A closer look at Tom Emmer's plan to cut state agencies Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer says he wants to dramatically redesign and reform state government, but has yet to release the specifics of his budget plan. One thing he has talked about is cutting the number of state departments and agencies.3:50 p.m.
Bernie Raskas, Minnesota Jewish icon, dies Rabbi Bernie Raskas has died.
He was an icon in Minnesota's Jewish community for nearly 60 years. Vice President Walter Mondale has called him "the Jewish Garrison Keillor."5:44 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Fiction, Long And Short, For Summertime Escapes
Whether you're vacationing for a week or a weekend, Alan Cheuse has a fiction recommendation to fit. Novels from Jennifer Egan and Laurence Gonzales for your weeklong escapes; a novella from Ann Beattie for those three-day getaways; and stories from Robert Stone for all you day-trippers.
Iraq's New Parliament Convenes
The new Iraqi parliament convened on Monday more than three months after the general election. The opening session lasted just 20 minutes, and little was accomplished. The prospects of forming a new government remain as murky as ever.
Vast Mineral Deposits Discovered In Afghanistan
The U.S. says it has uncovered vast, untapped mineral reserves in Afghanistan: a collection of deposits so large and so potentially profitable that it could transform the war-torn country. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Rachel Martin.
The World Cup And Social Media
In the four years since the last World Cup, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have developed massive global followings. So much so that our All Tech Considered guru Omar Gallaga tells Michele Norris some are worried these sites may crash from the weight of all the World Cup chatter
D.C. Rolls Out Pay-To-Park By Phone
If you're parking a car in Washington, D.C., you can stop hunting for quarters under the seat. In April, the District rolled out a pilot program where drivers can pay for parking by cell phone in parts of the city. D.C. joins dozens of other U.S. cities using the technology, which is cheaper to implement than physical parking meters, and brings in more revenue.
White House Presses BP To Set Up Spill Fund
The Obama administration says it wants BP to put "substantial" funds into an escrow account to cover the cost of compensating businesses and individuals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It's not clear how big the fund will be or what it will cover, but administration officials are saying they expect BP to go along. Melissa Block talks to NPR's John Ydstie.
Both Parties Try To Score Points Off Health Care Law
The White House has been trying to highlight well-received parts of the new health care law as they go into effect. But the overall plan remains unpopular, and Republicans are campaigning on a promise to repeal it. Still, Democrats think that effort could help them, too.
Flash Flooding Hits Oklahoma City
Michele Norris talks to Marc Woodard, deputy fire chief in Oklahoma City, about flash flooding that hit the city on Monday morning. Motorists were warned to stay off the roads, and many out on the road were stranded.