First crest ebbs, but flooding not over for southwest Minnesota Most rivers across southwest Minnesota continue to fall this morning as the first of what may be a two-crest flooding season ebbs. So far the damage in that region has been much less than expected. However, the extended flood season could have impacts on spring planting and crop yields.7:20 a.m.
Collective bargaining battle continues in Wisconsin The battle over a new Wisconsin law that strips most public workers of their collective bargaining rights continues. And it's getting pretty complicated. Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law, but a court order is blocking it from going into effect.8:25 a.m.
Minnesota higher education facing deep cuts Minnesota is facing one of the largest higher education cuts in state history. The House and Senate passed education budget bills yesterday. Critics say the bills roll funding for colleges and universities back to 1998 levels, even though they already serve thousands more students. Some of the most heated debate has come from Republican amendments in both houses that would ban the use of state and federal funding for cloning.8:40 a.m.
Minn. lawmakers cut environmental programs The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it would have to close between five and 10 state parks, and offer reduced services at others, under budget bills passed by the Republian-led House and Senate Tuesday.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Syrians Flee As Government Acts Against Protesters
Renee Montagne talks with James Hider, the Middle East bureau chief for the Times of London, who is in Amman, Jordan. He's been spending time on the Syrian border talking to the stream of Syrian refugees.
In Libyan Capital, Reporters Encounter The Surreal
Foreign journalists covering events in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, are facing increased government pressure. The regime's tactics are a kind of relentless psychological warfare that can seem absurdly funny at times. But journalists are worried that the incitement could lead to violence.
FDA Probes Link Between Food Dyes, Kids' Behavior
The Food and Drug Administration is meeting Wednesday and Thursday to examine whether artificial food dyes cause hyperactivity in children. Recent studies have drawn this link, causing some experts to call on the FDA to ban the dyes — or at least require a warning label.
Answers To Census' Race Question Changes Over Time
Census figures show the Hispanic population in the United States now accounts for more than half of the nation's growth in the past decade. But how to classify and measure Hispanics in the Census is complicated, since they are an ethnicity not a race. Ruben Rumbaut, a professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine, talks to Steve Inskeep about the predicament.
Connecticut Poised To Repeal Death Penalty
Illinois repealed its death penalty law earlier this month, and Connecticut looks ready to do the same. Supporters of the death penalty are hoping that timing will be on their side. A very high profile murder case goes to trial just as legislators in Hartford are debating the abolition of capitol punishment.
Everyday Radiation Exposure Is A Tiny Health Risk
We've heard about radiation from the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan reaching U.S. shores. Professor Peter Caracappa, of the Rensselaer Polytenchic Institute, talks to Renee Montagne about different types of radiation people encounter and how to weigh the risks.
Movie Mutants Give A Face To Our Nuclear Fears
Within the first few days of the threefold tragedy in Japan, Wikipedia trend-spotters noticed a startling spike in searches ... for "Godzilla." The radioactive monster is just one on-screen incarnation of human anxiety in a nuclear age.
Japanese Carmakers Struggle With Parts Logistics
Honda will start reducing production at North American factories Wednesday because of a shortage in parts. Toyota is asking U.S. car dealers to stop ordering certain replacement parts made in Japan — it's worried about running out of them. Carmakers still have supply chain problems because of this month's earthquake and tsunami.
Japan Crises, Gas Prices May Hurt April's Car Sales
Auto sales can say a lot about the state of the economy and where it is heading. U.S. carmakers announce their sales figures for March this week. The numbers are expected to continue a relatively strong trend. But auto industry insiders worry recent headlines will hurt Detroit's bottom line.
Automakers Up The 'Cool Factor' For Minivans
Chrysler invented the minivan 27 years ago. But after being wildly popular for years, the segment has lost customers — first to SUVs and then to crossovers. Now minivans are getting a makeover. They're more practical and convenient than ever before, and companies are trying to boost the minivan's sex appeal.