Senate's opening education bid undercuts governor The Senate DFL proposal holds schools' basic state allowance flat for the next two years, but plows a considerable amount of money into programs serving children with disabilities or
special needs.2:19 a.m.
Mall of America shops for a subsidy The Mall of America is proposing a $1.5 billion project that would double the size of the retail and tourist attraction in Bloomington. But the mall's plan faces powerful skeptics who represent its neighbors.2:24 a.m.
Adventures of a mailman Mail Route 17 is in the Nokomis neighborhood of Minneapolis. One man, Vincent Wyckoff, probably knows as much about it as anybody. Wyckoff has delivered the mail on Route 17 for more than 15 years, and now he's written a book about his experiences.3:23 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Congress Moves to Ban Genetic Discrimination
After more than a decade of negotiation, Congress is likely to pass legislation that would bar insurers and employers from discrimination based on a person's genetic makeup. Bush has endorsed the concept, but some in the insurance and business community remain wary.
Keeping Genetic Discrimination at Bay
If made into law, the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act would bar prejudicial treatment based solely on genetic data, such as genetic predisposition to disease. Dr. Kathy Hudson strongly recommended the move when she appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Health.
Missourians Take Classes on Spotting Tornadoes
It is tornado season in the Midwest, where the National Weather Service is training the public to act as tornado spotters. When meteorologists see storm patterns on radar that suggest a tornado is forming, they rely on the spotters to report what's happening in the skies.
Deadly Tornadoes Spur Calls for Better Warnings
It has already been a deadly tornado season in the United States, raising questions about the sophistication of tornado warning systems such as sirens and weather radios. Michele Norris talks with Nancy Mathis, author of Storm Warning, about how such warning systems could be improved.
What Do the 2008 Candidates Stand For?
With many presidential campaigns already off and running, we look at what defines each candidate. They all claim to have their own unique ideas about America's future, and how to lead the country. But how do they distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack?
Afghans Celebrate Music Festival, Amid Caution
Afghan musicians and performers gather in Mazar-i-Sharif to mark an ancient New Year's celebration known as Nowruz. The country's largest cultural festival in decades is a triumph for musicians who were banned from performing by the Taliban. But the celebration has risks.
Luther Ingram, R&B Singer, Dies at 69
Rhythm & Blues artist Luther Ingram died this week. He was best known for singing "If Loving You is Wrong (I Don't Want to be Right)," which topped the charts in the summer of 1972. Michele Norris talks with Deanie Parker, who worked for Stax Records, Ingram's record label, in the 1960s and 70s.
Snow: Subpoenas May Lead to Less Cooperation
Congress and the White House ratchet up a confrontation over eight dismissed U.S. attorneys — and how officials will testify in an inquiry of the firings. A House panel has authorized subpoenas. But White House spokesman Tony Snow says that would lead President Bush to withdraw an offer to cooperate.
Bush Counsel: Rove Subpoena Would Be Refused
There is a possible collision between Congress and the President Bush over testimony from White House staff regarding the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys. Robert Siegel talks with Dan Bartlett, counselor to the president, about how the White House will respond to potential subpoenas of White House officials.