Water contamination woes spread in Cottage Grove Six private wells in Cottage Grove have tested positive for the perfluorinated chemical PFOA. It's the first time this particular chemical, once manufactured by 3M, has been found in Cottage Grove. Previously, PFOA had been detected in water supplies in Lake Elmo and Oakdale.
State officials say the test results are unexpected. They are now in the process of testing six other nearby private wells for the chemical.7:20 a.m.
Ruling in complex newspaper lawsuit weeks away A Ramsey County judge says he won't rule anytime soon on a legal battle involving the Twin Cities' two biggest newspapers. Testimony wrapped up Wednesday in the Pioneer Press's lawsuit against the Star Tribune. The questions Judge David Higgs has to decide are complex.7:50 a.m.
Burning questions about recycling in St. Paul A dispute over energy is building in St. Paul. A company that city officials consider one of the best employers in town says it needs to build a new power plant. But a vocal group of people who live nearby is raising concerns about the environmental and health impact of a power plant in their neighborhood.7:55 a.m.
Minneapolis theaters bring back popular shows The Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis is bringing back "High School Musical." Minnesota Public Radio arts commentator Dominic Papatola discusses the practice of bringing back old favorites, or "remounting."8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Slow Going for U.S. Forces South of Baghdad
U.S. troops in the region south of Baghdad are slowly clearing insurgents from strongholds along the Tigris River. Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch says the mission is hampered by insufficient numbers of Iraqi security forces.
Lake Tahoe Fire Victims Blame Local Agency
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is criticized for prohibiting the trimming of trees close to homes around South Lake Tahoe. A devastating wildfire there is now 55 percent contained, but still threatens nearly 1,000 homes.
Cold-Adverse Plants Warm Up to a New Home
Only plant nerds used to risk loving the Hebe, native to New Zealand's cliffs and tufted grasslands. But as winters warm up in the U.S., plum pewter and burnt orange hebes are blooming, along with other species formally doomed by cold.
Portland Gets First Pick in NBA Draft
NBA fans are on the edge of their seats as the league holds its draft. The Portland Trail Blazers, with the first pick, must choose between Kevin Durant and Greg Oden, who are considered the two best players available.
Bald Eagle No Longer Threatened Species
Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne is expected to announce that the bald eagle is no longer listed as a threatened species. The population has risen since the early 1960s from 417 nesting pairs to more than 10,000 nesting pairs today. Steve Inskeep, John Nielsen
Fat-Dissolving Injections: Too Good to Be True?
Called lipo-dissolve, the procedure claims to dissolve fat through a series of soybean-based injections. But critics point out the procedure isn't approved by the FDA, nor has it been rigorously tested.
Tainted Toothpaste Used in Prisons, Hospitals
Some 900,000 tubes of tainted toothpaste from China have shown up in U.S. institutions for the mentally ill, prisons, juvenile detention centers and some hospitals, The New York Times reports.
Claiborne Sent Women to Work in Style
Cancer claims fashion designer Liz Claiborne at 78. She founded what was for years the largest women's apparel company in the United States, designing of sleek, affordable clothes for the professional woman.
Big Retail Stores Prime Solar Energy Generators
A few solar energy companies have discovered an opportunity on the roofs of big retail stores. They're offering to install solar panels for free. They then sell the electricity back to the store, often at lower rates than the local utility charges.
Individuals Unite to Trim Personal Carbon Emissions
In the U.K., members of Carbon Rationing Action Groups, known as craggers, try to cut their personal carbon emissions by 10 percent each year. They turn off the TV, try not to fly and turn down the heat.