I wish I'd bought that bird a bus ticket October has been glorious so far. But we all know how fickle -- and sometimes haunting -- Minnesota's October weather can be, especially for an old robin, too weak to fly south.6:55 a.m.
Levee project helps flood-prone area, ducks The North Ottawa levee, a project that is able to hold 75 square miles of spring runoff in the Red River Valley near Breckenridge, could be a model for future flood control efforts.7:20 a.m.
Meg Hutchinson, a musician singing to writers Singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson says it's entirely appropriate that she's appearing at the Sinclair Lewis Writer's Conference this weekend, as she's always considered herself more of a writer than a musician.7:25 a.m.
Feingold trails in Wisconsin Senate race Russ Feingold was elected to his third term in the U.S. Senate six years ago with a double digit margin of victory. Now polls show him trailing by double digits. Political scientist Charles Franklin says Feingold's challenge is to show voters why his 18 years in the Senate "is an advantage, not a disadvantage."8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Israeli Settlement Freeze Would End Palestinian Jobs
The Palestinian leadership says unless an Israeli settlement freeze, which expired last month is extended, they will walk out of peace talks. The uncertainty over what will happen next is affecting Palestinians in the West Bank. For many ordinary Palestinians, the settlements are their main source of income.
Al-Maliki Likely To Retain Iraqi Prime Minister Seat
Iraq has set a record for the amount of time taken to form a new government. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has the backing of the main Shiite coalition, but there is still no end in sight to the political jockeying. Michael Wahid Hanna, who studies Iraq for the nonprofit think tank The Century Foundation, talks to Steve Inskeep about the prospects for stability in Iraq.
Building An Army In Somalia, Teaching It To Fight
Since April, European Union soldiers have been training Somali recruits to fight Islamist insurgents trying to topple their country's beleaguered government. The trainers are finding that the soldiers -- whose salaries are paid by the U.S. -- have a lot to learn about warfare.
NASA Psychologist Assists Trapped Chilean Miners
The 33 trapped miners in Chile may be rescued sooner than thought. An update now on the mental health of the mikners. Steve Inskeep talks with NASA's Dr. Al Holland about the trauma of prolonged isolation.
In West Virginia, Democrat Faces Surprising Battle
Democrats were optimistic about holding on to the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia that was held for 50 years by Democrat Robert Byrd. Popular Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin was expected to win in a walk, but he is facing a tough challenge from Republican John Raese.
Parents Can Make A Difference With Anorexic Teens
Treating anorexia nervosa in teens can be difficult and challenging. The stakes are high: These children often have to be hospitalized to get better, and some even die from the disease. But in a new study, researchers report long-term success for teens who had intense family-based treatment.
French Trader Gets 3 Years In Jail
A Paris court has convicted a former futures trader on charges including forgery and breach of trust. Jerome Kerviel's unauthorized trades cost one of France's oldest banks big. In 2007 and 2008, Kerviel covered up nearly $70 billion in trades for Societe Generale. The bank's losses on those trades was nearly $ 7 billion.
American Express Accused Of Antitrust Violations
The Justice Department is suing American Express claiming the rules AmEx imposes on retailers are anti-competitive. Visa and MasterCard decided to settle the charges. American Express said it had no intention of settling because it doesn't have the ability to force merchants to accept products or pricing.
The White Pages, Where Anybody Could Be Somebody
Your new phone book may not have the residential White Pages, as regulators say that many phone customers use the Internet to find numbers these days. But being "listed" is a rite of passage some people say they'll miss.