Fishing for anglers Fishing and Minnesota have been synonymous for as long as anyone can remember. But fishing organizations and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are worried that fewer young people are fishing.7:20 a.m.
The literary life of Brother Ali Brother Ali, a recording artist with the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers record label, talks about why Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" is one of his favorite books.7:50 a.m.
A Vegas view of the arts Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola is in Las Vegas, and MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with him as he checks out Sin City's theater offerings.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Vietnam's President Triet to Visit Washington
Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet is set to travel to Washington to discuss how the two former enemies can strengthen economic ties. Some 12 years after normalizing relations, the U.S. is one of Vietnam's largest trading partners but U.S. investments lags behind other countries.
U.S. Trains Ex-Sunni Militias as Iraqi Police
In Anbar province, west of Baghdad, the Iraqi government is struggling to bolster its police forces. Newly created security teams include former members of Sunni tribal militias who were linked to the insurgency. Now the Americans are training them.
At Bloomberg News, Watching the Old Boss
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dismissing speculation that he'll run for the White House, which was aroused by his announcement that he is quitting the Republican party. Commentators have pointed out that as a billionaire, he has the resources to run as an independent. All of that leaves some uneasiness at the company that made him a billionaire.
Lawmakers Seek to Clog Private-Equity Tax Leak
The two top lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee are trying to stop private-equity firms from taking advantage of a giant tax loophole. Under the current law, private-equity companies have been able to go public paying a partnership tax rate of 15 percent compared with the corporate tax rate of 35 percent. David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, talks about the implications of the legislation with Steve Inskeep.
U.S. Urges North Korea to End Nuclear Program
The chief U.S. negotiator on the North Korean nuclear issue is making a rare visit to Pyongyang. Christopher Hill is the most senior American official to visit the North Korea capital in five years. Hill will be trying to restart talks on bringing an end to North Korea's nuclear program.
Kazakh Family Feud Leads to Arrest of Ambassador
An arrest warrant was issued for Rakhat Aliev, the country's ambassador to Vienna, Austria, who is also the son-in-law of the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Aliev has been charged with kidnapping and running a mafia network. He accused Nazarbayev of orchestrating a politically motivated attack against him.
Letters: Armstrong, Toilets, Keyboards
Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong asserts that he raced drug-free after a new book, From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France, hit the market. Dual-flush toilets are hardly innovative, let alone newsworthy. Washing a keyboard is a trick of the trade now gone public; properly draining it is the key to success.
Immigrants Said to Boost Pay of U.S. Workforce
The White House Council of Economic Advisers claims immigrants actually boost the income of native-born workers. They put a dollar value on that benefit: $30 billion. They released the study as President Bush struggles to keep the immigration bill alive in Congress. The advisers conclude immigrants won't be a long-term drain on the nation's finances.
Wal-Mart Extends Financial Services
Wal-Mart plans to expand its financial services business with as many as 1,000 "money centers" in U.S.-based stores by the end of next year. Customers will be able to cash checks, pay bills and buy money orders at a lower cost.
Clear Channel: Swap Exposure for Royalties
A settlement between the Federal Communications Commission and major broadcasters requires them to commit a certain amount of airtime to independent musicians. But Clear Channel Communications, one of the four broadcasters that settled, is asking independent musicians to agree to forgo royalties in exchange for the exposure.