Minn. budget debate becomes more pointed The Republican-controlled Minnesota House and Senate began passing a series of finance bills Monday that would erase a $5 billion state budget deficit without raising taxes. GOP leaders plan to complete action on their bills by the end of the week, but most of them appear headed toward vetoes from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.5:20 p.m.
Less flooding than expected in the first wave The recent cooler weather helped keep rivers from reaching some of the record flood levels forecasters had predicted last week. The downward revisions were welcome news to many Minnesota communities that have been preparing for floods, but officials said it's too soon to know whether major flooding could still occur in April.5:35 p.m.
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In Libya, Foreign Journalists Taken To Misrata
In Libya — some of the fiercest fighting has occurred in the city of Misrata. It's about 130 miles away from Tripoli. Misrata is the only place in western Libya where rebels were hanging on under intense bombardment from government forces. But Monday, the Libyan government took a busload of foreign journalists to Misrata in hopes of demonstrating that the rebels had been routed. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks with Melissa Block
Libyan Woman Accuses Gadhafi Soldiers Of Rape
Melissa Block speaks with Jonathan Miller of Channel Four News in the UK about the story of a Libyan woman who was dragged away from telling foreign journalists about an alleged gang rape by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
Egyptian Officials Plan To Lift Emergency Law
Egypt's ruling military council announces that parliamentary elections will be held in September. It also says the widely reviled emergency law, in effect for 30 years, will be lifted before those elections take place.
In Tech-Savvy Japan, Citizens Utilize Crisis Mapping
Open source software called Ushahidi allows people to add and update information to maps that anyone with an Internet connection can access. In Tokyo, a crew of volunteers is using the software to map everything — from health services to the location of emergency aid workers — in Japan's hardest hit areas. Patrick Meier, director of the crisis mapping segment of Ushahidi, says that because of the robust Internet infrastructure in Japan and tech-savvy citizenry, online crisis mapping is being utilized to its fullest potential.
iPad 2 Supply Runs Short Of Demand
Ever since the iPad 2 launch, American consumers have had trouble walking into a store to buy it. Every morning, Apple stores open early and potential customers wait outside. How long can these lines continue — and what's the holdup?
Are Nuclear Plants Safe? Environmentalists Are Split
Some environmental groups say the nuclear disaster in Japan is a wake-up call and they would not support building new U.S. nuclear plants. Others say that nuclear power is still one of the safest technologies invented. But both sides agree that the priority should be to examine existing U.S. nuclear plants for safety risks.
Nuclear Radiation: Filmmakers Try To Make The Invisible Visceral
Last summer, as the Gulf oil spill was finally being brought under control, I found myself thinking about Hollywood disaster movies — and how they differ from real-world disasters. In the last few weeks, as tragic events have played out in Japan, I realized I'd left something out: the menace that can't be seen.
In Congressional Budget Fight, Deal Seems Far Off
As Republicans rev up their moves to rein in Social Security costs as part of a larger scheme to get control of the deficit, Democratic leaders rally on Capitol Hill to tell them to back off. The standoff comes as Congress rolls toward a showdown on this year's budget. Lawmakers must reach agreement by April 8, or the government will shut down.
Looking At Final Four Matchups
Rounding out the Final Four are Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Kentucky, University of Connecticut and Butler. VCU and Butler — teams from smaller "mid-major" conferences — are becoming regular fixtures in the Final Four. How did that happen?
Meteorologist Basketball Guru Talks Final Four
College Basketball is known for the March Madness brackets — but not for obsessive statistics keepers. That's usually baseball's territory. Well, Ken Pomeroy is trying to change that. He runs the site kenpom.com. And if you want to know the offensive rebound percentage for any NCAA player or a team's turnover percentage, he's your guy. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Pomeroy, who's a meteorologist by day.