Lawmakers approve funding for new state park Lawmakers included funding for a new state park in a second bonding bill they passed before adjourning Sunday night. The park along Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota was one of Gov. Pawlenty's top priorities this session.7:50 a.m.
Minnesota's forests played a role in history Minnesota's Forest History Center offers a glimpse back at a time when lumberjacks lived deep in the north woods, carving a future from the trees. Listen to an audio postcard as second graders learn about lumberjack life.7:55 a.m.
St. Olaf student prepares to join Washington Redskins A St. Olaf College student is back at school after recently spending a weekend at rookie camp with the Washington Redskins. Senior and wide receiver Horace Gant has signed a three-year contract with the Redskins.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Afghans Frustrated by Slow Pace of Development
Since the Taliban was ousted in 2001, billions of dollars in foreign aid have poured into Afghanistan. Yet despite progress in cities such as Kabul, much of the country looks the same today as it did seven years ago — and many Afghans feel helpless.
Chinese Officials Focus on Looming Shortages
Relief efforts continue in China as the country begins mourning the victims of last week's earthquake. Officials are turning their attention to looming shortages of food and tents in areas devastated by the quake.
Cannes Viewers Get Early Look at 'Indiana Jones'
Film critic Kenneth Turan was among those at the Cannes Film Festival in France who got to see one of the most anticipated movies of the summer on Sunday. He discusses Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
U.N. Chief to Visit Cyclone-Ravaged Myanmar
Myanmar's military government is allowing United Nations officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to tour this week the southern delta region flooded by a devastating cyclone. However, the regime continues to resist large-scale foreign aid for the hundreds of thousands of survivors.
China Begins Mourning Period for Quake Victims
China began three days of national mourning Monday for the tens of thousands of people killed in last week's 7.9-magnitude earthquake. Meanwhile, state media reported that 200 rescue workers were buried in a landslide.
Italy Considers Special Body to Deal with Gypsies
An immigration crackdown by Italian authorities has been accompanied by vigilante justice against the Roma — or gypsies — in Naples. Now the new right-wing government wants to create a special body to deal with the ethnic group.
Oregon House Speaker, Activist Face Off in Primary
Democrats are trying to unseat Republican Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon. Tuesday's primary will decide which Democratic candidate will face him in the fall — the state House speaker or an activist who plays up the fact that he has a metal hook for a hand.
Texas Must Lay Out Plan for Kids from FLDS Sect
The fate of more than 460 children will be argued in court in Monday. Texas Child Protective Services is required by law to present its plan for each child, but lawyers for the mothers of the children say that the plans do not consider each child individually.
Microsoft Makes 'Alternative' Proposition to Yahoo
After walking away from a merger offer, Microsoft has proposed a different kind of deal to Yahoo. According to The New York Times, the proposal could mean a partnership or joint venture in online search-related advertising.
Nintendo's Wii Fit Pumps Up 'Active Gaming' Trend
Nintendo's hotly anticipated Wii Fit goes on sale Monday. Other companies are already trying to jump on the "active gaming" bandwagon by coming out with devices of their own that plug into the Wii.