Audit critical of state's handling of private data The Office of the Legislative Auditor is recommending the state develop data security standards when hiring outside contractors handling private data, in the wake of problems the state encountered with a Texas-based firm hired to do employment verification.6:55 a.m.
Former DNR official looks at treaty dispute A group of Leech Lake and White Earth Ojibwe tribal members plans to illegally go fishing on the shore of Lake Bemidji the day before next month's fishing opener. They are making the move to assert rights they say they have under treaties signed with the federal government.7:25 a.m.
40 years on, environmental agreement eludes Earth Day Forty years ago, the U.S. was divided over the Vietnam War, but we seemed to be able to agree on one thing -- the need for better environmental protection. Today, forty years later, there's little agreement on the main environmental issues we face.7:40 a.m.
Vikings pick 30th in NFL draft The first round of the NFL draft is tonight. One question looming over Minnesota Vikings officials is whether 40-year-old quarterback Brett Favre will return for next season, and whether the team should draft a quarterback.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
11 Workers Missing After Offshore Oil Rig Explodes
Flames are still shooting from an offshore oil rig that was rocked by an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night. A supply boat has reached the Louisiana shore carrying survivors. Coast Guard rescuers are combing the water for signs of 11 missing workers.
British Government Criticized For Travel Chaos
Many airlines and business leaders are accusing government officials of being overly cautious in closing European airspace for six days. But despite the financial losses and the travel chaos, there were some folks who rejoiced at the temporary halt in air traffic.
Flower Industry Wilts From Volcanic Ash Disruptions
The flower harvest in Holland was just getting underway when the ash cloud brought air cargo services to a halt. Flower exporters in the Netherlands are seeking compensation for the losses they've incurred because they haven't been able to ship flowers by air freight for days.
Tina Brown's Must-Reads: The Failures Of Excess
Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown shares with Steve Inskeep the best things she's been reading lately: on making too much money, almost selling sex, and murder in a city known for sin.
Iraq Credited With Deaths Of Al-Qaida Figures
The U.S. says the Iraqi military took the lead in the mission that killed two top leaders of the insurgent group this week. But analysts say regardless of who was in charge, al-Qaida in Iraq may not be finished yet. The group has a demonstrated ability to regroup after losing its leaders.
Programs Train Teachers Using Medical School Model
What if we prepared teachers the same way we prepare doctors? A handful of teacher "residency programs" already exist. One, in Boston, treats schools like teaching hospitals, where seasoned instructors, just like seasoned doctors, train the next generation.
Clerks Find Papers From 1881 Gunfight At OK Corral
Documents from the coroner's inquiry into the famous gunfight at OK Corral were lost until March 31, when two clerks at the Cochise County courthouse in Arizona found an envelope in a storage closet. The 36 pages will be published on the Internet within a week.
Hyundai Posts Record First Quarter Profit
South Korean carmaker Hyundai is still on a roll — selling even more cars and grabbing more global market share as rivals continue to struggle. Hyundai announced on Thursday that its quarterly earnings increased five times from the same period last year. Net income was $1.1 billion in the three month-period ending in March.
Facebook's Open Graph Ratchets Up Privacy Concerns
Facebook has revealed new tools on the website that allow users to connect to other websites like Fandango. They can also personalize their surfing experience based on their Facebook profiles. Some people worry that others may not realize the ramifications of giving away so much personal information.
Online News Service Is eBay Founder's Next Bid
As newspapers suffer from hard times, local news in Honolulu has gotten a boost from eBay founder and Hawaii resident Pierre Omidyar. He is using a part of his personal fortune to start Civil Beat, a subscription online news service. Omidyar is betting that people will pay $19.99 a month to read news and participate in conversations online.