U of M, Vikings stadiums advance at Capitol The lone DFL opponent switched his vote on the Gopher bill, saying he's worried that further efforts to get the bill out of committee would make the funding plan even worse.5:18 p.m.
A scorecard on the stadium debate The stadium debate at the Capitol grows more confusing by the day. Earlier in the session it seemed as though the Twins stadium plan would have smooth sailing. But the Senate Taxes Committee has been proposing big changes to the stadium proposals.5:23 p.m.
Northwest pilots approve pay-cut deal Northwest Airlines Corp. pilots approved a
package of deep pay cuts and other concessions that the bankrupt
carrier said it needs to reorganize.
About 63 percent of Northwest's 4,800 pilots voted to approve
the pact.5:43 p.m.
A movie whose women are strong, its men, good-looking Robert Altman's new movie, "A Prairie Home Companion," gets its local premiere tonight at an invitation-only screening at the Fitzgerald Theater, where the movie is set. Will the film make a splash next to all the summer blockbusters?5:48 p.m.
Rowley says jury made right decision in Moussaoui case
The FBI agent at the center of the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui said the jury in his case made a good decision to give him life in prison.6:15 p.m.
Hollywood comes to St. Paul
Saint Paul hosts a Hollywood-style movie premiere Wednesday night, as the stars of A Prairie Home Companion returned to the Fitzgerald Theater to see the film's debut.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Pandemic Would Put Homeland Security in Charge
The White House releases details of its plan to keep the economy and government from shutting down during a flu pandemic. The plan puts the Department of Homeland Security in charge of government operations during a pandemic, giving a secondary role to the nation's public-health agency, the Department of Health and Human Services. The plan may also outline what steps businesses should be taking to prepare for a worst-case scenario, in which one-third or more of the U.S. work force could be idled by illness at the peak of a pandemic.
Sago Mine Rescuer Admits Giving False Hope
A rescuer testifying at a public hearing into West Virginia's Sago mine disaster admits to mistakenly saying the trapped miners were alive, when in fact the sole survivor had been located. The rescuer nearly broke down while describing finding the dead miners.
Public Spurns GOP Plan for Gas Rebates
A Republican plan that would send $100 rebates to gas consumers has backfired for the Senate majority, as taxpayers accuse politicians of pandering for votes this November. The senators said the proposal was to give relief to drivers hit by a spike in gasoline prices.
Iraqi Parliament Holds Session on Ethics and Conduct
Iraq's new parliament holds a brief meeting in Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone, the legislature's second session. The meeting focused on internal codes of conduct. Representatives are confident that Prime Minister-designate Nouri al-Maliki will form his government before the May 22 deadline.
In Afghanistan, It's Too Early to Hail Democracy
The Bush administration has long held up Afghanistan as a democratic success story in the Middle East. But many who are familiar with conditions on the ground in Afghanistan say that the Taliban, far from defeated, has entered a new stage in the insurgency.
Nobel Laureate Ebadi Looks at Iran's Contradictions
Shirin Ebadi, author of Iran Awakening and winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, discusses the standoff over Iran's nuclear program and the rhetoric of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She also explains why she decided not to leave her homeland.
Drink Makers Pledge to Cut Soft-Drink Sales in Schools
Beverage makers and the William Clinton Foundation announce a plan to stop the sale of full-calorie sodas at public schools nationwide by 2010. Under the deal, only water, unsweetened juice and low-fat milk will be sold in lower grades and only diet sodas will be sold in high schools.
School Nutritionist Weighs Juices, Sodas
Michele Norris talks with Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom, director of the Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Fernstrom will clue us in about which juices are actually good for you, and which ones are no better than sodas.