Worthington groups stay separate The goal is for immigrants to blend seamlessly into their new communities. That rarely happens. Like many cities, the different groups in Worthington tend to keep to themselves.4:50 p.m.
Time working against natural resources bill at Capitol With time running out, House and Senate negotiators have been unable to bridge a fundamental difference between their bills. The House bill would dedicate a percentage of existing sales taxes, while the Senate wants a sales tax increase.5:23 p.m.
Coleman proposes gasoline price relief
A new proposal in the United States Senate would provide states with annual grants to help low and middle-income residents with the high cost of gasoline. The Fuel Emergency Relief Act, introduced today by Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, would be funded by oil companies, and eligibility would be determined by income level.5:44 p.m.
New drug may help smokers quit
Addicition to tobacco is a problem that affects at least one in five americans, and it's also the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. But when it comes to drugs for treating it, there are surprisingly few available. A new option, Varenicline, which will be sold as Chantix, has just received FDA approval. It works in the brain to even out the flow of dopamine, which produces a pleasurable effect when smokers inhale nicotine.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Rural Chinese Leave Home in Search of a Better Life
Some 200 million farmers have left behind their families and fields to forge a living in China's booming cities. The phenomenon has been described as the biggest internal migration in the history of the world.
St. Louis Escapes Its Rust-Belt Past
In downtown St. Louis, the opening of the new Busch Stadium is the latest effort to beautify and improve an area that once was called an eyesore and a tragedy. More than 50 businesses have opened in the area, where residential lofts are booming and major projects are building excitement in St. Louis.
Danica Patrick: 'Girl' Takes Charge Behind the Wheel
Danica Patrick placed fourth at last year's Indianapolis 500, earning the best time in the race for a woman driver. A self-described "girl," Patrick discusses how she got her start in the sport and the challenges she faces on the racetrack.
Rumsfeld: Troop Reduction in Iraq Unlikely in 2006
It may not be possible to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq this year, according to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's testimony before a Senate committee. Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says it will be months before Iraqi army units are ready to operate on their own.
The Resilient Students at an Iraqi School for the Deaf
At Baghdad's school for deaf children, the challenges go far beyond the physical and mental obstacles common in schools around the world. Students are forced to deal with violence, power outages, and the fear that plagues much of the country.
Democrat Calls for FCC Inquiry into NSA Phone Operations
A Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission is calling for the agency to investigate whether phone companies broke the law by giving customer calling records to the government. Regulating the telephone industry is one of the FCC's mandates.
Congress Should Closely Analyze Hayden, NSA
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that the confirmation hearings for Gen. Michael Hayden are a chance for Congress to take a second look at the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.
Stocks Droop 214 Points on Inflation Concerns
The Dow Jones Industrial average finished down 214 points, reflecting a sell-off that began when the government released a report showing April's consumer prices increased much faster than expected. Investors are guessing an interest-rate hike could be coming.
Worried About Inflation? Try Zimbabwe's 1,000 Percent
Melissa Block talks with Zimbabwean economist John Robertson about the massive inflation in real prices caused by the devaluation of government currency. Anecdotes in recent news reports put prices for goods such as bread and orange juice at as much as 500,000 Zimbabwe dollars -- or five U.S. dollars.
Old Cities Can Profit from New Sprawl
The author of a new book defending sprawl says millions of people are able to live more comfortably in places that are cleaner, greener and safer than where their grandparents lived. Some cities benefit, too. Aurora, Illi., is a case in point: The city was losing population and businesses in the 1970s and '80s, but it is booming now, mostly by annexing new subdivisions.