Sen. Dayton reacts to lead in MPR poll A new Minnesota Public Radio News - Humphrey Institute poll shows former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton leading his DFL competition in the party's primary race.7:25 a.m.
Immigration dispute rises in Willmar In the west-central Minnesota community of Willmar, some Latino residents are upset that the city council is considering a federal immigration enforcement training program for police officers.7:40 a.m.
Effects of ballpark tax ripple through Hennepin County When county commissioners narrowly approved a county-wide sales tax to pay for about two-thirds of the $545 million park they threw in a carrot for backers of libraries and youth sports -- a promise that excess money from the ballpark tax would go to those activities.7:45 a.m.
One-day nurse strikes effective in California About 12,000 Twin Cities nurses are voting today on whether to authorize a strike. If approved, the strike against 13 metro-area hospitals could begin no sooner than June 1, and it would last only one day.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Drug War In Focus As Mexican President Visits U.S.
Felipe Calderon arrives at a time when criticism of his deadly drug war is increasing, his political party is faltering and the Mexican economy is attempting to claw its way back after the global economic meltdown of 2009.
U.S. Farmers Suffer From Ban On Mexican Trucks
One sore point in U.S.-Mexico relations, involves a dispute over whether to allow Mexican trucks onto U.S. highways. The U.S. ban has prompted Mexico to enact steep tariffs on U.S. potatoes and other products. Union truck drivers fought to block the Mexican trucks to save U.S. jobs. But now U.S. farmers say the resulting trade fight is costing them jobs and business.
Pakistani College Becomes Focus Of A Social Struggle
In Lahore, the University of the Punjab attracts middle- and lower-income Pakistani students hoping to make better lives for themselves. But the school's campus is also the scene of an ongoing struggle over education and Islam. Steve Inskeep visits the campus as part of NPR's trip down the Grand Trunk Road.
Thai Army Takes Control Of Protest Zone
Seven leaders of Thailand's Red Shirt protesters have surrendered to authorities after a deadly army assault on their fortified encampment. Two protesters and an Italian photographer were killed in the assault. Thomas Fuller of the International Tribune talks to Renee Montagne about the violence.
Interior Secretary Acknowledges Lax Oil Regulation
Oil executives connected to the Gulf of Mexico blowout sat in the hot seat before congressional committees last week. Now top government officials get a turn before the panels. Much of that task fell on Tuesday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, whose department oversees oil drilling.
Building Detroit Back Up May Mean Downsizing
Detroit is a vast city of more than 140 square miles. That makes the challenge of "downsizing" the city to fit a smaller population even more daunting. Most of the remaining viable neighborhoods are spread out from each other and clustered around the edges of the city.
Germany Plans To Tighten Financial Regulations
Germany is banning so called naked short-selling of eurozone government debt and shares of major financial companies. European officials are trying strengthen control of markets. Naked short selling was cited as one of the factors in world markets' turbulence during the 2008 financial crisis.
New Trading Rules Proposed After Market Meltdown
The SEC is proposing new rules following the May sixth "Flash Crash" in the stock market. Trade in some stocks may now be paused if the price moves more than 10 percent in a five-minute period.
Auto Dealers Try To Steer Clear Of New Regulations
In financial regulatory bills in Congress, some lawamakers are proposing a consumer financial protection agency. Only one constituency has made headway against it: auto dealers. The House bill carves them out from under the scrutiny of the proposed lending watchdog. An amendment pending in the Senate would do the same. It's one of several such measures aimed at taming the watchdog.
New Panera Location: Pay What You Want
Panera Bread Co. launched a new nonprofit store in Clayton, Mo., this week. It has the same menu as the other 1,400 locations, but in Clayton, they are told to donate what they want for a meal. Panera says if the nonprofit store brings in enough to cover costs, it may extend this model to other locations.