Preservationists hope to save Fort Snelling's Upper Post
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has included the buildings of Fort Snelling's "Upper Bluff" - or "Upper Post" - on its annual list of the country's most endangered historic sites. The designation has spawned hope that a new use can be found for a long-neglected campus which was once the the state's center of military activity.7:20 a.m.
Conference committees challenged to find compromise Bills to fund new stadiums for the Twins, Vikings and Gophers are in flux at the Legislature, since the House and Senate have each passed their own versions. They're headed into conference committee, where lawmakers will try to find a compromise. Former DFL House Speaker Dee Long talks with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the conference committee process.7:25 a.m.
Possible compromise on ATV trails In Cook County, in northeastern Minnesota, some ATV riders and at least one environmental group are trying to find common ground on ATV trails.
The unusual spirit of compromise could help both sides get what they want: trails for the riders, and peace and quiet for people on foot.7:55 a.m.
Art as social commentary
"Farm Boys," which is currently running at the Great American History Theater in St. Paul, is a play about gay men in rural America. It is one example of the intersection between art and contemporary issues. Another play, "Zooman and the Sign" that just finished a run at St. Paul's Penumbra Theater, looks at what people can do to combat gang violence in their neighborhood. Cathy Wurzer talked with MPR arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola, who has noticed a number of places where social issues are finding their way into art.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
States Push to Disclose Hospital Infection Rates
Each year an estimated 90,000 people die after picking-up a bacterial infection in a hospital. Now, some states are developing consumer report cards to rank hospitals according to their infection rates.
N. Korea Puts Restrictions on U.N. Food Program
The World Food Program says it plans to resume food aid to North Korea. But under the new terms of operation worked out with the North Korean government, the U.N. agency no longer will be able to maintain offices outside of North Korea's capital, raising questions about its ability to monitor shipments.
Doubtful Gaza Populace Lukewarm to News of Aid Plan
The announcement of a new aid plan for the Palestinians prompts only faint optimism in the Gaza Strip, where economic and social conditions are continuing to deteriorate. The plan was agreed to by the United States, United Nations, Russia and the European Union.
Homeowners Fight Insurance Companies over Katrina
Diamondhead, Miss., was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. Now some homeowners are in limbo with their insurance claims. Residents say their homes were damaged by wind. But insurance companies say the homes were damaged by flooding, which most policies don't cover.
Letters: Iraq Reports, Warhol Can
Many listeners appreciated Steve Inskeep's reports from Iraq this week. The nervous laughter at the end of one story was telling for a listener in Seattle. Another report receiving a lot of mail was our story about how much a can of soup might be worth if Andy Warhol signed it. Renee Montagne and John Ydstie read some of the mail.
Small Indiana Town Remembers Fallen Marine
Marine Corporal Eric Lueken, 23, of Dubois, Ind., was killed last month during a combat operation in Iraq's Anbar province. Andrew Yeager of member station WNIN talks to the young Marine's fiancee, friends, and family about their remembrances.
Patients Ignore Hospital-Care Report Cards
Your chances of surviving heart surgery in New York double if you go to a hospital at the top of a state report card. Despite this, a new study finds that patients aren't choosing the better hospitals over the poor ones.
Cancer Patient Gives up Life to Chemotherapy
Commentator Leroy Sievers has been spending way too much time in hospitals lately. The Washington journalist is undergoing treatment for cancer and has this reflection on his condition.
Interest Rates Rise Again
The Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the 16th consecutive time. It's an effort to cool the rate of economic growth, but it's also slowing the housing market and consumer credit rates.
Senate to Vote on $70 Billion Tax Package
The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill providing tax cuts worth $70 billion over five years, following approval of the package in the House on Wednesday. The bill extends current capital-gains tax rates for two years and provides relief for millions of taxpayers from facing the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).