Locals wary of property tax cap The Legislature has passed a measure to hold down property taxes, but some worry the cap will come at the expense of local control, road maintenance and health care programs.7:20 a.m.
A familiar spring journey makes a man wistful Tennyson says that in the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, but spring -- plus a trip down an old familiar road -- has commentator Peter Smith feeling a bit melancholy.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Miami's Condo King Changed City's Skyline
There are few American cities that have changed more in the past decade than Miami. Just a few years ago, downtown Miami was a daytime-only destination. Today, thousands of people live there and thousands more are on the way, and it's largely because of Jorge Perez.
Muslim Chaplain Offers American Brand of Islam
Maj. Khalid Shabazz is one of only five Muslim chaplains in the U.S. Army. Shabazz says it hasn't always been easy to be a Muslim in the military, and his faith has placed him under a microscope wherever he's been based.
Lab-Grown Meat a Reality, But Who Will Eat It?
A handful of scientists are now culturing meat from animal muscle cells, but don't look for it at the supermarket anytime soon. Costs are high, production models are nonexistent and few carnivores are clamoring for an alternative.
U.S.-Backed Offensive Weakens Basra Militias
A government offensive in the southern Iraq city of Basra has met with success. Initially, U.S.-led Iraqi forces met with stiff resistance from Shiite militias. But after two months, Basra's streets are clear. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.
Aftershock Warning Sets Chengdu on Guard
In the wake of a powerful earthquake that devastated the region last week, an official warning of a major aftershock sends Chengdu, China, into a panic. Millions of people spent the night sleeping outside, others fled the city.
Westerners Play Pivotal Role in Afghan Rebuilding
Governmental, nongovernmental and military groups from the U.S. and other Western countries are part of the considerable efforts to reconstruct war-torn Afghanistan. But critics are debating what the best way is for them to help.
Myanmar Considers Aid from Asian Neighbors
Thousands remain missing in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis, but the country has allowed only limited assistance from the outside world. Myanmar may now accept help from its immediate neighbors after a recent emergency meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to BBC reporter Andrew Harding.
Fear of Aftershock Keeps Chinese Outdoors
Warnings of a major aftershock sent residents around Chengdu in southwest China outside overnight. Eight days after a powerful earthquake killed thousands, many people slept outside, piling into a soccer stadium, or in cars parked along highways.
Nobel Laureates Lobby for Release of Indian Activist
Doctor and civil rights activist Binayak Sen has been imprisoned for a year in an area of India known as the epicenter of the country's Maoist insurgency. He's being held under draconian anti-terrorism laws; his supporters say the charges are nonsense. Some 22 Nobel laureates are appealing for his release.