Court hearing expected in missing Somali men case A court hearing is the latest development in the story of a group of Somali refugees, living in the Twin Cities, who returned to Somalia, and may have fought alongside a terrorist group.5:20 p.m.
What is the role of courts in net neutrality? When Minnesota Sen. Al Franken got his chance to question Supreme Court nominee Sonya Sotamayor today, he delved into the issue of net neutrality. Law professor William McGeveran told MPR's Tom Crann that policy to regulate the Internet is in a state of flux.5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
California's Governor: Just A Guy Passing Through?
When California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took office in 2003, he said he would restore voters' confidence. As the state faces a worse fiscal crisis than it did then, his legacy is in peril. While some say his "inside game" has failed, others say he played into the hands of the political establishment.
Haitians Seek Remedies For Environmental Ruin
Much of Haiti is an environmental disaster area, its mountains stripped of trees, its soil easily eroded by heavy rains that produce deadly floods and mudslides. Activists and entrepreneurs are coming up with ideas to reverse that damage.
Radio Reads: Books Capture The Essence Of The Dial
Critic Troy Patterson suggests three books that bring to life the immediacy and excitement of radio. Tune into any of them for keen commentary, muscular storytelling and the fine sound of a distinctive voice.
Calif. Measure Aimed At Illegal Immigrants' Kids
The man behind a ballot initiative that would deny benefits to the children of illegal immigrants even if those children are U.S. citizens says it would discourage illegal immigrants from giving birth here. Ted Hilton says the 14th Amendment gives Congress and the courts the ability to say who is not a citizen.
U.K. Comes To Grip With Afghan Casualties
The head of the British army says more troops are needed in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province where U.S. Marines and British soldiers are fighting a campaign to uproot the Taliban. Meanwhile, the British public is coming to terms with the cost of the Afghan campaign, after 15 soldiers were killed in action in the first 10 days of this month.
Obama Pushes Health Care Overhaul
President Obama has said health care will top his agenda for the next several weeks in hopes of getting a bill through each house of Congress by the august recess. Although he praised lawmakers Wednesday for moving forward on health care overhaul, there is still a long way to go.
Hoyer Says Health Care Overhaul Possible
Health care overhaul is issue No. 1 for Democrats in Washington. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says President Obama's plan for a total overhaul of health care is on track. House Democrats moved one step closer Tuesday when they released a 1,000-page proposal for change. Hoyer discusses the Democratic proposals.
Is The Worst Over For U.S. Banks?
JPMorgan Chase is expected to deliver strong profits Thursday, a day after Goldman Sachs' better-than-expected earnings, providing much-needed good news for U.S. banks. This week's news may mean that the largest U.S. banks are more than just surviving.
Pizza And Soda? That'll Be $23 Quadrillion, Please
Jon Seale recently charged a slice of pizza and a Coke to his Visa card. The amount he saw on his online statement: $23,148,855,308,184,500. It turns out he wasn't alone. A small number of people, all using their Visa cards, were charged the same amount.
Skeletons Of The Auto Industry Linger Across U.S.
In all, 21 Chrysler and General Motors plants will be closed permanently or idled over the next few years. In addition to the loss of thousands of jobs, the closures can mean a substantial drop in tax revenue for affected communities. Some cities converted the vacant auto plants into other businesses in an attempt to reinvent their economies.