National Guard confirms longer tour in Iraq Minnesota's 2,600 National Guard troops will remain in Iraq until July, according to the head of the Guard. Meantime, dozens of demonstrators in the Twin Cities Thursday morning denounced President's Bush's plans to increase the number of troops in Iraq.5:20 p.m.
Congressman questions Defence Secretary
Second District Congressman John Kline asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates about the impact the President's new Iraq strategy will have on Minnesota National Guard soldiers.5:25 p.m.
Pawlenty's turn to propose expanded health coverage A day after Senate Democrats touted their plan to cover to more uninsured Minnesotans, Gov. Pawlenty unveiled his health care agenda for the session. Like the Democrats, the Governor proposes covering more uninsured people. But Pawlenty's approach to the problem is quite different.5:50 p.m.
On-line literary contest let's users be the judge
American Idol will soon feature wanna-be pop music stars from Minnesota, but social networking Web site Gather.com wants its users to pick the next big American author. Users can submit manuscripts and vote on others. The winner gets a book contract.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Reid: Iraq Policy Flaws Surpass Those of Vietnam
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says he will ask senators to "belly up to the bar" and state their views of President Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq by 21,500. "I don't think it is the worst foreign policy blunder since Vietnam," Reid says, "I think it's the biggest foreign policy blunder in the history of our country."
House Approves an Increase in Stem-Cell Research
The House votes to expand federal funding for human embryonic stem-cell research. Last year, President Bush cast the only veto of his tenure to keep a similar measure from being enacted. The Congress, then controlled by Republicans, failed to override it.
Smells Like Home: For Fish, Reefs Are Unique
Coral reefs may all smell the same to humans. But to some fish, reefs' smells have distinct qualities — even when they're several hundred miles away. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that some reef fish use smelly ocean currents like New Yorkers use their subway lines — as the quickest way home.
Skating Rough, and Getting Over It
Commentator Amy Dickinson says she has always ice skated, but she never had much style. Where she grew up, everyone knew how to skate — some quite well. This year, Dickinson found out that her problem was that she was trying to be a figure skater, when her inner style was a little rougher, almost a hockey style of skating.
Victims of Clergy Abuse Wrestle with Faith, Past
The sex-abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church in 2002 first gained attention in Boston, but new victims have emerged around the country. Some seek solace through the courts; others, in mending broken ties to the church.
Carter's Views on Middle East Prompt Resignations
President Jimmy Carter's latest book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, has prompted 14 members of a Carter Center community board to resign in protest. Last month, a Carter Fellow and longtime Carter advisor also resigned over the book. It has raised criticism from Jewish groups and Democrats across the country.
Tom Vilsack Explains a Run for the Oval Office
Robert Siegel talks with outgoing Democratic Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who delivered his Condition of the State speech Tuesday and criticized President Bush's strategy for Iraq. Vilsack is a candidate for the 2008 presidential election.
Mars Surveyor May Have Fallen to Software Issue
NASA is investigating the possibility that a software glitch caused the recent demise of the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. It had been orbiting Mars for nearly a decade, sending back fantastic pictures. It mysteriously went silent in November.
Rice and Gates Make Case for More Troops in Iraq
President Bush's secretaries of State and Defense spent their days defending his new plan in Iraq, first at a White House news conference and then on Capitol Hill. Secretaries Rice and Gates found only minimal support for a greater troop commitment in Congress.