Minnesotans worry Rev. Wright controversy overblown Many in St. Paul's African American religious community think the media firestorm has blown the controversy over Rev. Wright's comments and his connection to Barack Obama out of proportion. They are hoping the scandal will not hurt Obama's chances at the polls.6:50 a.m.
Budget negotiations continue at the State Capitol Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders met behind closed doors for several hours on both Saturday and Sunday, but reached no agreement on how to solve the state's $935 million projected budget deficit. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck has been following the developments.7:25 a.m.
A postmortem on a vacant home Vincent Peterson knew the house he purchased in St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood was a fixer-upper. He says what he didn't know was that he wouldn't be allowed to live in it.7:50 a.m.
Minn. working to prevent a measles outbreak There are a number of states dealing with their worst outbreaks of measles in years, and one of those states is nearby Wisconsin. Minnesota health department epidemiologist Kris Ehresmann said so far, Minnesota hasn't had any measles cases this year.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Taco Truck Battle Heats Up in Los Angeles
The trucks have long been a favorite spot for cheap Mexican food in Los Angeles. But a new law goes into effect next week in Los Angeles County that truck owners say could drive them out of business.
Dallas Man Exonerated After 27 Years in Prison
James Lee Woodard walked out of a Texas prison last week after almost three decades behind bars. The state now agrees that Woodard was wrongfully convicted in 1981 of killing a girl he had been dating. Woodard is the 17th man from Dallas to be cleared by DNA evidence.
Oil-Rich Abu Dhabi Builds Renewable-Energy City
In the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi sits on nearly 10 percent of the world's oil reserves. So it may be surprising to hear that climate leaders there have launched a major initiative in sustainability. Masdar, a demonstration city of 50,000 inhabitants, will have a zero carbon footprint.
Iraq Investigates Weapons Allegations Against Iran
The Iraqi government is creating a special committee to look into allegations that Iran is funneling arms to Shiite militia groups in Iraq. U.S. military officials say there is evidence of Iranian-supplied munitions, but it's uncertain whether there is complicity by the Iranian government.
Last Day of Campaigning for Ind., N.C. Primaries
Tuesday is the next test for the Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. NPR's Don Gonyea reports on the final days of campaigning before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.
Bolivia's Richest Province Votes for More Autonomy
Residents of the largest state in Bolivia voted Sunday on a measure seeking greater political and economic autonomy from the central government. President Evo Morales said the vote in Santa Cruz, where there was scattered violence during the balloting, was illegitimate.
What Will Come of Talks Between China, Tibetans?
Representatives of the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama met Monday in South China for a second day of talks to try to resolve their differences. Foreign governments have been pressuring Beijing to open a dialogue with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader after weeks of riots.
Russia Begins Slow Transfer from Putin to Medvedev
As Russia prepares for a transition of power to a new president, many Americans dismiss Dmitry Medvedev as simply a front-man for Vladimir Putin. But Medvedev, a former oil chief, will likely use Russia's leverage in the energy sector to forge closer ties to China and Europe.
What's Next for Yahoo with Microsoft Deal Off?
Yahoo shareholders — and shareholding employees — would have made a pretty penny if Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang had accepted Microsoft's $47 billion offer, but he didn't. Now Yang has to prove to shareholders that he can boost Yahoo's profits. Microsoft is expected to try to find other ways to boost its Internet business.
U.S. Businesses Cash In on Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo has become big business in the U.S. as restaurants, bars and party planners turn the red, white and green-themed holiday into a lot of green for themselves.