Classes start for 'turnaround schools' Today was the first day of school in most districts across Minnesota. For 30 schools that were identified earlier this year as the state's worst performers, it also marks the start of a three-year effort aimed at turning themselves around.4:50 p.m.
Wadena students head to temporary classrooms Students in Wadena, Minn., were back in school today for the first time since a tornado destroyed the town's high school back in June.
They're now splitting their time between an elementary school and classroom space offered by the local community and technical college.4:54 p.m.
West Bank era ends as Bedlam Theatre relocates An era in the West Bank of Minneapolis is coming to a close. The Bedlam Theatre, known for its experimental and renegade work, vacated its current building at its landlord's request to make way for a mosque.5:50 p.m.
Denny Hecker pleads guilty to fraud charges Denny Hecker, the fallen Twin Cities auto mogul, has pleaded guilty to two fraud charges in a plea deal that could get him a maximum of 10 years in prison. Prosecutors say Hecker's fraud cost his lenders more than $20 million in losses, and that the purpose of the scheme was to support his lavish lifestyle.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Scientists: Bacteria Consuming BP Oil
Government scientists say they are seeing a zone in the Gulf of Mexico that has below-normal levels of oxygen. That indicates bacteria in the area are consuming some of the oil that spewed from BP's well.
Marine Scientists Seek Standards For Spill Research
Much of the scientific effort that has followed the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has focused on how much oil escaped and where it's gone. But many biologists say they're puzzled by the lack of an organized research effort to measure the damage.
Renew The Tax Cuts: Good Politics, Bad Economics?
There's a way to dramatically cut the deficit -- by simply letting the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire. But President Obama has vowed not to raise taxes on most Americans, a pledge that would add billions to the deficit every year. And, fiscal watchdogs note, the "Bush tax cuts" would then become Obama's.
Pastor To Proceed With Koran Burning
A pastor in Gainesville, Fla., says he will not back off plans to burn Korans on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, says the church's plans could put the lives of Americans at risk and hurt the war effort.
Gadhafi's Visit Raises Ire Over Libya's Role In Italy
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's visit to Italy last week has stirred controversy. His remarks on Islam angered church officials, while Italian politicians worry about Libya's growing clout in the Italian economy, as well as its human-rights violations.
Chicago Mayor Daley Won't Seek Re-Election
After more than 20 years in office, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he's not running for re-election. If Daley finishes his current term, he will have held the post longer than even his father, Richard J. Daley, who died in office after serving 21 years.
GOP Operative On Homeless Greens Campaign
A few political newcomers running for statewide office in Arizona are raising some eyebrows. That's because the candidates, running as members of the Green Party, are homeless. Republican political operative Steve May helped sign up some of the candidates, and Democrats are crying foul. He discusses the candidates and why he wants them running for office.
U.N. Cites Iran On Nuclear Inspectors
The U.N.'s atomic energy agency has complained that its efforts to monitor Iran's nuclear developments were being compromised by Tehran's objections to giving some agency inspectors access to its program. It comes after Iran's decision to ban two experienced agency inspectors from monitoring Tehran's nuclear activities after the two unearthed undeclared nuclear experiments.
Modern Lessons From Hillel
Not much is known about the life of the rabbi and Talmudic scholar Hillel, who lived 2,000 years ago, but his teachings have shaped Judaism. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's forthcoming book Hillel: If Not Now, When? argues that Hillel has as much to teach the 21 Century as he did his own.
White House Shifts To Campaign Mode
The White House is now campaigning full-steam ahead for the upcoming midterm elections. But the landscape is daunting. President Obama's poll numbers keep falling and the Republican Party may have a historic Election Day unless the Democrats pull off something dramatic in the next few weeks.