PFCs found in Brainerd wastewater system The compound, known as PFOS, was found in the discharge from the Brainerd wastewater treatment plant. PFOS is one of a family of chemicals that has contaminated drinking water supplies in some metro communities.5:20 p.m.
Local officials concerned about impact on tourism Brainerd and Baxter were once small vacation communities in central Minnesota, but both cities have seen an explosion of growth in recent years. The area is heavily dependent on tourism, and news of the water contamination comes as a shock.5:24 p.m.
Picture perfect van The 13th annual Art Car Parade cruises through Minneapolis on Saturday. Art car owners cover their cars in all sorts of things: cork, grass, action figures, almost anything that's interesting for people to look at.6:23 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
GOP Voters Weigh In on War, Bush-Congress Rift
How are Republican rank-and-file voters reacting to the war debate in Congress and the war itself? Will it still be safe for leading GOP candidates to stand by the president on this issue at early events in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina?
NBA Referee Accused of Betting on Games
An NBA referee is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly betting on basketball games in which he officiated. Authorities are reportedly investigating whether the referee made calls to affect betting point spreads.
Bonds in the Shadow of Doping Scandal
Barry Bonds is two home runs shy of Hank Aaron's career record of 755. Stefan Fatsis of the Wall Street Journal says it will be a bittersweet achievement because Bonds is a central figure in baseball's doping scandal. Fans may never know whether Bonds hit all of those home runs thanks to skill — or under the influence of performance-enhancing drugs. Fatsis talks with Robert Siegel.
FBI's Spyware-Like Software Cracks School Case
Authorities in Washington state called in the FBI to track a suspect who was using the Internet to threaten Timberline High School. The FBI solved the case using special software that attached itself to the suspect's computer and identified him.
Spy Novelist Silva's 'Secret Servant' The Secret Servant is the 10th novel from thriller writer Daniel Silva. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says Silva is perhaps the best home-grown spy novelist among a new generation of writers.
U.N. Official: Humanitarian Crisis Looms in Gaza
Israel released some Palestinian prisoners in an effort to boost Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' new government in the West Bank. But Israel has kept Gaza sealed off since Hamas took over, and U.N. officials warn that a humanitarian crisis is in the making.
Underground Lakebed Sparks Hope for Darfur
Satellite mapping has uncovered in Darfur a buried lakebed the size of Massachusetts. Scientists think its water may have seeped into a reservoir underneath it. If that's the case, it could help ease fighting in one of the driest places on Earth.
Mysteries' Colorful Characters Reel in Readers
In his latest novel, Bad Luck and Trouble, author Lee Child continues the adventures of dashing Jack Reacher. Books in the crime/mystery genre often feature a colorful character that keeps readers coming back for more.
Buscemi: Behind, in Front of Camera in 'Interview'
Steve Buscemi stars in and directs Interview, which explores the relationship between a journalist and the starlet he is sent to interview. The film is a remake of a movie by Dutch director Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in 2004.