Report warns of agriculture 'bubble' A Twin Cities think tank is warning that record prices for farm land and crops could be setting up an "economic bubble" that poses risks for farmers in Minnesota.4:25 p.m.
Not a sad young literary man Keith Gessen is a brave man. He created and edits a caustic literary magazine called "N+1" which has a reputation for its smart and often snarky criticism. Now he's published his own novel and is facing the critics.4:49 p.m.
Medtronic job cuts signal shift in focus Fridley-based Medtronic says it will eliminate about 1,100 jobs companywide and about 350 in the Twin Cities. But within a year, the company expects to more than offset the job cuts by adding jobs in areas that have prospects for high growth.5:24 p.m.
From 35th Street to Wall Street: Anatomy of a foreclosure Tomorrow, a Minneapolis woman is scheduled to lose her home. Faith Burns has been told to be out of her house. The bank says she's fallen behind on her monthly mortgage payments and is foreclosing on her. We traced the path of Faith Burns' mortgage to Wall Street.5:48 p.m.
Ethanol producers come under fire in Congress The growing backlash against ethanol arrived today at the U.S. House. Ethanol consumes about one-fifth of the U.S. corn harvest. And some groups blame ethanol for pushing up food prices.5:56 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
FBI Raids Office of Special Counsel
FBI agents on Tuesday raided the Office of the Special Counsel, the agency that investigates whistleblower and discrimination complaints by federal employees. The FBI is examining allegations of political misconduct by agency employees.
Fighting Forces Residents to Flee Sadr City Slum
Civilians are fleeing Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, home to more than 2 million people, amid continued fighting between American-backed Iraqi forces and Shiite militiamen. U.S. aircraft launched four more rockets overnight into the slum.
Roadside Bomb Seals Bond for Soldier, Journalist
Just over a year ago, Lt. Douglas McGregor and NPR's Jamie Tarabay shared a brush with death in the Iraqi province of Diyala. The two recently reconnected in Texas to reflect on an IED explosion that rocked their Humvee and on life since the blast.
Zagat Guide a Sign of Beijing's Gastronomic Rise
A generation ago, there were no private restaurants in the Chinese capital and service was considered a form of exploitation. Today eating out is a national pastime, and celebrity foreign chefs are rushing to open high-end restaurants ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
Chow Mein Plays Special Role in Aging Mother's Life
When commentator Jay Keyser's mother moved into an assisted-living community, he noticed a change in her behavior. At their weekly lunches at a Chinese restaurant, she would order only one thing: chicken chow mein. Keyser says he thinks there may have been a deeper meaning behind her dependence on the dish.
City Center Could Change Character of Vegas Strip
Las Vegas is changing again, trying to turn from a theme-park into a sophisticated metropolitan center. At $8 billion, City Center on the Strip is the most expensive private development in history. The development will include world-class casinos, hotels, condos, apartments, retail and restaurants.
Gambling Industry Suffering in Economic Downturn
Gambling revenues have declined in Clark County, Nev., by 4 percent, the first drop in revenue since Sept. 11, 2001. Robert Goodman, former director of the U.S. Gambling Research Institute, talks with Michelle Noris about how the U.S economic slowdown is affecting many industries in Las Vegas, including gaming.
Ohio's Attorney General Under Pressure to Resign
Ohio's attorney general, Democrat Marc Dann, risks impeachment over a sexual harassment scandal in his office and an admitted affair. The state's governor, Ted Strickland, and other top state Democrats want Dann to step aside. Jo Ingles reports from Ohio Public Radio.
English Mill Town Welcomes Lesbian Families
Hebden Bridge was just another dying mill town in the English county of Yorkshire until a new community developed in the area. By 2001, the proportion of lesbian to heterosexual residents in the valley had outstripped London, Manchester or Brighton. The lesbians have found a welcoming environment where they can raise families without stigma.
Trying to Be Ahead of the Joneses
Apple's sales of Macintosh computers increased 51 percent for the first quarter of this year. Apparently a lot of people got iPhones or iPods in the past year. Peter Sagal laments how everything he does is a demographic trend — and how he can't seem to stay ahead of his 40-something demo.