New Minneapolis library promises access to books, computers and fun
The new Minneapolis library, its 365,000 square feet filled with three million books, 300 public computers and an art gallery, expects 20,000 visitors when it opens Saturday.4:20 p.m.
Library in the 21st Century
The Minneapolis Central Library's opening tomorrow Saturday is an occasion to consider the role of the library in the Internet age. The new library contains millions of volumes of books. But it also offers hundreds of public computers with fast internet access.4:24 p.m.
Smoking costs a lot Smokers are trying to find a way to cope with the rising price of cigarettes.4:45 p.m.
Andy Garcia's "Lost City" Actor and director Andy Garcia says he thinks about his homeland of Cuba every day. He's enjoyed great success in Hollywood. But he says he's always wanted to bring a Cuban Casablanca story to the screen. Now that film, "The Lost City," opens in the Twin Cities this weekend.4:49 p.m.
Stadium bill approval seems likely
It appears increasingly likely that state lawmakers will approve two open air stadiums before the Legislature adjourns in the next few days.
House and Senate negotiators today agreed on a ballpark financing bill for the Minnesota Twins. The measure is expected to pass both chambers and land on the desk of a supportive Gov. Pawlenty. Lawmakers say they're close to reaching a deal on a new on-campus football stadium for the University of Minnesota as well.5:15 p.m.
While the Twins stadium issue appears to be largely resolved, there's plenty of other legislation for state lawmakers to debate before Monday's deadline for adjourning. Joining now is Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief, Laura McCallum, joins us now to discuss what legislators will be working on this weekend5:19 p.m.
Carlsen twins on the mend
Abby and Belle Carlsen, who just a week ago were joined at the chest and abdomen, are recovering well. They should be released from the hospital in the next two weeks. The Carlsen parents say these last few months have been a roller coaster of emotions for them that has ended in joy.5:23 p.m.
Thief River Falls high school choir uses music to challenge perceptions about race
This is spring concert season at high schools around the region. Students don choir robes, climb on the risers and often, sing a program filled with choral standards. One rural Minnesota choir director is shaking up tradition, and challenging students and the community.6:22 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
The NSA's Phone Program and Public Opinion
Polls taken immediately after a USA Today story about the NSA's effort to analyze domestic phone call records show overall support for the program. Americans have gotten a bit more information though the confirmation hearings of CIA director nominee Michael Hayden.
Telecom Technology Could Ease Caller Tracking
New technology that helps phone companies streamline their service could also be used to track customers, industry observers say. Telecom companies use the technology to bill customers and manage demands on their networks. But experts say the firms can't routinely track the content of phone conversations.
Privacy Measures: Phone Cards, or Cash?
Callers spooked by reports that the government is assembling a massive database of telephone conversations are exploring ways to secure their privacy. For the privacy-obsessed, a prepaid cell phone and paying with cash are just the start.
Preakness Could Help Solidify Barbaro's Crown Hopes
It's been 28 years since a horse last won the Triple Crown: Affirmed, in 1978. The last few years have seen some close calls, with Funny Cide and Smarty Jones coming close to the mark but falling short. This year, Barbaro is the only horse with a chance of ending the Triple Crown drought. Michele Norris talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis of The Wall Street Journal.
Howard's Blend: 'The Da Vinci Code'
Director Ron Howard's adaptation of the book by Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code walks a careful line. On one side lies world-famous art and shadowy figures. On the other is Howard, attempting to bring a unique interpretation to light.
Why Did the 17th Street Canal Levee Fail?
It ranks as one of the worst engineering disasters in history: The failure of the levee system to protect New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. The latest word from the investigation into the failure points to more than one cause.
A Failed Levee in New Orleans: Part Two
It ranks as one of the worst engineering disaters in history: the failure of the levee system to protect New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. There have been no less than three investigations into why this happened, but the picture that's emerging is that there was not one cause, but many.
Pentagon Investigates Alleged Massacre in Iraq
The Pentagon is investigating reports that U.S. Marines massacred Iraqi civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha last November. The unit involved initially reported that 14 civilians and a Marine died in an explosion. Later reports said the Marine died in an explosion, but as many as 24 Iraqi civilians were shot.
In Haditha Inquiry, Military Has Broad Access
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is the body investigating the military operation in Haditha, Iraq, where up to 15 civilians have died. In cases like the one in Haditha, the NCIS is very much like the FBI -- except their jurisdiction is broader, observers say.
U.N. Panel: Close Guantanamo, Foreign Prisons
A United Nations panel recommends that the United States close its Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba -- as well as any secret detention centers worldwide. The news comes as the U.S. military reports that prisoners at Guantanamo clashed with guards trying to stop a detainee from committing suicide. There have been 39 suicide attempts since the camp opened.