BWCA fire: Watching the winds, hoping for rain Strong winds fanned flames and threatened the homes and businesses along northeast Minnesota's Gunflint Trail Wednesday, as a large forest fire continued to grow near Seagull Lake. The Cavity Lake fire has burned more than 20,000 acres. While parts of the state saw much-needed rain Wednesday, the Boundary Waters got little.4:48 p.m.
Stem cell veto could become a campaign issue President Bush vetoed a bill Wednesday that would expand federal research on stem cells obtained from embryos. The issue could also play a role in the November election, since two of the U.S. Senate candidates in Minnesota differ on the issue.5:18 p.m.
Some in DFL suprised by Entenza's decision to quit Today is the first full day of campaigning for most of the five candidates now seeking DFL party endorsement for Minnesota Attorney General. The party's endorsed candidate, Rep. Matt Entenza, dropped out of the race yesterday. His campaign had been dogged by revelations it had commissioned opposition research on current Attorney General Mike Hatch, the party's endorsed candidate for governor. Entenza's departure from the race surprised many in his own party. For some analysis of the state of the DFL party after the announcement, we turn to former DFL party chair and former Hennepin County Commissioner, Mark Andrew.5:49 p.m.
Who to call when digging up history
At least two major construction projects in the state have run into historical artifacts in recent weeks. Digging for a sewer project at Lake Shetek has unearthed a number of artifacts, some of which could be as much as 2,000 years old. Meanwhile, planning for a harness racing track in Anoka county was put on hold after developers discovered the remains of a prehistoric Indian village on the site.
Minnesota Public Radio's Steven John talked to Minnesota's State Archeologist, Scott Anfinson.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Israeli Bombs Rain on Lebanon
With Israeli bombardment of Lebanon in its eighth day, the situation in the humanitarian situation in Tyre, 12 miles north of the Israeli border, is becoming desperate. Many stores are closed, food and water supplies are dwindling, and most people feel the roads are too dangerous for an evacuation. Robert Siegel talks with Washington Post reporter Anthony Shadid, who's in Tyre.
Violence May Aid Hezbollah in Lebanon
Analysts say Israel's attacks over its northern border have an unintended consequence: The Israeli bombardments are rallying former Lebanese critics to Hezbollah's side. Analysts in Beirut say Hezbollah acted for a number of possible reasons.
Iranians Said to Balk at Role in Lebanon
Internationally, there is speculation that Iranian support for Hezbollah is working both to distract from criticism of the country's nuclear capacity, and to flex Iranian muscle in the region. But according to New York Times reporter Nazila Fathi, the Iranian public would rather their government stay out of the war. Fathi tells Melissa Block that fears of a widespread conflict are growing in Tehran.
Drugs and Crime Plague FEMA Trailer Park Residents
Along the Gulf Coast, thousands of residents are still living in FEMA trailers, close to the water. None of them are likely to rebuild where they lived, since they can't afford it or can't get insured. Meanwhile, drugs have become a huge problem in the trailer parks.
Congress Quizzes Bernanke on Inflation
On Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke's latest trip to Capitol Hill, he is quizzed about the latest inflation numbers -- and about what the Fed plans to do with interest rates.
Shopping for the Consumer Price Index
The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday released the monthly Consumer Price Index, a key economic indicator that tracks inflation. Robert Siegel goes shopping with Caren Gaffney to find out how the Consumer Price Index is compiled. He also discusses the CPI's importance with economists.
New Autism Study Shows Discrepancy in Brains
A new study by scientists at UC San Diego and the MIND Institute at UC Davis shows that men and boys with autism have fewer neurons in a part of the brain involved in memory and emotion. It's the latest evidence that this area of the brain, called the amygdala, may be one of the keys to understanding autism.
Who's the Best Back Seat Driver?
Melissa Block talks to Randy and Linda Burlison of Goreville, Ill. The pair took part in this morning's Blue Ox Back Seat Driver competition in Forest City, Iowa. They didn't do very well, but last year they came in third. The event -- in which a driver races backward while blindfolded and instructed by the voice of a companion over an intercom -- is in its eighth year. This year's winners were Eddie St. Angelo and J.R. Branson.
Bush Vetoes Bill to Expand Stem Cell Research
George W. Bush did something today that he hadn't in 66 months as president -- he vetoed a bill passed by Congress. The legislation would have eased restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. President Bush imposed the restrictions in 2001.
Bush Set to Speak at NAACP Convention
President Bush will deliver an address to the NAACP convention Thursday, after years of poor relations with the civil rights group. What do delegates want to hear from Mr. Bush?