St. Paul leaders back contentious school reform plan St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is lending his political power to a plan to reform the city's public schools. Superintendent Valeria Silva wants to focus resources on neighborhood schools, in part by reducing citywide busing to magnet schools.4:54 p.m.
Social issues at the Legislature So far there's been a lot of talk about the budget at the Capitol but not so much about social issues. Reporter Tom Scheck joins All Things Considered to talk more about how social issues are playing at the state Capitol.5:15 p.m.
Minn. GOP takes aim at teachers' bargaining power As state lawmakers struggle to right Minnesota's finances this year, they're increasingly heading back to school -- specifically, to the people that work there. A series of measures introduced in recent weeks aims to reset the state's longstanding relationship with its public school teachers, and curb teachers' labor and political power.5:20 p.m.
Hutchinson Technology cuts hundreds of jobs The company said Tuesday it will move its component
manufacturing operations from Hutchison to Eau Claire, Wis., and
will trim its workforce of nearly 2,300 people by 30 to 40 percent
in the next 12 months.5:50 p.m.
Birder aims to revolutionize nature guides Richard Crossley wants to revolutionize birding. The British author has developed the Crossley ID Guide. Instead of having one picture of each bird, it presents multiple images taken from different distances and angles in carefully designed photo spreads.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Rebel Government Won't Negotiate With Gadhafi
Libya's provisional National Council has rejected what it's calling an offer by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to negotiate. Council members are insisting that Gadhafi step down before any talks begin. The conflict between pro- and anti-government forces remained in a stalemate in eastern Libya today, as government warplanes continued to attack the port city of Ras Lanuf.
Bahrain's Poor Live In The Shadow Of A Monarchy
The island kingdom's capital city, Manama, is lined with glass-and-steel skyscrapers that reflect the blue-green waters of the Persian Gulf. But less than 10 miles away is another Bahrain — the poor village of Karzakan. There, Shiite villagers say they're treated like second-class citizens in a country ruled by minority Sunnis.
50 Years After His Death, A New Thrill From Hammett
Dashiell Hammett gave us Sam Spade, not to mention Nick and Nora Charles. Now, from the long-deceased author of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, comes a never-before-published short story: "So I Shot Him."
Campaign Aims To Open Doors For The Homeless
The New York City nonprofit Common Ground started a campaign to get 100,000 chronically homeless people in 70 cities into permanent housing. In San Diego — one of the participating cities — businesses, nonprofits and government officials are working together to end homelessness downtown. Some homeless advocates are skeptical they'll succeed.
In Florida, Budget Cuts Spark Rallies
Hundreds of people representing labor unions, environmental groups and the Tea Party turned out in Tallahassee on Tuesday. Lawmakers this session are likely to try to close a budget shortfall by cutting social services, education and environmental programs.
Kentucky 'Ark Park' Seeks Tourists Two-By-Two
Ark Encounter, a planned Bible-based theme park, has received the support of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who says it will improve the state economy and create jobs. But critics say his plan to give the park tax breaks as a tourist attraction violates the separation of church and state.
Bit By Bit, 'The Information' Reveals Everything
At the core of everything lies a binary on-off switch, says James Gleick, the author of a new book called The Information. Small bits of information, Gleick says, make up our DNA, our brains and our ideas.
DVD Picks: The 'Dragon Tattoo' Trilogy
Extras include a European documentary about author Stieg Larsson, plus interviews with most of the principals, including one with leading lady Noomi Rapace who, considering her on screen persona, is almost disconcertingly cute and chatty.
A Hearing To Ask: Are Muslims Being Radicalized?
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King says a hearing on "Radicalization in the American Muslim Community" will help lawmakers better understand the threats posed by radicals living in the United States.