New Minn. campaign launched against distracted driving Traffic deaths nationwide and in Minnesota are at their lowest level in decades. But the percentage of fatalities caused by distracted driving is rising. With that in mind, Minnesota safety advocates Tuesday announced a campaign to encourage drivers to keep their eyes on the road.3:24 p.m.
Isanti County, from boom to bust The foreclosure rate in Isanti County, about an hour north of the Twin Cities metro area, is the second highest in the state. Just a few years ago, Isanti County was booming. But then the recession came, the housing market went bust, and lots of people who live there lost their jobs.3:50 p.m.
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GOP Blocks Bill To End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Senate Republicans on Tuesday dealt a major setback to those pushing for repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the 17-year-old policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military. Republicans closed ranks to block consideration of a defense bill that calls for the end of the ban. The upcoming midterm elections weighed heavily in the debate.
In Nev. Senate Race, A Dead Heat Between Reid, Angle
We're checking in this week on a number of election races around the country. Today, we focus on the dead heat between U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- Democrat from Nevada -- and his Republican challenger, Sharron Angle. Angle is a former Nevada assemblywoman and a Christian conservative who has been backed by the Tea Party. Reid is a longtime incumbent who became the Democratic leader in the Senate after Tom Daschle lost his re-election bid in South Dakota in 2004. NPR's David Greene talks to Anjeanette Damon, who covers politics for the Las Vegas Sun.
What's The Most-Stolen Vehicle? It May Surprise You
Vehicle thefts continued to fall in 2009, following a six-year trend, according to the FBI's most recent crime statistics. But the National Insurance Crime Bureau found that the most-stolen car of the year was not the newest thing on the block -- it was the 1994 Honda Accord.
Measuring Progress On Global Development Goals
World leaders gathering for the U.N. General Assembly meeting this week are also reviewing progress in an ambitious international drive to reduce poverty, improve health and mitigate environmental destruction, to name a few of the goals in the Millennium Development Goals initiative. The MDG is a 15-year project, and there are only five years to go. Much remains to be done.
Countries Lag In Maternal, Child Health
For an update on the progress countries have been making toward the Millennium Development Goals, NPR's David Greene talks to Liesbet Steer, research associate with the Overseas Development Institute, and lead researcher of the Millennium Development Goals Report, a study funded by the Gates Foundation. Steer says that while a lot of progress is being made in combating poverty, providing education and achieving gender equality, progress in maternal and child health has been lagging.
Davis Guggenheim, Looking For A Hero At Your House
The director of An Inconvenient Truth sets out to challenge audiences on the topic of our educational system the way he challenged them on climate change. The solution, his film argues, will come only when everyone stands up to make a change.
'New York Times' Op-Ed Page Turns 40
The New York Times op-ed page turned 40 years old on Tuesday. The section started as a way for the paper to include diverse perspectives and opinions from writers and thinkers not already affiliated with the Times. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Times op-ed page editor David Shipley about how the op-ed page changed journalism, and how the Internet has changed the op-ed page.
Specters And Ghosts In 'Haunted Wisconsin'
For some, travel is a relaxing break, but not for writer Benjamin Percy. For our books series "My Guilty Pleasure," where authors talk about a book they are embarrassed to love, Percy discusses how he spends his vacations — armed with a travel guide, seeking out the spooky, the scary and the supernatural.
Fed Signals It May Take More Steps To Boost Economy
Federal Reserve policymakers signaled on Tuesday that they're prepared to take additional steps to support the economy if necessary. The Fed has been holding interest rates near zero, but growth hasn't returned and unemployment remains high.