State Dept. official gives status report on Somali famine About 3.6 million people in Somalia are at risk of starvation as the Horn of Africa continues to experience its worst drought in decades.
The U.S. estimates more than 29,000 Somali children under the age of 5 have died in the country's famine in the past three months. A State Department official just back from the region talks with MPR's Tom Crann about the situation.4:50 p.m.
Debate marks start of Iowa's 'Minnesota primary' Two Republicans from Minnesota -- former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann -- are among the field of presidential candidates participating in tonight's debate in Iowa.. and the state Republican Party's straw poll on Saturday. The two are battling to become the main alternative to perceived frontrunner Mitt Romney.5:20 p.m.
Tree stumps being removed from tornado zone Minneapolis Park Board forestry crews started removing the remains of more than 1,500 boulevard trees knocked over by the May 22 tornado. Some residents in the tornado zone have wondered why it's taken so long to get the process started.5:51 p.m.
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl on Minnesota's soda pop tradition Have you noticed the trend in soft drinks? There's a lot more soda pop available than just Coke, Pepsi and 7-Up. It's a continuation of a tradition here in Minnesota that goes back longer than you might realize. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, food writer and senior editor at Minnesota Monthly, tells us more about the state's soda pop tradition.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Turbulence On Wall Street Pauses On An Upswing
The volatile week on Wall Street shows no sign of letting up. Once again, stock prices swung wildly Thursday, finishing sharply higher than where they started. But the picture was a lot less clear in the rest of the world.
Fund That Pays Alaskans Annual Dividend Takes A Hit
Amid the big ups and downs on Wall Street this week, the value of the Alaska Permanent Fund dropped by more than a billion dollars in one day. Valued around $37.5 billion, it's one of the largest investment funds in the world. CEO Mike Burns talks with Melissa Block about its recent drop in value.
Volatile Markets Could Dry Up Funds For Startups
Investors and venture capitalists have been spreading a good deal of money around in the tech industry, but the recent turmoil in the stock market may give them second thoughts. Still, entrepreneurs say they're not discouraged, and most remain confident their companies can find the money — even if it's more difficult.
Letters: Angry Teachers And A Clattering Coaster
A story about teachers rallying for respect draws both criticism and praise from listeners, and a Kansas woman writes that a story about a Santa Cruz roller coaster brought her right back to the boardwalk of her youth.
In Senegal, The Grandmas Are In Charge
Grandmothers in this West African nation have traditionally passed on health education and childbirth tips to the pregnant women. Now, health care workers are coming to communities to teach the elders modern medicine and discuss topics like breast-feeding — so there isn't conflict when the baby arrives.
The Last Man On The Mountain
In the 1990s, retired miner Jimmy Weekley, 71, became an unlikely anti-mining advocate when a coal company proposed a mountaintop removal mine virtually in his backyard in West Virginia. Most of his neighbors sold out to the company and moved away, but Weekley has refused to budge.
GOP Hopefuls Debate Ahead Of Straw Poll
Eight Republican candidates for president will participate in a debate this evening in Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University. The debate comes two days before thousands of Iowans participate in the Ames Straw Poll, an early test of voter mood and the candidates' organizations.
A Look At The Role Of Caddies In Golf
Golf caddy Steve Williams drew condemnation from pro golfers and sports writers alike last week for self-promoting "the best win [he's] ever had," after caddying pro golfer Adam Scott to a World Golf Championship. Their complaint: Caddies don't win championships, golfers do. Lawrence Donegan, the Guardian's golf correspondent and author of "Four-Iron in the Soul," which is based on his experiences as a caddy, talks with Melissa Block about the job and what kind of impact caddies really have.
Supercommittee Complete With Pelosi's 3 Picks
The supercommittee of 12 members of Congress charged with reducing the federal deficit by more than a trillion dollars now has all of its names in place. Who's on board and what they will need to do?
British PM Cameron Proposes Tactics To Quell Riots
In an emergency session Thursday on the violence sweeping British cities, Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament that authorities will consider tougher police action and other tactics, such as disabling instant messaging services, to deal with rioters. Cameron and his ministers are facing criticism over their handling of the unrest.