St. Paul police chief will patrol streets
St. Paul is sending some of its desk cops to the streets. The move is designed to address the department's budget problem and the growth in emergency calls. Even the chief of the Saint Paul force is planning to take a patrol. Minnesota Public Radio's Toni Randolph reports.6:24 a.m.
"Sisters in Law" deliver justice in Cameroon In a small village in the west African nation of Cameroon, two women mete out justice with a special emphasis on women's rights. That's the theme that runs through a new documentary film called "Sisters in Law," which opens at the Twin Cities Bell Museum Friday.7:24 a.m.
Germany is crazy for the World Cup Much of the world is focused on the World Cup soccer tournament, which is being held in Germany this year. The World Cup, which takes place every four years, is the world's most popular sporting event. MPR producer Julie Siple is in Germany and gives us an up close look of the soccer madness that's overtaken the country.7:50 a.m.
Special Olympics Minnesota begins summer games
Opening ceremonies for the Minnesota Special Olympics will be held tonight at the University of Minnesota. More than 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in gymnastics and track and field events over the next three days. Eighty-six gold medal-winners will represent Minnesota at the first Special Olympics U-S National Games next month in Ames, Iowa. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dave Dorn, President of Special Olympics Minnesota.7:54 a.m.
The new Guthrie Theater opens this weekend.
After more than forty years on Vineland Place in Minneapolis, The Guthrie has moved to the banks of the Mississippi and into the international spotlight. The new, blue building, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, sits on the riverfront in downtown Minneapolis. To celebrate its new home, the theater will host a weekend full of events. Cathy Wurzer speaks with Morning Edition's arts commentator Dominic Papatola.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Senate Debates Pulling U.S. Troops from Iraq
Divisions among Democrats take center stage as the Senate debates two Iraq amendments to the defense bill. One, from Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), calls for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by a certain date. A competing amendment, also from the Democrats, is an open-ended call for the withdrawal of troops. Republicans stand largely united against the amendments.
Immigration Debate Divides Republican Congress
The immigration debate has divided the Republican Party. Those divisions were on display this week when the Republicans, who control the House, decided to hold off on negotiating a compromise with the Republican-led Senate. Some Republicans want to create a path to U.S. citizenship for illegal immigrants, while many others oppose what they call "amnesty."
Learning Lessons in a Prolonged War
Military rules of engagement are being closely examined in the wake of the civilian deaths in Haditha. We hear from an enlisted man who wrote about his experiences in Iraq -- and helped change the way Marines are taught to go into urban combat.
Bush Visits Hungary to Commemorate 1956 Uprising
President Bush is marking the 50th anniversary of Hungary's 1956 uprising against Soviet rule with a visit to the former Soviet satellite. He met with European Union leaders in Vienna on Wednesday, where he addressed the issues of North Korea, Iran and Iraq.
Research Suggests Increasing Vitamin D Exposure
Nutrition researchers are pushing for a big increase in the daily recommended dose of Vitamin D. Dozens of recent studies suggest that deficiencies of the vitamin make people more vulnerable to everything from fractures to certain cancers and diabetes.
Lawmakers Come Together on Supplement Bill
Capitol Hill lawmakers who have been on opposite sides of a long-running battle have now come together on a bill that would require reporting of deaths or other ill effects linked to supplements and over-the-counter medications. The bill would require that reports of "serious adverse events" be filed to the Food and Drug Administration within 15 days.
Global Food Companies Respond to Local Tastes
What does globalization taste like? The common belief is that globalization means homogenization. But global food companies are finding that just isn't true. People want their traditional foods and tastes much more than global ones.
Group Promotes Eating Locally Overseas
American businesspeople overseas are being encouraged to eat more ethnic foods at local restaurants. The initiative was started by the group Diplomatic Action Incorporated. It wants Americans to live, eat and play local. The group hopes it will counter the image of the "Ugly American."
Military Town Reacts to Marine Arrests
Military officials announced charges Wednesday against seven Marines and a sailor accused of killing an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania. The suspects are being held at Camp Pendleton in California. The civilian community in Oceanside, Calif., where many residents are affiliated with the base, has its own view of the case.
Iraqi Trainees Identified as Killers of U.S. Soldiers
Two years ago, two California National Guardsmen died in Iraq. The two young soldiers were killed by members of the Iraqi security forces that they had been training. Army investigators admit they knew the truth nine months ago. But they waited until Wednesday to share it with the soldiers' families.