Reroute of Highway 53 riles Iron Rangers Officials on the Iron Range are meeting with Minnesota Department of Transportation officials to discuss how to relocate a major highway in the region. Highway 53 between Eveleth and Virginia must be moved to make way for an open pit taconite mine expansion. But a newly proposed option would completely bypass both towns, and that's raised the ire of many local business owners.4:20 a.m.
State considers new ways of testing students For students and teachers in Minnesota, this time of year is all about testing. The reading, writing, math and science tests tell state and federal officials how students and schools are performing. Some educators are saying it's time to reevaluate the tests Minnesota students undergo.6:50 a.m.
Several off-season factors to determine fate of Timberwolves The Minnesota Timberwolves season is over. They beat San Antonio last night by a score of 108-95 to finish off yet another disappointing, injury-riddled season. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Wolves guru Brit Robson about the team's future. Robson covers the NBA for SportsIllustrated.com.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Blast Rips Through West, Texas, Fertilizer Plant
A fertilizer plant exploded near Waco, Texas, Wednesday night. The explosion at West Fertilizer in downtown West, a community about 20 miles north of Waco, happened around 7 p.m. and could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, 45 miles to the north.
FBI Focuses On Photos For Clues To Marathon Bomber
The investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing is ongoing. Investigators are examining photos and videos and testing physical evidence recovered from the scene. Without any official news, speculation has been rampant.
Can Acid Neutralizers Help Coral Reefs Bounce Back?
Coral reefs are in trouble worldwide, from a host of threats, including warming ocean temperatures, nutrient runoff and increasing ocean acidity. A noted climate scientist from California has been conducting an experiment on Australia's Great Barrier Reef to see whether antacid could boost coral growth.
Cleveland Celebrates Superman, Its Hometown Hero
Most people think of Superman as a native of Krypton, or perhaps the rural Kansas village of Smallville. Not so fast, say Clevelanders. The creators of the Man of Steel grew up in the city that steel built, and this year, Cleveland is pulling out all the stops for the superhero's 75th birthday.
Newtown, Conn., Businesses Suffer After Nearby School Shooting
Four months after tragedy struck in the Sandy Hook neighborhood of Newtown, a once-thriving business district in the center of town is struggling. Visitors aren't comfortable shopping and eating just a mile from what used to be Sandy Hook Elementary School. But shop and restaurant owners are doing their best to move forward and bring back customers.
Airline Mergers Push Fares Higher
David Greene talks to Scott McCartney, of The Wall Street Journal, about how mergers in the airline industry have caused sharp fare price hikes on several major routes. Prices may keep going up if government regulators approve another merger — this one between American Airlines and U.S. Airways.
Despite Flaws, Harvard Economists Stand By Research
At what point does debt start to drag down an economy? Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff have argued that a debt to GDP ratio of 90 percent is a red line of sorts. That idea is under attack with economists from the University of Massachusetts charging that Rogoff and Reinhart used selective data to make their case.
Glitch Causes Foreclosure Settlement Checks To Bounce
In recent days, the government began sending out checks to about 4 million people whose homes fell into foreclosure during the housing crisis. It's part of an agreement with banks accused of making serious errors in processing those foreclosures. The independent company the government hired to oversee the payment process says it's fixed the glitch, and the money is now there.