Lutheran decision on gay clergy still pending Tom Crann talks to John Brooks, the news director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America communication services, about the decisions this week on whether member churches should be allowed to hire ministers in committed same-sex relationships as clergy.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Independent Farmers Feel Squeezed By Milk Cartel
With the price of raw milk at historic lows, dairy farms are going under across the United States. As the crisis deepens, many blame two dairy giants that they say are trying to monopolize the industry, to the detriment of independent farmers and consumers.
Protections Expanded For Credit Card Users
As of Thursday, credit card issuers are now required by law to give borrowers at least three weeks to make a payment and 45 days' advance notice of any rate change. During that time, consumers can search for a better deal. But that doesn't mean consumers will pay more — or less — in the aggregate.
Summer Song Favorites: More Listeners' Picks
This summer, All Things Considered has been asking musicians and writers about their favorite songs to hear in the warmer months. Listeners have been sending in their favorites, so Melissa Block asked two of them to tell the stories behind their choices.
Promoter Todd P Is Getting His Own Place
Todd Patrick has been organizing underground (and sometimes technically illegal) rock shows in New York City for nearly a decade. He's become something of an indie-rock impresario — credited by some with helping launch the careers of The Dirty Projectors and Dan Deacon, among others. But now he's looking to go legit and open a venue.
Storm Downs Beloved Trees In Central Park
A violent storm damaged about a hundred trees in New York's Central Park this week: oaks, ginkgos, maples and more, some more than a hundred years old. For NPR's Margot Adler, who has lived across from Central Park for 60 years, the loss of the trees is personal.
Afghans Vote In Presidential Election
Poll workers in Afghanistan are counting the ballots after the country voted Thursday in presidential elections. Attacks by Taliban militants killed more than 20 civilians and security personnel. Results are not expected until Saturday.
Sound Of Gunfire Adds To Afghan Voters' Fears
Elections workers are counting votes cast in Thursday's Afghan presidential election. Early reports suggest voting in the south's largest city, Kandahar, was light. Hardin Lang, an election observer in Kandahar, says that starting at about 3 a.m., gunfire, rocket fire and mortar fire could be heard, adding to an overall sense of tension in the area.
Some Car Dealers Report Cash For Clunkers Woes
The Cash for Clunkers program has been hugely popular with consumers, but dealers are reporting problems. The federal government has been slow to reimburse dealers and the paperwork has placed a burden on dealerships' staff. Aaron Masterson, general manager of two dealerships in Ohio, says of the 300 vehicles his dealerships have sold as part of the program, he has been reimbursed for one.
'Glass' Chronicles Mexican Immigrants
Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca has produced his first novel, A Glass of Water. The book goes over the well-worn path of Mexican immigrants to the United States.