MPR poll on gas tax: Five cents... maybe The results come as state lawmakers are debating a new transportation funding plan that would use a nickel a gallon increase to pay for roads and bridges. Gov. Pawlenty is threatening to veto the bill.5:14 p.m.
Minnesota poised to ban smoking Early Saturday morning, the Minnesota House passed a bill that would ban smoking in all bars and restaurants across the state. Gov. Pawlenty says he'll sign it. The bill's passage comes after a day of doubt about whether there were enough votes to get it to Gov. Pawlenty's desk.5:20 p.m.
Senate backs long-sought amendment for environment, arts The state Senate has approved a constitutional amendment that will ask voters to approve a small increase in the state sales tax,
to pay for protection of hunting and
fishing habitats, as well as lake and river cleanup, and arts and cultural programs.5:24 p.m.
3M and MPCA agree on waste cleanup plan 3M has agreed to dig up virtually all of its PFC waste from three of its former disposal sites in the east metro, and put the material in a lined facility where it would not longer pose a threat to the environment. Those sites include 3M's production plant in Cottage Grove.5:50 p.m.
People in NEED Minneapolis-based NEED Magazine aims to tell the stories of humanitarian organizations and the people those organizations serve around the world.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Judge Refuses Bail for Fort Dix Suspects
A federal judge in New Jersey has ordered that the six young immigrants arrested for plotting an attack on Fort Dix be kept in detention. At a hearing, most of the men waived their rights to argue for bail. But their lawyers took the opportunity to say the men are not radical Islamic terrorists, as prosecutors have said.
Fort Dix Suspects Skirted Law Enforcement
The Duka brothers, two of the men accused of plotting an attack on Fort Dix, were able to keep their illegal immigration status unknown — despite their multiple contacts with authorities. They owned homes and got driver's licenses; one was also arrested for marijuana possession.
Broken Borders? CBS Lambastes, Hires Dobbs
Lou Dobbs of CNN has a strident style that earned him a skeptical profile on last Sunday's 60 Minutes. CBS's Lesley Stahl challenged whether Dobbs could any longer be considered a journalist. But CBS News has now hired him to be a regular commentator for its troubled Early Show.
The Wide Scope of the 'Encyclopedia of Life'
Robert Siegel talks with E.O. Wilson about the Encyclopedia of Life. Wilson is part of the new project, which is a collection of information and multimedia about every living thing on the planet.
Va. Tech Honors Shooting Victims at Graduation
Virginia Tech holds its graduation day, less than a month after a gunman shot and killed 32 people on campus before turning the gun on himself. The ceremonies paid tribute to the victims, 27 of whom were honored with degrees.
Gunman Prompts Question of Forced Treatment
More than a year before the Virginia Tech shootings, Seung-Hui Cho appeared on the radar of state mental-health officials. He was ordered to get psychiatric help but it's unclear whether he did. State mental health officials say that they are determined to adapt Virginia's mental health system.
Long-Lost Charm Bracelet Finds Its Old Owner
Recently, All Things Considered aired a commentary about a charm bracelet that, 20 years ago, inadvertently found its way into the wrong bag because of airport security. Now, one of our listeners has helped us connect the charm bracelet with its owner. Michele Norris talks with the bracelet's current owner, and the woman who lost it.
The Movers and Swappers of Cuba on the Prado
Housing is free in Cuba — but those wanting to move must find someone to swap homes, because there is no system of renting or buying. Every day on the Prado, people who want to move meet to see whether they can find someone who wants to switch homes.
In Music, Europe Likes What It Hears from the East
Robert Siegel previews the finals of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, slated for Saturday night in Helsinki, Finland. This year, the contest is taking a decidedly eastward turn, with finalists from Romania, Georgia, Ukraine and Turkey.
Iraqi Cleric's Timetable Petition Gains Support
Supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are circulating a petition demanding that the Baghdad government seek a timetable from Washington — something Democrats on Capitol Hill are urging, as well. So far, slightly more than half of Iraq's 275 parliament members have signed the petition.