Toxic dust cleaned from Cass Lake homes About 30 homes in the contaminated St. Regis Superfund site in Cass Lake got a thorough cleaning over the past few weeks. The Environmental Protection Agency ordered the house cleanings after tests showed some household dust contained dangerous levels of dioxin and arsenic.6:50 a.m.
Twins ballpark proposal on the move A Minnesota Senate committee considers the proposal for a publicly-funded stadium for the Minnesota Twins that includes money from the team.7:20 a.m.
Edina Realty sues for top spot on Google Two Twin Cities real estate companies are in a legal fight with implications for the future of advertising on the Internet. Edina Realty is suing relative newcomer TheMLSOnline.com for trademark infringement and unfair competition. The dispute is over how the newer company uses an increasingly important advertising medium: Internet search engines.7:50 a.m.
House takes up bill that dedicates fraction of sales tax to environment
The Minnesota Senate has approved legislation that would let voters decide whether to raise sales taxes to benefit environmental programs. A companion bill comes up Monday in a House committee, but that bill has changed significantly since it was first introduced. Republican Rep. Tom Hackbarth is the author of the House fractional sales tax bill.7:55 a.m.
Twins open their season
The Twins open their season Monday night in Toronto against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Twins are hoping that better hitters acquired in the off-season will carry them into the playoffs in the fall. Steve Rudolph, Morning Edition's sports commentator, talks about the Twins and other Minnesota sports teams.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Moussaoui Defiant in Face Death Penalty Ruling
The jury in Zacarias Moussaoui's sentencing trial decides that he is eligible for the death penalty. Moussaoui was defiant in the face of the ruling, yelling out in court, "You will never get my blood." In the next phase of the proceedings, the jury will hear more testimony and decide whether Moussaoui should receive the death penalty or life in prison.
The Legal View of the Moussaoui Sentencing Trial
Michael Greenberger, a law professor at the University of Maryland, talks with Steve Inskeep about the jury's decision in the Zacarias Moussaoui sentencing trial. The jury ruled Moussaoui is eligible for the death penalty.
EPA Weighs Easing Rules on Toxic Air Pollutants
A leaked document from the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that the agency is considering a significant change in air-pollution rules. It would give chemical factories, refineries and manufacturing plants new leeway to increase emissions of pollutants that can cause cancer and birth defects.
Implanted Tissue Repairs Damaged Bladders
Researchers announce they've grown bladder tissue in a laboratory and used it to successfully repair damaged bladders. The Wake Forest University researchers published their results in The Lancet.
Tennessee Bears Brunt of Deadly Storms
Tornadoes touched down in several states this week, killing at least 27 people. The majority of those killed lived in a handful of rural counties in northwest Tennessee.
IRS Considers New Rules to Guard Tax-Payer Information
Tax preparers receive a lot of sensitive financial information about their clients, and some of them share it with third parties. Federal guidelines require preparers to first obtain permission before sharing their clients' information. But clients often don't understand what they are consenting to. Wendy Kaufman reports.
Starbucks Enters Film Business
Starbucks' latest foray is into the film business. The company is equity partners in a film called Akeelah and the Bee, scheduled for release at the end of April. The company believes it has become such a trusted brand that it can now have an editorial voice in popular culture. Deborah Wang of member station KUOW reports.
Dogged by Investigations, DeLay to Leave Congress
Texas Congressman Tom DeLay plans to resign his seat in the coming weeks. The Republican former House majority leader doubts his chances of winning re-election in the face of mounting political troubles.