Minnesotans work to help friends and family in Israel, Lebanon
The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has many Minnesota residents with ties to that part of the world struggling to make sense of the situation. Jews and Lebanese-Americans in the Twin Cities are worried about friends and family who could get caught in the path of the fighting and they are also trying to figure out what they, as Minnesotans, can do to help.6:50 a.m.
New book brings life to the spirit of Gitchi Gumee A new children's picture book takes readers on a journey across Gitchi Gumee -- Lake Superior. In the process, they learn about respect and patience, taught by the spirit of the big lake itself, Gitchi Gumee.6:54 a.m.
Rain needed in BWCA to help stop fire
Strong winds fanned flames and threatened the homes and businesses along northeast Minnesota's Gunflint Trail Wednesday, as a large forest fire continued to grow near Sea Gull Lake. The Cavity Lake fire has burned more than 20,000 acres. While much of the state saw much needed rain Wednesday, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness got little.7:20 a.m.
Photographers get close up of BWCA fire
While the fire presents danger to people and property, it also presents an opportunity for local photographers. A few of them were so attracted to the flames, that they got in their boats for a closer look. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Barb Tuttle, who took pictures of the Cavity Lake fire from Sea Gull Lake before it was closed to the public.7:24 a.m.
Wilf exploring development options in downtown Minneapolis Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf met with Minneapolis city officials Wednesday to discuss development possibilities in the city's downtown. The city has property to sell, and Wilf is reportedly taking a close look at different options.7:35 a.m.
Stem cell veto could become a campaign issue President Bush vetoed a bill Wednesday that would expand federal research on stem cells obtained from embryos. The issue could also play a role in the November election, since two of the U.S. Senate candidates in Minnesota differ on the issue.7:49 a.m.
Hatch weighs in on Entenza flap A day after DFL State Rep. Matt Entenza quit the race for attorney general, the man he wanted to replace -- Mike Hatch -- weighed in on the controversy.7:54 a.m.
Primere of The Great Gatsby opens stage at new Guthrie
Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Arts Commentator Dominic Papatola about F. Scott Fitzgerald's work and competition between stage adaptations of The Great Gatsby.8:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Want a Unique House Color? An Expert Is Waiting
Painting your house can be a huge investment. That's why picking the right color is key. And getting help is easier than ever now that boutique paint lines and hand-crafted colors are in vogue. On a tour of a neighborhood in Portland, Ore., a color consultant offers a critique.
Gene Test Promises to Find Right Drug, Right Dose
The wrong prescription and dose can mean ineffective drugs and harmful side effects. A new test, part of the growing science of pharmacogenetics, is designed to help doctors figure out which drugs and doses are right for their patients.
Getting the Goods on 'Good Bacteria'
They're called probiotics and they come in foods like yogurt and in pills. The promise: They're good for your health. The reality: So far, studies show mixed results.
Growing Shiite Power Worries Arab Leaders
The crisis in Lebanon is a sign to many Arab leaders that the region's Shiite population is growing in strength. Several Arab governments, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt, have openly condemned Hezbollah's actions in southern Lebanon. This position puts these leaders out of step with their populations, who admire Hezbollah's actions.
Hezbollah Seeks Influence Beyond Lebanon
Hezbollah is trying to both destabilize Lebanon's anti-Syrian government and promote itself as a powerful, regional, revolutionary group, according to Daniel Byman. He's the director of Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies and he talks with John Ydstie about Hezbollah's motives.
Indian Government Chases Leads in Mumbai Bombings
Last week, a series of explosions rocked the Indian city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Nearly 200 people died in the attacks. John Ydstie talks to Khozen Merchant of the Financial Times about how the investigation into the terrorist attacks is progressing.
Judge Strikes Down State Law Aimed at Wal-Mart
A federal judge has overturned a Maryland law that would have required Wal-Mart to spend more on employee health care. The state law would have required non-governmental employers with 10,000 or more workers to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on health care or pay the difference in taxes.
Marines Arrive in Lebanon to Help with Evacuation
In Beirut, the exodus of foreigners is in high gear as fighting between Hezbollah and Israel continues across Lebanon. U.S. Marines landed in Beirut to help evacuate Americans. At the same time, Israeli bombing of targets in Lebanon continued and skirmishes between Hezbollah and Israeli soldiers again took place along the border.
Serious Injury a Daily Risk for Iraqi Soldiers
More than 17,000 American soldiers have been wounded in Iraq. But when it comes to injured Iraqi troops, there are no reliable numbers. U.S. and Iraqi military officials do agree that the number is much higher. We tell the story of one Iraqi soldier who recently suffered serious injuries while on patrol.