Iraq, stem cells the focus of Senate debate Democrat Amy Klobuchar, Republican Mark Kennedy and the Independence Party's Robert Fitzgerald debated the issues last night in Rochester. The main topics were the war in Iraq and stem cell research.7:20 a.m.
Brookings voters get a say on DM&E agreement The residents of Brookings, S.D. have a unique ballot measure to vote on next week. They'll decide whether to keep an agreement that city leaders signed with the DM&E railroad or throw it out.7:40 a.m.
The Border Patrol and Grand Marais Some people in the Grand Marais area are upset about plans to build a new office for the Border Patrol. The Patrol says it needs a new office to do its job properly.
But critics say having a lot more Border Patrol officers around will threaten the quiet lifestyle7:45 a.m.
Microtargeting in Minnesota This year, a new voter turnout system is helping Democrats and Republicans find eligible voters -- one by one.7:50 a.m.
Weather warning could have come sooner The National Weather Service says the Twin Cities office should have issued a tornado warning before a tornado killed a 10-year-old girl in Rogers, Minnesota last September.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
GOP's Reynolds Doubts Anti-Incumbent Mood
Rep. Tom Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, is the man most in charge of getting Republicans elected to Congress. He says he does not sense an anti-incumbent mood among voters. Most voters approve of the job their own representatives are doing, he says.
Richard Ford's 'The Lay of the Land'
Richard Ford's novels are deeply rooted in the suburbs, and his latest, The Lay of the Land is no exception. Ford says he writes about the 'burbs because of what they tell readers about themselves and the America in which they live.
Scandals Tighten Nevada Gubernatorial Race
Nevada's gubernatorial contest is just one of the races worth watching in the state. Republican Jim Gibbons was holding a comfortable lead over Democrat Dina Titus when a series of explosive scandals rocked his campaign. That's turned the race into a dead heat.
Iraq Getting Worse, Not Better
When observed up close and over time, it is clear that the situation in Iraq is deteriorating. The country has turned into a chaotic free-for-all, with no end in sight. Steve Inskeep talks with Anne Garrels and the Washington Post's Anthony Shadid.
Darfur Violence Pits Sudan Against the U.N.
Violence in Sudan's Darfur region continued this week as militia men attacked refugee camps and killed scores of civilians, including 27 children. The U.S. and the U.N. have so far been unable to get Sudan to agree to a credible protection force for civilians in Darfur, or work out a credible peace agreement accepted by all parties.
Evangelical Leader Resigns After Sex Allegations
The president of the National Association of Evangelicals resigned Thursday after a male prostitute claimed on a Denver radio show that the two had had a three-year sexual relationship. While denying the claims, the Rev. Ted Haggard has also taken a leave of absence as pastor of his Colorado Springs mega-church.
Tom Cruise Taking Over United Artists
Tom Cruise is planning to take over the United Artists studio with his producing partner, Paula Wagner. The news comes just two months after Cruise's bitter break with Paramount Pictures. While no one questions Cruise's track record as a star, many wonder if he can successfully produce movies in which he doesn't appear.
'Borat' Offends, Entertains While Mirroring Society Borat features British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as a fictional television journalist from Kazakhstan on a tour of the United States. The satire is biting and discomforting. But it's also funny and well-suited for our times.
U.S. Car Makers Offer Big Deals to Clear Inventory
It might be a great time to think about buying a car from a Detroit automaker. Dealers are offering big incentives to clear their bloated lots of 2006 models. Steve Inskeep talks to The Wall Street Journal's Monica Langley about how the glut of American cars is affecting the economy.