A chocolate renaissance The box of chocolates that you give your sweetheart this Valentine's Day may not contain the traditional candy flavors. Over the past few years, high-end chocolate boutiques have opened all across Minnesota. A Twin Cities chocolatier, B.T McElrath, helps explain this chocolate renaissance.6:40 a.m.
Group calls for more privacy protection for newborns Nearly every infant in Minnesota receives a battery of tests to check for various health conditions. Critics are concerned that the state health department is collecting and keeping potentially sensitive genetic data.7:20 a.m.
Reading the story of "El Lector" A lost era, a time when immigrant workers rolled cigars by hand in southern Florida, comes to life in "El Lector." It's a new book for young people, written by northern Minnesota author William Durbin.7:45 a.m.
Minnesota athletes struggling in Turin
It's a busy day at the Olympic Games in Turin, where curling, cross-country skiing, and men's figure-skating are all on the schedule. Jay Weiner is in Turin, covering the games for the Star Tribune and keeping track of all the Minnesota athletes.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Britain May Require National ID for Passports
Britain's House of Commons has approved legislation that would make citizens present a national identity card in order to obtain a passport. The current measure is a compromise on an earlier version, which would have required a national ID for all British citizens. The bill now goes to the House of Lords.
Justice Department Offers Legal Reasoning for Surveillance
Renee Montagne speaks with Steve Bradbury, head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, about the legal justification for the Bush administration's controversial domestic surveillance program. Bradbury says existing laws allow for the program because it identifies enemies in the ongoing war on terror.
Commission Mulls Standardized Testing in Colleges
The Bush administration has appointed a commission that is considering standardized testing for college students. The testing would be meant to measure the quality of higher education in the United States.
Enthusiasts Work to Preserve Educational Movies
The Academic Film Archive is working with the Library of Congress to make a worldwide database of all the old educational movies it can find. And in St. Louis, in an effort to preserve these classic 16-mm movies, a group is holding monthly screenings of films like The Living Soil, which was produced by Shell Oil Company in the 1960s to extol the virtues of pesticides. Matt Sepic of member station KWMU reports.
Corruption Scandals Rock Kenyan Leadership
Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki came to power promising to root out previous corruption. But three of his cabinet members resigned over corruption allegations, two of them Monday.
U.S. Gold Medalist Donates Award to Darfur Refugees
American speed skater Joey Cheek did something very unusual after winning the 500 meter race at the Winter Olympics. He announced he's contributing his $25,000 gold medal award from the U.S. Olympic Committee to refugees from Darfur.
Negro Leaguers Earn More Spots in Hall of Fame
Baseball takes another step in its recognition of the Negro Leagues' contributions to the sport when 39 candidates are voted on at the end of this month in a special election for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Company's Takeover of U.S. Ports Raises Security Concerns
A company based in the United Arab Emirates is taking over the operation of six American ports, including New York, Baltimore and New Orleans. Dubai Ports Worldwide is buying London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation. New York Sen. Charles Schumer has criticized the deal, saying he is concerned about outsourcing services that affect national security.
It's Valentine's Day. How About a Furnace?
Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report on companies' capitalizing on Valentine's Day and sentimental marketing to push products. Interested in a new furnace with a free digital thermostat? It's listed on a Web site under the heading "Great Valentine Gift Ideas."
White House Official Defends Katrina Response
Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep report on the comments of Frances Townsend, the White House assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, about her defense of the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.