Twins, Hennepin County break logjam over stadium funding Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat says the Minnesota Twins have agreed to pay more for stadium infrastructure. That will free up enough money for the county to buy the ballpark site, and the deal could be closed by the end of April.7:20 a.m.
Budget negotiations begin State lawmakers return to the Capitol after a long Passover/Easter break. The DFL-controlled House is set to start taking up budget bills this week, bills that are already the target of veto threats by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.7:25 a.m.
Concern rises over fibers in Silver Bay air The town of Silver Bay, on the North Shore of Lake Superior, has more mineral fragments in its air than the city of St. Paul. Scientists are concerned about their possible health effects.
The MPCA and the Minnesota Department of Health are scrambling to figure out what to do about it.7:50 a.m.
Discovering a young poet When Galway Kinnell, one of the great American poets of our age, first heard Josephine Dickinson, he was immediately drawn in by her work. MPR's Kerri Miller explains why.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bright Eyes: The Mellowing of a Protest Singer
Conor Oberst, lead singer of Bright Eyes, captured public attention as a protest singer with artistic ambitions. At 27, he seems to have mellowed. "Make a Plan to Love Me" is a gentle throwback to the '60s.
Bush Renews Call for Changes on Immigration
President Bush visits a new border-control station in Yuma, Ariz. He says placing troops on the border has helped restore order, but called on Congress to overhaul the country's immigration policy.
Arkansas Guard Members Prepare for Iraq Tour
Iraq is on the minds of many National Guard members in Arkansas. Some face a possible second deployment to Iraq in less than two years. Others are leaving soon on their first deployment.
Obama Visits the Letterman Show
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois appears on the Late Show with David Letterman. The White House hopeful and the talk-show host discussed the war in Iraq and the field of Democratic candidates running for president.
Ted Stevens, Alaska's Senate Fixture
Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska has held his office for nearly 40 years, making him the chamber's senior Republican. He joins many observers in ruing the recent shift toward partisanship and people "who do politics all the time."
Rich Roster of Prospects Eye Bid for Cubs
A key to real-estate investor Sam Zell's deal to buy Tribune Co. is the sale of the Chicago Cubs, which the media giant owns. Some famous names are rumored as potential buyers for a storied baseball franchise.
Scholar Ajami Reflects on Trip to Iraq
Fouad Ajami, director of the Middle East Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, recently visited Baghdad. He shares his observations of the current political atmosphere in Iraq.
Padilla Case Trudges Toward Trial
Jury selection begins next week at the trial of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla, nearly five years after his arrest. The case has seen so much maneuvering that the judge has asked attorneys to stop filing motions and get going.
U.S. Seeks to Force China's Hand on Arts Trade
The United States has filed two major trade cases against China. It argues that American entertainment companies are hurt because China fails to stop piracy and has too many market restrictions on music and movies.
New Cargo Plane Symbolizes Boeing Outsourcing
A specially modified 747 cargo jet called the Dreamlifter is big enough to haul large sections of Boeing's new 787 airliner. But company machinists say it symbolizes outsourcing and fear it will cost union jobs.