Privacy debate surrounds use of newborns' blood samples Parents, doctors and researchers are urging lawmakers to reject proposed restrictions on Minnesota's Newborn Screening program. They would require the state Department of Health to destroy the blood samples that are collected from newborns to identify rare medical disorders that aren't obvious at birth. Right now the blood samples are stored indefinitely, so they can be used for quality control tests or disease research.4:53 p.m.
How will federal budget cuts affect Minnesota? The deal reached between Republicans and Democrats in the late hours last Friday night cuts spending for the remaining six months of this fiscal year by about $39 billion. It took lawmakers all weekend and all of Monday to turn the painstakingly negotiated agreement into legislative language.5:17 p.m.
Flood recap: It could have been much worse The floods of 2011 are still in progress and have caused problems in some areas. There have been two flood-related deaths; and numerous roads, parks and fields remain under water, especially near the Red River. But MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner says it could have been so much worse.5:48 p.m.
On Capitol Hill, Budget Bill Gets Mixed Reception
The compromise spending bill to keep the government running through September cuts $38.5 billion in discretionary and mandatory programs. The Democrats are spinning it as not as bad as it could have been. Big cuts, if you look line by line, come in disease prevention, health insurance programs, high-speed rail and clean water funds. But often it's the smaller cuts that hurt most. Some Republicans are already complaining they got a bad deal
Rep. Price Discusses Budget Bill
Details of the 2011 budget deal were released Tuesday. Robert Siegel talks with Georgia Rep. Tom Price, House Republican Policy Committee chairman and a Budget Committee member. He talks about what's in that bill and looks ahead to the next big fiscal fights: raising the federal debt ceiling and the 2012 budget.
Don't Flip: Camcorders May Be Dated
Cisco Systems says it is killing off the Flip camcorder as it pulls back from consumer operations. But some analysts think this is just one more sign that consumers are leaving behind their camcorders and instead shooting videos with smart phones.
Meth 'Cook Houses' Gone, Demand For Drug Lingers
Five years ago, NPR reported on Riverside, Calif., then the crystal methamphetamine-producing capital of the U.S. Though meth labs disappeared as production moved to Mexico, appetite for the drug in Riverside did not. More than 300 children a year are rescued from homes here where drugs are sold or used.
Koussa Says Civil War Could Wreck Libya
Former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa has been speaking publicly for the first time since he sought refuge in Britain. He told the BBC that civil war could wreck his country, and he urged all sides to embrace dialogue. Koussa is going to Qatar to attend a conference on Wednesday about the future of Libya. His departure has caused some outrage in Britain among people who want him prosecuted for his role in the Lockerbie bombing.
With No One In Charge, Frustration Rises In Suez
Residents of Suez, Egypt, are disillusioned with a revolution they complain has turned their city on its head. With no government in place, volunteers have tried to step in — they sweep the streets and run neighborhood patrols. But some say the revolution was a failure.
Egypt's Mubarak Hospitalized
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been rushed to the hospital. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel have more.
The Corn Belt Debate: Crops Or Cattle?
Soaring prices for corn and soybeans are prompting some Midwestern farmers to consider turning pastureland into cropland. But with beef prices also rising, many are still betting on cattle.
Japan Raises Severity Level At Nuclear Plant
Japanese nuclear authorities have elevated the disaster at Fukushima to level 7, the same as the meltdown at Chernobyl 25 years ago. But level 7 in Japan is not the same as it was in Russia. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Richard Harris, who explores the differences between the two biggest nuclear accidents in history.
Japanese Youth Step Up In Earthquake Aftermath
While their parents found their identitiesin their work, this generation of 20-somethings has been criticized as self-absorbed and materialistic by social commentators and older Japanese. Then along came the events of March 11 — Japan's greatest calamity since World War II.