Pension fund goes toe-to-toe with state auditor
The financially troubled Minneapolis teachers' pension fund today turned over financial records to the state auditor's office. Earlier, pension fund staffers turned back officials from the agency who arrived at the fund's offices to collect documents. State Auditor Pat Anderson has accused the fund's board of creating an illegal $1.5 million trust, right before the fund is scheduled to merge with a statewide teachers retirement plan.5:24 p.m.
St. Paul to make due with fewer police officers
St. Paul is trying to put more cops on the streets by transferring administrators to patrol duty. Police Chief John Harrington says administrators, detectives and other non-patrol officers will now hit the streets once a month during the summer.5:48 p.m.
Commerce secretary touts immigration reform
This week Carlos Gutierrez, the President's commerce secretary and point man on business policy, has been traveling to southern border states to promote the President's plan on immigration reform, which some members of his own party feel are not strong enough.5:52 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bush Praised in Europe for Approach to Iran
European Union leaders praise President Bush's approach in taking on Iran's nuclear ambitions at a one-day meeting in Vienna. The president and his European counterparts urged both Iran and North Korea to resume multinational talks aimed at ending their nuclear weapons programs.
Kerry Bill Would Remove U.S. Troops By July 2007
A Senate amendment would set July 1, 2007, as the firm date for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq -- and would require the immediate pullback of U.S. forces from the country's war zone. But the bill faces many challenges, admits its sponsor, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). Robert Siegel talks with Kerry.
Democrats, Republicans Fight Over Minimum Wage
Democratic efforts to raise the minimum wage have been thwarted in the Republican-controlled Senate. While a measure to increase the wage, which has been fixed at $5.15 an hour since 1997, received a majority vote, it didn't reach the 60 votes needed for it to be considered. Democrats, led by Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, called the rejection an "outrage." But Republicans, who mostly opposed the bill, said raising the minimum wage would kill jobs.
Italian Royal Sex Scandal Transfixes a Nation
In a story that has enthralled many Italians, the pretender to the Italian throne, Victor Emmanuel, has been jailed over his alleged involvement in a sex scandal. The prince prefers to stay in jail rather than be granted house arrest in a nearby rented villa -- because, he says, there is no air conditioning. The lead investigator in the case, Henry John Woodcock, has become a minor celebrity. He is a Neapolitan with an English father. Transcribed wiretaps that have been published by the media reveal an underworld of right-wing politicians promising showgirls jobs in TV in exchange for sex -- which is said to take place inside the foreign ministry.
Episcopalians Vote on Propriety of Gay Bishops
The Episcopal Church, at its annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, passed a resolution urging its more than 2 million members to elect no more gay bishops. The move was a response to the divisions created three years ago by the election of an openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. Chicago Public Radio's Jason DeRose reports.
Provocative 'Yacoubian' Film Opens in Cairo
The movie version of the controversial book The Yacoubian Building premiered this week in Cairo. The all-star production, the most expensive film ever in Egypt, touches on topics that are often taboo, such as Islamic extremism and homosexuality. It's opening at a time when the Egyptian government is taking a hard line on most expressions of dissent.
In the World Cup, 'Tie' Is the New 'Win'
Commentator Bill Langworthy notes that in recent World Cup matches, some teams have been celebrating when they get ties. He's slightly bewildered by this concept, which seems to him faintly un-American.
Film Chronicles Challenges of Pediatric Cancer
Wednesday evening, many PBS stations across the country will broadcast the first part of a new documentary that explores the impact of childhood cancer on five Ohio families. A Lion in the House takes an unflinching look at a subject that many viewers may find uncomfortable.
Marines, Medic Charged with Murder in Iraq Case
Seven Marines and one sailor have been charged with murder in connection with the April death of an Iraqi civilian, the Marine Corps says. The case revolves around the search for a suspected insurgent on April 26. Investigators say the U.S. group killed an innocent man and portrayed him as an insurgent.