Rybak: lower property taxes was top priority When the annual budget setting process started, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had one thing on his mind. "I said, 'No matter what, we're lowering property taxes,'" Rybak told MPR's Cathy Wurzer.7:44 a.m.
Howard Sinker on expanding the replay in major league baseball It was announced yesterday that starting next season, major league baseball is planning to expand the use of instant replay to review disputed calls by the umpires. Currently, only home runs can be reviewed. Howard Sinker, digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, discussed how it will work and what it could do to the game with Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Oklahoma School Districts Consider Adding Storm Shelters
It's the first day of school in Moore, Oklahoma. In May, a massive tornado ripped across town, killing 24 and obliterating homes, businesses and two schools. Schools there didn't have storm shelters, but districts across Oklahoma are beginning to make changes.
Tornado Tech: How Drones Can Help With Twister Science
To understand how and why tornadoes form, some researchers are taking to the skies with small unmanned aircraft. The drones, outfitted with an array of sensors, can provide valuable data about the storms, and don't require people to be in harm's way. The goal is to increase the warning time before storms become deadly.
Kepler Space Telescope Is Beyond Repair, NASA Says
Two of the four gyroscope-like wheels that keep the planet-hunting probe pointed in the right direction aren't working. NASA is exploring whether there might be other research projects Kepler can still carry out.
Fox Launches 24-Hour Sports Network On Saturday
For years, ESPN has been the dominant name in sports broadcasting, not to mention the most profitable bundle of channels on cable television. But it will face its first serious challenge when Fox launches its 24-hour national sports network.
Time Warner Cable Customers Miss Out On CBS
For two weeks, customers with Time Warner Cable in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas have been unable to watch CBS with their cable box. Time Warner and CBS disagree over how much the cable company should be paying the television network for transmitting its shows.
Athletes Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Law
Controversy over Russia's new anti-gay law is affecting this year's World Athletic Championships. Athletes who are in Moscow for the games are speaking out about the law. How athletes are reacting could be a test for what's to come at the Sochi Olympics.
Movie Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'
The new movie Lee Daniels' The Butler stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in a story that took five years and 37 producers to bring to the screen. The film is inspired by the real life career of a White House employee who served eight presidents.
Obama Condemns Crackdown In Egypt
President Obama is canceling joint military exercises with Egypt and condemning the violence that is taking place there. But the administration has stopped short of suspending aid to the Egyptian military. The U.S. faces a policy conundrum in Egypt, which has long played a key role in regional stability.
Heard It Through The Grapevine: Raisin Grower Goes Rogue
In this "Planet Money" report, we learn about a man many call an outlaw. His crime? Growing raisins and then selling them all. For the last 10 years, he's violated the law and gone against the Raisin Administrative Committee.
Ford Lowers Mileage Rating On C-Max Hybrid
On Thursday, Ford issued a statement lowering the vehicle's stated performance for combined city and highway to 43 miles per gallon. The car had been advertised at 47 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, but tests reportedly showed the figure to be inflated.