How the MIA traces the ownership of old art Italian authorities say the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is one of eight American museums that possess illegally exported Italian artifacts. Tracing the ownership of art and artifacts is a tricky job for museums.4:50 p.m.
Stearns County commissioner: "I screwed up" The use of the term "tar baby" by a Stearns County commissioner about the St. Cloud Human Rights commission leads to an apology and questions about whether an apology is enough.5:48 p.m.
New European chemical rules spur change in the US The European Union is expected to start requiring that businesses prove their products are safe -- or they'll be taken off the shelves.
American companies are gearing up for the new rules, even as they say the U.S. system works fine.5:52 p.m.
Mark Dayton supports Senate immigration bill A heated debate is assured on the floor of the U.S. Senate over an immigration reform proposal approved by the Judiciary Committee March 27. Democrat Mark Dayton supports the bill as it is currently written.6:14 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Closing Arguments Heard in Moussaoui Sentencing
The prosecution and defense give their closing arguments at the sentencing trial of confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty and has tried to convince the jury that Moussaoui's lies to the FBI led to at least one death on Sept. 11, 2001.
Court Considers Burden of Telling Foreigners Their Rights
The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether police are required to inform foreign nationals of their right to talk to their countries' consulates when arrested. A 1969 treaty provides that right; the court considers whether police bear the burden of informing the suspect of that right.
Hamas Takes Power of Palestinian Authority
Hamas formally takes power as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas swears in the 24-member cabinet. Israel and much of the international community say Hamas is a terrorist organization and they will cut aid to the Palestinian Authority. Members of the new government say their goal is to serve their people.
Lobbyist Abramoff Sentenced to Nearly Six Years
Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his former business partner, Adam Kidan, are sentenced to five years and 10 months each after admitting to fraud in a Florida gambling scheme. The sentences could be reduced as both men cooperate with other government investigations.
Congress Drops the Ball on Meaningful Ethics Reform
On the day that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is sentenced in Florida, Daniel Schorr, a senior news analyst for NPR, says that Congress is dropping the ball on meaningful ethics reform, and he’s not surprised.
Unorthodox Therapy in New Orleans Raises Concern
Some mental health workers are using untested therapies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina -- and that is prompting concern. One such treatment is thought field therapy, in which tapping on a series of acupuncture-type points in the body is thought to free the sufferer from emotional pain.
Students Face Long Sentences in Church Arson Case
Three Alabama college students face dozens of years in prison if convicted on charges of burning five churches in the state. Their friends say they've thrown their lives away and don't understand why. The young men who face trial say it was a prank.
Georgia Bill Puts Fried-Pie Lady Back in Business
Willie Watts has been making fried pie in her Powder Springs, Ga., kitchen and selling it for about 20 years. State regulators forced Watts to move to a commercial kitchen last week. But the Georgia House of Representatives passed a bill that will allow Watts to return to her home kitchen.
Governors Weigh In on Immigration Debate
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty talks with Michele Norris about their stance on the illegal immigration debate in Congress. New Mexico is a border state, so border security is paramount for Gov. Richardson. Minnesota has a unique status as a state with a large number of legal immigrants, many of them from Africa and Asia.
Economists Untangle Truth About Jobs, Immigration
In the immigration debate, the most sweeping claims deal with jobs and pay. Some say that illegal immigrants work in jobs that Americans are unwilling to take. Others claim that illegal immigrants drive down wages for blue-collar workers. Economists say the reality is a lot more complicated.