Do primary challengers help or hurt endorsed candidates? The DFL-endorsed candidates for U.S. Senate and governor say they're focusing on the November general election, and the Republicans running in the race. But Amy Klobuchar and Mike Hatch must first get through the September primary, and both face primary challengers who claim to have stronger positions on the issues.7:20 a.m.
New law asks state to study use of alternative medicine Treatments like acupuncture, massage and herbal medicines have made huge inroads with American consumers in recent years, even though many of these therapies aren't covered by health insurance plans. But that could be changing, at least among Minnesota's publicly-funded insurance programs.7:24 a.m.
Eastman Johnson's legacy in art An art exhibit in Duluth portrays the lives of Ojibwe Indians, as white settlers were moving to Wisconsin and Minnesota.8:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
North Korea Missile Tests Grab World's Attention
North Korea conducts a series of missile tests, launching at least seven rockets. All are reported to have fallen harmlessly into the sea, hundreds of miles away from Japan. A long-range model thought to be able to reach the U.S. fizzled shortly after launch.
Japan Feels the Heat From North Korea Tests
Gerald Curtis, a visiting professor at the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, talks with Lynn Neary about Japan's reaction to North Korea's surprise missile tests. The test missiles fell into the Sea of Japan.
Few Rules Protect Young Foreign Students in U.S.
A cultural exchange program that left some foreign students marooned in a hotel for weeks and sent another student home for complaining has lost its State Department license. But it's still bringing foreign students over to the United States under a system that critics say is ripe for abuse.
Shuttle Makes Historic Independence Day Launch
Space shuttle Discovery's successful launch Tuesday was the first shuttle launch ever on the Fourth of July. It was only the second flight since the loss of the shuttle Columbia and its crew in 2003.
DNA Testing Used in U.S. Immigration Cases
DNA tests are starting to replace birth certificates and other documents as tools for U.S. immigration authorities. The tests provide a more accurate way of proving a biological connection when trying to bring a foreign relative into the U.S. legally.
DNA Reuniting Salvadoran War Orphans with Parents
DNA collected in El Salvador is being analyzed in California to help Salvadoran parents identify children who went missing during that country's civil war. Thousands of Salvadoran children were separated from their families in the 1980s. A human rights group hopes to match up adopted children with their birth parents.
Americans Mistake Overwork for Good Work
A survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com says that one-in-four Americans will take work with them on vacation this year. To get a sense of why Americans are working harder, and taking less vacation, Lynn Neary speaks with Bob Rosner. He's the workplace columnist for WorkingWounded.com.
Swifty Swine Productions Goes for the Gold
Zach Johnson is in the racing business. But he doesn't race horses, dogs, cars or bikes. He races pigs. He takes his pig team and sets up Porkchop Downs on the county fair and carnival circuit, eight months of the year. His company, Swifty Swine Productions, has plenty of competition in the pig racing field.
Congress Duels Publicly over Immigration Overhaul
The House and Senate kick off a series of competing hearings on immigration. Each chamber claims the public will be swayed by its approach to immigration policy. But analysts aren't sure the hearings will be effective.
Stem Cell Showdown Nears Between President and Congress
The Congress may be nearing a confrontation with the White House over stem cell research. Lynn Neary talks to Juan Williams about the debate facing the president over increased funding for stem cell research. The president and some of his supporters have tied the research to the issue of abortion.