Minnesota photographer captures the prairie Many people dismiss the North Dakota plains as an uninspiring landscape. A Moorhead photographer, Wayne Gudmundson, uses words like comfortable and intimidating to describe the prairie. Gudmundson has spent 35 years photographing the prairie and a retrospective of his work opens this week.6:47 a.m.
Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson's Game Plan This weekend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson faces a new challenge. Known as a professional wrestler and an action movie star, he's now trying family comedy.
Johnson is going through a full-scale transformation for the role.6:51 a.m.
Does community equal quality? Minnesota has an estimated 300 community theaters across the state. They outnumber professional theaters 2-1. But community theaters often have a reputation for being of a lesser artistic standard than their professional colleagues.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bush May Have to Defend War-Funds Request
The Bush administration may have a difficult time acquiring its request from Congress for more money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked for an additional $42 billion, bringing this year's total to $190 billion.
Diyala Still in Turmoil After U.S. Occupation
A visit to a small village explores U.S. military claims that its occupation of Iraq's Diyala province has increased security there. Insurgent attacks continue, the local economy is suffering and the local population is increasingly anti-American.
Lower Costs in UAW Contract Seen as Key for GM
General Motors' tentative contact with the United Auto Workers will rid the automaker of some of its biggest costs. The new deal won't level the playing field with foreign competitors, but observers say it gives the company a fighting chance.
Michigan Lawmakers at Budget Impasse
Michigan legislators work through the night to try and pull together a budget, but without success. Government computers need to be re-programmed to mail out checks next week, and the state is without a budget.
Ridge: From Homeland Security to Travel Booster
America's first Secretary of Homeland Security, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, works for the travel industry now. He says some of the border-security measures he helped put in place should be made less onerous to encourage tourism.
Ovarian Cancer: Early Diagnosis Poses Challenges
Ovarian cancer is often called the "silent" cancer. Often it has already spread by the time it is diagnosed. New guidelines urge women and their doctors to pay attention to early symptoms, but some experts aren't sure they are helpful.
Today's GI Bill Falls Short of College Costs
The way the GI Bill serves veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is quite different from the way it served soldiers of World War II. Today it covers only 60 percent of the cost of a public-school education.
Verizon Says No to Political Messages
Verizon Wireless rejectes a request from an abortion rights group to use its network to send text messages. The phone company says it has the right to block messages that "seek to promote an agenda" or are "controversial or unsavory."
Sallie Mae Sale May Be in Trouble
A deal to buy out Sallie Mae, the nation's leading provider of student loans, is in jeopardy. A group led by the private equity firm JC Flowers, along with Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase is having second thoughts about the $25 billion purchase price.
Will Paramount and DreamWorks Really Split?
The Spielberg-Geffen project DreamWorks studio was bought by Paramount Pictures two years ago. It has been responsible for much of Paramount's recent success. How solid are the rumors that the two may go their separate ways?