'It's like we're raising drunk kids' When a pregnant woman drinks, she risks giving birth to a child with a broad range of health problems, including permanent brain damage. Children and adults with fetal alcohol exposure are an invisible population -- underserved and misunderstood.4:45 p.m.
Protesters, bomb threat bring chaos to U of M About 100 demonstrators interrupted the Board of Regents meeting at the University of Minnesota Friday morning, saying they were there to support striking U of M union workers.5:20 p.m.
Flood relief dilemma: Cash or credit? Gov. Pawlenty says he's optimistic that he will call a special session of the Minnesota Legislature soon. But he and DFL leaders differ on whether the state should borrow relief money or use cash the state already has.5:24 p.m.
The young philanthropists The LEAD Project (Leadership Emergence and Development)is a new organization in the Twin Cities that's trying to turn young professionals into young philanthropists.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Job Cuts a Symptom of Struggling Economy
For the first time in four years, the economy actually lost jobs in August, the Labor Department said Friday. Adding to the bleak picture was word that Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender, plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs in the next few months.
Is a Recession in the Making?
William Wheaton, an economics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says there is pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates because of the downtick in jobs and problems with the housing market. But he says the jobs report doesn't foreshadow a recession.
Developer Deals with Home Construction Slowdown
The construction industry was one of the hardest-hit sectors in a Labor Department report released Friday. New York developer Steve Rieger says he has seen housing recessions before — but never one like this.
Tapping into Afghanistan's Wealth of Gems
Afghanistan's mountains contain a huge, mostly untapped treasure chest of gemstones and precious metals. The Afghan government has recently begun promoting private efforts to mine the gems — and cashing in on the taxes and fees generated by the business.
Congress Works Across Aisles on Troop Withdrawal
Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to testify before Congress on Monday about the status of the war in Iraq, but Congress is already talking about what will happen after that testimony. Democrats have been unable to pass legislation mandating a troop withdrawal. Now some of them are talking with Republicans about other steps.
Officials Note Progress in Anbar, but Death Toll Rises
In the run-up to the report by Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. military and political leaders repeatedly point to progress with tribal leaders in one bright spot: Anbar province. Yet the U.S. military regularly loses more troops in al Anbar than in any other province but Baghdad. Early Friday, four more U.S. Marines reportedly were killed in combat operations there.
Tax Break Fueling Kansas City Boom Scrutinized
Kansas City is in the middle of a downtown building boom. Some $4 billion in construction is now under way, thanks in large part to a development tool known as tax-increment financing, or TIF. But critics worry that the city has handed out the tax breaks too freely and that their increased use could undermine the city's finances.
Sisterly Bond a Salve as Girl Succumbs to Cancer
Commentator Debra Jarvis has been a hospital chaplain for 20 years. She has counseled hundreds of people, but one incident from the early years of her career has remained particularly vivid in her memory. It involved a young girl dying of cancer — and the girl's older sister.
Iraqi Watchdog Official Alleges High-Level Corruption
In an exclusive interview with NPR, the official who headed Baghdad's anti-corruption watchdog alleges that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki interfered with his agency's work and tolerated bribery and cronyism in his Cabinet.