Ramstad announces his retirement from Congress After years of commuting from Minnesota to Washington, Ramstad
acknowledged, "I'm burned out. I'm tired. I still have the passion
for policymaking, I still have the passion for politics. But I want
to be home."7:20 a.m.
Two families struggle to recover from flood One month after the flash floods crashed through southeastern Minnesota, flood victims are beginning to get a sense of their futures. For two couples, those futures are a stark contrast.7:25 a.m.
American Indians want more recognition of tribal IDs Indian tribes won the right to use tribal identification cards during elections, but band members still can't use them for many other things, like cashing checks, making flight reservations, or doing county-related business.7:49 a.m.
Take a 'Right on Lake Street' A new exhibit opening Tuesday at the Minnesota History Center explores the continuing transformation of Lake St. in Minneapolis.7:54 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Blackwater's Iraq Security Contract Threatened
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has revoked the license of U.S. security firm Blackwater USA and vows to punish those responsible for the deaths of Iraqi civilians. Blackwater employees escorting U.S. State Department officials Sunday came under attack. At least nine Iraqis were killed in the crossfire.
U.S. Military Surge Faces Challenges in Sadr City
The biggest challenge to the U.S. 82nd Airborne, deployed to northeast Baghdad in the surge, is radical Shiite cleric Muktada al Sadr and his Mehdi Army. U.S. commanders say progress is complicated by divisions within Sadr's movement. Secret talks with Sadr aides are taking place.
Investors Want SEC's Help on Climate Risks
A group of state treasurers and asset management companies, controlling billions in stocks and other securities, wants the Securities and Exchange Commission to force companies to provide more information on the risks they face from climate change.
Motorcycle Makers Seek to Quell Noise Outcry
Dozens of communities are passing noise laws aimed at reducing the rumble of motorcycles. The largest U.S. manufacturer of motorcycles, Harley-Davidson, says it's paying attention to the trend and trying to get riders to go easier on the ears.
Cross-Examination Begins in Warren Jeffs Trial
Defense attorneys in the trial of Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, cross-examine a woman who was 14 when she says Jeffs arranged a marriage for her. Jeffs faces life in prison if convicted of charges of accomplice to rape in the arranged marriage.
U.S. Resettlement Plan Stalled for Iraqis in Syria
Iraqi refugees in Syria are paying the price of strained Syrian-U.S. relations. More than 2 million Iraqis have fled to Syria, Jordan and other Middle East countries. The Bush administration pledges resettling them to the United States, but for Iraqis in Syria, the U.S. resettlement program is stalled.
Author Hosseini Returns to Afghanistan
Afghanistan saw 4 million of its refugees flood back into the country after the Taliban government fell in 2001. Some are still suffering. And that prompted novelist Khaled Hosseini to get involved. As a good will envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Hosseini traveled to Kabul.
California Judge Rejects Suit Against Automakers
A federal judge in California tosses out a lawsuit by the state attorney general holding the six largest automakers responsible for global warming emissions. The suit claimed that the automakers account for more than 20 percent of human-generated carbon dioxide emissions.
Food Safety Improvement Plan Unveiled
A trade group representing some of the nation's biggest food companies unveils plans for improving the safety of imported food. The industry is especially concerned these days about tainted products, both from overseas and from home.
Fed Expected to Lower Federal Funds Rate
Federal Reserve policy makers are expected to cut a key interest rate today, in what would be the first cut to the federal funds rate in more than four years. Those calling for the cut say it could will make it easier to borrow — and reassure jittery financial markets hard-hit by this year's mortgage meltdown.