Open for business on the closed Highway 36 The stretch of Highway 36 between Maplewood and Oakdale is closed for the next few months for reconstruction. One of the owners of Neuman's Bar in North St. Paul talks about how the project will affect his business.7:20 a.m.
Wang Ping's long journey Wang Ping has an intimidating resume. She teaches creative writing at Macalester College in St Paul. She's published fiction, poetry, and an acclaimed book on the Chinese tradition of footbinding. She's just come out with a new collection of short stories. She's an accomplished photographer too.
Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr reports Wang Ping says her history is the result of some curious twists of fate.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Four Years Later, 'Mission' in Iraq Is Troubled
On May 1, 2003, President Bush declared "major combat" in Iraq to be over, adding this line for emphasis: "Mission accomplished." Four years later, U.S. troops remain in Iraq and Baghdad residents face harsh conditions and a stalled political process.
Congress to Deliver War-Funds Bill to Bush
Congress sends President Bush its war-funding bill Tuesday, ignoring his veto threat. The timing is significant. Congress will deliver the bill on the fourth anniversary of the president's now-infamous "mission accomplished" pronouncement.
Against the Odds, Army Meets Recruiting Goals
The U.S. economy is getting stronger and the U.S. war in Iraq is getting more unpopular. Normally that spells trouble for military recruiters. But for nearly two years, the Army has met or exceeded its recruiting and retention goals.
Church Gives Woman Sanctuary from Deportation
Immigration rights activists are calling for rallies and boycotts Tuesday against a federal crackdown on undocumented workers. In Chicago, one woman has avoided deportation for eight months by taking refuge in a church.
Primate Gestures May Be Clue to Human Language
Researchers at Emory University analyzed hundreds of hours of videotaped gestures used by two groups of chimps and two groups of bonobos. The results of their study could lend a clue to how human language evolved.
The Prime Meridian: A Climate Journey's Guide
An invisible line running through the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, marks the prime meridian. This line, extending from the North Pole to the South Pole, will be a guide to NPR's yearlong Climate Connections series.
Blooming Bluebells: Warming Signs in Monks Wood
Tim Sparks has been tracking how climate change is affecting plants and animals all over the world. But some of the most dramatic changes can be seen near the scientist's office in the English countryside.
High Court Deals Blow to Patent Holders
The Supreme Court gave businesses new protection from patent suits in two rulings Monday and extended a trend limiting the rights of patent owners. Technology companies welcomed the court's decision.
Massachusetts Presses Lenders on Foreclosures
Massachusetts is trying to buy time for people who face the loss of their homes because of rising mortgage payments tied to subprime loans. The state is trying to get lenders to give more time to residents to make payments.