House Republicans present property tax rebate Just ahead of a due date for property tax
payments - and just weeks before the fall election - rebate checks
averaging $205 would begin arriving in the mailboxes of homeowners
if House Republican lawmakers get their way.7:20 a.m.
Pastor won't officially sign off on marriages
The congregation of the Lyndale United Church of Christ in Minneapolis has voted unanimously to ask its pastor to stop signing marriage licenses as an agent of the State of Minnesota until the state recognizes same-sex marriages. The church will continue to perform religious marriage ceremonies for straight and gay couples, but opposite gender couples married at the church will need to go before a justice of the peace in order to have their marriage recognized by the state. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Don Portwood, the church's pastor.7:25 a.m.
Governor talks bonding, taxes, and stadiums The Legislature is busy this session debating a new bonding bill, taxes and fees, as well as possible stadium deals for the Minnesota Gophers, the Twins and the Vikings. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's gave his take on those issues in an interview with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.7:55 a.m.
Pembina, North Dakota preparing for flooding
Residents of Pembina, North Dakota are building an earthen dike to help hold back the rising waters of the Red and Pembina rivers. Levee closures have been installed on the Pembina River bridge through town and the bridge also has been sandbagged. The water is expected to crest well above flood stage later this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ken Norby, the Public Works Superintendent for Pembina.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Olmert Promises New Borders for Israelis and Palestinians
Israel's acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is leading efforts to form a center-left governing coalition after his Kadima party's win in Israel's parliamentary elections. Olmert campaigned on setting Israel's final borders by 2010. Many Palestinians fear that Olmert's willingness to make unilateral moves will deny them a viable state.
Gas Prices Climb as Summer Driving Season Nears
Gasoline prices jumped nearly 10 cents a gallon in the last week, and forecasters say that drivers could see even higher prices as summer approaches. Prices typically rise in anticipation of the summer driving season, but in 2004, it was mid-May before prices topped the $2 mark. This year, $2-a-gallon gas is but a distant reflection in the rearview mirror; it's $3 a gallon we seem to be closing in on.
Rising Energy Costs Complicate U.S. Diplomacy
In addition to affecting U.S. consumers, energy prices are also influencing U.S. diplomatic efforts. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the politics of energy policy are particularly complicated.
Opposition Leader Claims Victory in Italian Elections
Challenger Romano Prodi claims victory in Italy's general election. By a razor-thin margin, his coalition appears to have won a majority in the lower house of parliament. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is disputing the results and demanding a review of the count.
Remembering the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
One hundred years ago, a 7.8-magnitude quake and rapidly spreading fires dealt San Francisco a stunning blow. Those events are remembered through grainy photos, local legends and survivors' letters.
ABC Making TV Shows Available for Free on Internet
ABC, with its parent company Disney, announces it will be making some TV shows available for free on the Internet. The catch? You'll have to watch ads that can't be skipped. Renee Montagne talks to New York Times columnist David Pogue.
President's Approval Rating Hits New Low
The latest survey on President Bush's approval ratings is out. The Washington Post-ABC News poll finds only 38 percent of the public approve of the job the President is doing. That's his worst showing since he was elected.