Minnesota Supreme Court upholds tobacco fee The disputed 75-cent-per-pack charge on
cigarettes won the backing Tuesday of the Minnesota Supreme Court,
which overturned a judge's decision that struck down the "health
impact fee."5:19 p.m.
Time running out for Vikings stadium hopes With their stadium playbook nearly exhausted,
the Minnesota Vikings enlisted NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on
Tuesday to personally appeal to skeptical lawmakers.5:48 p.m.
Minnesota drivers among the most polite
Maybe you're inching along, bumper to bumper as far as the eye can see. When the traffic is clogged, and the nerves are frazzled, and that 15-minute freeway drive is taking 45 minutes, you might not believe that the Twin Cities metro has been ranked among the most pleasant cities for drivers in the United States.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Senate Weighs Changes in Border, Immigration Law
The Senate considers forms of immigration legislation one day after President Bush recommended changes in border-control law and practices in a national speech. An amendment by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) that would call for the securing of U.S. borders before dealing with any other immigration-related issues was defeated.
Chertoff: Guard Won't Arrest Illegal Immigrants
President Bush's newly announced plan to bolster the southern border and offer guest worker programs strikes a middle ground in the debate over immigration policy, says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Children of Immigrants Learn to Thrive in U.S.
Monday, President Bush said that most illegal immigrants are hard working and family oriented. Many immigrants say they came to the United States not for themselves, but for their children. NPR's Adam Davidson visited an immigrant community in New York City.
Italy's Soccer Powers at Heart of Game-Rigging Inquiry
An executive with Italian soccer champion Juventus will be questioned Monday by investigators in Rome amid a widening scandal that has shaken Italian soccer. Prosecutors in Naples, Rome, Parma and Turin are conducting investigations ranging from game-fixing to illegal betting.
Hooligans No More: Cleese's World Cup Decorum
When the World Cup begins in Germany next month, fans from England will be faced with the task of not being too rude to the host country. Part of the problem: a lingering bitterness about World War II. Comic actor and writer John Cleese has a song to help: "Don't Mention the War."
Dutch Politician May Move to U.S. Under Threat
A controversial Dutch lawmaker who has been told to leave the Netherlands may soon reside in the United States, according to reports. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born member of the Dutch Parliament and a vocal critic of conservative Islam, resigned her post after the immigration minister withdrew her citizenship.
Germany Acknowledges Spying on Journalists
The German government has admitted that its foreign intelligence agency, the BND, has spied on German journalists. Media reports say some of the country's best-known investigative journalists were targeted as the BND tried to find out what they were working on and who their sources were.
Level of Health Care in Gaza Reaches New Lows
Gaza's already fragile health care system is facing a new crisis spurred by the cut-off of foreign funding to the Hamas-led government and Israel's frequent closures of the cargo crossings, citing security threats. Gaza hospitals are running low on basic drugs and medical supplies.
Gang Leader Shot to Death on Road to Reform
Ernesto Miranda, aka "Smokey," was a co-founder of the infamous Mara Salvatrucha gang in Los Angeles. At 38, he was studying law and working to keep kids out of gangs. All that ended Saturday night, when he was shot to death, apparently in retaliation for his anti-gang efforts.
Networks' Fall Offerings Previewed in New York
Television audiences this fall will find a changed landscape, with old favorites like The West Wing gone. The major networks' new programs range from ABC's Let's Rob to Calista Flockhart of Allie Mac Beal fame returning in the drama Brothers and Sisters.