Art centers help more than artists Many Minnesota cities take pride in their local arts centers. But what good do they really do? A new Humphrey Institute report says they not only offer crucial help to artists, they can even help revitalize neighborhoods and communities.6:50 a.m.
Marine from Superior, Wis. killed in Iraq A Marine from Superior, Wisconsin, with only
15 days of active combat duty left in Iraq was killed by a roadside bomb there. Adam VanAlstine, 21, was killed Saturday in Ramadi
outside of Baghdad, according to his sister.7:20 a.m.
A burning hot new market for corn farmers Some corn farmers can't keep up with the demand to dry their corn for use in corn stoves. Such stoves won't ever replace ADM as a global corn market, but they are bringing money into farmers' pockets in a new way.7:50 a.m.
Should birds be vaccinated against the flu?
France has begun vaccinating more than 300-thousand geese and ducks against avian flu. French officials hope the vaccination program will help convince other countries to continue accepting its poultry products.
Still, some countries, including Japan, have indicated that they won't accept meat from vaccinated animals because of possible health risks.
Dr. David Halverson is a professor and extension veterinarian in avian health at the University of Minnesota. He discusses the pros and cons of vaccinating birds to prevent the spread of H5N1 bird flu.8:24 a.m.
Vermont Challenges Tie Between Speech, Spending
The Supreme Court considers a challenge to a Vermont law that would overturn three decades of federal campaign finance law. Current precedent limits the amount of money individual donors can give candidates, but not the amount candidates can spend in a campaign. Vermont wants to set spending limits on gubernatorial candidates.
Senate Probe Raises Questions About Red Cross
A Senate investigation of the American Red Cross has resulted in the release of thousands of pages of internal documents. They show that even volunteers, board members and staff are concerned about how the organization is managed. The documents question the group's response to Katrina and how it spent its money.
Listeners' Letters About Danny Perasa
Danny Perasa died last week after fighting pancreatic cancer for months. Morning Edition first met Danny and his wife Annie two years ago when they interviewed each other for StoryCorps. Danny Perasa will be buried today. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne read from listeners' letters.
Coast Guard Report Aired Concerns on Ports Deal
The political turmoil continues on Capitol Hill over the operational takeover of some U.S. port facilities by a Dubai-based firm. In a Senate briefing on Monday, lawmakers asked about a Coast Guard evaluation from last year that raised security concerns about the deal.
U.S. at a Crossroads in Response to Darfur Conflict
The United States ambassador to the United Nations says he's hoping the Security Council will move quickly to impose targeted sanctions on people linked to atrocities in Darfur, Sudan. John Bolton says this is a case of say what you mean and mean what you say. But the U.S. hasn't kept its own pledge to sanction militia leaders in Darfur. Michele Kelemen reports.
Vietnamese Refugees Finish Long Journey to U.S.
More than 15 years ago, the United States government changed the rules on Vietnamese who were fleeing their country. Many got stranded in the Philippines while their refugee status was being reviewed. Now, the last of the Vietnamese who have been living in limbo are heading for the U.S.
Enron Trial Blog Gets the Story
If you've ever wondered about what cologne lawyers are wearing to court during the Enron trial, you're in luck. The Houston Chronicle is posting a day-by-day, blow-by-blow blog of the trial. Steve Inskeep talks to Chronicle reporter, and blogger, Mary Flood.
Saddam Trial Overshadowed by Renewed Violence
The trial of Saddam Hussein resumed Tuesday. But it was overshadowed by bombings in Baghdad and reports that put the number of dead from recent sectarian violence as high as 1,300 across the country. Renee Montagne talks to Jamie Tarabay in Baghdad.