Still smoking in St. Louis County St. Louis County will give state lawmakers another chance to ban smoking in restaurants and bars, before taking on the issue county-wide.5:19 p.m.
More people using food shelves in Minnesota Nearly 380,000 people in Minnesota are relying on food shelves and soup kitchens for their meals. That's according to a new report released Thursday by Second Harvest America.5:24 p.m.
The ports controversy from a Duluth perspective
The uproar over Dubai Ports World potentially operating six major U.S. ports highlights the importance -- and vulnerability -- of the nation's international shipping ports.
Minnesota has its own international port. The Duluth/Superior port does not begin to rival New York, Miami, New Orleans or the other East Coast ports at the center of the current controversy, but it sees plenty of international cargo come and go each year.
Tom Crann talked with Ray Skelton, security director for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. He says being located so far inland has major security advantages.5:42 p.m.
U Music School gets wired for sound The U of M School of Music is aiming to become a center for experimental electronic music. This week the school is holding its annual Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art.5:52 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
White House Unveils Disaster-Response Measures
The White House releases its review of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. The 217-page report was far less harsh in its assessment of what went wrong than a similar report last week by a House committee. But the administration admits the response was flawed, and recommends more than 100 ways to address problems that emerged during the storm.
Debate Rages Over Cost for New Orleans Levees
The cost of defending New Orleans against another big hurricane could be as much as $32 billion. Federal, state and local officials are at odds over whether levees and floodwalls will be rebuilt to withstand a Category Five storm.
'The Mold Song': Fruit of Katrina
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina sent poet Andrei Codrescu into a creative fury. He dashed off a slew of disaster-inspired lyrics. He shares with us "The Mold Song." Jonathan Flalich of the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars accompanies him.
Philippines Revolution Fails to Live Up to Promise
Many leaders of People Power, the movement that ousted Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos two decades ago, are disappointed now. Their idealism has given way to disillusionment as the country has failed to thrive.
Senate Panel Seeks Answers on Ports Deal
The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a briefing of Bush administration officials on the decision to allow a state-run company from the United Arab Emirates to run cargo operations at several U.S. seaports. Many lawmakers from both parties are angry that they weren't consulted before the deal was made.
United States, Dubai: Understanding the Links
Commentator Terence Smith visited one of the United Arab Emirates last year. In Dubai, he found a culture so capitalistic and ostentatious that he immediately understands why the U.S. government would be cultivating this rich nation's friendship.
Casino Deal Divides California Town
Barstow, Calif., went shopping for a Native American tribe to build a casino in hopes of bolstering the city's economy. Now, three tribes are interested -- and as Barstow prepares to pick one, the casino project has turned into a high-stakes competition.
Orphanage Director Stands Trial in China
In southern China, the director of an orphanage is among 10 defendants standing trial for allegedly buying kidnapped children and putting them up for adoption as orphans. But the defendants deny the charges and say the children, all girls, were abandoned days after their birth.
Sectarian Violence Mounts After Shrine Bombing
Scores of Iraqis -- mostly Sunni Arabs -- have been killed since Wednesday's bombing of a major Shiite shrine north of Baghdad. Sunni political leaders have withdrawn from talks on a new government and say they will not return until attacks on Sunnis by mobs of Shiite men are halted.