Outdoors amendment dead for this session The prospects of the state lawmakers taking up a constitutional amendment on natural resources during a summer special session are over.
DFL Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson Thursday rejected the latest Republican House offer to raise the state sales tax by one-eighth of 1 percent for hunting and fishing habitats.5:21 p.m.
The MIA expansion is not about the building The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is opening its newly expanded building to the public. While some openings are all about the building, this one is all about the art.5:48 p.m.
Forum Communications agrees to buy papers from McClatchy
The Big newspaper sell off of 2006 is almost over for the McClatchy Co. Yesterday, McClatchy , the owner of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, agreed to sell three more newspapers it will acquire when its purchases the Knight-Ridder company. Forum Communications, publisher of the Fargo Forum, will purchase two major regional newspapers, the Duluth News-Tribune and the Grand Forks Herald, as well as the Aberdeen American News in South Dakota. We called upon our media commentator David Brauer to learn more about the company that publishes the Fargo Forum.6:17 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Zarqawi Hideout Yields 'Trove' of Materials
A U.S. military strike has killed the most feared terrorist in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The Jordanian-born Zarqawi was killed when U.S. warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his hiding place. Pentagon officials say they found a treasure trove of material at the safehouse.
Iraqi Reaction to Zarqawi's Death: A Guarded Hope
Iraq's government has welcomed news of the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, but it's possible no one will be more affected by Zarqawi's absence than Iraqis themselves. The U.S. military says the Jordanian-born al Qaida leader is responsible for killing thousands of civilians.
Senate Rejects Bill to Cut Estate Tax
Senate Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on a permanent repeal of the estate tax. It was the second day in a row that a major item on President Bush's agenda failed in the chamber. Wednesday, the Senate spiked a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Letters: Foster Care, Accordions and Headaches
Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters and emails, including responses to our story about two boys who came through the Washington, D.C., foster care system and and our report on "International Accordion Awareness Month.
Heroin Cocktail Blamed in Chicago Deaths
A recent rash of drug overdoses in the Chicago area that officials suspect are due to a lethal cocktail of heroin and the synthetic painkiller fentanyl. Michele Norris talks with Chicago Tribune reporter David Heinzmann.
Conflicted Safety Panel Let Vioxx Study Continue
Merck pulled its painkiller Vioxx from the market in 2004 after a study showed the drug caused heart problems, strokes and death. But documents obtained by NPR reveal that early results from a 1999 study showed similar problems. Yet Merck didn't stop that study and tell the public.
VIOXX Inquiry, Part Two
Documents obtained by NPR show that five years before Vioxx was pulled off the market, doctors monitoring the safety of the drug knew that it increased the risk of heart attacks. These doctors were part of a panel overseeing a study of Vioxx. Independent experts tell NPR that the study should have been stopped at the first sign that Vioxx increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. They say that would have prevented tens of thousands of deaths. The safety panel and Merck say it wasn't clear whether Vioxx was causing the problems. A report from NPR's Snigdha Prakash continues.
Attack on Zarqawi Followed Weeks of Waiting
Details are still emerging about the U.S. operation that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and five other people. U.S. military spokesman William Caldwell says the final phase of the hunt for Iraq's most wanted man began weeks ago. Caldwell added that Zarqawi is assumed to have named a successor.
Intelligence Credited with Exposing Zarqawi to Strike
American Special Operations personnel in Iraq have been instrumental in shaping U.S. military strategy in the country, say experts. Michele Norris talks with Michael Vickers, director of Strategic Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Vickers, a former captain in the Special Forces, was an operations officer in the CIA.