Resistant staph gains a foothold in Minnesota The number of antibiotic-resistant staph infections acquired outside of hospitals has doubled in Minnesota in the past year. Staph is a common bacteria that can cause all sorts of infections, some of them serious enough to cause death.6:50 a.m.
Lawmakers pledge more cooperation in upcoming session Minnesota lawmakers return to the Capitol Wednesday for what they're hoping will be a brief and productive session. They want to avoid a repeat of last year, when gridlock resulted in the state's first partial government shutdown.7:20 a.m.
Pumping up ethanol Motorists who use E85 ethanol sometimes have
problems finding a station that sells it. U.S.
companies are among those working to increase the
number of pumps.7:25 a.m.
Kiki Smith: The Gathering, 1980-2005 A new exhibit at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is a collection of works by American artist Kiki Smith. For the past 25 years, Smith has created art using a wide variety of materials which explore themes from human anatomy to fairy tales.7:50 a.m.
MPR Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the economy.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
DeLay Faces Tough Texas Primary Challenge
Republican Congressman Tom DeLay of Texas was once the most powerful member of the House of Representatives. Now, under indictment and without a leadership post, he faces a tough challenge in the Republican primary on March 7th.
Mardi Gras Adjusts to Post-Katrina New Orleans
Six months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is celebrating Mardi Gras. The celebration this year is as lively as ever, but smaller. There are four fewer days, six fewer carnival krewes and every parade has to use the same route.
Marching Band Represents New Orleans in Parades
High school marching bands have always played their part in New Orleans Mardi Gras parades. But with most city high schools closed, there are few local students marching this carnival season. One exception is the the MAX School's band.
Charity Money for Katrina Victims Runs Low
Private charities may be running out of money to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Nonprofits have disbursed about two-thirds of the more than $3 billion they raised for hurricane relief, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Will a Cooling Housing Market Cool the Economy?
The housing market has shown signs of cooling in recent months. Economists wonder how that might affect the overall economy in the United States. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, about the relationship between home equity and consumer spending.
U.N. May Upgrade Darfur Peace Force
The Bush administration and the United Nations appear to be serious about putting a more robust peacekeeping force on the ground in the Darfur region of western Sudan. The idea is to turn a beleaguered and under-funded African Union force into a blue-helmeted U.N. force.
PalmPilot Creator Models Computer on Brain
Jeff Hawkins created the PalmPilot and Treo smart phone. His new company, Numenta, is developing a type of computer memory system modeled after the human neocortex, what he calls the "the big wrinkly thing" at the top of the brain. He's also the co-author of the book On Intelligence, which details his vision of how the brain processes information.
Economists Predict Growth Spurt for U.S.
The National Association for Business Economics says its survey of 53 economists predicts growth of about 4.5 percent in the first quarter. The economists also say the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates two more times before this summer.
U.S. Lawmakers Welcome New Ports Deal Review
Dubai Ports World has asked for an additional 45-day review of its takeover of terminal operations at six ports in the United States. The company hopes to defuse national security concerns about handing that role to a company owned by the government of Dubai.