Early-morning action sends flood aid to SE Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty signed the flood relief package early Wednesday morning after it passed the House and Senate. The governor called lawmakers back into a one-day special session. But there are some hints that another special session may be on the horizon if federal funding for the I-35W bridge doesn't come through.5:24 p.m.
Common substance could help cure gambling addiction An amino acid found in health food stores shows promise in curbing gambling addictions in some people. University of Minnesota researchers say the discovery could lead to a cheaper and safer treatment for pathological gamblers.5:50 p.m.
'We, Too, Are Book Artists' In what's believed to be the first ever show of its kind, "We, Too, Are Book Artists" gathers the work of African American book artists from around the nation in Minneapolis.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Sept. 11 Message Challenges Young Imam
For Imam Sheikh Rashid Lamptey, preparing a Sept. 11 anniversary sermon proves to be a daunting task. He wants to urge his members to follow a path of peace, while still acknowledging those who feel marginalized by American attitudes toward Muslims.
Eclectic Keyboardist Joe Zawinul Dies at 75
Over a 60-year career, Zawinul embraced many types of jazz, but came to define the style known as jazz-fusion with his influential band Weather Report, and its 1977 hit "Birdland." Zawinul died of cancer early Tuesday.
Natural Resources Key to Alaska Town's Future
Barrow, Alaska, is the northernmost U.S. community and home to about 4,500 people. It's also home to huge natural gas deposits. The town's future will depend largely on development of natural resources, amid the uncertainties of climate change.
Petraeus, Crocker Field More Questions on Iraq
During a second day of congressional testimony, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker answer a Senate committee's questions on U.S. policy in Iraq. Several presidential candidates join in, along with sharp questions from Republican skeptics.
Alexander Assesses Debate over War Funding
Congress will have to vote again soon on funding the war in Iraq. Democratic efforts to cut funds — or attach a timetable for withdrawal — have failed in the past. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, a key player in the debates, offers his insights.
Feingold Sizes Up Petraeus-Crocker Hearings
Sen. Russ Feingold, Democrat from Wisconsin, offers his insights on the Petraeus-Crocker hearings. The top U.S. commander in Iraq and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq fielded questions from two Senate panels Tuesday.
Rise in Insurance Rates Slows, Kaiser Survey Says
Health insurance rates showed less of an increase in 2007 than 2006, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But steady increases in premiums are making it difficult for companies to offer affordable benefits.
'Godfather of Itch' Tackles Sensitive Subject
Dr. Gil Yosipovitch is known as "the Godfather of Itch." The Wake Forest med school researcher and dermatologist is the founder of the International Forum for the Study of Itch. He talks about the continuing mystery of what makes people itch.
Barriers Abound for Immigrants Learning English
Immigrants' English skills are often part of the U.S. debate over foreign workers. Demand for English classes far outstrips supply, even as work, family duties and other obstacles stand in the way of efforts to master a new language.