WWII Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest Saturday Funeral services are tomorrow in Duluth for the last living Medal of Honor recipient in Minnesota. Mike Colalillo earned the honor during World War II. The West Duluth resident died last week at the age of 86. Nearly four years ago, Colalillo spoke with MPR's Mark Steil about his experiences during World War II. Steil's original report aired in January 2008.4:50 p.m.
Twin Cities meth use on the decline Fewer Twin Cities area students abused methamphetamines last year according to a new state report. But it shows that other drugs such as Ecstasy and LSD are becoming more popular.5:20 p.m.
Minnesota soldier killed in Afghanistan A soldier from Granite Falls was killed in Afghanistan Saturday. The Pentagon is backing off from its original report that Matthew Ryan Kahler may have died from friendly fire.5:24 p.m.
Muslim leader remembered as uniter Members of the state's Muslim community will gather to remember Hesham Hussein. Hussein, 44, died this weekend in a crash while travelling in Saudi Arabia. Hussein worked closely with non-Muslim groups in an effort to foster strong relationships between people of different faiths.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Market Bounces Up on Poor Housing Numbers
Housing numbers released Monday morning were much worse than expected, and as a result, the stock market is up across the board. Why would the market go up on bad news? The reason has a lot to do with markets wanting another interest rate cut from the Fed and traders thinking another round of bad housing numbers might seal the deal.
State of the Union Preview: Back to Bush's Agenda
President Bush will deliver his final State of the Union address Monday night, seeking to steer attention back to his administration as the economy sputters and the 2008 presidential campaign reaches a fever pitch.
Economy, Insurance Top Issues for Fla. Voters
The high cost of homeowner's insurance is a main issue in Tuesday's GOP primary in Florida. Giuliani has endorsed the creation of a national catastrophe fund. Other GOP candidates have been discussing the economy in broader terms.
Shrewd, Selfish Scarlett: A Complicated Heroine
What business did a young black woman in the Northeast have indulging a fascination with the slave-owning heroine of Gone With the Wind? NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates explains the complicated business of Scarlett fever.
FBI Unravels the Stories Skulls Tell
There is an old saying that dead men tell no tales. But forensic experts at the FBI's special projects lab could write a book from the information they get from a simple skull. The reconstructions that forensic artists build on skulls can give the dead new life.
Prescription Drug Deaths Rise in West Virginia
For the first time in U.S. history, drug overdoses and other types of poisonings now kill more people than guns, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Record numbers of West Virginians are dying in the quiet epidemic, mostly from prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methadone.
Book Details the Defection of 'Comrade J'
In 2000, Sergei Tretyakov became one of the highest-ranking Russian spies ever to defect to the United States. Pete Earley, author of a new book about Tretyakov called Comrade J, and the former Russian spy discuss his case and his motivation.
Sen. Kennedy Backs Obama for President
Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid picked up a key endorsement Monday from Sen. Edward Kennedy — along with some other Kennedys. Sen. Kennedy, a major Democratic player for decades, had been courted by the Clintons, who requested that he remain neutral.
Reports from McCain, Romney, Giuliani Camps in Fla.
It's the final day of campaigning before the Florida Republican presidential primary. Scott Horsley, Greg Allen and Robert Smith report on three of the candidates: Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.