Camp Noah helps kids adjust Minnesota National Guard soldiers returning from Iraq are coming back to families that have changed in the past two years. A series of summer camps around the state are helping the children of soldiers prepare for the reality of life after the homecoming.7:20 a.m.
Norma Sommerdorf creates a "Red River Girl" Stampeding bison, drunken oxcart drivers and a teen romance are all part of a new book by a St. Paul author. The book "Red River Girl" is fiction, but the story is rich with historical fact from the mid-1840s.7:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
High Court Rulings Show Judicial Divide
The U.S. Supreme Court, with two new appointees by President Bush, is showing itself to be far more conservative and more deeply divided than in the recent past – despite Chief Justice Roberts' talk of consensus. Four out of five cases decided June 25 were 5-4 rulings.
High Court Limits Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Supreme Court sides with developers and the Bush administration on a ruling that reduces the power of the federal Endangered Species Act. States will have greater latitude in issuing building permits and will operate with fewer federal requirements aimed at protecting endangered species.
Nations Combine in Effort to End Darfur Conflict
The United States and France join China, Russia, Japan and a score of other nations to confront the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. They are at a conference in Paris to support a new peace force in the war-torn Sudanese region. The conference comes after Sudan agreed to let U.N. peacekeepers into the country.
Out of a Nigerian Slum, a Poet Is Born
Nigerian poet and activist Aj Dagga Tolar lives in a shack in Ajegunle, a slum on the outskirts of Lagos that is also called "The Jungle." He says he tries to escape the tough reality of slum life by being creative, making music and poetry.
Internet Radio Silently Protests Royalties
Fans of radio played over the Internet will be tuning in to nothing. That's because many Webcasters are participating in A National Day of Silence. It's a protest against what Webcasters call excessive royalties on the music they stream.
What to Call Tony: Analysts Review Blair Legacy
Tony Blair steps down as Britain's Prime Minister on June 27, after more than 10 years in office. His has been called the longest goodbye in British political history. His legacy will always be dominated by his decision to join President Bush in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, says one analyst. Finance Minister Gordon Brown takes over as prime minister.
Edwards Talks of Anniversary, Haircut With Leno
Presidential candidate John Edwards appeared on the Tonight Show along with his wife Elizabeth, which caused host Jay Leno to ask about the couple's tradition of celebrating their anniversary at fast food restaurant Wendy's. "Now that you're successful, do you get the double burger?" asked Leno. "Well see, you can't spend money on food when you're spending money on haircuts," Edwards said.
Tires Join List of Chinese Imports Set for Recall
Tires imported from China have been deemed defective, joining the list of pet food, toothpaste, and toys coated with lead paint. Federal officials have told a New Jersey importer to recall 450,000 radial tires for pickup trucks, SUVs and vans. Foreign Tire Sales disclosed that its Chinese manufacturer had stopped including a feature to prevent tires from separating.
Drug Industry Mines Physicians' Data to Boost Sales
Every day, thousands of representatives from pharmaceutical companies visit physicians to get them to prescribe the company's newest drugs. What some doctors don't realize is that drug salesmen know exactly what drugs an individual doctor prescribes. And they use that information to hone their sales pitches. But critics contend it is an invasion of privacy.
Doctors Waste Time Talking About Themselves
A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that many doctors waste patients' time — and lose their focus — by interjecting irrelevant information about themselves. Researchers say physicians disclosed personal information in about one-third of office visits, and 85 percent of the disclosures didn't help the patient.