A small town grieves over a huge loss There are more questions than answers in Cottonwood, Minn., as residents deal with the aftermath of one of the worst days in the town's history. Four students in the local schools died Tuesday in a bus accident just south of the community. Residents are asking one question -- why?7:20 a.m.
Pressure builds as transportation vote nears The House and Senate are expected to vote Thursday on a multi-billion dollar transportation funding bill. DFL leaders in the House are working to convince 90 members to vote for the bill -- that's the number needed to override a veto.7:40 a.m.
St. Paul's plan for empty houses St. Paul is buying up foreclosed homes in high-poverty neighborhoods, with the hopes that they can be fixed up and resold.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills
Elaborate toys, busy schedules and the demise of recess have left children with fewer opportunities for imaginative play — and it shows. Researchers say changing the way children play has changed their emotional and cognitive development.
When Continuity Counts, Call a Script Girl — Er, Guy
Best boy, key grip: Hollywood's full of oddly named jobs. In an Oscar-season tradition, NPR's Susan Stamberg looks for the stories behind those strange credits. Hint: A script supervisor doesn't just copy the screenplay; it may be the hardest job on the set.
Motives in Shooting Down Satellite Questioned
A Navy warship shot down a dying American spy satellite that was due to crash to Earth. The Pentagon said it feared if the satellite hit the ground and ruptured, it would release a toxic gas. But some think the Pentagon had an ulterior motive in shooting down the satellite.
Congressman: U.S. Not in Danger Without Spy Law
Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, disputes President Bush's claim that the country is less safe because Congress let lapse a temporary law that governs government spying. He tells Steve Inskeep why House Democrats have not acted on the law.
Islamist Political Party Faces Conflict in Tajikistan
Tajikistan is the only country in former Soviet Central Asia to allow an Islamist party to operate. However, the party has been increasingly marginalized in the last decade. At the same time, some secular Tajiks worry about "Islamization" in their society.
Letters: Animal Abuse, Wooden Teeth, Mr. Rogers
A listener says she was disturbed by the graphic detail of animal abuse in our beef recall story. The curator of the National Museum of Dentistry tells us George Washington was unlikely to have had wooden dentures. Another listener says he was happy to hear Mister Rogers' voice.
Brits Asked to Ease Migrant Rules to Save Curry
The favorite takeout dish in Britain is chicken tikka masala. But a new law restricting migrant workers from South Asia is putting Indian restaurants out of business. Authorities are being urged to ease the restrictions to avert a crisis in the restaurant industry.
Fewer Salty Snacks Linked to Fewer Sips of Soda
A new study in the journal Hypertension finds that a modest cut in salt intake is linked to less soda drinking. Researchers say cutting back on snacks and soda could have lots of health benefits later in life — from lower blood pressure to reduced risk of obesity.
Stanford Waives Tuition for Middle-Class Students
Stanford University says it will no longer charge tuition to undergraduates whose parents earn less than $100,000 a year. For students whose parents make less than $60,000, the university will also waive room and board costs.