Nobel Prize-winning scientist considers challenging Coleman A Nobel Prize-winning scientist is considering a run for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat in 2008.
Dr. Peter Agre, a Minnesota native, says he'll decide this summer if he'll enter the race to unseat Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.4:45 p.m.
An adventurous opera The composer of a new American opera about Lewis
and Clark says it's an historical story that still resonates.4:53 p.m.
House speaker: Talks stuck in "neutral" With time running out in the regular legislative session Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders will continue their closed-door meetings Friday.5:20 p.m.
Northwest to exit bankruptcy, but its workers are still unhappy In the two years it's been under bankruptcy proceedings, Northwest has shed jobs and planes, and its operations have been making a profit lately. Many observers praise Northwest's focused approach to its bankruptcy process. But Northwest workers say they sacrificed more than they should have.5:24 p.m.
A song shows the way to a new home The personal story of a Somali man who left war-torn Mogadishu with his family for a new life in Minnesota has been adapted for a new song, commissioned by the Minnesota Chorale. It's part of the chorale's collaboration with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Immigration Bill Heads for Debate in Senate
The complex immigration bill that a bipartisan group of Senate negotiators has agreed to with the White House will be debated by the full Senate starting Monday. It faces many hurdles, especially in the House.
Mexico Has Muted Reaction to Immigration Proposal
The new immigration compromise plan developed by the White House and the Senate is getting a fairly muted response in Mexico so far. The Mexican government, which has pushed for immigration rules changes for years, has a cautious reaction to the plan.
Gauging the Chances of Senate's Immigration Bill
Andrea Seabrook talks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post, and Matt Continetti of The Weekly Standard about the political prospects of the immigration compromise that emerged Thursday from the Senate. It has the approval of the White House, but support for it is tepid, at best, from party leaders on Capitol Hill.
Two Iraqi Journalists Are Killed; Worked for ABC
Two Iraqi journalists working for ABC News were killed this week by unknown assailants in Baghdad. The men were identified as cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz, 33, and soundman Saif Laith Yousuf, 26. Their deaths re-emphasize the dangers of reporting in Iraq — particularly for Iraqi journalists who have been hired by Western news agencies, including NPR.
Branch Davidians See Conspiracy in Highway Project
With a new church and a new leader, the religious community best known for its 1993 standoff with federal agents has found a new confrontation. A trans-Texas highway project could slice right through the Davidians' compound — and the members see it as another test.
House Members Eat at Food-Stamp Level for a Week
Several members of Congress have pledged to eat for a week on just $21 — the same amount an average food-stamp recipient receives. Four House members who took up the challenge hope to draw attention to what they say is a need to boost the budget for the federal food stamp program.
Reaction to Changes in Immigration Rules
The news of a bipartisan deal on immigration has prompted a range of responses. Michele Norris and Andrea Seabrook read from listener comments on the compromise legislation, which the White House and Senate announced Thursday.
Hey, Want to Go to the... You Know
For high school students, spring prom season is in full swing. And for some students — like Phil Baggett of Curie High School in Chicago — it's not an easy time. It can be tough to figure out who to ask. And as for actually asking a girl to the dance, well, that's another matter.
White House, Democrats, Hit Impasse on Iraq
Democratic Congressional leaders have offered a new version of the Iraq war-funding bill in negotiations with the White House. The measure would allow President Bush to waive a timetable for troop withdrawals. The White House said "no."