Feedlot regulation is a growing patchwork From county to county and township to township, the decisions over whether to allow new livestock feedlot operations is very different. Does this make it harder or easier to get a new facility approved?5:50 p.m.
Assassination is reminder of darker side of Christmas story Commentator Rev. Gordon Stewert remembers that part of the Christmas story is about spying, power, murder and exile. The assassination this week of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto reminds him those forces remain at work in the world today.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S. Troops Clear Insurgent Haven, Build New Base
U.S. troops recently cleared out a key haven of al-Qaida in Iraq where insurgents are said to have trained recruits and built bombs used in suicide attacks across Iraq. But the fight in northern Babil province is far from over. As a U.S. base is being built, troops are working with tribal leaders to return order to the region.
Murder May Be Tied to Online Sex Offender List
A construction worker with a young son is accused of killing a 67-year-old convicted sex offender who had moved to the northern California town of Lakeport. Prosecutors preparing for a hearing in January are looking into whether the man was murdered because of his listing in the Megan's Law database.
Martirio's Freedom Songs Transcend Boundaries
Martirio, the creation of vocalist and performance artist Isabel Quinones Gutierrez, expands the boundaries of flamenco and the traditional song called cancion — a mixture of verse and traditional Spanish music. Part of a generation of artists who came of age in post-Franco Spain, her music mixes flamenco with rock and pop.
Checking in with South Carolina, Nevada
This week, we've been checking in on states whose primaries or caucuses are coming up in the next few weeks. Friday we talk with Leroy Chapman, governance editor of The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., and to Molly Ball, a political reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Chinks Emerge in Giuliani's Firewall Strategy in Fla.
In Florida, Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani has counted on a first-place finish to jump-start his campaign just before the Feb. 5 slew of primaries, but Giuliani's fortunes there have begun to reflect the decline he has suffered elsewhere.
Memories Like Bits of Paper, Shaken in a Jar
Commentator David Greenberger travels around the country, talking to older people and collecting their stories. This is the story of Gertrude Berg and the difficulty of remembering.
Who Killed Benazir Bhutto?
A day after Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack, there is much speculation about who was behind the assassination. Many people and organizations in Pakistan wanted Bhutto dead. There are doubts that the perpetrators will ever be identified.
Family Discord a Hit in 'August: Osage County'
The hit Broadway show August: Osage County is a comic-tragic take on family. It's set in the county where playwright Tracy Letts grew up. His father, Dennis Letts, plays the patriarch of a large dysfunctional family. But the Lettses say it's not about their own family.
Information Surfaces on Bhutto's Final Moments
Thousands turned out to pay respects to Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who was buried in a family mausoleum near Karachi. New information has come to light about the final moments before her motorcade was attacked Thursday. Her assassination set off riots, but the violence seems to be subsiding.