Students immersed in Chinese language and culture The first day of the new school year was also the first day of operation for the state's only Chinese immersion school. The Yinghua Academy charter school in St. Paul opened its doors to kindergarten through third grade students.4:49 p.m.
Insurer floats universal coverage proposal The state's largest health plan released a policy white paper Tuesday calling for mandated universal health care coverage in the state. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota says the state's low uninsured rate, at 7.4 percent, puts universal coverage within reach. The insurer estimates the plan could cost Minnesota up to $900 million a year. But Blue Cross says the state would save more than half of those costs by having a healthier population and more productive workers.5:24 p.m.
Whose recovery is it...now? In September 2004, with the economy reported to be on an upswing, Minnesota Public Radio asked a question: "Whose recovery is it?" We took a journey across the economic recovery, with stops ranging from a money manager for millionaires to the panhandler at a freeway off-ramp. Now two years later, we've gone back to four of these people to find out how their lives have changed.5:48 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
White House Freshens Anti-Terrorism Strategy
The White House releases an updated version of its strategy for fighting terrorists around the world, and President Bush gives a speech highlighting the words and deeds of anti-American radicals in the Muslim world.
The Anti-Terrorism Campaign and the Fall Race
The White House releases new documents highlighting the rhetoric of terrorists and Congress returns to Capitol Hill in mid-campaign. Which issues stand out? Robert Siegel asks columnists E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times.
Chevron, Partners, Hail Oil Find in Gulf
Chevron and its partners say an oil well five miles beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico is doing well in initial production tests. Over time, the oil from one of the deepest wells on Earth could boost U.S. reserves.
Tribunal: Calderon Is Mexico's Next President
A seven-judge tribunal in Mexico unanimously declares Felipe Calderon the winner of the contested July 2 presidential vote. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the ruling won't stop protests that have paralyzed Mexico City.
'Hamdan v. Rumsfeld': Path to a Landmark Ruling
Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court invalidated the system set up by President Bush to try accused war criminals at Guantanamo. The ruling, in the case of Osama bin Laden's driver, followed a series of key maneuvers.
Detroit Teachers Picket as Classes Resume
Teachers in Michigan's largest school district are walking picket lines. Quinn Klinefelter of member station WDET reports that school will go on despite a week-old strike by the 9,500-member Detroit Federation of Teachers.
A Chess Classic: 'The Immortal Game'
In 1851, two chess masters sat down for a practice game in London. What should have been a throwaway game intensified and was quickly dubbed "the immortal game." David Shenk, author of a new history of chess called The Immortal Game, describes the historic match.
Winding Down After an Adventure Aloft
Robin Taviner of Macon, Ga., flies small planes. He loves to listen to the aircraft gyros wind down after a flight. The reassuring sound reminds him of what a great time he just had in the air.
Troops Focus on Baghdad's Meanest Streets
The Adhamyah neighborhood is probably the most dangerous in Iraq's turbulent capital. It's now the focus of a house-to-house arms search by U.S. and Iraqi troops. But what happens when the troops leave?
Book Explores Latest Jihadi Thinking
Several lesser-known thinkers whose work is widely read on the Internet are more influential than Osama bin Laden in shaping the views and actions of Islamic radicals. That's the view of New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright, author of the book The Looming Tower.