Rep. Lesch unapologetic about his trip to Iraq State Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, surprised friends and colleagues when decided to travel to Iraq in January on his own. His decision was heavily criticized. But Lesch, who returned a few weeks ago, says he has no regrets, and makes no apology for the trip. He spoke with MPR's Tom Crann Wednesday.4:50 p.m.
NWA reaches deal with flight attendants
Negotiators for Northwest Airlines and its flight attendants union have reached a deal on a new *cost saving* contract. The union is keeping specific details of the agreement under wraps until its nearly 10,000 members have a chance to vote on it. The judge overseeing the airline's bankruptcy had given Northwest and its unions until tonight to continue negotiating on new contracts. The flight attendants' deal leaves only the pilots still negotiating with the airline, as it tries to cut its labor costs by $1.4 billion in bankruptcy.
Minnesota Public Radio's business reporter Jeff Horwich has been following developments at Northwest.4:53 p.m.
Harmony at Capitol may be short-lived The 2006 legislative session got underway Wednesday, with plenty of talk about bipartisan cooperation. State leaders are pledging a short, productive session. But they disagree on what the agenda should be, and that is already threatening their pledge of harmony.5:19 p.m.
GOP peers into voters' data with CD Internet privacy experts say they're concerned that the party isn't telling the viewer that it's collecting the data and worry where the information will end up.5:23 p.m.
Ronald Reed guilty of murdering Officer Sackett Ronald Reed has been sentenced to life in prison, after being found guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder in the 1970 shooting death of a St. Paul police officer.5:49 p.m.
Curling gets more popular Curling is getting more popular at regional rinks because of a post-Olympic glow. The success of the U.S. men's curling team's is the cause.5:53 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
New Orleans Enters New Phase on Ash Wednesday
The city of New Orleans is much more subdued one day after Mardi Gras revelry. Robert Siegel and Michele Norris assess the mood of in this hurricane-damaged town on Ash Wednesday.
Archbishop Focuses on Faith During Recovery
Alfred C. Hughes, Archbishop of New Orleans at St. Louis Cathedral, talks with Michelle Norris about the church's role in the recovery of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
Saddam Admits to Ordering Trial of Villagers
Saddam Hussein admits in court that he ordered the trial of 148 Shiite villagers who were later executed after a failed assassination attempt against him in 1982. He says he also ordered the razing of farmland in the village where the attempt on his life occurred, but insists his actions were not criminal.
Hamas Could Lead Palestinians to Financial Ruin
The militant group Hamas is set to take over the Palestinian Authority soon. Daniel Schorr, a news analyst with NPR, says that, under the leadership of Hamas, the Palestinian Authority may be headed toward financial insolvency.
Bush Makes Surprise Stop in Afghanistan
At the start of his South Asia tour, President Bush makes an unscheduled stop in Afghanistan, where he meets with President Hamid Karzai and delivers a pep talk to U.S. soldiers at an airbase outside the capital, Kabul. The president is now in India.
Nuclear Deal at Center of Bush's Trip to India
President Bush will try to establish a nuclear cooperation deal during his visit to India. Under the deal, India would be able to purchase technology from the United States as long as it allows inspections at its nuclear facilities. M.J. Akbar, editor of Asian Age, talks with Melissa Block.
Iran Refuses Key Condition in Russia Nuclear Talks
Iranian negotiators visit Moscow for more talks about Iran's nuclear program. Last week the two sides announced they had reached a "basic" agreement on a Russian plan to end Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West. But Iran again refuses to meet a key condition that the Russians say is necessary.
St. Bernard Parish Rebuilds in New Orleans' Shadow
Jim Kildahl, a resident of Chalmette, La., is a conspicuous presence in his empty neighborhood in St. Bernard Parish. Six months after Hurricane Katrina, only 10 percent of the St. Bernard population has returned. Kidahl wants to rebuild but he says the area is ignored in reconstruction efforts.
In New Orleans, Not Much Left to Sacrifice for Lent
For Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning Lent, a season of atonement and sacrifice. The people of New Orleans have already been forced to give up plenty as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Six months after the catastrophe, residents talk about what they are giving up for Lent.