Amid criticism, Pawlenty backtracks from state's rights comment Gov. Tim Pawlenty said last night he may invoke state sovereignty to keep Minnesota from fully participating in a health care reform plan, if passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Today, he stepped back from those comments amid a chorus of criticism.4:45 p.m.
Sixth Minn. man reportedly dies in Somalia A sixth Minnesota man is feared dead in Somalia after joining an Islamic extremist group there. But Troy Kastigar stood out from his fellow recruits, because the Minneapolis man was not Somali.5:20 p.m.
Crittenden remembered as hero, friend More than 4,000 people packed a hockey arena in Maplewood today to pay their respects to the North St. Paul police officer killed in the line of duty on Monday.5:24 p.m.
Jon Hallberg on Bell's palsy Minnesota's former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman said in an interview he's been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, our medical analyst Jon Hallberg explains with the condition.5:51 p.m.
A tour of the historic James J. Hill house Some of the state's most historic homes will open their doors this weekend for the Ramsey Hill House Tour, including the James J. Hill house on Summit Avenue.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Sen. Levin Seeks Major Changes In Afghan War
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Friday he is against sending more troops to Afghanistan, calling first for serious changes in strategy. But Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is expected to seek more troops.
9/11 Volunteers On Day Of Service
Jay Winuk, founder of MyGoodDeed.org, has seen his campaign to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001, victims with an official day of service become a reality. Winuk, whose brother died in the attack, and Teresa Mathai, whose husband died while attending a meeting in the World Trade Center, share their stories.
Labor Unrest Looms Over NFL
The Pittsburgh Steelers took the first step to repeating as National Football League champions Thursday, beating the Tennessee Titans. But the backdrop for the 2009 NFL season looks like it will be labor unrest, with the players union and the league getting set to negotiate a new contract. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis offers his insight.
Week In Politics Examined
This week, President Obama took his pitch for a health care overhaul to Congress. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times offer their insight on this and other development in politics.
U.S. To 'Test' Iran's Willingness On Nuclear Talks
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said that the major powers will "seek an early meeting" with Iran to attempt to steer talks toward the nuclear issue. But Iranian officials have said the country's uranium enrichment program is not open for negotiations.
Post-Sept. 11, Colleges Take On Law Enforcement Role
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. colleges have assumed new responsibilities for reporting information about foreign students. Some school officials feel a tension between a university's mission of openness and Homeland Security's mission of keeping out problematic people.
Study Surveys Immigrant Experience
Most immigrants who live in the U.S. came with little money, felt part of the community within five years of coming, and would do it all over again. Those are some of the findings of a survey of immigrants conducted by the research group Public Agenda. Scott Bittle, one of the authors of the study, says Mexican immigrants are much more likely to say there is discrimination, while Muslim immigrants are less likely to perceive it.
An Open Letter To Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry's latest movie I Can Do Bad All by Myself opened in theaters Friday. Commentator Jamilah Lemieux wants the prolific TV and film producer to move beyond the stereotypical characters that have made him famous.
At U.S. Open, Grunting Reigns
Those watching the U.S. Open might find themselves listening to the rhythmic soundtrack of grunting. Bud Collins, tennis commentator for ESPN and a columnist for the Boston Globe, says he doesn't think the grunting helps the game.
Doctors Prep For Influx Of Swine Flu Cases
Health workers are anticipating overcrowded emergency rooms as swine flu ramps up this fall. Now doctors have come up with a decision tree for patients with flu-like symptoms to help them decide whether to stay home or visit the ER.