Coal is back; so are concerns over pollution Utilities are embracing coal as a plentiful, relatively cheap source of energy. But environmentalists say coal-fired power plants
remain a major source of air pollution.7:49 a.m.
St. Paul ELL teacher recognized as national star
'Mr. Mark' Thompson from Como Park Elementary in St. Paul was named one of this year's "American Stars of Teaching" by the U.S. Department of Education for his work with Hmong English Language Learner students. The award specially recognizes one teacher from each state and the District of Columbia who achieve goals set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Fill-in host Perry Finelli spoke with Mr. Mark Thompson.8:24 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
President, Senate Bargain Over Detainee Rights
The White House has sent new language to Capitol Hill regarding the treatment and prosecution of terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. A group of influential Republican senators have opposed a bill on the subject that is backed by the president.
GOP Security Strategy Tested Again in 2006
Republicans triumphed in the 2002 and 2004 elections, in part, because they challenged Democrats on national security issues. But this election year, strategists on both sides say things may be different.
Putting the Pope's Remarks on Islam in Context
The fallout continues from Pope Benedict XVI's recent speech addressing Islam, and the Pope's subsequent apology. The Pope's approach to Islam is rooted both in the history of the church, and in the world's modern realities. Lynn Neary talks to author James Reston and reporter John Allen about the Pope's remarks.
Britain and Spain Make Progress on Gibraltar
A modest agreement between Britain and Spain over pensions and the use of the airport at Gibraltar is seen as a big step forward in the dispute over the small island. Spain has long sought the return of Gibraltar from British control.
Mental Health Problems Common in Prisons
Corrections officials have complained for years that America's prisons and jails are becoming the country's new asylums for the mentally ill. A recent Justice Department study supports that claim. It says more than half of all prison and jail inmates have experienced mental health problems in the last year.
Palms Fading from Los Angeles Landscape
Los Angeles is known as a land of palm trees. But they aren't native to the city. Most of the trees were transplanted to Los Angeles in the early 20th century. Now, scores of those iconic palms are dying from disease or old age.
Discovering the Pollution Within Our Bodies
We live in a world full of toxins. Science writer David Ewing Duncan set out to find out just how polluted his own body was -- and where the chemicals came from. He writes about the results in the October issue of National Geographic.
Wall Street Waits for Federal Reserve Statement
Federal Reserve officials meet Wednesday. They are expected to hold interest rates steady. But observers are still interested in what the Fed will say about the economy. Steve Inskeep speaks with David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal.
IMF Spreads Power to Emerging Economies
The International Monetary Fund approved changes Monday aimed at giving a greater voice to emerging economies. The move gives four countries -- China, Mexico, Turkey and South Korea -- greater voting power, though control of the fund remains in the hands of the United States and Europe.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Arrives in China
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is in China. It's his first visit there as a member of the Bush administration. He joined the cabinet in July. U.S. business leaders and members of Congress want to see the Chinese currency appreciate in value as a way to reduce the U.S.-Chinese trade surplus.