A new national survey by an advocacy group lists Minnesota as one of the most expensive states in terms of child care. And the group finds that in Minnesota, cost is directly linked to quality of care. The survey finds child care costs are rising nation-wide, becoming a family expense that's more and more difficult to meet. Minnesota Public Radio's Art Hughes reports.5:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Saddam, Boycotting Defendants Forced Back to Trial
Saddam Hussein's trial resumes in dramatic fashion after an 11-day break. Saddam and his co-defendants boycotted the past two days of the trial and intended to boycott Monday's proceedings. But they arrived disheveled and combative after the court forced them to attend.
Arrest in Britain Follows Footage of Alleged Abuse in Iraq
Military police in Britain arrest a man after a U.K. newspaper publishes images allegedly showing British troops beating and kicking Iraqi youths. Officials refuse to reveal where the arrest was made or confirm whether the arrested man was a serving soldier.
Hormones May Help Younger Women's Hearts
New research suggests that hormone replacement therapy may protect against heart disease in younger women. The findings contradict research from three years ago that found that hormone therapy increased the risk of heart disease, stroke and breast cancer, and had no heart-protecting benefits.
Blogging: A Blight or a Boon to Marriage?
Commentator Julie Zickefoose and her husband Bill both maintain their own Web blogs. She knows that their obsessive quests to keep those blogs interesting are changing their relationship, but she hasn't figured out how, yet.
U.S. Olympic Team Sees Gold, Could Lose a Skier
It's the best and worst of times for the U.S. Olympic team at the Winter Games in Turin. The U.S. women won gold and silver medals in the snowboard halfpipe event, but women's downhill medal hopeful Lindsay Kildow crashed in a training run and was rushed to a hospital by helicopter.
Technology Gives Audience New View of Olympics
The Olympics broadcast this year offers viewer-friendly features such as "simulcam," which allows viewers to compare the performance of two skiers. Hank Adams, CEO of Sportvision, talks to Michele Norris about the technology being used in this year's broadcast.
FAA Implements New Runway Safety System
The Federal Aviation Administration has begun the first installation of its latest runway safety system, designed to prevent collisions on the ground. The FAA hopes to install the system at 34 major airports between now and 2011. Critics say the system is overdue and undersized.
Budget Proposal Cuts English-Language Broadcasts
President Bush's new budget would increase spending for Voice of America, but the proposal would effectively eliminate English-language broadcasts, considered by many loyalists to be the backbone of the service. Other broadcasters are stepping in to fill the void.
Shopping for a Car, Finding Old Memories
Commentator Susan Straight's oldest daughter recently turned 16. Given that she lives in Southern California, it's inevitable that she found herself in the market for a used car. Straight called upon her ex-husband to help with the purchase.