Local photographer portrays breast cancer survivors Several years ago, Jila Nikpay began taking pictures of breast cancer survivors, photographing women who were strong in the face of illness, women she saw as heroines of their own stories. She's compiled those photos in a new book called, "Heroines: Transformation in the Face of Breast Cancer."6:50 a.m.
Governor, Minneapolis play blame game over crime Two recent high-profile killings in Minneapolis have prompted a round of finger-pointing between state and local officials, over whether the city is spending is money wisely on public safety.7:20 a.m.
Report shows school choice program helps students
A new report shows disadvantaged Minneapolis students who are bused to suburban schools are testing significantly higher than comparable students who stay in city schools. The latest evaluation of the five-year-old desegregation program called "The Choice Is Yours" found participating students in third through seventh grade scored 23 points higher in reading and 25 points higher in math.7:25 a.m.
Stadium talk is in favor again at Capitol The week week is turning into something of a stadium extravaganza at the Capitol. State lawmakers have held hearings on stadiums proposed for the Gophers, the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings this week. And all the bills are still alive.7:50 a.m.
Gopher women's basketball team loses yet another player
The Minnesota women's basketball team is running out of players. Sophomore forward Natasha Williams has become the latest departure. She put in her request yesterday for a release from her scholarship. St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Ray Richardson has been following the story.7:55 a.m.
Possible constitutional amendment could help arts funding
There's an unlikely alliance at the state Capitol this year. Arts supporters have banded with outdoorsmen and women in support of a proposed constitutional amendment making its way through the legislature. The bill started as a proposal to dedicate a small fraction of the state sales tax to environmental programs, but now some of the money would also go to the arts. Minnesota Public Radio Arts Commentator Dominic Papatola explained.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Washington Waits for White House Staff Changes
There is talk of more staff changes in the Bush administration. Last week, Andrew Card announced that he was stepping down as chief of staff. Steve Inskeep talks to White House Correspondent David Greene about the prospects for a shakeup of the president's staff.
Officers Untouched by Abu Ghraib Prosecutions
Two years after the Abu Ghraib prison photos came out of Iraq, no high-level officers have been charged in relation to the prisoner abuse. The highest ranking person charged so far is a staff sergeant. The structure of the military and its justice system make it difficult to prosecute officers in cases like Abu Ghraib.
Priest Tends to Mexico City's Dump Dwellers
Nearly 50 percent of the people who live in Mexico live in poverty. In Mexico City, a garbage dump is a source of livelihood for some residents. Amid violence and sexual assaults, the residents have one saving grace: a 70-year-old priest who finds his own spiritual refuge within his parishioners' desperate and dangerous lives.
Letters: Katrina, M1 Interview
Steve Inskeep reads from listeners' letters. This week, letter writers responded to stories about recovering from Hurricane Katrina, and a controversial rap performer.
Longer Course Greets Masters Golf Field
The Masters Golf Tournament is under way in Augusta, Ga. Steve Inskeep talks with commentator John Feinstein about what to expect from defending champion Tiger Woods, and changes to this year's course.
When Physicians Get Cancer
Dealing with a potentially fatal cancer is difficult for anyone. Doctors with cancer face a special challenge. They're used to giving medical care, not getting it. Two doctors, Elizabeth McKinley and William Tierney, share what they learned as patients.
Apple Does Windows with New Intel Machines
Apple has announced a major change in its approach to rival Microsoft. The company will now help users of its Macintosh computers run the Microsoft Windows operating system on their computers. Previously, only hackers had been able to get Windows to run on Apple's new Intel-based machines. Steve Inskeep talks with New York Times columnist David Pogue.
Immigration Debate Divides Catholic Parishoners
In Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony calls on parishioners to fast as a show of support for illegal immigrants. But some of Mahony's fellow Catholics wonder why the church is stepping into the red-hot political debate. It's only part of the great religious divide over illegal immigration.
San Diego Fence Provides Lessons in Border Control
As Congress looks to revamp immigration policy, some lawmakers are pushing to extend fencing along the U.S. border with Mexico. They already have a model they can look to: a 14-mile-fence built in the 1990s to separate Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego, Calif.