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Monday, September 5, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Western rootworm beetlesRise of rootworm linked to more acreage planted with GMO corn
    The presence of corn rootworms is on the rise again, as the pests apparently are becoming resistant to genetically modified corn. One factor contributing to the resurgence of rootworm is a drop in farmer compliance with provisions calling for them to plant part of their land with non-genetically modified corn.6:35 a.m.
  • Meeting the new rentersColleges encourage students to be good neighbors
    The occasional outbreak of rowdy parties as students move into their rental houses off-campus can make it challenging time of year for people who live in neighborhoods surrounding colleges.6:50 a.m.
  • Cathy Wurzer on the MidwayCathy Wurzer plays Midway games at the fair
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer visits the Minnesota State Fair in her quest to win a stuffed animal in one of the Midway games.6:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rebels Tighten Hold On Gadhafi Stronghold
    Rebel forces in Libya have surrounded the town of Bani Walid, southeast of the capital Tripoli. The rebels are still hoping to negotiate a peaceful takeover of the town, a stronghold of embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi, and avoid further civilian casualties. But Gadhafi loyalists are refusing to surrender.
  • Libya Puts Pressure On African Migration
    Since the revolution against the Libyan government began in February, 850,000 people have left the country. That number is expected to rise, given the country's uncertain future. Steve Inskeep speaks to Elizabeth Ferris, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about the effect of the Arab spring on massive migration across North Africa's borders.
  • Airlines Weigh The Best Way To Board
    As the amount of carry-on luggage passengers bring on board has grown, airlines have been experimenting with different boarding methods, with varying results. Steve Inskeep talks to Wall Street Journal "Middle Seat" columnist Scott McCartney about the highly contentious issue.
  • Wiffle Ball: Born And Still Made In The USA
    The slotted, plastic ball has wound its way into the fabric of America. And, unlike so many other cheap, plastic toys, it's still made in America, in Shelton, Conn.
  • Romney, Perry Turn Sights To Tea Party
    Recent polls show that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's rival for the GOP presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is more popular with the Tea Party rank and file. On the stump in New Hampshire over the weekend, the two leading candidates campaigned hard, and somewhat against type.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still A Medical Mystery
    Researchers still are not sure why people with chronic fatigue syndrome suffer pain, exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia and other symptoms, sometimes for years. They have suspected viruses but have not proven which one. Joanne Silberner reports on what that uncertainty means for people living with the disease.
  • Cracking The Conundrum Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    The cause of the disease is still unknown, but researchers have found some treatments that may help. One psychiatrist says that when patients adopt a more positive attitude about their symptoms, it often translates into greater confidence and more energy.
  • Asian Markets Tumble
    Stock exchanges across Asia dropped sharply Monday after Friday's dismal U.S. employment report showing no new jobs were added in August. Japan's Nikkei index fell nearly 2 percent — with markets in South Korea, Hong Kong and Shanghai also posting major losses. Investors remain concerned by the possibility of another recession in the U.S., where markets are closed Monday for Labor Day.
  • Lack Of Transparency On Overseas Jobs Data
    Major U.S. companies are asking for tax breaks in order, they say, to create more jobs. But the question remains whether they will create American jobs or move their money overseas. Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post reporter Jialynn Yang about her recent article on the subject, and how difficult it is to find data on overseas vs. domestic hiring.
  • So Long, Snooze Button
    The latest batch of high-tech alarm clocks explode, roll away, fly away and even make you solve math problems to keep you from oversleeping.

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