Traffic deaths drop three years in a row
2006 was the safest in nearly 60 years on Minnesota's roads and highways. Preliminary figures show 475 people died in traffic accidents last year, a 12 percent decrease from the year before and the lowest number since 1945.
State Patrol Chief Mark Dunaski spoke with MPR's Tom Crann about the good year in traffic safety.5:53 p.m.
Bush May Have Lost Chance to Tailor Bugging Law
The Bush administration's decision to eavesdrop on some domestic phone conversations without a court order spurred complaints, but it also led to proposals to adjust federal law to allow precisely such surveillance. Changes in the law, known as FISA, did not pass the Republican-led Congress; they now face a new landscape under Democratic control.
China Set to Institute Tighter Adoption Rules
Michele Norris talks with Cory Barron of Children's Hope International, an adoption agency based in St. Louis, about the new adoption rules that China is expected to implement on May 1, 2007.
Single Mother Looks Past China to Adopt Child
Michele Norris talks with Heather Wareing about Wareing's adoption plans. Wareing adopted a daughter from China more than two years ago; she is now looking to adopt another, but as a single mom, she will look to a different country.
Threatened in Iraq, Professors Open School in Syria
The faculty is Iraqi -- the best and brightest from universities in Baghdad, Mosul and Basra. They led their departments, in medicine, dentistry, computer sciences. But they were targets for assassination, so they packed up and headed for a new life in Syria. Iraq's loss is Syria's gain.
For Iraqi Expatriate, Divisions Come Hard
Michele Norris talks with University of Maryland electrical engineering professor Shihab Shamma, an Iraqi expatriate whom we first spoke with at a Maryland polling station during Iraq's 2005 elections. Shamma grew up in Baghdad, and has relatives in Iraq. He says most people he talks to back home are sad but hopeful.
Finding a Diamond in a Crater Named for Them
Melissa Block talks with Gary Dunlap, 55, water operator at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas, about finding a 2.37 carat white diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. He named it "The Star of Thelma" after his wife of 10 years.
Thunderbirds Are Now
Robert Christgau reviews a somewhat obscure rock band, Thunderbirds Are Now. Well, he thought they were obscure. As it turns out, his online music critic friends have already brushed them off: It's already their third record, so they must be washed up. Christgau tells us why it might be worth listening to this band.
President Ford Eulogized in National Cathedral
At events in Washington, D.C., and Grand Rapids, Mich., the nation remembers former President Gerald R. Ford, who died last week at the age of 93. Pam Fessler provides an overview of the day's events in Washington, and we hear details of the funeral service at the National Cathedral from Melissa Block.
Rice Will Likely Head to Mideast in Early 2007
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has promised to get more deeply involved in promoting Arab-Israeli peace, is expected to go to the region in January. Part of the administration's goals seems to be to boost Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.