How long are Minnesota children waiting? Minnesota's court system cannot provide accurate data on whether judges are moving foster care children into permanent homes according to state timelines.4:50 p.m.
The Institute for Justice aims to make a mark on Minnesota A national libertarian law firm is focusing on Red Wing in its campaign against government intrusion. The Institute for Justice calls itself "a merry band of litigators" taking from the government and giving to the average citizen. Institute for Justice or I.J. representatives say they're here because Minnesota is ripe with regulation.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Insurgents Use Fuel Truck to Attack Outpost
Iraqi insurgents launched a coordinated attack on a joint U.S.-Iraqi combat outpost north of Baghdad, an area primarily occupied by Sunni Arabs. The strike, in which a suicide bomber drove a fuel tanker, killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded 17 others. It ranks as one of the largest insurgent operations in recent months.
U.S. Army Hospital Reported to Be in Poor Shape
Conditions are bleak at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which has been overrun with mentally and physically wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. Those are the findings of Washington Post investigative reporters Dana Priest and Anne Hull.
Mideast Talks End, and Rice Is Terse on Outlook
Three-way talks between the United States, Israel and Palestinian leaders have ended with little sign of reviving the stalled peace negotiations. After Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, she issued only a 90-second statement.
Backstage Pass: Setting the Pins
Listener Wendy Rose Bice of Detroit, Mich., takes us backstage at her bowling alley in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to hear what pin-setting machines sound like from that vantage point.
Obama, Clinton Vie for Black Support in S.C.
Winning the black vote is the key to winning the South Carolina Democratic primary, and both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama campaigned at small black colleges in the state over the past few days.
Heart Group Upgrades Risks, Tips for Women
The American Heart Association issues new guidelines for cutting heart disease and stroke risks in women. Medical evidence shows more U.S. women at risk of heart disease and stroke than had been thought. Some women may be advised to take daily aspirin, but only after consulting a doctor.
XM and Sirius Agree on a Merger of Equals
XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio, the two main satellite radio providers, have reached a deal to merge. Both companies were in negotiations over the weekend. XM and Sirius have both been losing money since their inception. But merging the two companies will face stiff anti-trust scrutiny, and opposition from local radio stations.
In Talk of Chrysler Spin-Off, Firms Angle, Stock Rises
For a week now, there has been talk that DaimlerChrysler might want to sell its poorly performing Chrysler division. DaimlerChrysler's chairman has refused to rule out the idea. At least one newspaper quotes sources indicating the company really is moving to sell. DaimlerChrysler's stock is way up on the news.