NW Minnesota fires may burn for months Fire crews are still on the scene in northwestern Minnesota, responding to eight wildfires that continue to flare up and shift. But because some the fires are fueled by the region's peat bogs, it may be some time before those fires are fully extinguished.5:19 p.m.
Minn. corn harvest dodges worst of drought Minnesota's crop season started and ended in drought this year, but in between things weren't too bad for most farmers. Despite the hurt production, the damage to Minnesota's $7 billion corn crop wasn't as serious as in other areas.5:51 p.m.
Romney, Obama Have Parallel Points On The Economy
President Obama and Mitt Romney both have plans to rebuild America's economy. They talk about them on the stump every day, but they sound surprisingly similar for two men who disagree about so much.
2012 Already A Record Year For Political Ads
A new analysis shows that the Obama campaign continues to have superiority over the Romney campaign and its allies when it comes to TV ads. The report also finds that political ads are the most negative since 2000, and that the leading advertiser in congressional races is Karl Rove's tax-exempt group Crossroads GPS.
In Nigerian Gold Rush, Lead Poisons Thousands Of Children
In northern Nigeria, some miners use crude methods to extract raw gold ore — a practice fueled by rising gold prices. But the gold here is embedded in lead, and the dust kicked up by this dirty and illegal mining has killed hundreds of children and sickened thousands more. Experts say this may be the worst case of lead poisoning in recent history.
Is There Still A Place For Affirmative Action In 2012?
Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in its first case examining affirmative action since 2003. We're asking listeners for their thoughts on whether affirmative action remains relevant today. Is there still a place for affirmative action in 2012, and why? Contact us here, and be sure to put "affirmative action" in the subject line.
Racial Issues, Far From 'Invisible' On D.C. Stage
An adaptation of Ralph Ellison's landmark novel The Invisible Man is electrifying audiences in the nation's capital. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to the writer, director and star about bringing a complicated story to the stage.
GOP Seizes On Shifting Accounts Of Libya Attack
When the Libyan consulate was attacked and the American ambassador killed, the immediate word from the administration was that the strike was a spontaneous reaction to a controversial film. In the immediate aftermath, Republican challenger Mitt Romney harshly criticized the Obama administration and soon found himself at the center of controversy. In the weeks since, however, the administration story has evolved and now a congressional hearing on the matter is scheduled for next week.