Volunteers help assess needs of storm victims Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across the north side of Minneapolis Wednesday to help clear debris still left by Sunday afternoon's tornado, and talk to residents to see what kind of help they need to recover from the storm's devastating impact.4:49 p.m.
Rhetoric gets more heated between Dayton, GOP lawmakers DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is calling out first-term GOP lawmakers as "right-wing extremists" who are blocking a compromise on a state budget deal. and defends his budget plan, which would cut spending and raise income taxes on Minnesota's top earners. Republicans say their plan is better because it doesn't raise taxes.5:20 p.m.
Coleman proposes statewide drink tax to solve stadium issues St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has proposed a 2-cent per drink statewide sales tax to raise money to build a new Vikings stadium, remodel the Xcel Energy Center and help finance a new ballpark for the St. Paul Saints. But most of the major stadium players are already dismissing the plan.5:24 p.m.
Cube Critics and their favorite movies Put two film fanatics in adjoining cubicles at Minnesota Public Radio News and you know what they'll be talking about. Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, and arts reporter Euan Kerr are the Cube Critics and today, they picked their favorite movies of the year -- so far.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Says Europe Plays Vital Role On World Stage
President Obama told Britain's Parliament Wednesday that Europe has an "indispensible" role to play — promoting freedom and prosperity around the world. That role is on display in Libya, where NATO has taken the lead in battling the forces of Moammar Gadhafi. Both the president and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to keep up the pressure on Gadhafi to step aside. But Obama stopped short of committing additional U.S. military forces.
Jewish Americans React To Obama's Middle East Remarks
Over the past week, much has been said about President Obama's comments about Middle East peace and Israel's borders — and the sharp response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But how are those comments playing with the American Jewish population? To find out, Robert Siegel speaks with Ron Kampeas, Washington bureau chief for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He says that, on the whole, American Jews are much more concerned with domestic issues, like health care, than they are with the state of Israel.
Nuclear Watchdog Details Concerns In Iran, Syria
The International Atomic Energy Agency reports Iran's production of enriched uranium is increasing, and it raises questions about Iran's possible research into nuclear weapons technology. Syria, the agency says, was very likely building a clandestine nuclear reactor when Israel bombed the site in 2007.
Finding Love While Searching For Work
Brian and Jennifer Barfield met at a networking group for unemployed professionals in St. Louis. They've been married for seven months now, and they've never really known normal, at least not in the job department. Having both husband and wife unemployed put stress on their relationship.
CNBC Anchorman Mark Haines Dies
CNBC anchorman Mark Haines died unexpectedly Tuesday evening. He was 65 years old. Haines hosted morning business news programs on the cable channel for 22 years.
Jared Loughner Ruled Incompetent For Trial
The young man charged with the Tucson shooting rampage has been ruled not competent to stand trial. Michele Norris speaks with NPR's Ted Robbins, who was at Wednesday's hearing. During the proceedings, Jared Loughner was escorted from the courtroom after shouting at the judge.
In Joplin, Mo., Survivors Search For Missing
Hundreds of people are still missing in Joplin, Mo., after Sunday's tornado. They are desperate to reunite with loved ones, and they are using different ways to find them. Local radio station KZRG has become a lifeline in this community. But people are also relying on the Red Cross "safe and well" registry — and even Facebook.
The Art (And Artlessness) Of The Presidential Gift
Gift exchanges among heads of state take some finessing. President Obama was criticized for giving Queen Elizabeth II an iPod two years ago. But during this week's visit, he got better reviews after giving the queen a handmade album of photos from her parents' visit to the U.S. in 1939.
Putting The Bride (And The Laughs) In 'Bridesmaids'
Actress Maya Rudolf and director Paul Feig, of the movie Bridesmaids, talk about making a raunchy comedy starring women, from what they thought when they first read the script to the challenge of directing a scene involving food poisoning and wedding dresses.
Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Deficit
In the midst of the deficit and debt crisis, budget heavyweights gathered in Washington, D.C., to talk about ideas for the future. This includes Bill Clinton, Paul Ryan and most of the late Gang of Six.