Fitzgerald Theater steals the show
It's been 20 years since St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater was restored to it's former glory as a live performance space. Now it's the biggest star in the new Prairie Home Companion Movie. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann walks through the theater with one of the men who designed the restoration.5:53 p.m.
DFLers will wrangle over endorsement for governor Minnesota Democrats will endorse a candidate for governor at the party's state convention in Rochester on Saturday. Vying for the endorsement are Attorney General Mike Hatch, state Sen. Steve Kelley and state Sen. Becky Lourey.6:06 p.m.
Powerline proposal rekindles memory of past controversy
Rising electricity demand, utility company officials say, is behind a proposal for three high voltage power lines across portions of Minnesota. A consortium of regional utilities called CapX 2020 announced the plan today. Money for the $1.3 billion project would come from utility customers. The lines would make electricity from wind power available to consumers. The proposal also rekindles memories of a violent central Minnesota power line controversy 30 years ago.8:21 p.m.
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Zarqawi Was Alive After Attack, Pentagon Says
Pentagon officials now say Abu Musab al-Zarqawi briefly survived the U.S. air strike that flattened his hideout. Briefing reporters from Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell said that Iraqi police reached Zarqawi after the attack. When U.S. forces entered the area, they found that Zarqawi was on a makeshift stretcher.
Hamas to Drop Truce After Deadly Israeli Strike
At least 14 Palestinians have been killed in a series of Israeli air and artillery strikes in the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours. The Israeli military says the attacks were in response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. The military wing of the militant Islamist group Hamas said it will no longer honor a 15-month truce.
Study Sends New Warning on Asthma Drugs
A new analysis suggests that asthma medications containing the drug salmeterol can increase the risk of hospitalization for any form of asthma. The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine revives the debate whether these medications should stay on the market.
Summer's Most Magical Form of Transport: Books
Here's a way to travel, without suffering the high prices of fuel these days: Read one of Alan Cheuse's summer reading book picks. One of them is bound to move you someplace beyond your beach chair.
NATO Set to Take Over Troubled Afghan Region
This summer, the NATO alliance is expected to take over control of the most turbulent part of Afghanistan, the south. Canadian troops around Kandahar have suffered the worst casualties they have experienced since the Korean War. And the Dutch are expected to take over an even more difficult province.
Host Germany Scores Early to Beat Ticos, 4-2
Germany responded to the pressure as the World Cup's host nation with a 4-2 victory over Costa Rica in the tournament opener Friday, a performance that could inspire the team the rest of the way. Captain Michael Ballack missed the game with a calf injury, but striker Miroslav Klose scored twice on his 28th birthday.
Drinking to Soccer, from Coast to Coast
NPR's Robert Smith hangs out in German bars in Manhattan, where they're drinking beer for lunch in anticipation of the opening World Cup match in Munich between Germany and Costa Rica. And NPR's Mandalit del Barco hangs out in Latino bars in Los Angeles, where they're drinking beer for breakfast.
New Appropriations Chair Brings Earmark Questions
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) has been on the House Appropriations Committee for a generation. But it was not until he became its chairman last year that questions were raised about how his seat on that committee might be a boon to certain lobbyists.