Busy week ahead at Minnesota Capitol
The Minnesota House is expected to take up a measure today that would ask voters to dedicate a portion of the sales tax to environmental programs. Meanwhile, supporters of legislation funding a new Minnesota Twins baseball stadium say the bill may gain House approval this week. Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief, Laura McCallum.7:20 a.m.
Fifth District congressional candidates hold first debate When Rep. Martin Sabo announced his retirement last month, about a dozen DFL candidates started lining up to replace him. They range from a Dairy Queen owner to a university professor. At a forum on Sunday, they touted their political chops.7:25 a.m.
Buried Alive Musical theater has a reputation for being light and happy. One local company, Theater Latte Da in Minneapolis, seeks to explore musical theater's more challenging works. Its latest production is "Floyd Collins," the true story of a man who, in his search for fame and glory, ended up digging his own grave.7:50 a.m.
Land in proposed stadium swap may need cleanup
In exchange for state help in building a new football stadium, the University of Minnesota has offered to hand over to the state what the school has described as a priceless nature reserve. But state lawmakers will be looking more closely at the trade because of a news story over the weekend that said the land is contaminated. Cathy Wurzer talked with Rep. Sen. Geoff Michel, author of the Gopher stadium bill.8:25 a.m.
Nebraska Senator Takes Tough Stand on Immigration
Nebraska has become an unlikely stage for the debate over immigration. But as the issue plays out there, the typical roles of Republicans and Democrats seem reversed. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson has been pushing for stricter enforcement of immigration laws. His would-be Republican rivals seem to be advocating a more moderate course.
New Orleans' Election Leads to Run-Off
Saturday's mayoral election in New Orleans results in a run-off between incumbent Ray Nagin and Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu. The two candidates now have four weeks to persuade voters to support their vision of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Supreme Court Hears Case on Police Entry
A court case that began with a simple complaint from a neighbor about a loud party has now landed in the Supreme Court. The justices will hear arguments that examine when, and for what reasons, police are authorized to enter a home.
Alaska Middle School Shaken by Deadly Plot
North Pole Middle School reopens for the first time since police foiled a student plot last week to kill fellow students. Six middle school students were arrested Saturday, and 15 more were suspended for suspected of involvement in the plot. Renee Montagne talks with Assistant Superintendent Wayne Gerke.
King, Opponents Still Sparring in Nepal
Protests continue against the rule of the King Gyanendra of Nepal. The king's announcement last week that he's willing to turn over power to a prime minister has done little to quiet demands for democracy and a new constitution for the Himalayan kingdom.
Brazil Nears Oil Independence
Brazilian oil company Petrobras officially opens its latest deep-water oil platform. The new rig is expected to end decades of Brazilian dependence on foreign oil, and protect the country's economy from oil-price shocks.
Google Steamroller a Result of Ability to Focus
Google surprised Wall Street last week when it announced record profits. How has this search company survived and made money in an industry where so many have failed? Can the company keep it up? Renee Montagne speaks to Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group.
Budget Nominee Brings Strong Congressional Ties to Job
President Bush's nominee for White House budget director, Rob Portman, is an administration loyalist with strong ties to Capitol Hill. Renee Montagne speaks with David Wessel, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, about how the president hopes those ties will help the administration.
Closing Arguments Begin in Moussaoui Sentencing Trial
The sentencing trial of admitted al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui wraps up as both sides make final arguments to the jury. The prosecution will say that Moussaoui could have saved lives on Sept. 11 if he had told the FBI what he knew when he was arrested. The defense will try to save Moussaoui from the death penalty by arguing that he is mentally ill.
Bin Laden Tape Ripples Through Washington
The first confirmed tape of al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden in three months surfaced over the weekend. Renee Montagne speaks with Cokie Roberts about the political implications of the new tape. They also discuss President Bush's trip to California.