"Most importantly, Kirby loved us all" About 15,000 people filled the Metrodome on Sunday night to wish Kirby Puckett farewell. The former Minnesota Twins player died unexpectedly last week of a stroke. The Twins honored him with a public memorial, where former team players, coaches, and rivals paid tribute to what many called Puckett's "infectious laugh" and generous spirit.7:20 a.m.
Second full week of legislative session gets underway
Minnesota lawmakers will be back at the Capitol this morning for the second full week of the legislative session. Their main job this session is to agree on a bonding bill that will fund building projects around the state. Laura McCallum is Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief.7:50 a.m.
Winter storm hits Minnesota
Heavy snow and high winds snarled rush hour traffic Monday morning. As many as 35,000 people are without power in the metro area, and many schools are closed or starting late. National Weather Service Forecaster Tony Zaleski calls it an "ides of March" storm.7:55 a.m.
Minnesota Public Radio's Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest mergers and comments on the stock market.8:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Deadly Violence Flares in Baghdad Suburb
Bombers blew apart two markets in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 48 people and wounding more than 200. The bloody assaults on the Shiite slum of Sadr City came just after Iraqi political leaders said the new parliament will convene Thursday.
Bush Addresses War in Iraq with Speeches
President Bush will make a series of speeches this week on Iraq, marking the third year of the war. The opening speech will focus on Iraqi security forces. Steve Inskeep talks to Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution.
Phoenix Grows and Grows
Everybody seems to be heading to Phoenix. But why? The heat can be intolerable, and there's no defining cultural tradition. But people keep coming. And they are bringing with them some of the same problems -- rising costs and traffic jams -- that they moved to Phoenix to escape.
Questions Surround Milosevic Death, Legacy
Blood tests and a letter have led to questions about the death of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, who died in his jail cell on Saturday. Milosevic recently said in a letter that he believed he was being poisoned. He faced a possible life sentence over a war crimes trial at the United Nations tribunal in The Hague.
Ohio University Investigates Academic Cheating Allegations
Ohio University officials are investigating more than three-dozen possible cases of plagiarism by current and former engineering graduate students. Thomas Natrka, who got his master's degree at Ohio University last year, charges that professors at the school have fostered a culture of cheating. Fred Kight of member station WOUB reports.
Safety of Nano-Cosmetics Questioned
Nanotechnology is finding a home in beauty products. Some skin-cream makers, for instance, say buckyballs can prevent premature aging of the skin by acting as an anti-oxidant. But some experts wonder about the safety of these highly engineered nanostructures.
Knight Ridder Newspaper Chain Finds a Buyer
The McClatchey company announces that it will buy Knight Ridder, the nation's second-largest newspaper company, for about $4.5 billion in cash and stock. McClatchey will also assume about $2 billion in Knight-Ridder debt.
Abortion Opponents Divided on Strategy
With two new members of the Supreme Court, the long-simmering fight over abortion seems poised for a major change. That has advocates on both sides re-examining long-held political and legal strategies. The anti-abortion movement is divided about whether to continue inching forward, or try for a full reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Rapes Stir up Controversy Over Justice in Mexico
Over the past few months, three American women have been raped in a Mexican town known for being an expatriate haven. Locals are upset because the foreigners are trying to force the government to take action when, they say, this happens to Mexicans all the time and no one does anything.