Dalai Lama speaks of compassion THe Dalai Lama spoke at the Mayo Clinic today. He said compassion for oneself and others were keys to a healthy body and a healthy society.6:20 a.m.
Trial of second man accused in Sackett killing continues
Testimony continues Tuesday in the murder trial of a second man accused of killing a St. Paul police officer nearly 36 years ago. Prosecutors expect to call Officer James Sackett's partner to the stand today. He'll testify about the night in 1970 that the two responded to a bogus emergency call.6:50 a.m.
Non-profit group preparing to serve returning veterans
People who serve veterans are preparing for a potential strain on their services a year from now. The 2600 Minnesota National Guard personnel who left earlier this month for active duty in Iraq will return home in a year. One non-profit service group, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, gets high marks for its responsiveness to the problems of veterans.6:55 a.m.
The landbound journey of Duluth's Viking longship Duluth's 80-year-old Viking ship replica survived the north Atlantic Ocean, and decades of exposure to wind, sun and snow. But the people who restored the ship say it won't survive long without a shelter, as promised by city officials.7:20 a.m.
Lawmakers back from short break
Minnesota lawmakers will be back at the Capitol today after a five-day break for Easter and Passover. This week, they'll discuss a possible Twins stadium and a proposed constitutional amendment.7:25 a.m.
West metro auto mechanics on strike
There are 41 Twin Cities area auto dealships without their usual contingent of mechanics today. 1400 workers at dealerships mainly in the west metro, including many mechanics, are on strike after voting down a contract proposal Friday.8:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Mayor Attempts to Take Over Los Angeles Schools
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is promoting a controversial fix for the city's struggling public school system. He wants to put the bureaucracy under his control. Villaraigosa says this will bring more accountability to Los Angeles public schools. But his opponents call it a power grab.
Layoffs May Follow City Takeover of L.A. Schools
The details of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's takeover plans for the Los Angeles Unified School District have only been made public through a draft plan that was leaked to a newspaper. The draft plan includes large layoffs of middle management in the system.
With New Pipeline, Azerbaijan on Verge of Oil Boom
Industry experts say a new pipeline will allow Azerbaijan to eventually quadruple its oil exports. But political opponents in Azerbaijan worry that the oil money will help the government of the former Soviet republic stifle pro-democracy efforts.
Federal Scrutiny of Baseball's Barry Bonds Continues
A federal grand jury is investigating whether Barry Bonds committed perjury when he testified in 2003 that he never used steroids. The San Francisco Giants' head athletic trainer, Stan Conte, has been subpoenaed to testify. Steve Inskeep speaks with San Francisco Chronicle Managing Editor Robert Rosenthal about his paper's latest story on the case.
Former Illinois Governor Is Found Guilty of Fraud
A jury convicts former Gov. George Ryan of steering millions of dollars in state leases and contracts to political insiders, lying to federal agents and tax fraud. The Republican is the third former Illinois governor in three decades to be convicted of federal felony charges.
Pope Benedict Surprises Many During First Year
John Allen, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, talks to Renee Montagne about the first year of Pope Benedict's papacy. He was elected one year ago this week and has surprised many Vatican observers by failing to play the role of arch-conservative.
Oil Prices Hover Around $70 a Barrel
A gallon of gas has jumped 10 cents per gallon in a week. The price of a barrel of oil is in record territory at about $70. Analysts blame the high cost of crude oil on strong demand, tight global supplies and political troubles in Iran.
Word-of-Mouth Marketing Creates a Buzz
Word-of-mouth marketing has become a new trend in efforts to reach young consumers. Thousands of unpaid volunteers create a "buzz" about certain products, which they get for free. Corporations trying to use word-of-mouth marketing pay six figures to companies that provide these "buzz agents."
U.S. Image Suffers in a Changing China
As the President Hu Jintao of China begins a visit to the United States, Chinese attitudes toward America are quite negative. According to a Chinese survey last year, only 10 percent think the U.S. is friendly to China. Fifty-six percent believe Washington is actively trying to contain China.
Chinese President Visits Washington
Renee Montagne talks to Lin Shao-wen, deputy director of the newsroom at China Radio International, about Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington.