An American Family Families who move to the U.S. from other countries have a lot of obstacles to overcome. The Mohantys of Woodbury have adapted to life in the U.S. but also want to preserve their Indian heritage. As part of MPR's Young Reporters Series, Amrita Mohanty tells us how she and her sister are learning more about their culture.4:50 p.m.
Report: Spend more on special ed, but curb costs A report offered to Minnesota lawmakers Wednesday suggests the state give schools more special education funding, but also take steps to curb the increasing costs of those programs. Special education is taking up more and more of school districts' budgets, at a time when federal and state funds don't fully cover what schools spend on special education.5:51 p.m.
Senators Question Holder Over U.S. Drone Program
Attorney General Eric Holder went to Capitol Hill today to answer questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on everything from guns to Wall Street prosecutions, among other topics. One prominent issue transcended partisan divides: senators' demand for more information about the U.S. use of drones in a targeted killing program for terrorists.
Sen. Rand Paul Filibusters To Block Brennan's Nomination
On Wednesday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky engaged in an old fashioned filibuster. He began it shortly before noon, aimed at blocking the Presidents nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Melissa Block talks to Brian Naylor.
Bolshoi Dancer Admits To Organizing, But Not Executing, Acid Attack
Three men confessed Wednesday to carrying out an attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet. Sulfuric acid was thrown in the face of Sergei Filin back in January, disfiguring and nearly blinding him. Police detained three men, including a lead soloist in the company. The dancer admitted to organizing the attack. Melissa Block talks with New York Times Moscow reporter Ellen Barry about the story.
Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks
Early March is when Yosemite National Park officials would normally be gearing up for the busy tourist season. Instead, they're figuring out how to cut $1.5 million from their budget because of the recent sequestration that forced across-the-board cuts. The National Park Service must now cut $134 million from sites around the country.
Flight Attendants Protest New TSA Rules Allowing Small Blades
The Transportation Security Administration is scaling back its list of prohibited items for airline passengers. Starting next month, people can once again carry small knives and some sporting equipment, such as golf clubs and hockey sticks. Audie Cornish talks with air travel writer Harriet Baskas about the new policy.
Houses Passes Resolution To Keep Government Funded Through September
The House passed a bill extending the federal government's spending authority through the end of September on Wednesday, while keeping the bottom line cuts required by the sequester that just took effect. Tamara Keith talks to Audie Cornish about what it means in the ongoing battles over federal spending.
The Devil To Pay In Oates' 'Accursed' America
Set at the turn of the century within the grand houses of Princeton, The Accursed is populated with specters, demons and even a vampire. But the real monsters in Joyce Carol Oates' chilling tale are the members of Princeton's elite, who preach from the pulpits and judge without compassion.