Minn. budget debate becomes more pointed The Republican-controlled Minnesota House and Senate began passing a series of finance bills Monday that would erase a $5 billion state budget deficit without raising taxes. GOP leaders plan to complete action on their bills by the end of the week, but most of them appear headed toward vetoes from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.5:20 p.m.
Analysts downplay Cravaack's objections to Cirrus sale Rep. Chip Cravaack raised concerns about jobs and sensitive technology over the sale of Cirrus to a Chinese company. But analysts say China already has access to Cirrus' technology and that it wouldn't make financial sense for the company leave the U.S. -- for now anyway.5:23 p.m.
Twin Cities home prices take steep tumble A new study showed the Twin Cities had the biggest decline among 20 major cities across the country in January, with sales dropping 7.6 percent that month as compared to the same period last year.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
How Priests Accused Of Abuse Can Go Undetected
In Philadelphia, 21 Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse of minors slipped through the cracks. But with all the safeguards the Roman Catholic Church put into place after the sex abuse scandal in 2002, how could this happen? It turns out that there's a lot of play in those rules.
Italians Rescue Africans Fleeing 'Boiling' Libya
The sleepy off-season of Linosa, a tiny, picture-perfect Southern Italian island, was disrupted by the sudden arrival of hundreds of refugees from Libya. They were mostly Eritreans and Somalis, and they said they were trying to escape violence and discrimination.
India, Pakistan Stop For Crucial Cricket Game
The neighbors and rivals are playing each other in the semifinal of ICC Cricket World Cup in Mohali, India. Tensions are high ahead of the "mother of all matches." Some 100 million viewers are expected to watch a broadcast of the game, which will be attended by the prime ministers of both nations.
Texas Republicans Take Harder Line On Immigration
The relatively welcoming, tolerant attitude embraced by former Gov. George W. Bush is being overtaken by a flood of Arizona-style get-tough measures. And while legal challenges will surely follow if many of those measures pass, the debate in Texas is clearly shifting.
Foreign Ministers Discuss Next Steps In Libya
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined European and Arab foreign ministers in London Tuesday for a conference to discuss the future of Libya. The ministers agreed that it was time for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down, but told reporters they had not discussed arming his opponents if he fails to do so.
U.S. Mulls Arming Libyan Rebels
The Obama administration is taking the position that the United Nations arms embargo on Libya does not prohibit countries from providing arms to the rebels who are fighting to overthrow the Gadhafi regime. The U.S. argument is that by authorizing "all necessary measures" to protect civilians in Libya, the U.N. Security Council allowed an exception to the arms embargo. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that no "decision" has been made to provide arms to the rebels, but other U.S. officials say it is under active consideration. NPR's Tom Gjelten speaks to Michele Norris about the latest.
Iraqi Insurgents Attack Provincial Council
In the Iraqi town of Tikrit Tuesday, gunmen attacked the provincial council headquarters, taking hostages and setting off a battle that raged for hours. By the time it was over, some 50 people had been killed. Melissa Block speaks with NPR's Mike Shuster, who joins us from Baghdad.
Outside Japan's Evacuation Zone, Villages In Limbo
As life near the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor complex becomes increasingly difficult, Japanese authorities are encouraging people who live outside the mandatory evacuation zone to move farther way. But some are choosing to put up with the hardships and remain in their homes.
Environmentalist Monbiot Supports Nuclear Power
Watching the outcome of how the earthquake and tsunami affected Japan, one environmentalist says he's convinced that nuclear is better than coal. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Guardian columnist George Monbiot about his decision.