The debate over sulfide mining A new copper/nickel mine could bring 400 direct jobs to the Iron Range. But some people worry that copper/nickel mining will poison the environment.6:50 a.m.
Pawlenty signs one stadium bill; one to go The University of Minnesota is moving ahead quickly to prepare for the construction of a new on-campus football stadium.
Gov. Pawlenty signed the bill on Wednesday that authorizes the $248 million project.7:20 a.m.
Vikings preparing plan B for stadium
The Minnesota Vikings aren't giving up their plan to build a new stadium, even though they were left out of stadium legislation at the Capitol this year. The Vikings say they're now looking beyond Anoka County and their proposal to build a 790-million dollar complex in Blaine. Cathy Wurzer talked with Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley about the Vikings future plans.7:25 a.m.
Constitutional amendment for the arts in the air
Governor Tim Pawlenty might be willing to call a special legislative session to reconsider a plan that would allow voters to amend the state constitution. The amendment would dedicate a portion of the sales tax to environmental and arts programs.
The proposed constitutional amendment underwent significant changes over the course of the session, and finally died due to political stalemate. Cathy Wurzer talked with MPR's arts commentator, Dominic Papatola, about what this legislative maneuvering means for arts organizations and audiences.8:25 a.m.
Central Corridor light rail receives support from residents
A public transit hearing in St. Paul brought out a small, but vocal group opposed to turning University Avenue into a light rail transit corridor. Last night's meeting was the final in a series this week to gauge public opinion on a recent impact study and to find out which mode of transit residents prefer. Most people who spoke at the hearings favored light rail, but questions and fears remain about the impact on neighborhoods in the area.8:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Societies of Sound in the Forest
Evidence suggests at least one group of insects, the tiny treehopper, communicates using sound vibrations. Researcher Rex Cocroft has scoured a biologically rich piece of the Amazon in eastern Ecuador to record the sounds of the tiny insect.
Summer Hazards: Sunburn ... and Barbecue?
Researchers have confirmed that cooking meat too long over a dry, intense heat creates small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals. Unfortunately, that's just the sort of flavor-enhancing fire you get on a backyard barbecue. What's a summer chef to do?
High-Tech Tools Bring Boom to Railroad Industry
Technology is reshaping the railroad industry and helping create one of the most profitable periods it has seen in decades. A visit to Norfolk Southern Railroad shows the technology that keeps 195,000 locomotives running on schedule along more than 21,000 miles of track.
Congress Questions Readiness for Next Hurricane
Ahead of the upcoming hurricane season, the a House committee heard from federal emergency management officials on Wednesday about their planning for a major disaster. At the same time, a Senate committee held a confirmation hearing for David Paulison to be permanent head of FEMA.
New Orleans Area Practices for Next Hurricane
In New Orleans, authorities are practicing their response to the next hurricane. Evacuating people with a limited ability to leave on their own was one key element of the current hurricane drills. While participants said the area was making progress in its readiness, not everything went smoothly.
London Talks on Iran Nuclear Program Inconclusive
U.N. Security Council members, plus Germany, met Wednesday in London to try and reach agreement over how to approach Iran on its nuclear program. They failed to come to any comprehensive agreement, although there are signs that the European position may be moving closer to that of the U.S.
Retired U.S. Iran Expert Takes Long View of Iran
Retired U.S. Ambassador John Limbert has his own unique view of America's current diplomatic dance with Iran. Limbert has intimate knowledge of the country, its culture and language. He was posted to Iran in 1979 and spent 14 months as a hostage there. He has not been back since, but remains enthralled by Iran.
Private Company Tests Safety of Supplements
The Food and Drug Administration doesn't test supplements for safety or purity. Consumers looking for assurances about the supplements they buy have a few new places to look for help. ConsumerLab.com is a private company that tests dietary supplements. Vice President William Obermeyer, Ph.D., helped start the company.
Choose a Healthy Shore for Swimming this Summer
Last year, a record number of "No Swimming" signs and health advisories were posted at polluted beaches and swimming holes around the United States -- 19,950 of them according to a new report from the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council. But don't cancel that beach trip yet. Experts say there are things you can do to lower the odds of getting sick.