Plotting a new state park on Lake Vermilion Lake Vermilion State Park is a near-wilderness area on a lake that's popular with anglers and jet-skiers. Some visitors will want to limit development, but local folks want attractions that will help create jobs.7:20 a.m.
The pros and cons of asphalt and concrete for roads The Portland Cement Association has put up a billboard on I-94 to publicize the message that concrete lasts longer than asphalt on roads. But a rival trade group, called the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association, counters that asphalt is more cost effective and environmentally friendly than concrete.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Afghan Civilian Programs Overshadowed By Combat
When General Petraeus assumed command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, he reiterated the move was a change in personnel -- not a change in policy or strategy. Michael Semple spent more than 20 years in Afghanistan as a development worker and conflict negotiator. He's now with Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Semple talks to Renee Montagne about the civilian side of the strategy for Afghanistan.
Group Relieves Veterans Of Student Loan Burdens
Despite a new, more generous GI Bill, plenty of veterans have paid for college with little or no help from the government. Because the new measure isn't retroactive, these vets are mostly digging out of college debt on their own. One group is trying to help veterans pay off their student loans and get on with their lives.
Oakland Waits For Verdict In BART Shooting Trial
Jury deliberations are under way in the trial of a former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man on a train platform in Oakland, Calif. The case of the white officer and the black victim has sparked racial tensions. The trial was moved to Los Angeles.
Stanford Ushers In The Age Of Bookless Libraries
Stanford University's School of Engineering had more books than its library could hold. So school administrators built a new library -- with even less space for books. NPR's Laura Sydell reports that Stanford's counterintuitive solution marks a definite move toward digital collections over print.
Scalping World Cup Tickets, Not An Easy Task
In World Cup play, it's down to two teams: Spain will take on the Netherlands for the title on Sunday. Tickets for that game will be hard to come by. FIFA, the organization that governs soccer, requires tickets be bought from one source FIFA.
As Midterms Near, Obama Hits The Campaign Trail
White House officials say the president will campaign across the country for Democrats on November's ballot. Republicans, noting that less than half the country approves of the job he's doing, say they would like nothing more than for Obama to spend lots of time in the campaign spotlight.
Sarkozy Denies Secret Donations From Heiress
A family feud, a disgruntled butler and a former bookkeeper are the ingredients for an unfolding political scandal in France. President Sarkozy's government has been shaken by allegations of political cash handouts by France's richest woman. According to accusations, the 87-year-old heiress to the L'Oreal fortune, secretly funded Sarkozy's election campaign.
McDonald's Defends Happy Meal Toys
The Center for Science in the Public Interest said it would sue the fast food giant unless it stopped using toys to promote its kids' meals. CEO Jim Skinner says the meals are a fun treat, and that it's appropriate to promote them with free toys.
Borders Group Enters E-Book Market
Borders book chain is partnering with a Canadian company to enter the growing e-book market. Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble already have a head start on the small but growing market.
Annual Job Review Is 'Total Baloney,' Expert Says
Employee performance reviews should be eliminated, according to Samuel Culbert: "First, they're dishonest and fraudulent. And second, they're just plain bad management." The UCLA business professor has written a new book expanding on that view.