Minn. officials concerned about new invasive plant A new invasive plant called Oriental bittersweet has made its way into Minnesota this year. Infestations have been found in the Twin Cities metro area, as well as in southeastern Minnesota, near Winona.4:51 p.m.
Cravaack, Oberstar spar over file shredding Constituents' files are the latest point of conflict in the handoff of power between outgoing 8th District U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and his successor, Republican Chip Cravaack. Oberstar's office is destroying most of the files on individuals' requests for assistance. But Cravaack's team says Oberstar should hand them over, not shred them.5:16 p.m.
Retail grocers compete for customers - and local food Increasing consumer interest in the presumed health and economic benefits of local food has meant that not only do store like Lunds need to keep up with customer demand, they also have to compete with other retailers like Walmart -- both for customers and for the growers that produce the food.5:20 p.m.
The Dinner Party Download featuing Kid Cudi This week on the Dinner Party Download, a cheesy joke from Mash-up music star Greg Gillis, a.k.a. "Girl Talk," Sarah Palin's hunting fascination and Kid Cudi on his problems with modern hip hop.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Wants 'Conversation' On Tax Code Rewrite
President Obama is trying to use the sudden national attention to tax policy to launch a major rethinking of the tax system -- one that could help the economy and even reduce the deficit.
Week In Politics: Tax Cuts
Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the tax cut deal President Obama struck with Republicans.
LA Closes Clinic Catering To Porn Industry
Los Angeles County has ordered a health clinic that serves the porn industry to close. State regulators say there was a problem with the clinic's application to become a community clinic. The facility tests actors for STDs ... and maintains a database porn producers use to check performers' medical statuses.
'Fool Self' Offers Serious Stories Of Teen Girls
Guy Raz talks with author Danielle Evans about her collection of short stories, "Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self," which address issues of race, class and gender. Evans says too often, teenage girls are written off in literature, and she wanted to figure out how to write stories that would take them seriously.
GM Accelerates Toward Chinese Business, Plug-Ins
GM's successful IPO raised billions of dollars and allowed the government to cut its stake in the automaker by half. CEO Dan Akerson says the company is committed to boosting production of the Volt -- its plug-in electric car -- and to reaping huge profits from selling cars in China.
South Korea Free Trade Deal Could Be Boon For GM
The Obama administration and the South Korean government have reached a free trade deal that could offer a potential big market for General Motors and other American car companies. One expert says South Korea is an especially desirable market because of its huge middle class and sophisticated financial system.
Cables Suggest U.S. Knew Of Sudan Arms Shipments
Among the cables in this week's dump of WikiLeaks documents are memos concerning shipments of arms through Kenya to Sudan. The cables suggest that the U-S turned a blind eye to the situation until Somali pirates brought it to public attention by seizing a tanker carrying 32 Soviet-made Ukrainian tanks, apparently bound for Sudan's south.
College Football Fans' Patience Tested
College football fans have a few weeks to wait to find out who'll be the national champion -- Auburn or Oregon. It can be a touchy time for some diehard supporters.
Hornets' Takeover An Embarrassment For NBA
Guy Raz talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the NBA's takeover of the New Orleans Hornets and the ongoing collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league.