Dr. Jon Hallberg on seasonal allergies This isn't news to you if you're a chronic allergy sufferer, but tree and grass pollen counts are high across southern Minnesota today. If you park your car outside, you can often trace your initials in the green powdery film.4:20 p.m.
Youth Radio: Life without Mom Death makes the news. Grief doesn't. In our Youth Radio Series, Antonio Gonzalez examines how his family is doing seven months after the sudden and mysterious death of his mother.4:50 p.m.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek on drug trafficking This morning, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak told Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer that recreational drug users are contributing to gang violence and his city's rising murder rate.
To talk about drug trafficking in the county, we called Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.5:23 p.m.
Decision against U a lesson for employers, job-seekers A Hennepin County jury this week sided with an assistant coach at another school who thought Golden Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith had offered him a job. The university said there was never a firm, formal offer, but the jury disagreed.5:43 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
LAPD Targets Drugs Dealers By Name On Skid Row
For years, Los Angeles police have arrested drug dealers who prey on the homeless on Skid Row, only to see many of them right back on the streets because of overcrowded prisons. But a proposed new legal strategy aims to lock up Skid Row drug dealers for at least six months. The injunction, which still has to be approved by a judge, targets 80 well-known dealers -- and it's the first time the LAPD is going after dealers by name.
Gulf Oil Spill Has Eclipsed Exxon Valdez Disaster
NPR's Richard Harris gives Melissa Block an update on BP's "top kill" effort to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. On Thursday, the company said the procedure seemed to be working, but new estimates showed the spill has already surpassed the Exxon Valdez disaster as the worst in U.S. history.
House Panel Hears From Rig Victims, Company
At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the financial liabilities of the Gulf oil spill, lawmakers heard from survivors of the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster, and from representatives of the companies responsible for the rig's construction and operation.
The Economics Of Offshore Drilling
Determining who is financially responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is still confusing, more than a month after the initial explosion. Melissa Block talks to Peter Coy of Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine about the financial agreements behind the oil drilling project.
California's Smog-Check Program Needs A Tuneup
When it comes to environmental regulations, California usually leads the nation. But with more cars than any other state -- and more older models, thanks to the mild climate -- the state's smog problem has been a tough nut to crack. A recent report found the biennial smog test program rife with fraud and mismanagement. Now, the state is cracking down.
Apple: Products Vs. Stock
On Wednesday, Apple overtook Microsoft as the world's most valuable technology company, at least by one Wall Street measure -- market capitalization. Michele Norris talks with Kyle Conroy, a student at the University of California, Berkeley about a table he's compiled that looks at how much money you might have today had you invested in Apple stock instead of buying Apple products, such as iMacs and iPods. We also hear from NPR's Robert Benincasa, who makes the same comparison for a number of other products.
Busy Hurricane Season Spells Trouble For Oil In Gulf
A historically high hurricane season this year could cause trouble for the Gulf Coast. Forecasters are predicting eight to 14 Atlantic hurricanes, well above the average of six. It's likely a big storm could hit the Gulf oil spill, creating even more environmental damage as it pushes the oil farther inland.
Reviewing Obama's Plan To Send Troops To Border
When President Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, he was reaching into the playbook of previous presidents --including George W. Bush. Bush sent some 6,000 troops in 2006. Was that deployment successful? Melissa Block reviews it with NPR's Ted Robbins.
Willie Nelson: The Latest Hair-Raising Celebrity Tale
Some celebrity haircuts have people running to the salons to copy them; while others leave folks scratching their heads. Pop culture journalist Kelley Carter discusses the disappearance of Willie Nelson's trademark braids and other famous celebrity haircuts.
New York Program Helps Young Musicians 'Face The Music'
Face the Music is inspiring teenagers to look more closely at contemporary music. The program trains teens in traditional classical music and allows them to work with living composers such as 29-year-old Nico Muhly. Face the Music will perform at Merkin Concert Hall Thursday night, and at the Bang on a Can Marathon next month.