Poverty not a top concern for Minnesota residents
People around the country are very much aware that poverty exists in their communities, according to new survey results released today. People are also optimistic that communities can do something to combat the problem. The St. Paul-based Northwest Area Foundation commissioned the survey, which asked people around the country how they define poverty, and whether they think it should be a priority in their home communities.5:19 p.m.
Some Northwest Airlines ground workers reject pay-cut contract The ground workers union at Northwest Airlines has delivered a split vote on the company's contract proposal. The union's clerical and customer service workers voted in favor of the bankrupt airline's cost-cutting proposal. But baggage handlers and stock clerks rejected the contract.5:23 p.m.
Along with the fans, Kirby Puckett's many former teammates are mourning him today. One of them is Roy Smalley. He played three seasons with Puckett ending with 1987, when the Twins won their first World Series. Roy Smalley remembers that season well, and agrees with the accounts that credit Puckett with leading the Twins to its first championship.5:43 p.m.
Strokes can be sudden and severe The news of former Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett's death hit many fans hard. Puckett died Monday night from a massive stroke he suffered on Sunday, at the age of 45. The suddenness and severity of Puckett's stroke underscores how serious this health condition can be. Medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg talked with MPR's Tom Crann about strokes and their treatment.5:48 p.m.
An interview with Kirby Puckett (1996)
The Minnesota State Senate is set to honor Kirby Puckett Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson says a resolution remembering Puckett will be read on the Senate floor. Puckett was known as a man of many words, and often he was able to say just the right thing when it mattered most. On July 12, 1996, Kirby Puckett announced his retirement from baseball, his career cut short by glaucoma that cost him the vision in his right eye. That day, he looked ahead to the rest of his life.5:56 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Ali Farka Toure Brought Mali's Sound to the World
Ali Farka Toure, the Grammy Award-winning musical legend from Mali, has died after a long illness. He was 66. The singer-guitarist gained international fame from his 1995 collaboration with Ry Cooder on the bluesy album Talking Timbuktu.
Letters Offer Glimpse of Life in Nazi Labor Camps
Many exhibits have explored the horrors of Nazi death camps, but much less is known about Nazi labor camps. On Tuesday. the New York Public Library opened an exhibit of 300 Holocaust-era letters saved by a Jewish woman who, as a teen, spent five years in the labor camps.
Shared Values Tie Social Conservatives to Bush
"Social conservatives" are among the voters most loyal to President Bush. Almost all Republican, mostly women and substantially more conservative on social issues than the rest of the population, they represent 11 percent of Americans over 18.
Iran's Nuclear Demands Strain U.S.-Russian Ties
The Bush administration tells Iran that enrichment of nuclear fuel on Iranian territory is unacceptable. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers the message after meeting with Russia's foreign minister. The new dispute shows the growing strains in U.S.-Russian ties.
Rumsfeld Dismisses Notion of Civil War in Iraq
At a Pentagon briefing, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld rejects suggestions that Iraq is engulfed in a civil war but predicts that there will be additional bursts of sectarian violence in the weeks ahead. Rumsfeld also claims that Iranian Revolutionary Guard elements have infiltrated Iraq.
Dana Reeve Leaves Legacy as Research Advocate
Dana Reeve, the widow of actor Christopher Reeve, has died of lung cancer at 44. Dana Reeve became an advocate in the quest for a cure for spinal-cord injuries after her husband was paralyzed in 1995. Melissa Block talks with Susan Howley of the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
Chapel Hill Graduate Faces Attempted Murder Charges
A University of North Carolina graduate is charged with attempted murder after driving an SUV into nine students in front of the university student center over the weekend. Mohammed Reza Teheri-azar says he did it because he is angry at the U.S. government for what it has done to Muslims.
Former 'Pink Floyd' Guitarist Releases Solo Album
Rock guitar has been trending louder, faster and more flamboyant. An exception is guitarist and singer David Gilmour. He hasn't put out a studio recording in 12 years, since Pink Floyd's The Division Bell. The drought ends this week with Gilmour's solo album, On an Island.
Uganda's Thirst for Electricity Drains Lake Victoria
Uganda is facing an electricity crisis after the water level in Lake Victoria dropped dramatically. Uganda relies almost exclusively on hydroelectric power, but drought and demand have cut generating capacity. Rolling blackouts leave residents and businesses without power for days.
Professor Leads Discovery of Egyptian Ship
Florida State University's Cheryl Ward, an assistant professor of anthropology, talks with Michele Norris about helping lead a team that discovered the world's oldest remains of seafaring vessels in Egypt.