Legislative leaders attempt to revive conservation amendment
Legislative leaders met this afternoon in an effort to resolve differences over a proposed constitutional amendment that would fund conservation efforts. The plan stalled in the recent legislative session because of partisan differences over whether to use existing tax dollars or raise the state sales tax. Gov. Pawlenty has indicated he'd consider calling a special session for the purpose of approving the proposed amendment for a statewide vote next fall. But the governor insists lawmakers present him with a finished deal first. Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Pugmire is at the capitol and has been following the meeting.5:22 p.m.
Virginia library reopens
The Public Library in the Iron Range town of Virginia officially reopened yesterday, more than a year after a fire. The fire was actually in the neighboring Fifth Avenue Department Store, but it caused smoke damage in the library. It's been partially open since late last year, but yesterday marked the first day since the fire that all wings were again open to the public.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Witnesses Tell One Haditha Victim's Story
Prime Minister al-Maliki says there will be a full investigation into the incident that left at least 24 people dead in the town of Haditha. Residents claim their neighbors died at the hands of U.S. Marines. NPR's Philip Reeves tells the story of one of the victims, a young man named Marwan.
Senate Panel Holds Off on Haditha Inquiry
Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John Warner (R-VA) says his committee won't investigate alleged U.S. Marine atrocities at Haditha until the Pentagon completes its own investigation. And that has lawmakers angry.
Utah Guardsmen Repair Arizona's Border Fences
Members of the Utah National Guard are in Arizona, shoring up fencing and roads along the Arizona-Mexico border as part of President Bush's plan to deploy Guard troops in the area. Melissa Block talks with Capt. Talon Greeff, commander of the 116th Construction Support Company.
In Indonesia, Rumsfeld Praises Recent Thaw
Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld hails the resumption of ties between the United States and Indonesia as a benefit to both countries. Rumsfeld's visit to Jakarta comes six months after the State Department waived Congressional restrictions on U.S. military aid and arms sales to Indonesia.
Bali Shines in the Rain, Out of Tourists' View
Commentator Ann McBride-Norton is now living in Bali, Indonesia. McBride-Norton says that although the tourist traffic disappears during the rainy season, the indigenous culture, which attracts tourists to the area with its unique beauty, becomes even lovelier when it's practiced with no tourists around.
Life After Foster Care: A Tale of Two Boys
In 1994, Tovan Love and Troy Saunders were teens at a group home in Washington, D.C. They were filled with optimism about the future. Twelve years later, we report on what happened to the young men -- and their dreams.
Canadian Charges Detail Plan to Attack Parliament
Ten men accused of plotting bombings in major Canadian cities appear in court near Toronto. The men, all Muslims, were arrested Friday in a counterterrorism operation. According to charges made public in court, at least one of the suspects plotted to storm Canada's parliament and behead officials.
Canadian Terrorism Case Linked to London Cell
Recent arrests in a suspected terrorist plot in Canada stem at least in part from an arrest in London last fall, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. In October, Scotland Yard raided the London home of Younis Tsouli. According to the Journal, Tsouli was linked to the Canadian suspects.
Study Raises New Concerns About Mercury in Tuna
A new study from Consumer Reports magazine recommends that pregnant women avoid eating canned tuna. It was previously believed that light tuna had lower mercury content. Urvashi Rangan, a toxicologist for the study, talks to Melissa Block about the findings.
Markets Swoon on Bernanke's Inflation Talk
Most market analysts agree that stocks have fallen because of remarks on controlling inflation by the new Federal Reserve chief, Benjamin Bernanke. Speaking at a conference Monday, Bernanke said there is evidence that the economy is finally beginning to decelerate.