DFL candidates: We were all caucus winners If spin were a sport, they'd be handing out gold medals at the state Capitol. DFL candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate are all claiming a victory of some kind from the outcome of a straw poll taken Tuesday night at precinct caucuses around the state.5:19 p.m.
Minnesota Zoo loses another dolphin
For the second time this year, a dolphin has died at the Minnesota Zoo. Rio, the zoo's oldest bottlenose dolphin died monday night. The cause is still unknown. In January, one of Rio's calves, Harley died in an accident when he jumped out of the pool and hit his head. Here to talk about Rio, and the Minnesota Zoo's Dolphin program is Jim Rasmussen, snior vet at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.5:48 p.m.
Gordon Parks remembered Gordon Parks, who captured the struggles and triumphs of black America as a photographer for Life magazine and then became Hollywood's first major black director, died Tuesday. He was 93. His grandniece Robin Hickman remembers him and his many accomplishments.5:52 p.m.
Composer Elliott Carter is much admired but not easy to love The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the University of Minnesota School of Music are collaborating on a festival celebrating the music of Elliott Carter. He's considered by many to be America's greatest living composer, but his music is a challenge for both listeners and musicians.6:23 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
House Republicans Move to Halt Dubai Ports Deal
The House Appropriations Committee attaches an amendment to a Pentagon supplemental spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan that would stop Dubai Ports World from operating terminals at six U.S. ports they own. Attaching the amendment to the supplemental spending bill makes a veto more difficult.
Lobbyist's Last-Minute Bid Set Off Ports Controversy
The furor over the Dubai Ports World deal began just three weeks ago when members of Congress held a news conference to protest it. The deal had been in the works for months, but a company in Miami hired a lobbyist to go to Washington and make a last-minute bid to stop it.
Memory of Sept. 11 Attacks Haunts U.S. Politics
Daniel Schorr, senior news analyst for NPR, says that the memory of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, continues to affect politics in the United States. Evidence of this includes the bitter controversy over the management of U.S. seaports, and the recent Congressional vote to renew the Patriot Act.
Harsh Sentences Silence Radical Environmentalists
The radical environmentalists of Eugene, Ore., have disappeared or gone quiet. Some say it's because of a government crackdown that includes stiff fines and harsh prison sentences. The sentences have been so harsh, in fact, that even a victim of one arson attack isn't sure it was fair.
'Timothy' Gives Voice to Long-Observed Tortoise
In the 18th century, English curate Gilbert White kept a tortoise in his garden and recorded his observations of the animal. About 200 years later, New York Times essayist Verlyn Klinkenborg gives the tortoise the last word in his book, Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile.
Dozens of Corpses, Hands Bound, Found in Baghdad
Another day of violence sweeps Baghdad as several dozen bodies are discovered, with hands bound, in various parts of the city. Also Wednesday, Interior Ministry forces raid an Iraqi private security firm and detain as many as fifty employees in what is apparently a dispute about licensing.
Widows of Iraq's Fledgling Police Force
Policemen in Iraq are paid substantially more these days than they were under Saddam Hussein. But it's a much more dangerous profession than it used to be. The fledgling police force has become a major target of insurgents, and the list of police widows in the country is growing.
Panel Advises FDA to Make MS Drug Available Again
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel votes unanimously to allow doctors to again prescribe a multiple-sclerosis drug called Tysabri. In February 2005, Tysabri was withdrawn by manufacturers after three patients who were using the drug developed a rare brain and spinal-cord infection.
U.S. Crossover Hits Elude Latin Alternative
Latin alternative can mix salsa and rock, or flamenco and hip-hop. It's wildly popular in the Spanish-speaking world, but it has yet to find that widespread popularity in the United States.
Iran Threatens 'Harm and Pain' to United States
The United States and Iran clash at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency during a new round of talks on Tehran's nuclear program. Iran warns that the United States will feel "harm and pain" if tough measures are imposed against it by the U.N. Security Council.