Sioux Falls addresses teen drunk driving
Here's a startling statistic: Every day three teenagers die in this country from an alcohol-related accident. There have been nearly a dozen accidents involving teenagers in our region in the last month. The mayor of Sioux Falls believes the first step is to get people talking honestly. He hosted an hour long conversation today to bring together law enforcement, parents and teens to find a unified message.5:23 p.m.
Minnesota Legislature moving toward video game ban A bill passed by the House and Senate would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from renting or buying some video games. Store owners would also have to post signs about the age restriction.5:46 p.m.
Preparing Borg Queen Barby for battle This weekend Millipede, Mangler and Borg Queen Barby will battle at Mechwars 9 in Minneapolis. It's a biannual competition between remote control robots fighting to obliteration. Design, engineering and fun all go into making the 'bots, but destruction is the only thing that makes a winner.5:49 p.m.
"Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile"
Writing quiet observations about nature the animals we encounter, the change of seasons, and the vicissitudes of the garden: It's a time-honored literary tradition. Parson Gilbert White was such a writer in 18th century England. Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg is a part of that tradition in our day. But in his new book "Timothy; or Notes of an Abject Reptile," Klinkenborg turns that tradition on its head. It is we who are being observed by a tortoise in the garden.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Senators Press Hayden on NSA Spying, Iraq
The Senate Intelligence Committee grills Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, the president's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Much of the questioning centered on Hayden's role in designing two controversial National Security Agency programs, as well as intelligence concerns.
Paper Defends Story on NSA Phone Program
A week ago, USA Today reported that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting the phone-call records of tens of millions of Americans using data provided by three major phone companies. Other newspapers soon confirmed the NSA had built up the database. But a few days later, the phone companies started issuing denials -- denials that have gaps of their own. Now some readers want to know whether USA Today still stands by its story.
Letters: Immigration, Urban Sprawl and Marley
Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' letters and e-mails. Among this week's topics: our series on legal immigration, David Schaper's story on the good side of urban sprawl, and Michele Norris's piece about the 25th anniversary of the death of Bob Marley.
Nagin, Landrieu Set for Mayoral Run-Off
Michele Norris talks with Lolis Eric Elie, a columnist for the New Orleans Times Picayune. Elie has been covering this week's elections in New Orleans, which include a mayoral run-off between incumbent Ray Nagin and Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu.
HUD Moves Evacuees to Front of Home-Buyers' Line
Hurricane evacuees will get first crack at bidding on repossessed housing owned by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. As HUD lists each home, evacuees will have five days to bid. They'll get a 10 percent discount on the price, as well as the privilege of seeing the list of 20,000 properties before the general public does.
In Era of Disasters, NRA Makes a Plea for Guns
At its national convention in Milwaukee, the NRA is expected to demand that police chiefs and mayors pledge never to confiscate legally held weapons following disasters such as hurricanes or terrorist attacks. The NRA is also calling on state legislatures and Congress to make that effort a crime. Gun control advocates call such a move outrageous.
FBI Swarms Farm in Search for Jimmy Hoffa's Body
Federal agents in Milford Township, Mich., a western Detroit suburb, are digging up a horse farm searching for any sign of the remains of former union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Hoffa disappeared in 1975. The farm is known as a place where organized-crime figures used to hang out.
An Extreme Skiier Mourned
Commentator Alex Markels remembers extreme skier Doug Coombs, who died last month at the age of 48. The two-time extreme skiing champion was killed in a skiing accident.
Fighting in Afghanistan Claims Canadian Soldier
Intense combat with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan left many dead, including a female Canadian soldier. One battle took place in the Helmand province following a police raid. The other fight took place 15 miles west of Kandahar, in which the Canadian soldier was killed. Michele Norris talks with Jim Farrell, reporter with the CanWest News Service, embedded with Canadian troops in Afghanistan.
Former Taliban Spokesman Now Attends Yale
Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the former mouthpiece for top-level Taliban, is now a student at Yale University. His presence at the New Haven, Conn., campus has touched off a firestorm of debate about the school’s admissions policy and U.S. security policy.