Abortion opponents find common ground in proposed amendment to Minnesota's informed consent law
Two doctors, each on opposing sides of the abortion debate, have come together to support an amendment to Minnesota's informed consent law, enacted in 2003. The so-called "Women's Right to Know Act" requires doctors to give scripted abortion information to women seeking an abortion. But Dr. Jan Strathy, an abortion-rights supporter, and Dr. Steven Calvin, who opposes abortion, jointly support an amendment that would relieve doctors from the state's mandatory language when patients are confronted with fatal fetal anomalies - the certain death of a fetus before, during or after delivery.4:49 p.m.
Disparities persist in Minnesota's justice sytem Racial disparities continue to exist in Minnesota's criminal justice system, according to the latest report from the Council on Crime and Justice, a private non-profit research group that has been studying the issue.5:19 p.m.
Data from 50,000 Minnesota taxpayers gone missing State tax officials disclosed Wednesday that a
package containing private information on 50,000 taxpayers - mostly
businesses being audited for back taxes - has been missing for more
than a month.5:23 p.m.
State looking for free ugrades
The state of Minnesota is planning to update some of its outdated information and technology resources, and it's hoping to do it for free. The Office of Enterprise Technology is asking over a dozen local and national corporations and consulting firms to loan out their high-tech professionals for up to a year, with the corporations footing the bill for their salaries. Dan McElroy is the governor's senior advisor on innovation. He says assistance to the state from corporations is not unprecedented.5:54 p.m.
Guthrie stages North American premiere of DruidSynge
Gerry Hynes is the artistic director of the Druid Theatre Company in Galway, Ireland, and the director of DruidSynge, the acclaimed staging of the cycle of six plays by Irish playwright John Millington Synge. The marathon performance had it's first day-long review yesterday. The six plays can be seen over the next three nights on the McGuire Proscenium Stage in the new Guthrie complex.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Israeli Strike on Power Plant Sparks New Worries
Israeli aircraft attack areas of southern Gaza, part of an effort to force Palestinian militants to release an Israeli soldier captured last Sunday. While no serious injuries have been reported, an air strike on Gaza's power plant has raised fears of a humanitarian crisis.
Gaza Crisis Escalates, and New Questions Arise
The Israeli operation to free an abducted soldier has grown to include the arrest of Hamas cabinet members. That has led to many questions, such as what will happen to the officials. Melissa Block talks with Gil Hoffman, political reporter for the Jerusalem Post, and Daoud Kuttab, director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University, and a columnist for the Jordan Times and The Jerusalem Post.
Wilkes-Barre Avoids Worsened Flooding
People living near the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., are returning to their homes as river waters recede. But flooding still threatens other communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other parts of the Northeast.
New Orleans Marks a Recovery Milestone
The New Orleans convention center, site of much misery during Katrina, is open for business again. The American Library Association just held the first major gathering in town since the storm. In a city where conventions are a crucial part of the local economy, the event was watched very closely.
G8: Iran Has Until July 5 to Reply to Nuclear Plan
The foreign ministers of the Group of 8 countries press Iran to respond to an offer of incentives for dissolving its nuclear program, setting a deadline of July 5 for a response. The ministers also discussed the Middle East and energy security, preparing for next month's G8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Kuwaiti Women Vote, and Run, in Elections
Women in Kuwait vote in parliamentary elections for the first time in the history of the emirate. In addition, the candidates vying for seats in the legislature included 28 women.
Letters: Iraqi Translator, Autism and 'Thank You'
Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' letters. Among this week's topics, Jacki Lyden and John McChesney's story about an Iraqi translator who was killed by American forces; Joseph Shapiro's piece on people with autism who want to be accepted as they are; and our story about thank-you-note etiquette.
Chronicling Cancer, in Graphic Form
Cartoonists Brian Fies and Miriam Engelberg are using comics to write about cancer. Both say they've found one cartoon drawing can distill meaning, humor and sadness more effectively than a 50-page essay.
Supreme Court: Tribunals Exceeded Bush's Authority
President Bush overstepped his authority in the design of war-crimes trials of Guantanamo detainees, according to a Supreme Court ruling. The Bush administration argued that the president has the power to make that decision on his own.
Senior Military Lawyer Was Leery of Tribunals
In the weeks and months immediately after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a working group of top military lawyers considered how to handle captured prisoners. Ret. Rear Admiral Donald Guter was the Judge Advocate General of the Navy at that time.