Southern Minnesota hit by band of heavy snow Residents of southern Minnesota were digging out and driving was
discouraged after a storm Friday morning brought not only up to a
foot of fresh snow, but thunder and lightning at the same time.5:20 p.m.
Brauer on bias
Another election season has come and gone, and with it the intense media coverage. The perennial issue of bias in the media has come up again, in the campaign and the coverage of the Democratic successes in many races.
Tom Crann talks with David Brauer, who watches media issues on All Things Considered.6:19 p.m.
Stop It Now
You may have seen them, and even been startled by them. Billboards and outdoor ads that invite people who may be looking at child pornography, or having sexual thoughts about children, to call a toll-free number for help.
The ads were developed and begun one year ago by a group called "Stop It Now Minnesota, The Campaign to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse". They're now expanding the campaign. It's a very public targeting to deal with a sensitive issue. Tom Crann talked with Yvonne Cournoyer, the program director of Stop It Now.6:23 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
White House Pledges to Adjust to New Senate
President Bush meets with the new leaders of the Senate, Democrats Harry Reid of Nevada and Richard Durbin of Illinois, who benefited from their party's strong showing in Senate races this week. The new Senate and House mean President Bush will need new strategies for his final two years in office.
Sens. Durbin, Reid Meet Bush on New Footing
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)., who will be the second-ranking Democrat in the new Senate, visited the White House along with Harry Reid, who will be the Senate Majority leader when the Democrats take control in the new session. Melissa Block talks with Sen. Durbin.
Iraq Policy Group May Bring Shift in U.S. Approach
A highly anticipated report by the Iraq Study Group is expected to make recommendations for U.S. policy in Iraq, some of which might herald a dramatic departure from current policy. There is optimism that the White House will accept the recommendations.
Elderly Veterans Restore WWII Ship
A group of elderly soldiers and sailors reconstruct a WWII ship. The Red Oak Victory will commemorate the shipbuilders who took on the challenge of quickly providing the Allies with new ships to replace those vessels destroyed during the war.
Brooklyn's Senator-Factory Keeps Working
The list of high-ranking alumni produced by an old brick school building in Brooklyn, N.Y., now includes three U.S. senators, and each belongs to a different political party. Melissa Block talks with Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) about the growing legacy of James Madison High School.
Businesses Look at Castro's Cuba, and Wonder
Speculation over the health of President Fidel Castro has a variety of American business people wondering if Cuba will soon become a major economic opportunity. Fidel Castro is sick -- but few feel certain about how sick the longtime leader is. His brother, Raul, is running the country on an interim basis.
Paper's Inquiry Finds Serious Flaws in Mine Safety
Melissa Block talks with Ken Ward Jr., staff writer at The Charleston Gazette, about his investigation into mine safety. Ward found that 90 percent of mine deaths could have been avoided if safety regulations had been followed. He says mine managers are ignoring some safety measures, and federal regulators are only charging small fines for breaking the rules.
Old Is New Again on Broadway
The musical Les Miserables opened on Broadway Thursday night -- just three years after it closed. Les Miz, A Chorus Line and The Fantasticks -- three record-breaking musicals -- are back on the New York stage this fall in carefully crafted replicas of their original productions.