Sen. Pappas, Rep. Daudt offer end-of-session perspectives MPR's All Things Considered followed veteran DFL Sen. Sandy Pappas of St. Paul and freshman GOP Rep. Kurt Daudt of Crown throughout the 2011 legislative session. The session has ended without a budget deal, and Pappas and Daudt spoke to MPR's Tom Crann to reflect on the session.4:50 p.m.
Medical services in tornado zone returning to normal Most health services in north Minneapolis are back to normal now after a tornado knocked out power last week. But caregivers still expect to be dealing with the fallout from the storm for months. Residents are facing issues that range from problems getting prescriptions to stress-related illness.5:20 p.m.
Minn. AG seeks end to CenterPoint tiered gas rates Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson
is asking the state Public Utilities Commission to suspend a
CenterPoint Energy pilot rate pricing program in which customers
are charged progressively more as their gas usage increases.5:25 p.m.
Cube Critics talk about mutant superheroes The Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr sit in adjoining cubicles at Minnesota Public Radio News, and their conversation usually centers on cinema. On this week's edition of Cube Critics, it's mutant superheroes and a deeply philosophical flick.6:25 p.m.
Boy's Brutal Death Becomes Rallying Cry For Syrians
A family member says Hamza al-Khateeb was killed after being separated from his parents at a protest in Syria. After a shockingly graphic cellphone video of his mutilated body spread, Syrian protesters began shouting the boy's name. He has become a symbol of the victims of the government's crackdown on dissent.
Abortion Foes Push To Redefine Personhood
Activists want to rewrite laws to recognize someone as a person from the moment a sperm fertilizes an egg. But a redefinition could threaten the use of a long list of commonly used contraceptives, including some birth control pills and the intrauterine device.
Asylum Seekers In Japan Face Difficult Obstacles
Japan is one of the most anti-immigrant countries in the industrialized world. Sweden, with roughly the same land area as Japan but an economy only about 10 percent as large, received over 30,000 applications for asylum last year. Japan received just 1,200 applications — and approved 400, almost all of them from a single country: Myanmar. The few refugees who reside in Japan say they are treated poorly and are detained for long periods of time.
Journalist Treks Along Entire U.S.-Mexican Border
The U.S.-Mexican border is 1,933 miles long. It is a tough land full of deserts and mountains. And it can be a dangerous area populated with gangsters and smugglers. It is also an area that millions of people cross every year to illegally reach the U.S. Luke Dittrich is a contributing editor for Esquire and is walking the entire border for a year-long series for the magazine. Robert Siegel speaks with Dittrich about the first part of the series that appeared in the May issue of Esquire.
Review: 'Leviathans Of Jupiter'
A successful book of science fiction begets a sequel from author Ben Bova. Leviathans of Jupiter follows physicist Grant Archer's return to the hostile, planet-wide ocean on Jupiter, which he discovered in Bova's earlier novel titled after the solar system's largest planet. The character seeks to learn more about the creatures he discovered on his first visit.
My Morning Jacket: Home Again
On its new album, the band largely puts aside its past experiments with reggae, funk and metal, opting instead for a more focused and consistent Southern rock sound.
Obama, House GOP Talk Debt; Neither Side Blinks
The House Republican Conference met with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday, just one day after the House voted overwhelmingly not to raise the nation's debt ceiling. Although both parties agree on the problem, they don't agree on the solution.