Birds of a feather disappearing together A new study by the National Audubon Society shows a dramatic decline in the populations of some 20 familiar bird species nationally. Most of those species are found in Minnesota.6:20 a.m.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with University of Minnesota climitologist Mark Seeley.6:50 a.m.
Mayo researchers find gene pattern affecting Parkinson's Researchers at the Mayo Clinic may have found gene patterns that make a person 90 times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. The findings likely have implications for other diseases, such as Alzheimer's and schizophrenia.7:20 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Florida Faces Vanishing Water Supply
In Florida, Lake Okeechobee's water level dropped enough that dry grasses on the lake floor caught fire. But the weather isn't the only reason for the state's water woes, the author of a new book says.
Sen. Webb on Military Sons and Fathers
Jim Webb fought in Vietnam, his father entered the military in World War II and his son has just returned from Iraq. The Virginia senator reflects on his family's tradition of serving in the military, even in conflicts they don't support.
The Train Down South: A Trip to Segregation
In the 1950s, Jim McFarland's grandmother took him on a train trip from New York to see relatives in the South. It was a summer ritual. As soon as the train hit Washington, McFarland knew he was far from New York.
Pentagon Report Cites Mental Health Concerns
A Pentagon report decries the status of mental health care in the military. As many as one in four who serve have symptoms. Some are suicidal. But there are too few mental health specialists to provide needed help.
Navy's Influence on Rise Among Military Brass
With the recent recommendation to elevate Adm. Michael Mullen to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Navy could take over yet another key military command. Naval officers now hold three of the military's five major commands.
Israel Fears Influx of Gaza Refugees
Israeli officials worry that Palestinians will try to flee Gaza for Israel to escape Hamas-Fatah fighting. Border crossings with Gaza are now closed, but cannot stay that way indefinitely.
Families of Victims Welcome Seale Verdict
James Seale, 71, faces life in prison after being convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy in the 1964 murder of two black teens in Mississippi. Members of the victims' families welcome the verdict as a sign of how much the state has changed.
Passport Rules Eased as Demand Grows
The State Department waives some passport regulations to ease backlogs on approvals. A record number of passport requests greeted a January decision to require passports for air travel to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.
Running for President? Are You Rich Enough?
With $50 million in the bank, Bill and Hillary Clinton are pretty well off, new findings show. But Sen. Clinton is far from the wealthiest candidate in the 2008 presidential race. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is worth at least $190 million.