South Dakota executes convicted killer South Dakota executed convicted murderer Elijah Page Wednesday night by lethal injection. This was the first execution in the state in 60 years.7:20 a.m.
Housing market lukewarm The Twin Cities metro area housing market continues to run lukewarm, according to new figures from the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors, which assessed the real estate market in the 13-county metro area. But by many accounts, the situation is not devastating for the local real estate market or the local economy.7:25 a.m.
Handful of summer movies target kids The summer movie season is hitting full stride, and that includes many releases aimed at young people. MPR's Perry Finelli talks with Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Iraqi Envoy Says Progress Can't Be Rushed
Amid growing pressure from Congress to begin drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, that country's ambassador to Washington says doing so would open the floodgates to even more violence.
Intelligence Officials to Discuss Terrorism
Intelligence officials are meeting at the White House to discuss the nation's readiness for possible terrorist strikes. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff caused a stir when he said he had a "gut feeling" that the nation faces an increased risk of attack this summer.
A Global Taste Test of Foie Gras and Truffles
China is poised to become a major player in the gourmet foods market, exporting homegrown foie gras, caviar and truffles. A panel of expert chefs puts China's culinary offerings to the test.
Letters: Service, Sacrifice, Mao, Etc.
Listeners comment on the series about service and sacrifice during war time. Vietnam War veteran Charles Wetter says it's essential that all share the burden of war. Laura Reeve heard an error in the story about the French town Montargis.
Sentencing Experts Perplexed by Libby Commutation
The House Judiciary Committee investigates President Bush's commutation of the 30-month sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. President Bush called the term "excessive" even though it was well within federal guidelines.
Lady Bird Johnson Dies at 94
"Lady Bird" Johnson, the wife of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, died at 94. Though she rose to prominence as first lady, in the 34 years since her husband's death, Mrs. Johnson earned renown in her own right as a champion of beautifying the outdoors. She lived in Austin, Texas.
Changing Fortunes for Student Loans
The House voted to slash $19 billion in federal subsidies to student lenders. Democratic backers say it will help students pay for college without building up huge debts. The bill increases grants for needy students and halves interest rates on federally backed loans.
Congress Considers Private-Equity Firms' Taxes
Private-equity firms enjoy a very low tax rate on most of their profits. But the House and the Senate are considering legislation that would change how private-equity firms are taxed. A proposed Senate bill would raise the tax rate on firms go public to 35 percent from 15 percent.
Trade Deficit Shows Robust Business With China
The U.S. trade deficit showed an expected widening, marked by the U.S. buying $20 billion more from China than it sold to China in the month of May. David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, discusses economic relations with China with Renee Montagne.