Northwest's stake in Midwest Airlines raises competitive concerns Northwest Airlines' plan to buy Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines could be put on hold. Another bidder for Midwest, AirTran Airways, submitted a new, higher offer on Tuesday. If Northwest and an investment firm win the airline, federal regulators are likely to take a close look at how the transaction affects competition.5:20 p.m.
Coleman threatens big tax hike for St. Paul St. Paul residents will see a tax increase anywhere from 7 percent to nearly 15 percent next year. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the tax impact on city residents lies in the hands of Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers.5:24 p.m.
Minnesota picks preliminary design for bridge to replace fallen span The drawing reveals few details about the new bridge, aside from its general size and the number of lanes it will contain. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the sketch will guide contractors who will use the information to work up detailed proposals for the new bridge5:35 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Recalls Widen Concerns About Chinese Products
Two new recalls of products made in China are widening concerns. Mattel on Tuesday announced its second recall this month of toys that contain lead. And Gilchrist & Soames is recalling toothpaste after discovering dangerous chemicals in it.
Fans Rally to Save the 'Spindle' Spindle, a sculpture that features eight cars impaled on a 50-foot spike, gained worldwide exposure in Wayne's World. It is slated for removal in order to make way for a Walgreens in Berwyn, Ill. Dustin Shuler, the sculptor, talks about his work and the controversy.
Missing in Portugal: British Girl's Parents Stir Tension
The southern Portugal resort of Praia da Luz has been in the eye of a media storm since a 4-year-old British girl disappeared in May while her parents dined at a hotel restaurant. The parents have drawn international attention to the case, causing unease and resentment among the Portuguese.
The Leadership Only a Man Can Provide
Commentator Caroline Langston remembers the men who helped raise her — and she wants folks to remember that there are things only a strong male figure can provide.
Martial-Arts Masters Meet in 'Forbidden Kingdom'
Hengdian, or "Chinawood" as it's been dubbed, is the world's largest film studio. And it's where the long-awaited collaboration between two giants of the martial-arts world, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, is being filmed. We get a sneak peek.
Coach Assists Chinese Actress' Hollywood Debut
For the past four months, American and All Things Considered commentator Alison Klayman has been living in Hengdian, China. She works as the personal assistant and English coach to a top Chinese actress shooting her first Hollywood movie.
Squirrels' Tails Heat Up to Foil Snake Attacks
Aaron Rundus has discovered a strange behavior in California ground squirrels. The University of Nebraska researcher found that squirrels heat their tails by 3 degrees to ward off rattlesnakes, which abandon their ambush when they sense that it's been spoiled.
Kate McGarry, Singing Outside the Lines of Jazz
Kate McGarry is an equal opportunity vocalist. On her new CD, she revamps jazz standards with hints of popular music, and infuses her natural jazz instincts into pop, folk and original compositions.
Schools Worry About Fate of Desegregation Efforts
As schools around the country gear up for another year, officials must decide whether they can continue using race-based systems to assign students to schools. In June, the Supreme Court struck down the use of race in Seattle and Louisville, Ky.