Author Julia Alvarez thrives in two worlds Author Julia Alvarez balances two very different worlds -- in her life and in her new novel, "Saving the World." Alvarez grew up in a large family in the Dominican Republic, but moved to the U.S. at the age of 10. She spends most of the year in Vermont now, although she still owns a farm in the Dominican Republic.6:55 a.m.
St. Paul City Council rejects airport flood plan
The St. Paul City Council has rejected a plan by the Metropolitan Airports Commission to build a floodwall at St. Paul's downtown airport.7:25 a.m.
Department of Health closely watching mumps outbreak Minnesota Department of Health officials are tracking several suspected cases of the mumps. Eight people are being watched closely after they flew in the same airplane as someone who had the disease. Officials are awaiting test results from 17 others who may have contracted the disease. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dave Schultz, a spokesman with the Department of Health.7:50 a.m.
Audit: Errors rife when immigrants apply for health care County human services workers make many errors
when they process applications from immigrants for public health
care, allowing some to get benefits they may not be entitled to,
according to an audit released Wednesday.7:55 a.m.
Arts organizations looking for bonding money
Several arts organizations are lobbying the state legislature for bonding money. The Schubert Theater, the Ordway theater, and the McPhail Center for Music are among those with requests to improve their facilities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Arts Commentator Dominic Papatola.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
John McCain Works to Win Bush Republicans in 2008
Nobody has helped sell the Bush Administration's war in Iraq better than John McCain. But the Arizona senator has had an up and down relationship with the president ever since their bitter 2000 Republican primary battle. If McCain runs for president in 2008, he will have to win over Bush supporters to win.
Radio Operator Honored for Katrina Service
One community radio operator managed to stay on the air during Hurricane Katrina. He is in Washington, D.C., to be honored with a federal award. He's also applied for an extension of his temporary permit to broadcast at higher power.
Maryland and Baltimore at Odds Over City Schools
The Maryland legislature has blocked a proposed state takeover of 11 Baltimore schools. The schools have limped along for years with low student achievement. The school district says it's fixing the problems. But state officials are skeptical.
For Seniors, Little Questions Can Lead to Big Changes
Older patients typically suffer from a collection of diseases. And they are treated by an array of specialists for each disease. Doctors who specialize in geriatrics are a key care component, keeping an eye on an individual's overall health.
Saving a Life
Hemant Vankawala, a young emergency room doctor in Dallas, describes what it's like to save someone from death.
Campaign Targets Quality of Iowa Newspaper
Iowa's largest newspaper, The Des Moines Register, used to be nationally recognized for its excellence. A lot has changed at the paper since it was bought by Gannett, a national media company, 20 years ago. A disgruntled reader has begun a campaign aimed at forcing the Register to raise its standards.
Moussaoui Lawyers Begin Arguing for Life Sentence
Court-appointed defense lawyers begin presenting arguments to spare Zacarias Moussaoui's life. The prosecution rested its case for the death penalty in the sentencing phase of the confessed terrorist's court saga after presenting a series of emotional accounts from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Sept. 11 Events Dramatized on Big Screen
A spate of movies recreating some of the events from Sept. 11 begin appearing this month, starting with the film United 93. Portraying Sept. 11 events on the big screen is an emotional proposition.
Nepalese Political Parties Explore Links with Maoists
Strikes and protests continue in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. The king has fired the government and refuses to talk to the major political parties. There is an emerging alliance between those parties and Maoist insurgents.