Officials ID man killed near Lake Calhoun The Hennepin County Medical examiner says a 20-year-old Brooklyn Park man died from a gunshot wound Monday night near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. The killing is remarkable in part because of where it happened, along a popular recreational path right along the lakeshore.5:20 p.m.
Graduation test scores in Minn. show modest gains New data from the state show more high schoolers are meeting Minnesota's graduation requirements for math, reading and writing. But those gains are modest, and there's still a wide gap between how well white students do, compared to students of color.5:23 p.m.
EPA Chief Defends Use Of Oil Dispersant
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson talks to Melissa Block about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She ordered BP to slash its use of a toxic dispersant called Corexit 9500. EPA originally ordered BP to halt using it all together, but backed off after BP said it was having trouble finding a substitute in large enough quantities. Jackson says the EPA is continuing to conduct toxicity tests on the dispersant.
Anxiety Runs High Among Gulf Coast Fishermen
As untold barrels of oil continue to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen along the Gulf Coast express deep-seated fears about what this means for their livelihoods. For many, the spill could mean "the beginning of the end."
Facebook's Dilemma: When Privacy Hits The Fan
User anger against Facebook has been on the rise ever since the company made it harder to protect personal information. The social media giant will announce new privacy settings on Wednesday in an attempt to allay mounting concerns from consumers and Congress.
How One Small Business Is Weathering Recession
Linda Gold, the CEO of a Web strategy, design and maintenance firm called M3iworks, talks to Melissa Block about how her company has weathered the recession -- and if things have started to improve yet.
Jamaican Cleric Uses Web To Spread Jihad Message
Young Muslims in the U.S. are becoming radicalized in a new way: on the Internet. Clerics such as Abdullah Faisal are directing the young men to take up violent jihad. Faisal, who recently set up shop in Jamaica, has alleged ties to terrorist plots around the world.
An Update On Radical American Cleric Al-Awlaki
NPR's counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston talks to Melissa Block about the American-born imam Anwar al-Awlaki. Awlaki was apparently one of the inspirations for the Pakistani-American who allegedly tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square. He says he was radicalized through the Internet.
Democrats Weigh Best Use Of Obama In Midterms
With the Democrats' control of both houses of Congress at stake this year, the White House has to make some difficult decisions about how and where to deploy President Obama for the midterm election campaigns.
A 'Patchwork' Tour Of New Orleans With Anders Osborne
You can find the renaissance of the post-hurricane Crescent City echoed in the life of the musician, who has rebuilt his life after drug and alcohol addiction. Melissa Block spends a day in the city with the bluesy, fiery songwriter.
Freeze On Offshore Drilling Was Verbal Order
Administration officials say drilling permits issued by the Minerals Management Service in the past month do not violate the ban on new offshore drilling. But because the freeze was not put into writing, the details of the ban are difficult to assess.
Report Details Ethics Violations Of Offshore Agency
Officials in the government office that oversees oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico accepted gifts from the oil industry, including tickets to sport events, downloaded pornography on their work computers and engaged in illegal drug use. One inspector even conducted offshore oil platform inspections while negotiating for a job with the platform's owner. The activities outlined in a report released today by the Interior Department's inspector General occurred between 2000 and 2008, and were not directly related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the abuses are yet another reason to clean house at the Minerals Management Service.