Facing the golden years on the streets The segment of homeless people aged 55 and over is growing. One outreach worker has noticed that many of the older people who slept at shelters don't need to be there.6:50 a.m.
Met Council approves light rail for Central Corridor
The Metropolitan Council approved a proposal to connect Minneapolis and St. Paul with a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line that would travel mainly along University Avenue. The Central Corridor LRT was approved by a 15-2 vote, favored over another proposal for bus rapid transit. The Federal Tranist Administration will decide whether to implement the plan this fall.7:20 a.m.
Some metro area hospitals are facing budget crunch
First quarter figures are down for organizations including Fairview Health Services and Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Hospitals are citing a long list of reasons for these revenue shortfalls, and they are now looking for ways tighten their belts. Gregg Redfield, Vice President of Finance for the Minnesota Hospital Association spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:24 a.m.
Some metro area hospitals are facing budget crunch First quarter figures are down for organizations including Fairview Health Services and Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Hospitals are citing a long list of reasons for these revenue shortfalls, and they are now looking for ways tighten their belts. Gregg Redfield, Vice President of Finance for the Minnesota Hospital Association spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:50 a.m.
DWI summer crackdown announced for Hennepin and Ramsey counties
People heading out to the Taste of Minnesota this weekend or other events this summer should be prepared to see more state patrol officers. Wednesday, the state patrol announced that officers in Hennepin and Ramsey counties will increase enforcement to reduce drunk driving this summer. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Lt. Mark Peterson, a spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol7:54 a.m.
Ordway president, CEO resigns Minnesota Public Radio's arts commentator, Dominic Papatola spoke with Cathy Wurzer about the changes in leadership at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.8:54 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
The Drawbacks of Fighting Terrorism with Torture
In a desperate drive to catch suspected terrorists, the United States is using torture and other harsh interrogation techniques. But that can often lead to wild goose chases because of unreliable information generated under duress, the author of a new book says.
Bricklin Hopes to Pave Way for Chinese Cars in U.S.
In the automotive world, some names provoke an immediate reaction. One is Malcolm Bricklin, who helped bring the Subaru to the United States in the 1960s. Now he wants to bring Chinese cars to the U.S. market.
Israel Seizes Hamas Ministers and Lawmakers
Israeli forces in Gaza have arrested dozens of Palestinian ministers and lawmakers from the ruling Hamas party. Israel entered Gaza after Palestinian militants captured a young Israeli soldier. Israel has promised continuing military action if the soldier is not released. Also, the body of a kidnapped 18-year-old Jewish settler was found in the West Bank, according to Israeli security officials. Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Gradstein.
Supreme Court Gives States Redistricting Leeway
The Supreme Court has issued a major decision on legislative re-apportionment. Based on a Texas case, the court ruled that state legislatures may redraw congressional district lines when they see fit. Traditionally, legislatures have reworked districts every 10 years with the census. The ruling may set off a wave of attempts to redraw districts across the United States.
Female Candidates Shake Up Kuwaiti Elections
Voters in the oil-rich Gulf Emirate of Kuwait go to the polls. Candidates are vying for 50 seats in Parliament. For the first time, women are allowed to vote and run for office. Female candidates have struggled to gain recognition but their efforts, and an anti-corruption movement, have shaken up the quiet country.
Bedrails Can Cause Deaths in Frail, Elderly
Bedrails are simple, metal devices that are supposed to keep frail people in bed and offer support. But if they're not assembled correctly, they can cause death by entrapment. The FDA has issued guidelines for the devices, and experts advise families to be on the lookout.
Music Therapy May Help Ease Pain
Approaching death can be a long descent into pain and fear, and drugs and social support may not ease these worries. Alternative medicine is increasingly accepted as part of palliative care, and some studies show music is one method to ease pain and stress at the end of life.
Smart Cars Coming to America
DaimlerChrysler announced plans to start selling its two-seater Smart minicar in the United States in early 2008. The company hopes to take advantage of high gasoline prices to drive sales of the frugal little cars that have been on sale in Europe for years.
G8 Countries Demand Answer from Iran
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Moscow to discuss the West's nuclear standoff with Iran. She's meeting with foreign ministers from the G8 -- the group of eight leading industrial countries. They'll also go over the agenda for next month's G8 summit in Russia's second city, St. Petersburg.
National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley
The President meets regularly with his top advisers about the security situation in Iraq. His National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley attends these meetings. He talks with Steve Inskeep about what the president wants to know, and what he needs to know.