The changing newspaper landscape The sale of the Star Tribune newspaper this month caps a turbulent year in the news business in Minnesota. Media analyst David Brauer puts it all in perspective.5:23 p.m.
Lives intersecting the headlines Urban crime, Medicare Part D, the war in Iraq, upheavals at Northwest and the decision to close the St. Paul Ford plant. We're looking back on these and other stories of 2006 through the lens of your personal experiences. We turned to our Public Insight Network to hear how their lives intersected with the headlines this year.5:48 p.m.
Farmer tends to a new customer base Pelican Rapids is still basically a farming community. But a decade-and-a-half of immigration has changed the town a lot. That's not just clear on Main Street, If you drive a few miles out of town, life is even different on the farm.5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Saddam's Execution Believed to Be Imminent
The big question tonight in Baghdad is whether Saddam Hussein is on his way to the gallows. There were reports today that U.S. forces had turned the former dictator over to Iraqi authorities. That was not supposed to happen until just before Saddam's execution.
Kurds Feel Cheated by Saddam's Execution
Many Kurds say they are upset about the prospect of Saddam Hussein being executed before being tried for atrocities against the Kurds, says Najmaldin Karim, president of the Washington Kurdish Institute. Robert Siegel talks with Karim, who has been on the phone with people in Kurdistan for the last three days.
Saddam's Death May Come to TV
Iraqi authorities have announced a plan to document on video the complete process of Saddam Hussein's execution, including his transfer from U.S. forces to Iraqi authorities. The U.S. military has been holding him since his capture. How might U.S. television use this sensitive footage in its coverage?
Oil Prices Recede, and So Do Conservation Habits
When gas prices hit $3 a gallon in early summer, consumers began to change their driving habits. But now that gas is cheaper, they don't appear as focused on fuel efficiency. Volatile oil prices are shaking things up in the energy industry, leading to new technologies and efforts to find new sources of fuel.
'Green' Projects Get Serious; So Does the Money
Only a few years ago, the backers of renewable energy projects were known for their idealism rather than their business savvy. No more. Serious venture capital money -- in the billions of dollars -- has poured into alternative energy projects since oil prices started climbing.
Apple Is Warned, But Jobs Is Cleared of Misdeeds
Apple has restated its earnings and admits that it backdated thousands stock options granted to executives. But a special company committee headed by former Vice President Al Gore cleared Apple CEO Steve Jobs of misconduct. The stock market cheered the news.
N.C. Bar Hits Durham Prosecutor with Ethics Complaint
Michael Nifong, a prosecutor in the Duke University sexual assault case, is facing a new round of criticism for his handling of the case. Thursday the North Carolina State Bar got involved, filing a formal ethics complaint against Nifong. Columnist Stuart Taylor and Melissa Block discuss developments.
New Crime Data Has Experts Concerned
Violent crime is trending upward in many cities around the country. Nationally, the FBI says robbery was up 9 percent and murder up 1 percent in the first half of 2006. But the trend is uneven: Some cities are up, and others are down. That volatility has criminologists worried.
Blues Song Is a Decades-Long Music Lesson
As part of our series about students and teachers, musicologist Bruce Nemerov describes the way that one song is recorded by several different musicians in different decades of the 20th century. The older musicians are teaching the younger musicians through the song "Sitting on Top of the World." We hear the song as recorded by Al Jolson, The Mississippi Sheiks, Howlin' Wolf, Eric Clapton, Bill Monroe and The Grateful Dead.
Somalia's Gedi Returns to Capital in Armed Convoy
Somalia's prime minister entered the capital city of Mogadishu, 24 hours after Islamist militias that had been holding the city for the past six months collapsed and fled. Greeted by cheering residents, Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi drove into northern Mogadishu in a heavily armed convoy of 22 vehicles.