Metro sales tax increase proposal aimed at transportation Two DFL legislators and a group representing dozens of Twin Cities mayors are backing a sales tax increase to pay for transportation projects in the seven-county metropolitan area. Gov. Pawlenty says he doesn't like the plan.5:20 p.m.
No death knell just yet for DM&E expansion plan Now that the federal government has denied a huge loan for the DM&E railroad expansion, is the project dead? DM&E still has federal approval to expand its lines, but no financing. People along the rail line in southern Minnesota and South Dakota are wondering what's yet to come.5:23 p.m.
The price we pay to stay plugged in Many electronic devices keep using power even when they're not being used. TVs, DVD players, cell phone chargers and garage door openers can add up to 10% of a home's energy use.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Sadr City Poses Unique Challenge in Security Push
The U.S. military says troops arrested 16 militiamen it describes as rogue elements of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army. The raid took place in Sadr City, the sprawling Baghdad slum likely to present the most sensitive challenge for U.S. and Iraqi troops.
Iraq's New Oil Law May Affect World Markets
The new oil law that Iraq's Cabinet approved Monday declares that oil revenue will be shared among the provinces or regions based on population, a key concern for Sunnis. But the legislation would also have big implications for oil companies around the world.
U.S. Stocks Dive After Chinese Market Rattles
U.S. stock markets suffer huge losses, in a day that will be remembered for its tremendous volatility. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 300 points at mid-afternoon — then it lost another 200 points in mere minutes. The index closed down 416 points, a slump tied to a nearly 9-percent plunge in the Chinese market.
1997 Redux? Markets Slip After a Slide in Asia
Today's dramatic tumble in the stock market began with Chinese stock market, which fell almost 9 percent after it had doubled in the past year, says Michael Farr, president of the investment firm Farr, Miller and Washington.
Tasers Implicated in Excited Delirium Deaths
Excited delirium is a controversial diagnosis increasingly used by medical examiners to explain why people die suddenly in police custody. Taser International has used the diagnosis successfully to defend itself in wrongful-death cases in which its stun guns were also used.
Training Police to Subdue Suspects
Jason Williams, Defensive Tactics Training Coordinator with the Michigan State Police Department training division, explains how police officers are trained to deal with people in a state of excited delirium.
U.S. Spy Chief: Iraq Living Up to Promises, So Far
U.S. spy chief Mike McConnell says that so far, Iraq's government is living up to its commitment to try to turn around the security situation there. But, McConnell added, there's still a long way to go before Iraqi security forces will be able to control the country. McConnell testified before the Senate Armed Services committee.
Lorraine Gordon, Keeper of a Shrine to Jazz
Lorraine Gordon is the keeper of New York's historic Village Vanguard. Recently, Gordon published a set of memoirs, the recollections of a woman who was married to two famous men of jazz.
U.S. Will Talk with Iran, Syria About Iraqi Stability
The Iraqi government is inviting ambassadors from Iran and Syria to discuss security in Iraq, says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The surprise announcement came as Rice spoke on Capitol Hill with Defense Secretary Robert Gates about new funds for U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. Downplays Attack on Base Where Cheney Slept
White House spokesman Tony Snow downplays news of an attack on a U.S. military base at Bagram, Afghanistan, where Vice President Dick Cheney had just spent the night. Estimates of the death toll have gone as high as 23; the Taliban calls the attack an attempted assassination.