The consequences of zoning sex offenders Some cities in Minnesota are implementing ordinances that limit where sex offenders can live. But some legal experts and law enforcement officials worry the ordinances may make communities more dangerous.5:18 p.m.
Prairie chickens booming again The Minnesota prairie chicken population is growing, and Minnesota chickens are helping restore populations in other states.5:48 p.m.
Jim Brandenburg's prairie National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg grew up on a prairie farm. Now he's started a foundation to preserve prairie land. A new show of his prairie photographs is on display in a Duluth gallery.5:53 p.m.
Two poets with Mideast roots cross paths in St. Paul Some set aside Holocaust Remembrance Day to remember the horrific lessons of the past; others choose to take the time to envision a brighter future. Two poets--one Israeli, the other Lebanese--are reading and discussing their work in an attempt to create greater cultural understanding across international borders.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Hoping for a Price Break, Bush Eases Gas Rules
President Bush temporarily suspends environmental rules on gasoline that have been blamed for a recent spike in gas prices. The change may make it easier for refiners to meet demand -- and possibly lower prices.
Gas Prices Play Big on the Campaign Trail
When gas prices spike in an election year, political candidates scramble to offer their ideas for improving the system. Recent record-high gas prices have lawmakers from both parties demanding answers -- and possibly seeking a political advantage.
Which Is Greener: Hybrids or Compacts?
Robert Siegel talks about new, smaller cars with Jamie Kitman, New York bureau chief for Automobile magazine. Kitman wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about how small cars with better gas-mileage are in many ways better for the environment than some hybrids.
Winter May Spell Doom for Aging Mars Rovers
The approaching winter in Mars' Southern Hemisphere is going to make life tough for the two NASA rovers currently puttering around on the planet. Both rovers have lasted more than two years longer than expected, but they are also showing clear signs of age.
All Space Roads Lead from Earth
Commentator Kelly Beatty says that when he was growing up, space exploration was all about one thing: the race to the moon. It was easy to measure progress leading up to a specific goal. Now that space exploration is all about the planets and the solar system, there is a dizzying array of spacecraft traveling all over the place.
Harvard Student Accused of Plagiarizing Novel
Kaavya Viswanathan, a novelist who is a Harvard sophomore, is accused of plagiarizing from young-adult fiction in her recent novel How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life. Melissa Block talks with David Mehegan of The Boston Globe. The charges first surfaced in the Harvard Crimson student newspaper.
O Mr. Elliott, My Mr. Elliott
Commentator Heather King has the story of a teacher who takes pride in his students for decades after they have left his classroom. King, who lives in Los Angeles, is the author of Parched: A Memoir.
Syrian Leader Discusses Lebanon with U.N. Agents
United Nations investigators meet with Syria's president to ask about his country's possible role in the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister. Officials in Damascus say the regime no longer seems worried that the issue could topple the government.
Breathtaking Eco-Thriller: 'Kekexili'
High in the mountains of Tibet, a life-and-death struggle has been raging nearly unnoticed for decades. It involves roving groups of poachers, a small band of volunteers, and antelope that once numbered in the millions. The story inspired a film, Kekexili.