Families go back to school Social pressure, identity issues and a dramatic change in routine make the back-to-school season stressful for kids -- and their parents.4:45 p.m.
Metro commuters largely unaffected by first day of school
More than 66,000 University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff are adding to the back-to-school traffic today. After the I-35W bridge collapse, public safety officials and metro school administrators have been encouraging commuters to plan for longer commutes on the first day of class.
MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Todd Fairbanks, a Traveler Information Operator at the Minnesota Department of Transporation's Traffic Management Center. Fairbanks says metro traffic has been fairly normal.4:59 p.m.
Neighborhood access could be lost by temporary I-35W off-ramp
Today, representatives from MnDOT and the city of Minneapolis will present a plan to add a temporary off-ramp from I-35W southbound onto East Hennepin Avenue. The proposal is part of a larger plan to better manage traffic around the collapsed bridge, until a new bridge is built. But, the plan could cause some major headaches for people who work and live in the area. MPR's Brandt Williams reports.5:20 p.m.
Liberians hope to stay in the U.S. As the U.S. Senate reconvenes in Washington this week, many Liberians in Minnesota are anxiously waiting for senators to take action on a bill that could determine whether they have to leave the country within the next 30 days.5:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bush Elaborates on Iraq Remarks, Visits Australia
President Bush arrives in Australia for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Mr. Bush also will spend time with one of his staunchest war allies, Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Howard faces a tough election challenge from an opponent who wants to pull Australia's troops out of Iraq.
Author Had Rare Access to Bush for 'Dead Certain'
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N. Ireland, S. Africa, Iraqis Sign Peace Pact
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Rapist's Story Sheds Light on Sexual Predators
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Hurricane Felix Weakens but Remains a Threat
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Blazes in Greece a Wake-Up Call for Climate Change
This summer's wildfires in Greece killed more than 60 people and destroyed livestock, crops, old-growth forest and scrubland. Environmentalists warn that if drastic measures aren't taken soon, the fires are just an early sign of disasters to come.
Merc's 'Pork Belly' Trading Pit Closing
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Joe Andoe: An Artist's Wild Tales
Painter Joe Andoe has lived in New York for more than 20 years, but he never stopped thinking about his hometown. Tulsa, Okla., inspires his paintings, and it's where Andoe built a reputation as a wild man and party animal. Now Andoe has cleaned up his act and written a memoir about his journey from juvenile delinquency to a successful career in art.
Returning Iraqi Parliament to Weigh Legislation
The Iraqi parliament reconvenes after a monthlong break to consider a package of 10 separate bills put forward by the government. Meanwhile, an Iraqi appeals court has upheld the death sentence against one of the most notorious figures in Saddam Hussein's regime.
Report: Baghdad Meets 7 of 18 Benchmarks
A study by the Government Accountability Office says Baghdad has not met 11 of its 18 political and security goals. The 100-page report is a bleaker picture of the situation in Iraq than the one being offered by the White House. In July, President Bush said progress had been made in eight of the 18 benchmarks. The GAO report says four benchmarks have been partially met.