Al Franken ready to begin Senate work next week After an eight-month battle, DFLer Al Franken has been declared the winner of Minnesota's remaining U.S. Senate seat. Franken already has his committee assignments and expects to begin work as soon as Congress returns from its Fourth of July break next week.6:20 a.m.
Sen. Klobuchar welcomes Al Franken Al Franken's victory in the long 2008 U.S. Senate race means Amy Klobuchar won't be Minnesota's only U.S. senator any more. Klobuchar has been handling extra constituent service calls ever since Republican Norm Coleman's term ended in January.6:55 a.m.
Some improvement, but Minnesota test scores mostly flat More than 500,000 Minnesota students who took the MCA-II standardized tests this spring will soon find out how they did. However, the results show this year's scores stayed mostly steady, when compared to last year.7:45 a.m.
Love Words With Staying Power?
In May, we marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's sonnets by asking NPR listeners and readers to write in with modern love poems or songs that they think will be remembered 400 years from now. Here are a few of those suggestions.
Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Deploy In Afghanistan
Roadside bombs are the greatest threat facing troops in Afghanistan. Metal detectors can find many of these bombs. But increasingly, insurgents are using homemade explosives that contain little metal. Now, U.S. Marines are training bomb-sniffing dogs to detect this type of explosive.
Zombies: Still Undead, And Suddenly Everywhere
Zombies, long a horror-movie staple, are taking bigger bites out of pop culture, infecting books, banking, even our vocabulary. Beth Accomando surveys a genre trope that refuses to die.
California Budget Crisis Escalates
For 46 states, July 1st is the start of a new budget year. Several state don't have budgets, and many services may be hard hit. The problem is most severe in California, where lawmakers have failed to agree on a way to fix the state's $24 billion deficit.
White House Pushes To Keep Visitor Logs Private
President Obama campaigned on a promise to bring a new era of openness and transparency to the White House. But less than six months into his presidency, there are already battles over what information should be made public — including a fight over the Secret Service logs of visitors to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Diesel Cars Attempt Comeback With Clean Diesel
Hybrid cars have been getting a lot of publicity lately. Now some manufacturers are offering another option: "clean diesel" cars. Some can get 40 or even 50 miles to the gallon; they aren't the noisy, smoke belching and sluggish diesels of years ago.
Indian Co. Tries To Enter U.S. Clean Diesel Market
Indian company Mahindra and Mahindra plans to sell "clean diesel" pickup trucks in the United States. It's a giant conglomerate that already sells tractors to American farmers. It could be the first company to sell Indian-made passenger vehicles in the U.S.
17 Miles Of Maine's Kennebec River Restored
It's been 10 years since the federal government ordered the Edwards Dam on Maine's Kennebec River to be torn down. Regulators had decided that the public would be better served by a free-flowing river than the tiny amount of electricity produced by the dam's hydro plant. Removing the dam has changed the environment — for the better.
Harlem's Apollo Theater Honors 'King Of Pop'
Harlem's Apollo Theater held a tribute to Michael Jackson Tuesday. The theater admitted 600 people at a time for a series of tribute videos and eulogies. DJs played Jackson's music throughout the day and fans left flowers and other tokens.
Fans Remember Michael Jackson's Best
Tina Brown is the co-founder and editor of the online news site The Daily Beast. She talks with David Greene about Michael Jackson's fame, his impact on culture and how his death will shape how the world views him. Brown says fans are remembering Jackson's show business electricity.