Accident exposes workers to radiation
Dozens of workers at the Prairie Island nuclear plant were accidentally exposed to low levels of radiation last week. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, workers inadvertently released a gas containing radioactive iodine into a room in the plant last Tuesday. The effected workers were wearing protective gear, and federal officials say the gas did not leak outside of the plant.5:23 p.m.
Weiming Lu honored for restoration work in St. Paul
At the end of the 19th century, Lowertown was the bustling trade area in St. Paul. Growing out of the lower landing of the Mississippi River, and later the Union Depot, the area flourished until the rise of highways, saw the neighborhood in decline. Enter the Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation, headed up by architect Weiming Lu. Starting in 1981, with a McKnight grant of $10 million dollars, Lu presided over the restoration of buildings around Mear's Park and the Farmers Market in an effort to create what he terms "an Urban Village." Last month Lu was recognized with the "President's Award" from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.6:19 p.m.
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CIA Nominee Hayden Goes on Recon Mission
Air Force General Michael Hayden visits the Capitol to speak with senators who will attend hearings on confirming the former NSA chief as director of the CIA. The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committees hopes to begin hearings this month.
Intel Vacuum: CIA's Top Three Spots Vacant
With the three top positions at the CIA now vacant, the future of the agency is an open question. Robert Siegel talks with two intelligence analysts: Reuel Marc Gerecht, a CIA Middle East specialist from 1985 to 1994; and Rand Beers, a counter-terrorism advisor to the National Security Council from 1988 to 1998, and again from 2002 to 2003.
Bonds, Poised to Match Ruth, Offers Mixed Legacy
The saga of slugger Barry Bonds is being watched closely by sports fans -- including young baseball players who dream of someday playing in the big leagues. To many of them, Bonds represents a tangle of fame, glory and bad press. As Bonds approaches Babe Ruth's home run mark, NPR's Tom Goldman discusses steroids and stardom with top high school prospects.
Preening for the Prom: A Trip to Suzi D's
Across the country, prom season is a chance for girls -- and their moms -- to indulge in a little fashion and glamour. For students at Saranac Lake High School, the right look often starts at Suzi D's Salon in Saranac Lake, N.Y. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.
1965 Immigration Law Changed Face of America
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an immigration law that led to profound demographic shifts in America. It marked a break from past U.S. policy, which had discriminated against non-northern Europeans. But at the time, few discussed the law's potential for radical change.
Pre-Teens Win James Beard Web Award
Michele Norris talks with Isabella and Olivia Gerasole, Chicago sisters who won a James Beard Foundation Award for their Web site, spatulatta.com. At ages 10 and 8, the sisters are the youngest people to win the prestigious award. Their site is geared toward teaching kids how to cook.
Kids Love Hot Cheetos But Schools Hate Them
Hot Cheetos are a big winner for the Frito-Lay company. The extremely spicy, crunchy and somewhat addictive snack is hugely popular with schoolkids. But school officials are threatening to ban the junk food because they worry that kids are gorging themselves.
Iranian President's Letter to Bush: Lecturing Diplomacy
The complete text of the letter Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote to President Bush was described by Iranian leaders as a diplomatic opening, proposing solutions for a fragile world situation. However, the 18-page letter more closely resembles a political and religious lecture.
Bush Hits Road to Urge Seniors Into New Drug Plan
President Bush urges seniors who haven't signed up for the new Medicare prescription drug benefit to do so before Monday's deadline. The president spoke in Florida as part of a push to enroll seniors before the price of coverage goes up after May 15.
Pharmacist Sees Medicare Confusion Up Close
The deadline to enroll in Medicare's new prescription drug plan is Monday, but millions of seniors have yet to decide whether they plan to join the government program. It's the largest expansion of the Medicare program in more than 40 years -- and for many, the most confusing. Michele Norris talks with Alan Julius, a pharmacist in Cherokee, Iowa.