Lorna Landvik leaves Minnesota in new novel In her new novel, "Oh My Stars," popular Minnesota author Lorna Landvik writes about a suicidal young woman who finds joy in life while traveling through the Depression-era Midwest, with an unlikely trio of musicians.4:45 p.m.
Bullish on Becky Buller Becky Buller is a lanky, 27-year old redhead who is remaking bluegrass one song at a time. The St. James native will be performing with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike this weekend at the Winter Bluegrass Weekend.4:52 p.m.
U of M pushes for biomedical research money The University of Minnesota is going to the Legislature with a plan to dedicate $330 million of state bonding money over the next 10 years for academic biomedical research. University President Robert Bruininks publicly unveiled the plan in his State of the University address Thursday.5:23 p.m.
Coleman proposes changes to port security As debate continues over whether a United Arab Emirates company should manage terminals in some major U.S. seaports, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., is proposing legislation he says will balance security and economic interests.5:45 p.m.
2006 session: Short and sweet, or partisan polemics?
On the first day of the 2006 legislative session there was plenty of talk about bipartisan cooperation in the air. But a few partisan shots were fired, too. After the last two divisive and sluggish legislative sessions, there are plenty of predictions that this year will go smoothly and quickly. As this session starts, we sought out the perspective of two veteran lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Sen. Bill Belanger is a Republican from the southern Metro area, including most of Bloomington. He's been in the Senate for 26 years. We also called on DFL House member Loren Solberg, who was first elected in 1982. He represents Aitkin and parts of Itasca County.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Gulf Coast Economy Slowly on the Rebound
Much of the coffee, rubber, and steel in the United States travels through New Orleans along the Mississippi River on giant ships and barges. And although the Port of New Orleans is back to pre-Katrina levels, the economy along the storm-battered Gulf Coast is still suffering. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel report.
Laundromats Are Hopping in Post-Katrina Mississippi
Hancock County, Miss., has 8,000 temporary FEMA trailers with electricity, water and sewer. These are small travel units, with a kitchen and a bathroom but no washer or dryer, so keeping a family in clean clothes means a visit to a crowded laundromat. Rich man, poor man -- quarters are what really count.
Oregon Lawsuit Challenges Domestic Spying
A lawsuit filed in Portland, Ore., alleges that the federal government illegally wiretapped lawyers for an Islamist charity based in that state. As Colin Fogarty of Oregon Public Broadcasting reports, it isn't the first legal challenge to the warrantless surveillance program but it's the first to claim specific documented evidence.
China Orders That Ban on Compact Cars Be Lifted
The central government orders local governments to scrap their bans on small cars. The public rationale for the ban is that the cars are slow and clog traffic, but the real reason is that local leaders think the sight of fancy cars on their streets is good for their public image.
Louisiana Governor Reviews Lessons of Katrina
Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco talks with Michele Norris about how her state is faring post-Katrina. She says more money is needed to rebuild neighborhoods and to build stronger levees, but that the reconstruction is a chance to do things right.
Baton Rouge Economy Absorbs Displaced Population
After Hurricane Katrina, thousands of displaced New Orleans residents fled to Baton Rouge, changing the city's economy overnight. Stephen Moret, president and chief executive officer of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, talks with Robert Siegel about the economic impact of Hurricane Katrina on his city.
Sudden Growth Brings Obvious Changes to Baton Rouge
Commentator Andrei Codrescu tours Baton Rouge, the city where he teaches, and comments on the changes since Hurricane Katrina. The city absorbed a large population of New Orleans residents who were displaced by the storm. The sudden growth has forced Baton Rouge to accept that it's a big city now.
S. Africa Study Sounds Alarm on Climate Change
Climate change could create serious water shortages in Africa, according to a study being published online by Science magazine. Researchers in South Africa suggest that a relatively small decrease in rainfall can result in a dramatic reduction in the total length of streams and rivers throughout Africa.
Hurdy Gurdy Brings Instrument Into the Future
The hurdy-gurdy is one of Europe's oldest musical instruments. A kind of mechanical violin, it uses keys and a crank, along with melody and drone strings. Some call it the medieval synthesizer, and a Swedish duo named Hurdy Gurdy takes that term literally. Chris Nickson reviews their debut album.