If a group in Duluth has its way, the city's Bayfront Park could have a new attraction. It's a stormwater garden. It would be a series of artistically-constructed wetlands to treat water running off the hillside.
But not everyone is convinced it's the best use of the land.
Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Hemphill reports.4:50 p.m.
Mesaba prepares to cut
Bankrupt Mesaba Airlines says it hopes to negotiate cost-cutting contracts with its pilots, flight attendants and mechanics by midnight tomorrow night. That's when the company can unilaterally impose new terms on its union workers. But the unions aren't optimistic about hammering out deals by then. Minnesota Public Radio's Martin Moylan reports.5:20 p.m.
Another budget crunch in Minneapolis schools
The Minneapolis Public Schools are facing another budget gap. Administrators estimate they will fall $15 to $20 million short of a balanced budget next year. Declining enrollment has reduced the amount of money the district gets from the state while costs for teachers, administration and facilities are on the rise. Tom Crann talks with Bill Green, the interim superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Democrats, Republicans Alike Point to Pelosi
If Democrats win control of the House of Representatives on Nov. 7, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would be in line to become the first female Speaker of the House. Some Republicans are using the name of Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, to motivate voters.
Rove Sees No GOP Fall in the 2006 Election
Karl Rove, President Bush's top political strategist, says he doesn't believe the polls -- at least those that predict the GOP will likely lose control of Congress. The Republicans have a huge financial advantage in the home stretch, Rove says.
U.S. Marines on the Job in Anbar Province
U.S. Marines in Anbar Province are faced with the job of securing the stronghold of Iraq's Sunni insurgency. NPR's Tom Bowman has just returned from a visit to the Marines there.
A Favorite Son of Philadelphia Falls in Iraq
Army Cpl. Carl Johnson Jr. of Philadelphia died in Mosul when a roadside bomb exploded near his armored vehicle. Johnson, 21, was a high-school football player who had a motorcycle, nice rims on his car and a way with the ladies, friends say. His high-school football buddies kept up with him on MySpace. NPR's Phyllis Fletcher has this remembrance.
N. Korean Defectors Fight Regime with the Radio
In South Korea, a small group made up mainly of North Korean defectors works to hasten the downfall of Kim Jong Il's regime. They run a radio station in Seoul that broadcasts news into North Korea for an hour a day, hoping to turn North Koreans against Kim Jong Il.
Re-Examining Hungary's 'Failed Illusions'
In his book Failed Illusions, scholar Charles Gati offers a new assessment of the Hungarian anticommunist uprising of 1956, arguing that the failures were widespread, and the "gap between words and deeds was huge" in the U.S. response.
Famed Travel Writer Eric Newby Dies at 86
English travel writer Eric Newby died Friday at the age of 86. The iconic adventurer, whose journeys were often fraught with mishap, was best known for A Short Walk Through the Hindu Kush, a book about travels through central Asia. Melissa Block talks with Wanda Newby, who often went along on her husband's journeys.
A Revival of Reels and Jigs: Ceilidh, Anyone?
The dictionary defines ceilidh as a social evening or a party with music and dancing. These days, however, a ceilidh features a band playing jigs, reels, hornpipes and polkas and a caller who keeps the dances flowing. The ceilidh revival is drawing in a new, young crowd.
Top Officer: Iraqi Forces Ready in 12-18 Months
Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says Iraqi forces should be able to take control of security in Iraq in the next 12 to 18 months. Casey also says the United States should continue to focus on drawing down the number of American forces in the country.