A preschool that meets basic needs Lifetrack Resources runs two St. Paul preschools for toddlers. The program's 65 children come from low-income households. Some early education researchers question how much it can do to combat the intractable problems at-risk preschoolers face.7:50 a.m.
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National Public Radio Stories
Former Coast Guard Official: Ports Unprepared
America is unprepared for the next big catastrophe, whether it's like Sept. 11 or like Hurricane Katrina, the author of a new book says. Stephen Flynn, a former Coast Guard commander, says ports like the giant facility in Los Angeles, are especially vulnerable to attacks or natural disasters.
How Hollywood Makes Noise
They've created the sound effects for more than 200 movies, including World Trade Center and Kill Bill. Jeff Wilhoit and Jim Moriana share some of the tricks of the trade.
Baghdad Squatters Face Deadline to Leave
A new Iraqi security plan for Baghdad says the city's many squatters have 15 days to vacate the properties they have occupied or prove they're renting from the original owners. That puts many Iraqis in an impossible situation.
A Massachusetts Town Mourns a Marine
Swampscott, Mass., marks the passing of Marine Capt. Jennifer Harris. The 28-year-old was piloting a Sea Knight helicopter over Iraq when it was shot down by Sunni insurgents earlier this month.
Small Towns Absorb the Toll of War
Analysis by the Associated Press shows America's small towns are bearing a disproportionate burden of the Iraq war dead. Nearly half of the more than 3,100 U.S. military fatalities in Iraq have come from towns of 25,000 or fewer people.
Banks Tighten Rules on Traditional Mortgages
The surge in home-loan delinquencies has so far been limited mostly to people with weaker credit histories. But concern that delinquencies might spill into the traditional mortgage market has banks tightening lending practices.
Budget Would Trim Funds for 'Even Start'
President Bush's budget proposes deep cuts in Even Start, a popular program that helps teach parents to read and speak English. Parents who can read can help their children with schoolwork and promote reading.
Cuban Doctors Seek Path to U.S.
More than 20,000 Cuban doctors and medical personnel provide their services in Venezuela. But many of the doctors are defecting to neighboring Colombia in hopes of finding asylum in the United States.
Abu Dhabi Arms Fair Markets Death, Destruction
Arms dealers and buyers from 50 nations are in Abu Dhabi for the International Defense Exhibition. This year's buyers are expected to purchase tens of billions of dollars worth of arms and counter-terrorism equipment.
High-Tech Border Check: E-Manifests
Up to 1,500 trucks a day enter the U.S. at Nogales, Ariz. Border authorities are trying to balance security with commerce by installing new technology that includes a new "e-manifest" system tracking trucks' contents.