Ex-Senate aide Brodkorb sues over firing Former Minnesota Senate aide Michael Brodkorb is suing over his December firing, which came after he was involved in an extramarital affair with the top Senate leader.5:20 p.m.
Minn. seeking outside Medicaid audit The Dayton administration is seeking an independent review of how the state set payment rates for Medicaid HMOs during the Pawlenty administration.5:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Accused Movie Theater Shooter Appears In Court
The man accused of the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater appeared in court for the first time on Monday. James Holmes is a former University of Colorado graduate student. Police say he opened fire during a packed screening of the film, The Dark Knight Rises.
Politicians Shy Away From New Gun Control Efforts
In the days since the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., there's been little discussion of the laws that allowed the gunman to acquire his arsenal. National politicians in both parties are generally wary of offending the powerful gun lobby.
Many Questions Remain After Bulgarian Bus Bombing
Robert Siegel talks with Nicholas Kulish, Berlin bureau chief of the New York Times, about the investigation into a deadly attack on Israeli tourists at a Bulgarian tourist destination. The Israelis believe that the Islamist militant group Hezbollah is behind the attack, with help from Iran, but Bulgarian officials have been hesitant to assign responsibility for the bombing that killed six people as well as the bomber.
San Francisco Thwarts HIV With Wide Testing, Universal Treatment
A new approach in San Francisco provides HIV testing and treatment for patients with the virus who didn't know they were at risk. "Test and treat" requires long-term vigilance by doctors and patients, but early evidence suggests that it is reducing HIV in the city.
Syrian Rebels Growing More Confident In Rural Areas
The Syrian government still has the upper hand in the country's largest cities, but rebels now hold large swaths of territory in rural areas. (This piece initially aired July 23, 2012, on Morning Edition).
Defense Cuts: How Do You Buy 1.8 Submarines?
Unless an agreement on deficit reduction is reached, the entire government will face across-the-board cuts. The deadline for these automatic spending cuts — called sequestration — is now approaching, and the Pentagon, Congress and defense industry view the threat of a budget cut like an invasion from Mars.
Large Calif. Pot Dispensary Threatened With Closure
There's an escalation of the battle between the government and California's medical marijuana providers. The U.S. Attorney in San Francisco has moved to close California's largest medical pot dispensary because it's too big and too profitable.
Two Very Different Cyclists Steer The Way From Idaho To London Olympics
In London, two women cyclists who train in Idaho plan to vie for medals — in very different events. Kristin Armstrong races the clock in a skinsuit in the time trial, while mountain biker Georgia Gould combines speed with technical prowess to navigate rocky descents and dirt trails.
Don't Count On A U.S. Medal In Badminton, Canoeing
Audie Cornish talks to David Wallechinsky about the United States' Olympic weak spots. What are the sports and events Americans rarely — if ever — win medals for? And what countries excel in those areas?
NCAA Hits Penn State With Unprecedented Penalties
They NCAA announced severe penalties against Penn State's football program on Monday in the wake of the sex abuse scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The NCAA banned the team from bowl games for the next four years, stripped it of all victories between 1998 and 2011 and fined the school $60 million.