Orchestra musicians, management hope for agreement, fear walkout It's unusual for a metro area to have two major orchestras. It's even more unusual for those orchestras to be engaged in contract talks with their musicians at the same time. But that's exactly what's happening right now with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.4:50 p.m.
Minn. man tells of refugees caught in middle of Congo conflict Another refugee crisis is arising in Africa -- in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This week, the United Nations Security Council condemned attacks by rebel forces in the eastern part of Congo, along the borders with Rwanda and Uganda in central Africa. A Minnesota man recently returned from the Congo and tells MPR's Tom Crann what he saw there.5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin
Drought conditions in the Midwest are drying up the Arkansas River basin. Shrinking water levels are ravaging crops, sapping tourism and threatening drinking water supplies in the Rocky Mountains.
Drought In Danger Of Beaching Mississippi Barges
The drought that's impacting much the country is drying up crops and now rivers. The Mississippi River is experiencing water levels low enough to affect barge traffic. Barge companies are lightening loads, meaning more boats are needed for the same amount of cargo. Robert Siegel speaks with Mark Mestemacher, co-owner of Ceres Barge Line in St. Louis.
Victims' Families Sue Over Drone Strike Program
The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights are suing the U.S. Defense secretary, CIA director and two military commanders who played a role in the Obama administration's deadly drone strike program. Drone strikes killed three Americans in Yemen last year. They say lethal force against Americans far from the battlefield should be a last resort.
HIV Cure Is Closer As Patient's Full Recovery Inspires New Research
After Timothy Ray Brown became the first person to be cured of HIV, scientists became more optimistic that they could find other ways to cure patients. Two of the most promising possibilities include a vaccine and gene therapy that would re-engineer the immune system.
Motorists To Urban Planners: Stay In Your Lane
As many cities add bus and bike lanes, raise parking rates and increase traffic enforcement with cameras, some motorists feel like they're under attack. But advocates of these changes say they give people more options for getting around and make cities safer.
Review: Summer's Short Story Collections
Alan Cheuse reviews this summer's outpouring of new short story collections. He says they run the gamut from the experimental to the fantastic to deep realism. The collections are Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu, The Woman Who Married a Cloud by Jonathan Carroll, and Signs and Wonders by Alix Ohlin. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University.
Can Adding Iron To Oceans Slow Global Warming?
The process can cause blooms of algae that have the potential to soak up huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. A new study says this algae then drops to the sea floor, but some researchers caution that it's hard to track what happens to carbon in the ocean, and so-called "seeding" could have negative side effects.
In Fairplay, Colo., Burro Racing Packs 'Em In
Burro racing began in the 1940s as the offspring of another Colorado industry: tourism. It has fewer participants than almost any other sport out there. On Sunday, the world champion of pack burro racing will be crowned in Fairplay, Colo.
Assad's Top Defense Aides Killed In Bomb Attack
Three top aides to Syrian President Bashar Assad were killed Wednesday in a bomb attack in Damascus. Robert Siegel speaks with Andrew J. Tabler, author of the book In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria, about those killed and what the attack means for both the Assad regime and the opposition. Tabler is also a senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.