Juvenile crime a big part of Minneapolis crime increase
Minneapolis Mayor Rybak and the interim police chief will meet with community leaders tonight to discuss the rise in juvenile crime. Minneapolis police officials say they're seeing a rapid increase in violent offenses committed by juveniles, and they say that activity is contributing to the overall rise in crime in the city.5:17 p.m.
Deal will protect forest land in northern Minnesota Conservation groups say the state's forests are rapidly falling to development, and the agreement will ensure that a large swath of land north of Grand Rapids won't be sprouting cabins and condos.5:21 p.m.
Bergson says he won't run again Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson says he won't run for re-election. Bergson says he's doing it to remove himself as a political obstacle in the city's fight over pension benefits.5:43 p.m.
Meeting "The Almost Guys" - almost At a time when many Hollywood movies celebrate larger-than-life characters engaged in cataclysmic events, Eric Fleming and Andrea Michaud wanted to do something a little different. They wanted to make a comedy about ordinary people.5:48 p.m.
Hospitals unprepared for large-scale emergencies
Throughout the U.S. emergency rooms are overburdened and unable to cope with the demand. According to a new series of reports by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the nation's ERs may not be prepared to dispense care in the case of a natural emergency. Dr. Brent Asplin, Head of Emergency Medicine at Regions Hospital in St. Paul says Minnesota's emergency departments are no exception.6:15 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Thousands of Police Hit Baghdad's Streets
More than 40,000 Iraqi forces, along with U.S. troops, are involved in a security sweep of the nation's capital, as a much-ballyhooed security operation begins in Baghdad. For many Iraqis, the most immediate result of the huge police presence has been huge traffic jams.
Bush Praises Iraq's New Leader;
President Bush talked today about his meetings in Baghdad with the new Iraqi government. Fresh from his surprise visit to the Iraqi capital, the President held a previously unannounced news conference in the White House Rose Garden.
Bush Ties His Legacy to Iraq
President Bush's uncompromising stance following his trip to Baghdad may make him a hostage to history, says NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr. Bush's entire legacy rests with the Iraq war.
Health Services Secretary Faces Travel Inquiry
Members of Congress are looking at whether Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt acted appropriately in using a private jet meant for public health emergencies to promote the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Illinois Lawyer Accused of Selling Vacant Property
A disbarred lawyer in Berwyn, Ill., a Chicago suburb, has been arrested and charged with selling vacant properties that belonged to churches and other non-profits -- all without their consent. Philip Radmer is accused of a scam which allegedly made him more than $650,000. Robert Siegel talks with Robert Becker of The Chicago Tribune; the paper's coverage helped lead to Radmer's arrest.
Boring Beetle Ignites Conservationist Concerns
The Emerald Ash Borer beetle is invading the Midwest. The small green Chinese bug has been eating its way through Michigan, where more than 15 million trees have been devastated over the past few years. Now, it's been found in Illinois.
After School, Kids' Workloads Grow Heavier
Over the past few years, kids' after-school schedules have become increasingly packed with organized extracurricular activities. Michele Norris talks with three fourth-graders and their principal about the downsides and benefits of a packed schedule.
Kids That Are Driven, and Parents Who Love Them
For parents whose overscheduled kids attend activities from sports to school plays, the extracurricular lifestyle means a lot of driving. For commentator Desiree Cooper, it sometimes came to spending three hours a day in her car. Cooper is a columnist for The Detroit Free Press.
When an Athlete Gets Hurt in the Off-Season
A professional quarterback's motorcycle accident is raising some question about players' contracts. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger crashed his motorcycle Monday, at a time when he was neither wearing a helmet or legally allowed to drive a motorcycle.
Cleaning House, and Cherishing Memories
Housecleaning is a necessary evil. But at what point do mementoes become clutter -- and when should the memories of a home be taken out to the curb? Commentator Marion Winik pondered those questions recently when she helped clean out her mother's house.