Plans for Prairie Island nuclear plant face opposition Xcel Energy is asking the government for permission to extend the life of its Prairie Island plant, increase the amount of power it generates, and store more nuclear waste on site. Some of the plant's neighbors are opposed to expanding waste storage so close to their homes.3:19 p.m.
Sen. Klobuchar impressed by Sotomayor Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is praising president Barack Obama's nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, as did the two men vying for Minnesota's other Senate seat.5:18 p.m.
Plans for Prairie Island nuclear plant face opposition Xcel Energy is asking the government for permission to extend the life of its Prairie Island plant, increase the amount of power it generates, and store more nuclear waste on site. Some of the plant's neighbors are opposed to expanding waste storage so close to their homes.5:50 p.m.
Obama Picks Sotomayor For High Court
President Obama has nominated federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Sotomayor, who has been a judge for 17 years, will be the court's first Hispanic justice.
Sen. Grassley Pledges Open Mind On Sotomayor
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa says Sonia Sotomayor's years of judicial experience gives senators an opportunity to review her record. Grassley sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Was Cardozo First Hispanic On Supreme Court?
Sonia Sotomayor is touted as the first Hispanic nominated to the Supreme Court, but some have suggested Benjamin Cardozo deserves that honor. Cardozo served on the Supreme Court from 1932-1938. He is regarded as one of the best writers ever to sit on the court.
Firm At Center Of Immigration Raid Rejects Charges
In 2006, immigration officials carried out one of their first high-profile workplace raids on Kentucky-based Fischer Homes. The government eventually dropped the charges. Now, in a rare move, the company is speaking out.
Study: Heartburn Drugs May Increase Patient Risk
About half of all hospitalized patients are given a widely used class of drugs, which includes Prilosec and Nexium, to prevent stress ulcers. However, a recent study found that these proton pump inhibitors increase the risk of potentially deadly hospital-based pneumonia by 30 percent.
Options On North Korea May Be Limited
Despite tough talk from President Obama and the U.N. Security Council in the wake of North Korea's latest nuclear test, the options to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons development are limited.
New U.S. Commander In Afghanistan To Be Tested
Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, selected to lead U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has deep experience in secretive special operations. But his new job will require diplomacy in dealing with coalition partners and the Afghan government. McChrystal faces confirmation hearings in the Senate on June 2.
Books To Make You Feel Like A Kid Again
Augusten Burroughs recommends three complex, magnificent books that have one thing in common. Each will fully consume you and lift you entirely free of that most adult invention: time.
Letters: Guns, May 4
Listeners respond to the story about a new law that allows people to take loaded guns into national parks and wildlife refugees and the significance of the date May 4, 2009. Melissa Block and Michele Norris read listeners' letters.
Anna Deveare Smith Tackles Health Care
Actress, playwright and performer Anna Deaveare Smith talks about her new work, centering on health care, and her new position as artist in residence at the Center for American Progress. She says she will use that perch for her next work about change in Washington.