Minnesota's old house needs some work Cass Gilbert designed the Capitol more than 100 years ago. While many of the publicly-viewed spaces appear to have aged well, there are some areas that are continually exposed to moisture, mold and the effects of time.4:49 p.m.
No tax increases in DFL budget plan The proposal disappoints several committee chairs who were hoping for more money to follow through on some of the campaign promises they made last year.5:18 p.m.
Duluth looks for a new airbase tenant Duluth officials expect Northwest Airlines to soon drop its lease of the massive heavy jet maintenance facility in the city. But if Northwest officially pulls out of the building, state law makes it almost impossible for Duluth to find another tenant.5:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
House Democrats Call for 2008 Pullout from Iraq
After a contentious intra-party debate, Democrats in the House of Representatives outline a plan requiring U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by August of 2008. The provision is attached to a bill providing more funding for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
GOP Eyes the Democrats' New Plan on Iraq
Melissa Block talks with Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL), the chairman of the Republican Conference. They discuss how Republicans will respond to the Democrats' proposal on withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2008.
New Orleans Fights Image of a Destroyed City
New Orleans says its convention business is coming back, and this year will reach 70 percent of its pre-Katrina level. Officials say the city still has to overcome the negative images that many people have of the city.
What Happened to Russian Democracy?
President Vladimir Putin often is praised for creating stability and ending the lawlessness and corruption under his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin. But not everyone agrees: Some say Putin has stymied political progress in the process.
Bush and Chavez Compete for Economic Influence
This week, President Bush and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will be fighting for the attention of Latin Americans as they talk up their different visions for the future of the Latin American economy. Bush will push greater trade as the solution to Latin American poverty. Chavez continues his effort to become the new post-Castro socialist, populist leader.
Chairman Mao's Victims Prod China to Confront Past
A half-century ago, Chairman Mao called on Chinese to offer constructive criticism of the Communist Party's work. But when they did, at least 50,000 were branded "rightists." Many lost their careers; some lost their lives. Now some victims are asking leaders to revisit a chapter they've tried to forget.
Letters: Walter Reed, the VA and Russia
Michele Norris and Melissa Block read from listeners' e-mails. We hear responses to NPR's coverage of the furor over troubles at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the VA health care system, as well as reaction to our series examining Russia's resurgence.
N.J. Communities Debate Use of the N-Word
City councils of New York and other towns have recently passed resolutions that ask citizens to voluntarily stop using the N-word. While these actions are merely symbolic, they've become a hot topic in many of the majority-black communities in New Jersey.
Acceptance of Mixtapes Changes as Profits Grow
Aspiring hip-hop artists often get attention through mix tapes, collections of music that are put together by a DJ and sold on CDs. DJs generally don't buy the rights to the music — a fact often outweighed by a mixtape's promotional value. But recently, a DJ was arrested for violating copyright laws.
U.S. Troops Enter Sadr City for 'Soft Knock' Op
U.S. forces push into volatile Sadr City as the Baghdad "surge" expands. U.S. forces are busy setting up a checkpoint and going on what they call a "soft knock" house-by-house search of one neighborhood.