What is an aquifer? This week the city of Chanhassen issued a watering ban after three of its 11 wells failed, because it could no longer draw water from underground aquifers in the area. Here's a primer on aquifers.5:24 p.m.
U.S. attorney announces Duluth drug ring bust U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose visited Duluth to announce that 28 people from the area have been indicted for selling cocaine and crack. Paulose says she's putting the word out that her office will not tolerate drug crimes in greater Minnesota.5:50 p.m.
Help your yard and garden beat the heat This summer's string of hot days, along with a lack of rain, has been hard on crops, lawns, trees, and gardens all over the state. Garden expert Deb Brown shares some tips on how to help our plants survive the hot, dry weather.5:53 p.m.
Bush Panel, Congress Urge Aid for Wounded Vets
A special commission appointed by President Bush issued its report Wednesday on improving health care for wounded veterans, particularly those returning from Iraq. And the Senate approved a bill to streamline benefits and increase military pay.
Advocate Scrutinizes Report on Veterans' Care
William Rollins Jr., field services director for Paralyzed Veterans of America, approves of some of the presidential committee's report on veterans' care — such as improving support for families — but says other reforms are missing.
Examining Lows of Bush's Approval, Partisan Divide
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr comments on the utter lack of comity among Republicans and Democrats and a president who has just about reached former President Richard Nixon's low point in approval ratings. It is not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind, Schorr says.
Soccer Players Eye California's Kangaroo Ban
The California Supreme Court upheld a ban this week on the importation and sale of products made from a variety of wildlife species, including the kangaroo. The decision could have a major effect on soccer players, who value kangaroo leather for its softness and durability.
Finnish Group Rocks Retro Soul in 'Keep Reachin' Up'
Nicole Willis is a retro soul singer from Brooklyn. Her really tight band, the Soul Investigators, is from Finland. The group sounds like it's from Memphis – and it's one of Oliver Wang's favorites of the year so far.
Rape Cases On Indian Lands Go Uninvestigated
Four years ago, a 20-year-old woman was raped and beaten on a South Dakota reservation. Her case is one of many incidents of sexual assault on Indian territory that are not reported or investigated. Tribal leaders blame an overstretched police force and federal indifference.
Summer Food: Melons, Fresh Pesto, Apricot Jam
Last month, All Things Considered asked listeners to share their summer food memories. We share a sampling, from ripe honeydews and cantaloupes and homemade pesto to a family tradition of picking ripe apricots to make loads of jam.
Bush Aides in Contempt; Will They Be Prosecuted?
The House Judiciary Committee approved a contempt citation against White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolton, who have refused to comply with committee subpoenas regarding last year's firing of U.S. attorneys.
Bulgarian Nurse Recounts Torture in Libyan Prison
One of the medical workers released in Bulgaria on Tuesday after eight years in a Libyan prison said she had tried to kill herself after being tortured with electrical shocks. She spoke at a news conference in the Sofia, Bulgaria. Other members of the group were too ill to attend.