Study tracks malfunctions of heart devices Implantable defibrillators designed to correct fast heartbeats have a significantly higher malfunction rate than pacemakers which treat slow heart rhythms, according to an analysis of data collected by the Food and Drug Administration.6:55 a.m.
Twins stadium bill may still face trouble
The Minnesota House is expected to debate a bill that would fund a new ballpark for the Minnesota Twins. The proposal may face a tougher time in the DFL-controlled Senate. Senate Tax Committee Chair Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, said his committee doesn't look favorably on the Hennepin County sales tax.7:25 a.m.
House GOP leadership puts a lid on spending bills Republican leaders have scrapped a plan to pass as many as nine budget bills to take care of various spending priorities. To their dismay, those bills were accumulating initiatives that were picking up votes from Democrats and moderate Republicans.7:55 a.m.
Guns off the streets in north Minneapolis
Community leaders in north Minneapolis are taking action to get guns off the streets. The Reverend Jerry McAfee of New Salem Baptist Church in north Minneapolis has created a program to make his church an official dropoff spot for guns. Cathy Wurzer talked with Reverend McAfee about this effort to stem the increasing violence in his neighborhood.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Rumsfeld and Rice Make Surprise Visit to Iraq
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice make an unannounced visit to Baghdad. The two will meet with newly elected Iraqi leaders to show support for the new government.
Scholars Propose Way Out of Iran Confrontation
The U.N. Security Council sets Friday as the deadline for Iran to suspend its uranium-enrichment program. Iran is threatening to hide its nuclear activity if the West takes "harsh measures" against the country. A new proposal from two Harvard scholars could make peace between Iran and the United States.
Study Questions Reliability of Cardiac Defibrillators
Cardiac devices called ICDs can detect a heart attack and deliver a strong shock in response. But a new study shows that the machines aren't as reliable as many believed. Nearly one in every 300 has to be replaced.
Debate Rages About Impact of Chernobyl Disaster
Twenty years after the world's worst nuclear accident, more countries are beginning to discuss nuclear power as part of the answer to global energy demands. But a rancorous debate about the Chernobyl disaster's impact still rages, and the reactor continues to pose a serious safety threat.
Michigan to Make Overtime Available to More Workers
Tens of thousands of Michigan workers will become eligible for overtime pay if a new Michigan minimum-wage law takes effect in October. Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports that some of those affected -- including car salesmen, truck drivers, and commercial fishermen -- already earn high wages.
Is Web-Surfing a Job Hazard?
A judge has recommended that a New York City worker be reprimanded, but not fired, after he ignored warnings to stop surfing the Internet at work. The judge said that trolling the Web at work is equivalent to making a personal phone call, or reading a newspaper. But experts say roaming the Internet at work can still put your job at risk.
Fox News Host Named White House Press Secretary
President Bush picks Fox News Radio host Tony Snow as his new White House press secretary. Snow replaces Scott McClellan, who announced his resignation last week as part of a staff shake-up engineered by new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten.
Bush Tries to Breathe New Life into Immigration Bill
President Bush talks with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House in an effort to end the stalemate over the immigration bill. The meeting may have given new life to an immigration bill that appeared to be stalled two weeks ago. Republicans, however, remain divided over the bill.