WeatherTalk with Mark Seeley
Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about the winds of fall changes, historic storms, and optimal temperatures.6:53 a.m.
Gambling an issue in House District 35B primary race Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan, is one of only two incumbent members of the Minnesota House facing a primary election challenge this year. He's being challenged because of his support for expanding gambling in the state.7:20 a.m.
Twins stadium main issue in House primary race State Rep. Neil Peterson, of Bloomington, faces a Republican challenger in next Tuesday's primary election. Peterson's opponent is upset about his support of the tax increase for the new Twins stadium, and hopes voter discontent over the ballpark tax helps his campaign.7:24 a.m.
Biography of "The Man Who Was Gatsby" links inspiration to Willmar
Not much is known about the origin of the character Jay Gatsby, but a St. Paul author is writing a biography about a dashing Minnesotan who may have been F. Scott Fitzgerald's inspiration. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dan Hardy, author of "The Man Who Was Gatsby: The Tales and Times of Cushman Rice."8:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In Washington, Iran's Khatami Calls for Dialogue
Former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami's is visiting the United States, appearing at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Khatami said the U.S. and Iran should try to resolve their long-standing differences through dialogue.
U.S. Struggles Against Iraq's Improvised Bombs
Retired Gen. Montgomery Meigs directs the Pentagon's effort to study and combat improvised explosive devices in Iraq. Although the technology used in these weapons is mundane, their deployment by insurgents has become quite sophisticated.
Politicians Push U.S. Security as Election Issue
President Bush is calling on Congress to grant his administration "additional authority" for eavesdropping operations. He says the powers would make America safer. With security sure to be an election issue, Senate Democrats have put forward their own plan. It's called The Real Security Act of 2006.
House Bans Slaughter of Horses for Food
The House voted Thursday to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Only a few U.S. plants slaughter horses. The meat is sold as a delicacy in Europe and Asia. Opponents say the practice is barbaric, while supporters say it's actually the most humane way to deal with unwanted horses.
The Horse Stands Above All
The horse stands alone in the world of domesticated animals, with its utility and appeal across cultures and genders. It is the ultimate domesticated animal.
Immigration Rally Fizzles in Washington
Talk of immigration reform last spring captivated the nation and led to large-scale demonstrations. But on Thursday just a few thousand people gathered for a march supporting immigrants on the National Mall in Washington.
Israelis Suffer from Post-War Stress
Thousands of Israelis who lived with daily Katyusha rocket attacks from Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon are suffering from symptoms including sleeplessness, nightmares, and depression. Psychologists say its post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Lebanese Villagers Cope with Post-War Stress
Lebanese mothers and children are suffering lingering effects from a month of Israeli bombardments during the recent war between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israel. A child psychiatrist says it has been difficult for some villagers to re-adjust to post-war life.
California Moves to End Conservator Abuses
California lawmakers have just passed a series of bills that would mean sweeping changes for elder care. One regulates guardians, or conservators. This follows a series in the Los Angeles Times last year that reported on abuse by certain professional conservators.
Congress Digs into BP Pipeline Problems
The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing Thursday on corrosion problems that forced BP to shut down of half the giant Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska. The company admits making mistakes. But one former BP manager in Alaska refused to answer questions, citing his Fifth Amendment rights.