H1N1 outbreak revealed seasonal flu lingered in Minn. The new H1N1 influenza outbreak occurred just as the seasonal flu typically fades in Minnesota. The state's heightened flu surveillance due to H1N1 showed that seasonal flu may be lingering a bit longer than usual this year.5:20 p.m.
Budget clock is ticking at Capitol State lawmakers have less than two weeks left in the legislative session to wrap up a new two-year state budget. But there's little sign of progress lately.5:51 p.m.
Brett Favre in Vikings purple? Brett Favre is reportedly going to meet with
Vikings coach Brad Childress at an undisclosed location later this week, to assess whether Favre wants to come out of retirement to play for Minnesota.5:55 p.m.
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Work Continues On Flu Plan, Napolitano Says
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says health officials and pharmaceutical companies are continuing to work on the manufacture and distribution of flu vaccine, as schools reopen and concerns about the H1N1 flu begin to subside.
Obama Flu Response Relied On Bush Plan
The Obama administration's response to the swine flu outbreak is largely based on a playbook that was developed by the Bush administration. The plan was developed in the aftermath of the 2005 bird flu outbreak, and those involved say the Obama administration has followed the playbook, and that it seems to have worked.
Authors On 'The Final Four Of Everything'
Almost every sports fan has filled out a bracket before the NCAA men's basketball tournament. What if instead of a tourney of college hoops teams, you had a bracket of memorable speech lines, or greatest Jewish baseball players or, well, just about anything? What you get is The Final Four of Everything by editors Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir.
Obama Seeks $17B In Budget Cuts
President Obama released Thursday the "appendix" for his fiscal 2010 budget. It filled in details about agency-by-agency funding requests and included suggested cuts from the Obama administration. GOP leaders are combing through government spending, hoping to trump the president's budget cuts with their own.
Unsterilized VA Equipment Infects Many
Thousands of former servicemembers may have been treated with endoscopic equipment that wasn't properly sterilized, exposing them to the body fluids of others at three Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in Florida. Dr. James P. Bagian, director of the National Center for Patient Safety at the VA, offers his insight.
For Parents, Justice Elusive In China School Collapse
The most politically sensitive story to come out of the earthquake that hit southwest China last May is the question of why so many schools collapsed. Since the earthquake, parents who have demanded accountability for the deaths of their children have been punished. One couple shares their frustration.
China Releases Toll Of Children Killed In Quake
In its first official tally of children killed in last year's earthquake, the Chinese government said Thursday that more than 5,300 died. NPR's Melissa Block and Anthony Kuhn talk about the government's response to angry parents, activists and the media over the past year.
Letters: China, Willems
Listeners responds to Melissa Block's reporting from China and the interview with cartoonist Mo Willems. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' comments.
The Fat Alien Sings: A Klingon-Language Opera
Because it's billed as a prequel, the new Star Trek movie has at least one notable omission: the bumpy-headed warriors known as Klingons. But that isn't stopping one experimental theater company from going boldly where no theater company has gone before. Seriously.
Results Of Banks' Stress Tests Unveiled
Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and others short on capital, according to the results of the government's stress tests issued Thursday. Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and American Express are among the banks regulators say don't need an added cushion against losses.