Ship runs aground, sinks in Duluth-Superior Harbor A 1,000 foot lake freighter is aground in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. took on water and sank Monday while docking for the winter. The ships is resting on the bottom in about 20 feet of water. Meanwhile, crews are scrambling to get water out of the ship before it freezes in sub-zero temperatures.4:45 p.m.
Pawlenty calls for 23 bridges to be reexamined Gov. Tim Pawlenty has directed the Minnesota Department of Transportation to recalculate the load capacity for 23 trunk highway bridges with designs similar to the collapsed I-35W bridge.5:11 p.m.
What is a gusset plate, anyway? To learn more about gusset plates and what purpose they serve in the design of a bridge, MPR's Tom Crann talks to Roberto Ballarini, head of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota.5:16 p.m.
What is a gusset plate, anyway? To learn more about gusset plates and what purpose they serve in the design of a bridge - Tom Crann talks to Roberto Ballarini, head of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota.5:45 p.m.
Many Mormons back Romney, but say it's not just faith Minnesota's 28,000 Mormons are probably watching Tuesday's Michigan presidential primary more closely than most Minnesotans. Michigan is seen as key for former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., who would be America's first Mormon president if he makes it to the White House. What does Romney's candidacy mean to Minnesota Mormons?6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
FDA Finds Meat, Milk from Clones Safe to Eat
FDA scientists studying the chemical composition of meat and milk from cloned cattle, pigs and goats say they're as safe as that of their noncloned counterparts. The FDA findings, similar to an EU report issued last week, do not address the ethics of cloning.
The Magnetic Fields: Dourness and 'Distortion'
The band's new album, Distortion, was influenced heavily by the feedback-laden guitars of The Jesus and Mary Chain. Songwriter Stephin Merritt and his band set typically glum lyrics to loud, fast, and fuzzy instrumentals.
GOP Hopefuls Emerge from Shifting Sands in S.C.
South Dakota has Mount Rushmore. South Carolina now has Mount Myrtle, a sand sculpture almost 20 feet tall of the six current Republican presidential candidates. Visitors flock to the attraction with their cameras and their critiques.
Cardiologist Weighs In on Negative Vytorin Study
This week, the makers of the drug Vytorin released a long-awaited study that raises questions about whether the drug has an impact in reducing the incidence of heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Stuart Seides has prescribed the drug to his patients selectively and says he will continue to do so, despite the study.
Scrutiny Feeds Firehouse Tensions After Fatal Blaze
It's been more than six months since nine firefighters died in a warehouse fire in Charleston, S.C. The worst single loss of firefighters in the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, it prompted investigations into the department's operations. That has caused tension with the department, which is proud of its record.
Melodrama, Terror Propel New Grisham, King Books
Alan Cheuse makes a prediction for forthcoming novels from John Grisham and Stephen King. Grisham's The Appeal centers on a $41 million jury award to a Mississippi woman whose family died at the hands of a chemical company; King's Duma Key features an evil genie who goes after a man in the Florida Keys.
Bush Meets with Saudi King; Rice Petitions Baghdad
President Bush's eight-day trip to the Mideast continued Tuesday with another round of talks with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah at the monarch's desert horse ranch. The president also dispatched Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Baghdad to urge Iraqi leaders to speed reconciliation efforts.
Why Has Bush Changed Mideast Rhetoric, Goals?
In the past, President Bush has actively advocated the spread of democracy across the Middle East, but he struck a different tone on his recent trip to the region. Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, talks about why the president's rhetoric — and goals — appear to have changed.
Tucson Braces for Strains of Migrant Prosecutions
The nation's busiest border patrol sector has begun a new program to prosecute apprehended migrants, rather than just deport them back across the border. The program's startup will be limited to 40 cases a day, but even that small amount is expected to put a huge strain on the local judicial system and cost millions of dollars a year.
Federal Prosecutors Eye MySpace Bullying Case
A 13-year-old girl from the St. Louis area killed herself after getting cruel messages on MySpace, spotlighting the issue of Internet bullying. But none of the alleged perpetrators — including an adult — has been charged, because authorities could not find an applicable law.