Will Duluth get a Dylan Boulevard? A street in Duluth could get a new name tonight. City councilors will consider adding Bob Dylan's name to a few blocks of London Road.6:25 a.m.
Boomtime coming on the Iron Range It looks as though Minnesota's Iron Range could be in for a business boom. Five years ago, many Minnesotans might have been ready to write off the Iron Range, as LTV Steel Mining Co. closed its sprawling taconite mine in Hoyt Lakes. But now, half a dozen new industries may be coming to the Range.6:50 a.m.
Legislators give themselves passing grades as session ends As with every session, the list of things that didn't get done
is just as long as what did. While the Twins and Gophers got their
stadiums, the Minnesota Vikings will have to wait until at least
next year for an Anoka County stadium complex. A provision in the
Twins bill instructs the Vikings to continue developing their
Familiar faces leaving Legislature All House and Senate seats are on the ballot this fall. And so far 25 incumbent legislators have announced they are not running for re-election.7:25 a.m.
Reflections from retiring lawmakers
Cathy Wurzer talked with Republican Senator Bob Kirelin and DFL State Senator Jane Ranum as they reflected on their time in the Minnesota legislature.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Famed Medical Test 'ELISA' Celebrates Its 35th
The ELISA test can seek out the presence of hormones or viruses in a matter of minutes, replacing previous cumbersome and time-consuming methods. Co-inventor Eva Engvall, then a young graduate student in Stockholm, gave the test its name.
The Increasing Power of the Silicon Chip
While most consumers never see a silicon chip, they do see the results of their growing power: high-definition television sets, cell phones with cameras, faster and smarter computers. Ever-shrinking chips are not only giving consumers new products, but also helping the scientific community.
Senate Hoping to Vote on Immigration Bill this Week
The Senate continues its attempt to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. Amendments added to the bill aim to increase fencing between the borders and bar illegal immigrants who've committed felonies from pursuing U.S. citizenship. Leaders hope to have a final vote on the issue by the end of the week.
Roberts' Court Produces More Unanimous Decisions
Many decisions coming out of the Supreme Court this term have been unanimous. At first glance, that might make the court look unified under new Chief Justice John Roberts. The unity, however, appears to have been achieved by narrowing the scope of the rulings.
Nagin Re-Elected to Lead Post-Katrina New Orleans
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin says he plans to reach out to every segment of the community after he was re-elected over the weekend. He defeated Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu in a run-off. Some voters have concerns about their city's future under Nagin, but others say they've already seen positive changes.
Katrina Students Struggle with Texas School Tests
Many Katrina-evacuee students in Houston are failing the Texas competency tests. Two-thirds of the evacuees in school failed the state math achievement test. They face being held back a grade, or going to summer school. The school system is getting about $16 million to pay for educating the Katrina evacuees. But that doesn't cover summer school costs. Capella Tucker of Houston Public Radio reports.
Barbaro Injury Changes Preakness Storyline
This past weekend's Preakness Stakes horse race was overshadowed by the life-threatening injury to favorite Barbaro. Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse magazine, talks to Steve Inskeep about Babaro's injury.
U.S. Ambassador Comments on New Iraq Government
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad talks to Steve Inskeep about the country's new government under Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Forming the unity government proved to be more difficult than the U.S. government had hoped.
U.S. Politics Focus on 2006 Elections
Steve Inskeep talks to Cokie Roberts about the American reaction to the formation of a government in Iraq, and limits to the U.S. commitment to the country. Also, they talk about 2006 election-cycle developments and the re-election of Ray Nagin in New Orleans.
Florida Community Honors Teacher for 69 Years of Service
In Florida, Hazel Haley has been teaching English at Lakeland High School since 1939. She's been teaching in the same classroom since 1952! She's retiring this year and the community is grateful for her long service. In some cases, she's taught three generations of the same family. Robin Sussingham of member station WUSF reports.