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Friday, August 24, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • HarvestMark Seeley: Drought may bring early harvest
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Climatologist Mark Seeley about an early harvest for farmers because of the drought that's gripped much of Minnesota. He also says a lack of water could affect fall colors.6:50 a.m.
  • Michelle Bergland  of Moose LakeLegislators take up flood aid in special session today
    The state legislature today will consider a $167.5 million relief package for Duluth and other towns ravaged by summer floods and storms. The bulk of the funding would go to northeast Minnesota, where massive June flooding tore apart roads and submerged basements. Two months later some homeowners are still stuck in limbo.7:20 a.m.
  • Visiting a kioskMarriage amendment campaigns square off at State Fair
    The political season has kicked into high gear at the Minnesota State Fair, which offers candidates and advocates a chance to meet voters just 10 weeks before the November election.7:25 a.m.
  • Brother AliBrother Ali talks about his newest work
    Brother Ali's new album, called "Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color," will be released Sept. 18. It comes after a difficult time in his life that led to a rejuvenating pilgrimage to Mecca.7:40 a.m.
  • Ramsey County Attorney John ChoiLaw enforcement, hoteliers join against sex trafficking
    Law enforcement officials are taking the unique step of training hotel employees to spot signs of trafficking at their places of businesses. And they're turning to the prominent Carlson hospitality company to help lead the way.8:25 a.m.
  • Carson Pankow, 9School districts hope summer assessments give students a head start
    As Minnesota students settle into their new classrooms in the coming weeks, teachers will begin to assess their reading and writing skills.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Democrats, GOP Need Donors For Party Conventions
    The Democratic and Republican parties are preparing for their respective nominating conventions in Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina. That means each side will depend, as usual, on donors to help pay for the events.
  • Pre-Election Legal Battles Target Voting Rules
    New laws on voter identification and early voting are being challenged in court. Some cases could drag on until Nov. 6, Election Day, and beyond. The outcomes will affect voters, and maybe even the results.
  • Searching For 'Bernadette' In The Wilds Of Seattle
    Comedy writer Maria Semple's latest, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, follows 15-year-old Bee as she tracks down her mother, Bernadette, who disappeared on the eve of a family trip to Antarctica. Bernadette is an epistolary novel that paints an acidly funny portrait of life in Seattle.
  • The Origin Of 'Proof Is In The Pudding'
    In a commentary this week on Morning Edition, Frank Deford said the "proof is in the pudding." A listener wrote in to say that keeping proof in a pudding would be messy. The original proverb is: The proof of the pudding is in the eating. And what it meant was that you had to try out food to know whether it was good.
  • Comeback Kid: Brian Baker Rocks Tennis World
    Brian Baker, 27, is a tennis player from Nashville, Tenn., who's had a Disney-like comeback season after being out of the sport for seven years with injuries. Baker started the season as 458th in the world. He's now 79th after making it to Wimbledon's fourth round. Now, Baker will be playing in his first U.S. Open since 2005.
  • In Southwest, Worst-Case Fire Scenario Plays Out
    Climate change is exaggerating the normal swings in weather. For the American Southwest, that means more intense waves of heat, drought and fire that could wipe out trees that have stood for centuries. It's already revamping the ecology of the landscape.
  • In The Kitchen With The Inventor Of Steak-Umm
    Eugene Gagliardi also invented KFC's popcorn chicken. And he's got some ideas about drumsticks.
  • Apple, Samsung Infringed Each Other's Patents
    A South Korean court has ruled that Apple and Samsung infringed on each other's patents and has ordered a partial product ban. Included are certain iPhones and iPods as well as a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
  • Is The Cloud In Gamers' Future?
    The major game console makers have taken a time out to improve on what they've got. Some gamers don't see a need for an upgrade, others know what they'd like to see in new systems. One idea is to store games online, another to make consoles more attractive for non-gaming users.
  • Controversy Brewing Around Colombian Beer
    The legal battle is between a beer called Duh and the brew in Fox's show The Simpsons called Duff.

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