Developer submits plans for controversial St. Paul project St. Paul developer Jerry Trooien announced today he has submitted the city paperwork for his huge Bridges of St. Paul project. St. Paul officials have criticized Trooien for moving too far ahead with the housing, entertainment and hotel project without the city approvals he needs. Trooien's dream needs to overcome opposition from the project's neighbors and skepticism in city hall.4:44 p.m.
South Dakota prepares for execution South Dakota could execute it's first death row inmate since 1947, next week. Elijah Page has given up his right to appeal his conviction for the brutal murder of a man in March of 2000.5:45 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bush Brings Cash, Strategy to Fall Elections
As the Bush administration gears up for midterm elections, President Bush and Vice President Cheney are raising large sums of campaign money for GOP candidates. And the White House has dusted off a political strategy that won two consecutive elections.
Brazile Lays Out a Strategy for Democrats
In this fall's elections, the Democrats hope to cash in on public unrest with the situation in Iraq, as well as issues of privacy. Robert Siegel talks with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile about how the Democratic Party should approach the upcoming midterm elections -- in terms of a basic policy platform and encouraging voter turnout.
Congress Names What It Names
How do you get your name on a big federal building? It helps to be important in the federal government, and to have died recently. But lately, that second requirement seems to have been suspended.
Pluto, the Un-Planet?
The world's astronomers finally voted today on the highly controversial issue of how to define a planet. The official definition means Pluto is no longer a planet. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports on the pandemonium in the convention halls of Prague, where the astronomers are meeting.
Letters: Pluto, and a Cemetery
Each Thursday we read from listeners' emails. Pluto's demotion from full-fledged planet to "dwarf planet" has brought in a lot of letters. We hear your creative suggestion of a new status for Pluto. Also, comments on a mixup in a cemetery, and new lyrics for the old musical "The Fantasticks".
'Plan B' Gets FDA's Over-Counter Approval
Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Julie Rovner about the Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve sales of the so-called morning-after pill without a prescription. The new rules allow women over 18 to buy the "Plan B" drug over the counter. The decision comes after three years of national debate over access to emergency contraception.
Analyst: Blame Investors for High Gas Prices
Everyone knows that oil prices are high because demand has boomed in places like China, while supply has remained stagnant or fallen. But some oil analysts are focusing on a different issue: the amount of oil that's being held off the market in storage. These analysts say the oil market has created big incentives to hold on to oil rather then sell it.
A Vermont Family Adapts to Rising Energy Prices
High fuel prices have people all over the country thinking about their driving habits and expenses. Reporter Steve Zind profiles a Vermont family that has cut back on driving and even added a third car to the driveway so they can leave the pickup and the SUV at home.
Auburn Prepares for Post-Scandal Football Season
The pressure is on for Auburn University's football team. In 2004, it finished its season ranked number two in the country. But it also is under pressure academically after The New York Times reported on a problem in two departments where students, including athletes, were receiving good grades but perhaps doing very little to earn them.
USA Basketball's Rebirth: Next Stage
The U.S. national basketball team has won its fifth straight game at the World Basketball Championship in Japan. Team USA defeated Team Senegal, 103-58, marking what could be a turn-around for the team, which made poor showings at the 2002 world championship and 2004 Olympics.