Will rank and file lawmakers support the stadium? The incoming class of GOP lawmakers who promised to hold the line on spending and taxes, and also reduce the size of state government, is dealing with the big push for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.5:35 a.m.
Legislators look for path to finish session There are four major pieces of legislation being discussed for vote at the State Capitol, but the Vikings stadium dominates the attention. The other three are a tax bill, a public works construction bill and a bill that would change teacher tenure rules.6:55 a.m.
Somali sex traficking case nears verdict Closing arguments are expected to start today in a sex trafficking trial involving several people from Minnesota. The defendants have been accused of participating in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. The U.S. Attorney's Office is trying to prove a wide-ranging conspiracy to use girls under the age of 18 as prostitutes. They say the ring was operated by three Somali gangs that spanned from Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee. But defense attorneys have argued the exact age of the prosecution's main witness is not known because her birth certificate is faked. The trial is taking place in Nashville, Tennessee. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Kristin Hall who's covering it for the Associated Press.7:25 a.m.
NFL draft and Timberwolves offer hope while Twins struggle In sports news, the Minnesota Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 7 to 6 last night at Target Field. The Minnesota Timberwolves play for the final time this season tonight when the Denver Nuggets visit Target Center. And the first round of the NFL draft will be held tonight in New York. The Minnesota Vikings have the third overall pick. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker about all of those topics. He's the digital sports editor for Startribune.com.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama To Begin Campaigning In Earnest
President Obama will hold his first official re-election campaign rallies next week with back-to-back visits to the swing states of Ohio and Virginia. While these are the first official rallies, the president's campaign is well under way. He's just back from a tour of college campuses in three other battleground states.
On The Million-Dollar Trail Of A Mystery SuperPAC Donor
The superPACs raising money to support the presidential candidates have few restrictions. But they do have to reveal who donated money. So what happens when a donation comes from someone trying to avoid public scrutiny?
Pakistan's Prime Minister Found Guilty Of Contempt
Pakistan's Supreme Court has convicted Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani of contempt over a corruption case involving President Asif Ali Zardari. Gilani has resisted court demands to pursue graft charges against Zardari.
U.S. Considers Ways To Keep Drones In Pakistan
Pakistan's Parliament has recommended that the U.S. be prohibited from launching drone missile attacks on Pakistani soil. The drone program has been successful in killing militants in Pakistan, many of whom were launching attacks against American troops in neighboring Afghanistan. Analysts say it's unlikely the U.S. will agree to stop carrying out missile strikes from the unmanned aerial vehicles. The question is what happens now?
Pakistani Moms Keep Sons From Being Radicalized
Renee Montagne talks to Pakistani peace activist Mossarat Qadeem about how women can help moderate extremism in Pakistan. Qadeem works with mothers of young men who are at risk for joining the Taliban. She helps reintegrate young men through job training and education programs.
Burger King Pledges Cage-Free Pork, Eggs
The fast-food chain announced that by 2017, all of its eggs and pork will come from animals not penned in cages and crates. Burger King is the first major U.S. fast-food chain to put a firm deadline on such a promise. The move is seen as part of an industry-wide shift to consider animal concerns.
After Backlash, Ethanol Industry Is Thriving
After being hyped as a homegrown remedy to America's dependence on foreign oil, the federally supported corn-based fuel ended up under attack as an environmental and economic failure. Now the smoke has cleared, and U.S. ethanol producers are booming.
Double-Dip Recession Catches Britain Off Guard
Britain is a nation in shock, following Wednesday's announcement that its economy has slipped back into recession. It's the second time since the 2008 financial crisis, and it's raising new questions about the government's unpopular austerity measures.
Ukraine Insulted By Dutch Beer Tap Ad
The Netherlands Energy Co. is running an ad promoting its free beer taps. The ad contains a warning for Netherlands women: Prevent your husbands from traveling to Ukraine to see this summer's European soccer championship. The ad says the men might be seduced by beautiful Ukrainian women, so better that they stay home and drink beer.