Twin Cities author tries young adult fantasy
Twin Cities author Anne Ursu is making her debut in a hot genre of the book industry. Her book is called "The Shadow Thieves," and it's aimed squarely at the young adult fantasy genre in which the Harry Potter series has seen so much success.6:55 a.m.
Legislative session enters second month
The second month of the 2006 legislative session begins today, and one of the first items to be heard in the state Senate is a Twins stadium bill. Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief Laura McCallum provides a look at the week ahead.7:20 a.m.
Study finds Minnesota hospitals have lowest rate of hospital errors
A new study by the health care ratings organization Health Grades finds that hospitals in Minnesota have the lowest rate of medical errors in the country. The study finds that medical mistakes are on the rise nationwide, but not in Minnesota.7:55 a.m.
Red River still rising
People will be sandbagging and shoring up dikes today in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Gov. Pawlenty has called on 135 National Guard troops to help bolster flood preparations in that area as the Red River keeps rising.8:25 a.m.
Minnesota Public Radio's Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest economic news.8:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Spread of Iraqi Insurgency Feared in Arab World
As the insurgency in Iraq evolves into a sectarian conflict, there are growing fears in the Arab world that it could spread to other parts of the region. Iraqi insurgents are now battling both U.S. troops and the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad.
Louisiana Parishes Fight over LNG Plant Profits
In Southwest Louisiana, Hurricane Rita destroyed a lot of towns. Officials say money earned from a liquefied natural gas plant that's being built will go a long way toward rebuilding some communities. The facility will contribute millions of dollars a year to local coffers. But there's a battle over who will get that money.
Wet Weather Socks Hawaii with Landslides, Tornados
If you think Hawaii in spring means blue skies and warm beaches, think again. This year a patch of bad weather is bringing landslides, dam breaks and tornados. Experts say it hasn't been this wet in March in Hawaii since 1951.
Election Fails to Resolve Thailand's Political Deadlock
The Thai prime minister's party sweeps a general election that was boycotted by the opposition. The prime minister called elections three years early to try to quell growing street protests demanding his resignation. Official results are not in yet. Renee Montagne talks with Michael Sullivan.
A Jobs Program with a Spiritual Twist
In Orlando, Fla., single moms, recovering drug addicts and others who need help finding jobs are turning to a worker-training program with a spiritual twist. It teaches resume writing and job-interview tips. But, with the help of a local pastor, participants also get lessons in attitude and character.
French Telecom Company Alcatel Merging with Lucent
Paris-based Alcatel and U.S. telecommunications equipment maker Lucent have agreed to merge. The deal would create a new telecom equipment maker with sales of $25 billion. Renee Montagne talks to Jim Zarroli.
Samsung Shows Off Flash-Based Laptop 'Disk Drive'
Samsung has a new laptop prototype that doesn't use a hard-disk drive; it runs on 32 gigabytes of flash memory. Steve Inskeep talks with David Pogue, technology columnist for The New York Times about the device. The flash drive reads data three times faster, and writes data 1.5 times faster, then a regular hard drive. The technology also requires less electricity and takes up less space than the standard disk storage system.
Rice, Straw Visit Iraq, Prod Leaders on Government
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw make a surprise visit to Iraq and urge political leaders there to form a government as soon as possible. Steve Inskeep talks to Jamie Tarabay.
Immigration Roils Republicans in Washington
Majority Leader Bill Frist says he wants the Senate to vote on an immigration bill this week. Debate over the issue has exposed rifts within the Republican Party. Renee Montagne talks with Cokie Roberts.
Former Liberian President Appears at War Crimes Court
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is the first former African president to be charged with crimes against humanity. Taylor is being carefully guarded at a detention center at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone.