Flu cases prompt increase in clinic visits The news of a confirmed case of H1N1 flu in Cold Spring, and a second probable case in Isanti County has prompted an increase in visits to health care facilities in those areas.5:20 p.m.
Flu virus a threat to pork producers, too While there are no known cases of the H1N1 flu virus being transmitted from pigs to people, the pork industry is worried about the reverse. And they're taking extra steps to protect pigs.5:23 p.m.
May Day puppet parade and festival celebrates 35 years For the 35th year in a row, giant puppets will parade through the streets of south Minneapolis to celebrate the end of winter. Minnesota Public Radio's Suzanne Pekow visited the puppet workshop to see what parade participants were creating and find out what the event means to the community after 35 years.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
New Grid May Be Needed, But So Is Smarter Use
Plans are under way to beef up the nation's electricity transmission grid. At the same time, conservationists are trying to reduce the vast amount of power wasted in homes and offices. If we used energy more efficiently, would we need to spend billions of dollars on a new grid?
Despite Dangers, Afghan Girls Determined To Learn
Public education is among the many casualties of the war in Afghanistan, and those most affected are Afghan girls. But despite the threat of attacks by militants wielding acid or worse, many girls are refusing to give up their education, with some attending secret, in-home classes.
'Wolverine': Look Out, It's The Beastly Boys
Hugh Jackman is back as the edgy Logan, aka Wolverine, in a fast, loud origin-myth of a movie designed to cash in on the fanboy fervor that greeted the three X-Men films. Critic Bob Mondello weighs in.
Week In Politics Examined
This week, ailing automaker Chrysler declared bankruptcy, Supreme Court Justice David Souter said he was stepping down and Sen. Arlen Specter switched from the GOP to the Democratic Party. E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss the week in politics.
Obama Faces Challenges On Budget Vows
During his campaign, candidate Obama promised to get the federal budget under control, but the economy went into a tailspin. Now, he is trying to find symbolic savings. But his pledges of greater fiscal responsibility have been overpowered by attempts to shore up the economy.
Letters: State Rock Songs, Chrysler
Stories on state rock songs and the automaker Chrysler jogged some pleasant memories for at least two listeners. Robert Siegel reads their letters.
CDC: Swine Flu Lacks Deadly Genes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the swine flu virus appears to be about as contagious as the average seasonal flu. In examining the virus, it also did not find the genes they think made the infamous 1918 flu so deadly. Dr. Sylvie Briand, acting director of the Global Influenza Program for the World Health Organization, offers her insight.
Africa Study Could Aid In Genetic Diseases
New research suggests how Africa's modern-day populations evolved from 14 ancestral populations. With genetic information from more than 3,000 people across Africa, scientists are unraveling the history of modern humans, where our first direct ancestors emerged, how they moved out of Africa and where they went.
Historic NYC Sheet Music Store To Close
In two weeks, the Joseph Patelson Music House, neighbor to Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, will close its doors after six decades in the business of selling sheet music. From the most accomplished conductors and soloists to young music students, they've all shopped for music and guidance at Patelson's.
Impact Of Souter Retirement Examined
Supreme Court Justice David Souter has told President Obama he intends to retire at the end of the current term, which will come next month. Souter has been on the bench for 19 years and become a mainstay of the court's liberal wing. That was not what President George H. W. Bush expected when he appointed him in 1990.