Film director Kevin Smith, aka "Silent Bob," speaks The slacker event of the year kicks off this weekend with the release of "Clerks II." It's the sequel to the 1994 cult indie movie hit "Clerks" -- and it's a film director Kevin Smith once thought he could never make.4:49 p.m.
Families settle lawsuit over Red Lake shootings Victims of the Red Lake school shooting and their families have accepted a $1 million settlement from the school district. The money will be distributed among 21 families but may not be the end of litigation over the tragedy.5:20 p.m.
Mayo goes on the attack The Mayo-led Rochester Coalition has filed another report with the Federal Rail Administration. It details what the Coalition describes as DM & E's abysmal safety record.5:50 p.m.
Minnesota group serves as watchdog for detainees rights
There has been much debate about the U.S. treatment of detainees in places like Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. But, the United States is also facing scrutiny for the way it treats refugees and asylum seekers here at home.
A Minnesota lawyer is just back from Geneva where a United Nations committee has been conducting periodic reviews of Washington's adherence to a covenant on Civil and Political Rights ratified in 1992. Sandra Jezierski presented a report to the committee, compiled on behalf of the Twin Cities-based Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.5:53 p.m.
St. Paul names first poet laureate Minnesota's capital city has its first poet laureate, St. Paul resident Carol Connolly. Connolly is a published poet and columnist. She has been active in local and state politics for years, and her first commissioned poem will come on Aug. 2, during Mayor Chris Coleman's budget address.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bush's NAACP Speech is First as President
President Bush addresses the NAACP's annual convention, the first time he has spoken to the civil rights organization since he took office. Two years ago, the president said his relationship with leaders of the NAACP was "basically nonexistent." And the group's leaders had their own harsh words for him.
NAACP Attendees and President Bush
NPR's Allison Keyes reports on reaction to President Bush's speech from delegates at the NAACP's annual convention. It was the first time Mr. Bush has addressed the civil rights group since he took office.
Annan Pleads for Cease-Fire on Lebanon Border
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan makes an impassioned appeal for a cease-fire in the Middle East, warning of a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon. Annan is meeting this evening with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is preparing for a trip to the region to help resolve the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.
Ninth Ward Postman Gets Back on His Route
The Lower Ninth Ward, one of the New Orleans neighborhoods most battered by Hurricane Katrina, began receiving mail again this week. Melissa Block talks with letter carrier Wayne Treaudo, who has delivered mail in the Ninth Ward for 15 years, about what it's like returning to his route.
Letters: Bush's Loose Talk, Middle East
Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters and emails. This week, listeners had a lot to say about President Bush's expletive, bathtub noises and our coverage of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
The Sound of the End of the World?
Member station producer Bradley George, of WFDD in North Carolina, shares the latest in our series of listener-provided "Soundclips." He tells us about the "Doomsday Machine" -- and puts a humorous spin on the apparatus that warns of impending danger.
Army Burn Center Sees Some of Worst War Wounds
When soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer severe burns, they are sent to the Brooke Army Medical Center. The staff strives to keep the patients alive -– and then to help them cope with their changed lives.
Cities Engage Lobbyists, and Worries Arise
It's no longer enough for cities and towns to call their representatives in Congress to secure federal funds. Increasingly, they're hiring their own Washington reps, with local government lobbying expenses up over 40 percent since 2000. But two towns have hired a lobbying firm at the center of two federal investigations.
A Whale of a Tale: Senators Vie for Biggest Catch
Earlier this month, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) hauled in a whopping 63-pound king salmon from Alaska's Kenai River. The event raised funds for river conservation and involved eight other U.S senators. Murkowski talks to Melissa Block about her catch and how it compares to other Congressional fish stories.