Church celebrates 50 years of integration This Sunday, the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis is celebrating the 50th anniversary of integrated worship in the Twin Cities. In 1957, the then-predominantely white congregation of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist, and the mostly-black congregation of Border Methodist joined in a historic merger.7:21 a.m.
Court program helps parents get kids back home When parents lose custody of their kids because of drug or alcohol abuse, they face a tough challenge. The courts require them to be clean and sober before their kids can return home.
A pilot program in Minnesota's Itasca County is designed to give addictive parents a better chance at success.7:50 a.m.
Vikings official explains plans for Metrodome site The Minnesota Vikings say they plan to ask the Legislature to approve a plan to build a new football stadium with a retractable roof on the site of the Metrodome. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Lester Bagley, the team's Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S., Iran Clash over Five Arrests in Iraq
Iran says U.S. forces violated Iraq's sovereignty when they captured five Iranians there last week. Iran says the men are diplomats who were attempting to set up a consulate. The U.S. military says they are Iranian intelligence operatives.
White House Retreats on Divisive Issues
President Bush is defying both Congress and public opinion by sending more troops to Iraq. But the White House is yielding on other issues — submitting its domestic spying program to court review and offering concessions on detainee rights.
Senate Gives Go-Ahead to Ethics Package
Senate Democrats make good on a campaign pledge with the approval of a strict new ethics package. All but two senators approved a bill that would more strictly regulate interactions between lawmakers and lobbyists.
Practical Advice for a Practically New Congress
Nearly everyone in Congress has a fresh role, including newly arrived lawmakers who are joining the mix. Long-serving members have plenty of practical advice to share on how to succeed, including "work like hell" and "be nice."
'Consumer Reports' Retracts Car-Seat Critique
The influential magazine Consumer Reports is backing off from an alarming report on infant car seats. The magazine's editors say data from an outside service may have been faulty.
Chinese Anti-Satellite Missile Draws Rebuke
The U.S. and several other countries are criticizing China for testing an anti-satellite weapon. A week ago, a ground-based Chinese ballistic missile destroyed an aging Chinese weather satellite.
Conflict in Afghanistan Demands New Attention
U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan could increase ahead of an anticipated Taliban offensive this spring. And there's a new report that the fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is living in Pakistan.
O'Reilly, Colbert Share a Laugh at the News
Comedian Stephen Colbert has turned his parody of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly into a successful show on Comedy Central, The Colbert Report. Last night, the two personalities traded appearances on each other's programs. Hijinks ensued.
Lawyers Balance Public Service, School Loans
The cost of law school continues to be a burden for many public defenders and prosecutors. Some reluctantly leave public service for the private sector in order to pay back their loans.
Still Paying Off That Student Loan
What do you do when you're 43 and still overwhelmed by student-loan payments? Reflect on past decisions, plug away at the future and warn others not to get into the same mess.