"Growth and Justice"
More than 200 wealthy Minnesotans say they should be paying more in taxes. In a full page ad in today's Star Tribune, a group called "Growth and Justice" encourages other wealthy Minnesotans to embrace higher state taxes for the rich. They say the new money should be used to improve educational opportunities, provide affordable health care and fun transportation needs.5:18 p.m.
Climatology takes on a new meaning Political climates, social climates and scientific climates all play a role in Inigo Manglano-Ovalle's art. He has his first major show in Minnesota at the Rochester Art Center. It opens this weekend.5:23 p.m.
Martha Anderson at 105 Martha Anderson of rural Gilbert turns 105 this week. She lives in her own home, cooks her meals, brings flowers to church, and refuses to use the elevator -- she says it's for old people.5:50 p.m.
Rookie takes on a legend
The Minnesota Twins are in Houston tonight to close out a three-game series with the Houston Astros. The game is drawing national attention because it pits a talented rookie pitcher against one of the best pitchers of all time. Future hall-of-famer Roger Clemens makes his first start of the season for Houston at age 43. He'll face 22-year- old Francisco Liriano, who has seven wins and 100 strikeouts in his first 10 starts -- and who wasn't even a year old when Clemens pitched his first major league game.6:18 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Troop-Withdrawal Measures Fail in Senate
The Senate rejects two Democrat-sponsored amendments that would begin the process of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. Despite widespread doubts that the measures would pass, the debate was the most ferocious since the invasion of Baghdad in 2003. Since that time, 2,500 Americans have died in Iraq.
Northern Russians Fear a Putin Power-Grab
In a remote region of Russia's Arctic Far North, residents say they're the latest victims of President Putin's drive to reshape his county into a global power. Last month, authorities jailed the region's governor, Alexei Barinov, on charges of fraud and embezzlement. But citizens say the move was part of a plan.
Americans Bounced from Cup by Upstart Ghana
The U.S. soccer team scores its first goal of the 2006 World Cup in a losing effort against Ghana, missing a chance to advance to the tournament's second round. Italy's 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic meant the U.S.-Ghana winner was assured a spot in the Round of 16.
Ghana Cheers as Black Stars Burn Bright in Cup
With the country declaring a half-day holiday so that its citizens could watch the U.S.-Ghana game, the fans of the Black Stars did their best to encourage the sole African nation still playing in the tournament.
Mexican Candidate Resists Comparisons with Chavez
With two weeks to go before Mexico's July 2 election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is running nearly even with his main opponent, Felipe Calderon of the conservative governing National Action Party. Lopez Obrador, the fiery former Mexico City mayor, has polarized Mexican politics with his promises of social programs. But his opponents claim Lopez Obrador's plan would push Mexico into an economic crisis that would rival the struggles of Venezuela.
Utah Republicans Turn on Incumbent
A Republican primary in Utah's third Congressional district is emblematic of the GOP's internal battle over immigration. Incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon faces a strong challenge from a fellow Republican backed by anti-immigration forces, who claim Cannon is out of step with the party on the issue.
Shell Necklace a Sign of 100,000-Year-Old Culture
Scientists have found evidence that modern human culture dates back at least 100,000 years. The evidence is in the form of ancient shells collected at sites in Algeria and what is now Israel. The shells were perforated, apparently for use as personal decorations. Archeologists say that suggests people were expressing themselves with symbols -- something associated with modern human culture.
Letters: American Taliban, Health Care and Hunger
On Thursdays we read from your e-mail; today's subjects include feedback on Michele Norris' interview with Tom Junod, who wrote a profile John Walker Lindh for Esquire magazine. other topics include a story on modern cuts in Tennessee's health care program for the poor, and a look back at the 1960s book Still Hungry in America.
Dryer May Whir Loudly, but It Still Works
Carter Holt is a semi-retired musician and producer in Los Angeles. He offers us a sound from his laundry room that is so loud his neighbors wonder what's going on.