Officials tour damage; Gov. says special session possible As residents were beginning to survey the damage to their homes, officials were touring the wreckage from Sunday's tornado in Hugo. Gov. Pawlenty held open the possibility of a special session, if it was needed to secure emergency funds.5:20 p.m.
Legislature sets targets for energy use Experts at the University of Minnesota will set progressively stringent targets for reduced energy use in new and substantially-remodeled buildings.5:55 p.m.
Remembering our region's most recently departed soldiers Since Memorial Day 2007, 11 members of the U.S. military with strong ties to our region have died in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. On this Memorial Day 2008, All Things Considered presents a tiny glimpse of who they were.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Midwest Suffers Hits from Deadly Tornadoes
The damage assessment continues from tornadoes that hit the upper Midwest. At least eight people died in Iowa and Minnesota - the small town of Parkersburg, Iowa, about 80 miles northeast of Des Moines, was the hardest hit. A high school and numerous homes are no longer standing.
Phoenix Sends Color Photos of Mars to NASA
The first detailed color pictures from the Mars Phoenix Lander have arrived on Earth, giving NASA its first close views of Mars' north pole. Guy Raz talks to NPR's Joe Palca at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena about what scientists say they are seeing.
Housing Pros Seen Working Foreclosure Scams
As homeowners fall behind on their mortgage payments and face the prospect of foreclosure, con artists are also taking advantage of the mortgage crisis. The FBI's New York office and an advocacy group see people losing their homes in the latest wave of scams.
An American Veteran of the First World War
At the age of 107, Frank Buckles is the last living veteran to serve overseas during World War I. Host Guy Raz checks in with Buckles this Memorial Day to hear about some of his memories of service for the United States.
China Quake Spotlights an Ethnic Minority
Western Sichuan province sits at the intersection of diverse ethnic cultures. One people particularly hard hit by the earthquake is the ancient Qiang minority, in the mountains of Beichuan. They practice an animist religion; many speak a Tibetan-Burmese language.
Student Jazz Singers of Howard University
Nine music majors at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University are also part of the schools vocal jazz ensemble AfroBlue. Michele Norris talks with the group's director, Connaitre Miller, and listens as the students demonstrate "crunchy" harmonies on a familiar tune, as well as some smooth chords on a cappella versions of "Surrey with a Fringe on Top" and "Sometimes I'm Happy."
Three Books About Sand and Sun
What makes the perfect beach book if you're the kind of person who gravitates toward the literary? The answer is simple: Books literally about the beach, featuring miles of shoreline.
Vocal Impressions: Brando, Channing, Lieberman
In the last installment of our monthly contest, listeners said Marlon Brando sounds scratchy, Carol Channing sounds like a smoker and cougher, and Joe Lieberman sounds squeaky and boring.
On Memorial Day, a Trek to the Capital
We offer some of the sounds of the holiday, from Arlington National Cemetery, where President Bush laid a wreath today, and from the National Mall. Host Guy Raz speaks with people there about who they're thinking of on this Memorial Day.
Iraqi Army Wins an Uneasy Peace in Basra
The Iraqi Army and police are in control of Basra, after a major operation that initially saw the Iraqi security forces at a disadvantage. The Mehdi Army laid down its weapons, but the southern oil city is essentially under martial law.