House passes tax rebate plan The Minnesota House has passed a property tax rebate bill that would send checks to homeowners this fall. Lawmakers who support the measure say it's the simplest way to help homeowners facing double-digit property tax increases. But there's no guarantee the state will have enough money for the proposal, and critics call the rebate a gimmick designed to buy off disgruntled property taxpayers right before the election.5:19 p.m.
South Dakota to tourists: 'Fill-er up' It's the time of year to start planning summer vacations, and South Dakota tourism officials hope to entice visitors with two little words: "Free Gas." The state is offering tourists from other Midwestern states a $20 voucher to buy ethanol-blended fuel in South Dakota.5:48 p.m.
Blogger seeks to fuel politics with 'people power' In an advertisement for his new book, Crashing the Gate, Markos Moulitsas is shown helping a group of people trying to pull a donkey to their side, by kicking it in the rear end. It's more than just a metaphor.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
New Orleans Leaders Float Emergency Plan
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and other officials lay out new evacuation plans for the city, nearly nine months after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The revamped strategy focuses on helping the evacuation of those without transportation. Nagin also reassures residents that looting will be prevented.
Tension, Emotion Run High at Mine-Safety Meeting
In Buckhannon, W.Va., two-day hearings begin about the Sago Mine accident that killed 12 people on Jan. 2. Family members of the dead miners gave statements, and company officials presented their take on the accident, as well.
France Hosts Security Council Meetings on Iran
Officials from the United States, Europe, Russia and China gather in Paris to plan the U.N. Security Council's next step in the ongoing standoff with Iran. An International Atomic Energy Agency report said Friday that Iran had not complied with demands to stop enriching uranium.
Venezuela Asserts Control as Energy Prices Rise
In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez moves to tighten control of the country's oil reserves at a time when oil is at record levels and no slackening of prices is in sight. Analysts say the result is that Chavez is rewriting the rules of oil investment, forcing huge companies to share ownership and profits with the Venezuelan government.
Black Community Debates Impact of Illegal Immigrants
In Los Angeles, huge immigrant rallies and this week's boycott have drawn a mixed response from African-Americans. Although some black leaders support the protests, many African-American residents say that illegal immigrants are taking jobs from their community.
After Marching, Immigrant Lobbying Is Next Step
Michele Norris speaks to Raymond Sanchez about the May 1 "Day Without Immigrants" action. Sanchez owns R. Sanchez and Sons Inc., a landscape contract and design firm in Lake Bluff, Ill. He also is part of a state group that supports immigration reform. He says business owners like him support the goals of the marches -- but the real work has to be done by lobbying state and federal officials.
Growing Up Brown in a Border Town
Commentator Tanya Barrientos grew up as a Guatemalan-American in a border town in Texas. She reflects on her teen years, when self-consciousness about her heritage and her brown skin caused her to distance herself from her identity.
Catching a Knuckleball for the BoSox
The Boston Red Sox's new backup catcher, Doug Mirabelli, was re-acquired by the team for the express purpose of catching for pitcher Tim Wakefield. Wakefield throws one of the hardest pitches to hit -- and catch: the knuckleball. Robert talks with Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan.
African Union Extends Mediation Talks on Darfur
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick is in Nigeria, hoping to mediate a peace deal between rebels and government leaders in Sudan's Darfor region. The African Union has extended a deadline for talks to midnight Tuesday. The three-year conflict has led to nearly 200,000 deaths and 2 million refugees.