How the MIA traces the ownership of old art Italian authorities say the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is one of eight American museums that possess illegally exported Italian artifacts. Tracing the ownership of art and artifacts is a tricky job for museums.6:50 a.m.
New European chemical rules spur change in the US The European Union is expected to start requiring that businesses prove their products are safe -- or they'll be taken off the shelves.
American companies are gearing up for the new rules, even as they say the U.S. system works fine.7:25 a.m.
Robotic device speeds stroke recovery Therapists at a Minneapolis hospital say a new device helps stroke patients restore upper body function faster and better. It's a robotic arm that assists patients with shoulder and elbow exercises.7:50 a.m.
Chanhassen Dinner Theaters to premiere "Easter Parade."
A theater in the Minneapolis suburbs announced a big coup this week. Chanhassen Dinner Theaters has been chosen to develop and premiere a stage version of the 1948 movie "Easter Parade."8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Surgery Helps Kids Who Can't 'Hold It'
Few things terrify children as much as the thought of wetting their pants at school. In Portland, Ore., pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby is helping a group of children for whom this fear is a daily reality.
Anne Watts and Boister: Music from Madness
Artists can find inspiration in the unlikeliest places. Musician Anne Watts, of the band Boister, has been influenced by the time she spent volunteering in a mental institution — and by the odd things kids say.
Senate Approves Change in Lobbying Rules
The Senate has approved what some have called the first major change in ethics and lobbying rules in more than 25 years. But others believe the measures don't go far enough. The Senate action comes in response to the scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Lobbyist Abramoff Sentenced, Remains Free
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his partner Adam Kidan are sentenced to nearly six years in prison for committing fraud in the purchase of a gambling fleet. But they were allowed to remain free while they help a corruption investigation targeting Congress.
Mexico Pushes for Immigrant Rights at Cancun Summit
President Bush is in Cancun, meeting with leaders from Canada and Mexico to discuss trade, security and immigration issues. Mexican President Vicente Fox is pushing for the legalization of illegal immigrants in the U.S.
Lumber Trade is Canada's Priority at Cancun Summit
Mexico's top priority with the United States is immigration, but for Canada it's a trade dispute over softwood lumber. Steve Inskeep talks to reporter Richard Reynolds about the importance of this North American summit to Canada.
Moussaoui Sentencing Jury Continues Deliberations
The jury in the Zacarias Moussaoui sentencing trial goes into its second day of deliberations. Jurors are trying to decide whether Moussaoui is legally eligible to receive the death penalty. If the jury finds he is eligible, there will be a second phase and more testimony.
C-Section Births Gaining Popularity
Record numbers of American mothers are opting to give birth through C-section, even when there is no clear medical need. The National Institutes of Health held a conference to determine the risks and benefits of a pre-planned Caesarean.
Louisiana Promotes Music Scene with New Agency
The state of Louisiana is creating a new agency to market its music to the world. Some think it's a great way to get musicians back on their feet after Hurricane Katrina. Others say that many of those same musicians have no home to come back to, and that these basic needs should be the state's first priority. Reporter Eve Troeh reports.