Wis. protests move from the Capitol to the voting booth Eight lawmakers -- three Democrats and five Republicans -- will face the electorate in summer recall elections in Wisconsin. One senator in danger of losing his seat is La Crosse Republican Dan Kapanke. Kapanke and his challenger, Rep. Jennifer Shilling, are gearing up for an accelerated race this spring.7:25 a.m.
Same-sex marriage ban could be on the ballot in 2012 Minnesotans may get to vote next year on whether the state constitution should ban same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Minnesota, but Republicans in the state Legislature say only a constitutional amendment will protect the traditional definition of marriage from getting overturned in the courts.8:41 a.m.
8th District gets a taste of 2012 a year early Political ads are flooding the airwaves to criticize freshman U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack's vote for the Republican budget plan. A group supporting the congressman has launched a defense of him as well.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Taking Questions: A New Move For Fed Transparency
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday will hold the first full-fledged press conference in its history. Chairman Ben Bernanke's appearance marks the latest effort by the central bank to be more open and better communicate with the public.
Rep. Webster Defends GOP Plan To Change Medicare
Florida freshman Rep. Daniel Webster bucked the Tea Party line recently and voted to support the House spending deal pushed by Speaker John Boehner. Days later, the Republican also voted to support a GOP plan to privatize Medicare — an issue of special interest to Florida seniors.
England's Las Vegas Awaits Royal Wedding Day
Britain's Royal Wedding is the biggest national celebration in 30 years. Prince William marries Kate Middleton on Friday and the British are planning a big party. Blackpool is in England's north, and residents there embrace a good party.
In Deserted Libyan City, A Family Holds On To Home
Ajdabiya, a hub of fighting in Libya's eastern region, is a once-bustling-city turned ghost town. Most of its residents have fled the turmoil; the Saleh family is one that has chosen to stay. As uncertainty continues to engulf their homeland, this family has found security in the comfort of community.
Flooded Poplar Bluff Prepares For More Rain
In the southeastern Missouri community of Poplar Bluff, the Black River is over its banks. Residents are being evacuated from the town near the Missouri-Arkansas border. Poplar Bluff has endured 15 inches of rain over four days and about 1,000 homes were evacuated.
Lessons Learned From Chernobyl, Fukushima
There lessons to draw from the nuclear disaster last month in Japan and the one 25 years ago in Ukraine. Nuclear energy expert Matthew Bunn, of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, talks to Steve Inskeep about things that need to be improved.
Johnson & Johnson Makes It Largest Acquisition
Johnson & Johnson announced it is buying Synthes, a company that makes orthopedic devices, for $21.3 billion. Johnson and Johnson sees a growing market for orthopedic products. An aging population means an increased demand for hip and knee replacements, as well as the screws and plates needed for these surgeries.
Facebook Joins Crowded Online Coupon Field
Facebook announced Tuesday it is jumping into the online coupon field already occupied by Groupon, LivingSocial and many others. Facebook will only offer social deals – things you wouldn't normally do alone like river rafting.
Flint Sit-Down Striker: 'Equal Pay, Equal Conditions'
The Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937 gave life to the United Auto Workers union. GM workers gained collective bargaining rights and the contracts became models for workers in other industries. Olen Ham was one of those striking GM workers. Today, he continues to fight for worker rights.
Coast Guard Ups Average Passenger Weight
The Coast Guard puts out a number that's important for companies running ferry boats and charters. Since the 1960s, it's been assumed the average person weighs 160 pounds. In keeping with America's changing waistlines, the Coast Guard has raised the average weight, the Los Angeles Times reported. Boat operators must now assume people weigh 185 pounds.