PUC puts brakes on fixed-rate natural gas programs The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has ordered two major utilities to temporarily suspend programs that resulted in about 50,000 households paying above-market prices for natural gas.5:20 p.m.
Two babies dumped in river likely share same mother Authorities say they've known for some time that the first two babies, a boy and a girl, probably were born to the same woman. They said they kept the information to themselves to aid the investigation. They're releasing it now in hopes of advancing the investigation.5:23 p.m.
Survival in the Serengeti Midmorning host Kerri Miller and American RadioWorks producer Sasha Aslanian are traveling in Tanzania, gathering information for a documentary on the relationship between conservation and humanitarian organizations. Go behind the scenes and learn what they learn each day.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
White House Defends Libby Commutation
President Bush on Tuesday said he would not rule out issuing a full pardon to former top aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. The White House defended the president's decision to wipe out Libby's 30-month prison sentence.
Columnists Dissect Libby Case Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne says it's all about the Bush administration making a case for war and its willingness to discredit opponents in the process; New York Times columnist David Brooks calls the whole case a farce.
Former Mill Town Struggles to Stay Afloat
A few decades ago, Skowhegan was thriving, home to a parade of factories and mills. But over the years, the well has dried, and some worry the town may not survive at all.
Maine Offers Loan Help to Keep Students in State
Maine is trying a new tactic to keep its college graduates from leaving the state. Students who graduate from a state college and take a job in the state will get some help paying their student loans.
Commander: Troops Flush Al-Qaida from Baquba
Two weeks ago, U.S. forces launched an offensive against al-Qaida fighters who controlled the city of Baquba. The commander of the operation says the al-Qaida fighters have been cleared — or have fled — from the western part of the city in Diyala province.
Presidential Hopefuls from Both Parties Tour Iowa
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, spent Monday and Tuesday touring Iowa. Meanwhile, Republican contender Mitt Romney is on a state tour of his own.
'Unchained Melody' Lyricist Dies at 99
Lyricist Hy Zaret, who wrote the haunting words to "Unchained Melody," one of the most frequently recorded songs of the 20th century, has died at age 99.
Colombia Steers Away from U.S. Plan to Kill Coca
The Colombian government reportedly has had it with the Bush administration's coca fumigation program. Coca hasn't been cut back, and cocaine trafficking continues unabated. The punitive approach also has driven poor farmers to grow more coca and to help the guerrillas. The state says manual eradication is far less venomous, and it is moving in that direction, quietly.
'Indy' Fever Hits Yale University
The campus of Yale University has been transformed into a Hollywood movie set as the cast and crew of Indiana Jones 4 film amidst its Gothic spires.