Ten years after devastating tornadoes, communities thriving Ten years ago at least five tornadoes ripped through south central Minnesota. The cities of Comfrey and St. Peter were damaged so badly that residents worried their towns would disappear. Instead, they have managed a remarkable recovery.7:50 a.m.
March 29 designated Vietnam Veterans Day in Minnesota Minnesota's Vietnam War veterans now have an annual day of recognition -- March 29. That's the day the last U.S. group troops left Vietnam in 1973. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a bill Thursday designating the day Vietnam Veterans Day. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Republican Rep. Larry Howes, who authored the bill in the House.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Despite Meltdown, Three Mile Island May Power On
Three Mile Island has been synonymous with the 1979 accident that caused the partial meltdown of one of its reactors. The company that owns the working reactor has applied for a license extension that would keep the plant running until 2034.
Beyond Recycling: Getting to 'Zero Waste'
Recycling newspaper and plastic can only go so far toward achieving a "zero waste" world, a recycling activist says. The next step, he says, is getting industry and government to work together to make going greener more profitable.
A Victim Treats His Mugger Right
Julio Diaz ends his daily subway commute one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner. One evening, his routine was broken when a teenage mugger took his wallet at knifepoint. But neither of them could have predicted what happened next.
China's Provinces Feel Crush of Tibet Crackdown
A lockdown following anti-government protests in Tibet spreads to other Chinese provinces, where monks say they are confined to monasteries and forced to denounce the Dalai Lama. The unrest has undermined Beijing's ideal of ethnic harmony.
Activists Target San Francisco's Olympic Torch Visit
San Francisco is bracing for big protests from pro-Tibet activists as the Olympic torch arrives in the city next month. San Francisco officials have been reluctant to share details about the torch route in hopes of minimizing the protesters' ability to plan. Now the ACLU is intervening on behalf of the protesters.
Family Life Changes as Troops Return from War
Even when military personnel aren't injured physically or psychologically by experiences in war, long deployments take a toll on their families. The spouse left at home gets resentful, and the spouse who returns home from deployment often finds his or her role in the family has changed.
Emotional Intensity Propels 'Stop-Loss'
The story of a young soldier home from the war in Iraq is the subject of the movie Stop-Loss. Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan says the movie has a propulsive emotional intensity.
Iraq's Prime Minister Extends Basra Arms Deadline
Iraq's prime minister on Friday extended a deadline for Shiite militants in southern Basra to hand over their weapons. Nouri al-Maliki also said the militants would receive a financial reward if they complied.
U.S. Gives Nuclear Power a Second Look
After a hiatus of nearly three decades, the U.S. is once again turning to nuclear energy. Seventeen U.S. power companies are making plans to build more than 30 nuclear plants. One factor: new federal and state laws that help utilities pay for the plants.
Report Rips Credit Card Companies' Campus Tactics
A new report shows just how pervasive credit cards are. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group says students receive an average of five mailings and four phone calls each month, and 6 percent of students have had cards canceled for delinquency. The report also criticizes card companies' marketing tactics.