State moving too quickly on bridge replacement, some pols say The Minnesota Department of Transportation will release the preliminary design of the new I-35W bridge on Tuesday, but those who were expecting the bridge to include a light rail line, a pedestrian walkway or a bike path may be disappointed.5:20 p.m.
State Fair has just days to clean up wind damage The State Fair police chief estimates storms over the weekend caused $3 million in damage to the fairgrounds. Parts of the grandstand roof came off and several concession booths were destroyed. Fairgoers will also miss some big shade trees the brought down by strong winds.5:50 p.m.
Hmong women chart their future Cultural change begins in small ways. Some Hmong women in St. Paul are starting with themselves. They are part of a new leadership institute that may change Hmong culture forever.5:54 p.m.
Songs from Scratch FAQ If you'd like to submit a song to MPR for our Songs from Scratch project, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.6:27 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Political Power Player Rove Leaves the Game
It's hard to overstate the importance of Karl Rove to George W. Bush, Texas politics, the Republican Party and the national power picture since 2000. Now, Rove says he is finished with the game.
What Rove's Exit Means for the White House
Although he was known principally as a political adviser and campaign strategist, Karl Rove has been a critical part of the White House policy operation as well. The adviser's departure could have wide repercussions.
Prosecutors Begin Closing in Padilla Trial
Prosecutors began closing arguments Monday in the terrorism support trial of Jose Padilla in Florida. The American has been imprisoned for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant, and his lawyers presented no defense witnesses during the trial.
Did Climate Inspire the Birth of a Monster?
Writers are often influenced by their surroundings — but Indonesian volcanoes? Some researchers say that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein may have been inspired by the icy and dark summer of 1816, caused by the ashy eruption of Mount Tambora.
Comic Novel 'Hocus Potus' Takes on Iraq War
With Congress out of town on recess, citizens and lawmakers can prepare themselves for next month's assessment of the war in Iraq by reading a new comic novel: Hocus Potus, from former Time and Newsweek correspondent Malcolm MacPherson.
Katrina Survivor Faces Hurdles in Return Home
Sharon White, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, has faced one snag after another in her effort to restore her home in New Orleans East: first, thieves struck, and now a health problem requires surgery. Through it all, she remains determined to return.
Ambition and History Meet in China's Hollywood
In just 10 years, Hengdian has transformed itself from a poverty-stricken farming village in southern China to the world's largest movie studio. Its 18 film sets include temples, historical streets and a life-size replica of the Forbidden City.
Ex-NBA Ref's Scandal Rankles His Hometown
People who grew up with former NBA referee Tim Donaghy are trying to make sense of the betting scandal surrounding the Pennsylvania man. Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., has sent a number of alumni to officiate in the NBA.
Summer Food: Gin, Blossoms, Catching Crawdads
Any conversation about food and summer is incomplete without family stories. We hear stories about Aunt Hilda's gin and tonics, squash blossoms in Rhode Island's Italian community and catching crawdads at night in Oregon.
Former Iraqi PM Calls for Nonsectarian Government
Ayad Allawi, the first Iraqi prime minister following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, has warned in recent weeks of coming disaster in Iraq. He says the country's system of government should be reexamined and replaced by a nonsectarian regime.