Homeless vets get left out of recent budget deal Congress slashed the $75 million HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher program by a third for 2011, meaning less help is available for this high risk group just when the need is growing.6:25 a.m.
Southern may not be only theater in trouble The Southern Theater in Minneapolis has set itself a formidable task this week. It aims to raise $400,000 by Saturday. Organizers say, if they fail, the West Bank institution will have to close its doors. The Twin Cities has a national reputation for its theater, but the current economy has severely tested several companies, and even caused the collapse of the internationally renowned Theater de la Jeune Lune.7:25 a.m.
Many Minnesota farmers planting late this year By this time last year, many Minnesota farmers already had their corn planted. Soybeans, wheat and sugar beets got an early start, too. But so far this year, it's been too wet for planting. And the National Weather Service predicts the next three months will bring more rain than normal in the southeastern and northwestern parts of the state.7:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
'High-Risk' Detainees Released From Guantanamo
NPR, along with The New York Times, is reporting on hundreds of classified documents concerning detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The documents were originally leaked to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and come from the Pentagon's Joint Task Force at Guantanamo. In the papers, the government assesses the dangers posed by the detainees. An NPR investigation shows that some detainees, considered likely to pose a threat to the U.S. if they were released, were indeed let go.
In Britain, Cornwall Pays No Mind To Royal Wedding
Prince William, who's second in line to the British throne, is marrying Kate Middleton on Friday. The images and voices that will fill the airwaves that day will portray a kingdom full of loyal and joyous subjects. But in Cornwall, where the map says it is part of Britain, the Cornish don't feel very British.
Sitting All Day: Worse For You Than You Might Think
Scientists are discovering that people who sit more have higher levels of cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides and even bigger waist sizes. But breaking up a day of inactivity with movement, even if just for a few minutes, can make a difference.
Got Knee Pain? Maybe The Answer Is More Exercise
A reporter thought that Achilles tendon and knee injuries from running might mean he'd never be able to enjoy the sport again. It turns out that the pain may have been from lack of use. But stretching and strengthening exercises can reverse that decline.
Latin America Gets Its First Car Charging Station
Chile's president and other top officials presided over a ceremony last week in the smoggy capital of Santiago. The aim is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions with electric cars. Also last week, 10 charging stations opened in Hawaii — a state where gas prices are usually the highest in the country.
Brazilian Meat Producer Becomes Global Powerhouse
Brazilian meat producer JBS is cornering the worldwide meat market by buying up companies from the United States to Australia to Italy. How does JBS, perhaps more than any other company, reflects the power of the new Brazil?
Remembering The Father Of The Compact Disc
Former Sony President Norio Ohga died over the weekend at the age of 81. Ohga was the head of Sony when the company introduced the compact disc to the world. That was three decades ago, when people listened to music on LPs and cassette tapes. Ohga believed CDs had better sound quality.
Military Documents Detail Life At Guantanamo
Thousands of pages of secret military reports obtained by The New York Times and shared with NPR put a name, a history and a face on some of the hundreds of men held at the detention camp.
Yemen's Saleh Wants Immunity Before Stepping Down
Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been in power for more than three decades and is considered an important U.S. ally in the battle against al Qaida. But after widespread protests against his rule, he now says he's willing to step down within a month, if he and his family are granted immunity from prosecution.