A divided delegation in the U.S. House Debate on the House floor in Washington will focus on a supplemental war spending bill that includes a date to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talks with members of Minnesota's congressional delegation from both sides of the aisle, Republican John Kline and Democrat Betty McCollum.6:50 a.m.
Rochester's Muslims reach out The Rochester mosque is hosting monthly open houses for non-Muslims. The goal is to combat ignorance in a time when cultural tensions are high.7:43 a.m.
Gophers in the Frozen Four The University of Minnesota mens' hockey team earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but was put in a difficult West Regional which includes a long-time rival.7:48 a.m.
Odds are against graduating orchestra hopefuls U.S. colleges and conservatories graduate 3,000 music performance majors each year, but the number of orchestra positions is less than 300. University of Minnesota music students are aware of of the difficulties of finding an orchestra position, they're still willing to work hard and buck the odds.7:53 a.m.
Where have all the arts leaders gone? Kathy Halbreich is only the latest arts leader in the Twin Cities to step down from her job. Halbreich announced this week she's leaving the top post at the Walker Art Center in the fall. But a fairly long list of cultural organizations have also lost top executives in the past few years.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Researchers Finding Ways to Sterilize Transplants
When surgeons rebuild a knee or spine, they often use bones or tendons from cadavers. Previously, there was no way to sterilize these tissues without destroying them. Now, researchers are finding new ways to sterilize the bones and tendons and lower the risk of infection.
Congress Moves Toward Fight with White House
Congress is closer to a legal standoff with the White House. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected Thursday to give its chairman the power to subpoena White House aides over the firings of eight federal prosecutors. The House Judiciary Committee did the same Wednesday.
Former House Counsel on Congressional Subpoenas
The White House is likely to fight any Congressional subpoenas it receives related to the firings of eight United States Attorneys. Stanley Brand, a former general counsel to the House, talks about what to expect from Congress.
Russian Mine Disaster the Worst in Decades
Russian officials say 108 people are confirmed dead in Monday's explosion at a coal mine in Siberia. It's the worst mining accident in Russia in decades. Investigators say the explosion could have been caused by methane gas or coal-dust.
Letters: DeLay, a Correction and Hooters in Israel
Our interview with former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay drew many listener responses this week. Also this week, a correction and a question about the news worthiness of reporting that a Hooters restaurant is opening in Israel.
Senate Holds Hearing on Lending-Industry Troubles
Senate lawmakers grill executives Thursday from some of the country's major home lenders, and the regulators who oversee them. The hearing will focus on the boom in lending to people with low incomes or weak credit.
Enormous Airbus A380 Jet Looks for U.S. Friends
The world's biggest passenger airplane — the Airbus A380 — made its first promotional flights in the United States this week. But the European company behind it is having problems selling the giant.
Sales of Music CDs Drop by 20 Percent
As online music sales have increased, sales of compact discs have plummeted. Over the past few years, the drop has been in the single digits. But lately, retailers have seen CD sales drop 20 percent.