesday. The president led a panel discussion on health care in Minnetonka and later appeared at a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Michele Bachmann in Wayzata.7:30 a.m.
  • Oil RefineryTribal refinery plan draws national attention
    A proposed oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian reservation is seen as a solution to poverty by tribal leaders. But the plan has many critics and skeptics.7:49 a.m.
  • Minnesota State Fair prepares for success, others struggle
    Some state fairs have had major drops in attendance in recent years, leaving their states to cover increasing losses. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim Tucker, President and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, a voluntary organization that represents more than 1,300 various state fairs, festivals and shows.7:54 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Italy Ready to Lead Lebanon Cease-Fire Force
    European officials meet in Brussels for talks on the composition of a peacekeeping mission to support a U.N.-negotiated cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. Italy says it's ready to lead the 15,000-strong international force.
  • Israelis Skeptical that Lebanon Peace will Hold
    Fallout from Israel's offensive against Hezbollah in Lebanon is growing. Public faith in the cease-fire appears to be weak, with many believing it will not hold. Also, army reservists have been publicly questioning how the country's leadership handled the war.
  • Chinese Crackdown Fails to Stem Counterfeit Goods
    On just about any busy city street in China, nothing seems as real as a fake name-brand bargain. The Chinese government says it's cracking down, but its battle against copyright pirates has a long way to go.
  • Study Cites Danger of Carrying Extra Weight
    A study from the National Cancer Institute finds that 50-year-olds who are even a little overweight have a greater chance of dying prematurely. And the heavier you are, the greater the risk. The study was published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Do Charter Schools Make the Grade?
    For a decade charter schools have been touted as an alternative to under performing public schools. But a new government survey shows these schools lagging slightly behind public schools in student achievement.
  • Miami Schools Try to Ban Cuba Book
    The Miami-Dade school board seeks to ban a book on Cuba, saying its portrait of life there is overly positive. A federal judge has ordered Vamos a Cuba back on school library shelves while the district fights a lawsuit aimed at keeping the book available.
  • Reality Show Features Real Congressman, Staff
    The Hill premiers tonight on the Sundance Channel. It's a reality show that features Congressman Robert Wexler and his staff. You may remember Congressman Wexler from an appearance on the Colbert Report where, tongue in cheek, he expressed a fondness for cocaine and prostitutes. Why is this congressman doing edgy TV?
  • Body Requires Rest to Nourish Soul
    The Pope recently suggested that people should try not to work too much. In a speech last Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI invoked the wisdom a 12th-century saint, saying too much work is bad for the soul.
  • Northwest's Advice to the Laid Off: Dumpster Dive
    Losing your job hurts. But earlier this month, Northwest Airlines made things even worse. The company gave pink-slipped employees a tip sheet on how to cut living expenses. Among the suggestions: Rummage through other people's garbage.
  • Employers Tap Web for Employee Information
    More employers are looking online to learn about their employees. Some people are putting sensitive personal information on Web sites, such as myspace.com and friendster.com. And some employers are watching.

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