National Guard members train, compete for biathlon National Guard soldiers from eight states will be in Minnesota next week to test their skiing and shooting skills. The Guard sponsors regional biathlon competitions for guard teams from across the country. Winning brings bragging rights for the Guard teams, as well as the chance to compete against national teams around the world.6:25 a.m.
House DFL-ers say they want property tax relief This session's tax debate at the State Capitol is expected to include proposals aimed specifically at lowering property taxes. Democrats in the Minnesota House have already introduced a property tax refund measure among their early, priority bills. Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his approach next week as part of a broader tax reform plan.6:48 a.m.
Women gun owners speak out on gun control Women are a growing market for gun sales in this country, but a gender gap persists when it comes to their attitudes about gun control. Polls show women are more likely to favor certain gun restrictions. Last month's mass shooting in Connecticut has sparked a nationwide discussion about how to reduce gun violence.7:20 a.m.
Prince jams with his hometown fans His six-piece horn section marched out NOLA-style, cycling through a funky, complex melody, followed by a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and three back-up singers. Prince himself emerged on the dark stage soon after. Andrea Swensson, of The Local Current blog, talked about the show with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Armstrong Confesses To Doping During Cycling Career
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong said he blood doped or used banned substances in all of his seven Tour de France victories. He also said he didn't believe it was possible to win seven titles without using drugs "in that culture."
Algeria Hostage Crisis Stretches Into Another Day
On Thursday, Algerian forces opened fire on Islamists holding dozens of foreigners hostage. The militants, who have been linked to al-Qaida, say they took over the gas facility deep into the Sahara Desert in retaliation for France's attack on Islamic militants in the west African nation of Mali.
Kenyans Expect More From U.S. President With African Roots
As President Obama prepares to start another term next week, Morning Edition has asked NPR's foreign correspondents to gauge worldwide expectations for the president's next four years. In Kenya, where pride still runs deep for the president with Kenyan roots, expectations of America's role have shifted from donor aid, to partner in trade.
Figuring How To Pay For (Chimp) Retirement
The National Institutes of Health owns or supports almost 700 chimps. But the question of where they go when no longer needed for research is a thorny one: NIH money to support retired chimps in sanctuaries has been limited by Congress.
Dear Abby Columnist Dies At 94
Pauline Phillips, the writer behind the Dear Abby advice column died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 94.
Amazon Starts Music Store For Apple Devices
Last December, Amazon unveiled an instant-video app that lets users stream or download movies and TV sows from Amazon to Apple devices. The company says it was also getting calls from its customers asking to make it possible to buy music from Amazon's store onto Apple devices — now they can.
Experts Urge Caution As $50 Billion In Sandy Aid Passes House
More than two months after the storm, the House of Representatives passed a bill to spend $50 billion to help Eastern states struck by Hurricane Sandy. But some scientists and engineers say there's danger in rushing ahead to rebuild a coastline that's sure to get hit again.
CEO Marchionne Drives Chrysler's Dramatic Turnaround
With the global auto industry gathered in Detroit this week for the city's renowned auto show, Renee Montagne talks to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne about his company's stunning turnaround, manufacturing overseas and a Chrysler IPO.