Locals wary of property tax cap The Legislature has passed a measure to hold down property taxes, but some worry the cap will come at the expense of local control, road maintenance and health care programs.7:20 a.m.
A familiar spring journey makes a man wistful Tennyson says that in the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, but spring -- plus a trip down an old familiar road -- has commentator Peter Smith feeling a bit melancholy.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.S.-Backed Offensive Weakens Basra Militias
A government offensive in the southern Iraq city of Basra has met with success. Initially, U.S.-led Iraqi forces met with stiff resistance from Shiite militias. But after two months, Basra's streets are clear. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.
Aftershock Warning Sets Chengdu on Guard
In the wake of a powerful earthquake that devastated the region last week, an official warning of a major aftershock sends Chengdu, China, into a panic. Millions of people spent the night sleeping outside, others fled the city.
Westerners Play Pivotal Role in Afghan Rebuilding
Governmental, nongovernmental and military groups from the U.S. and other Western countries are part of the considerable efforts to reconstruct war-torn Afghanistan. But critics are debating what the best way is for them to help.
Myanmar Considers Aid from Asian Neighbors
Thousands remain missing in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis, but the country has allowed only limited assistance from the outside world. Myanmar may now accept help from its immediate neighbors after a recent emergency meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to BBC reporter Andrew Harding.
Fear of Aftershock Keeps Chinese Outdoors
Warnings of a major aftershock sent residents around Chengdu in southwest China outside overnight. Eight days after a powerful earthquake killed thousands, many people slept outside, piling into a soccer stadium, or in cars parked along highways.
Nobel Laureates Lobby for Release of Indian Activist
Doctor and civil rights activist Binayak Sen has been imprisoned for a year in an area of India known as the epicenter of the country's Maoist insurgency. He's being held under draconian anti-terrorism laws; his supporters say the charges are nonsense. Some 22 Nobel laureates are appealing for his release.
Oil Price Check
A plan by Congress to force the Bush administration to stop pumping oil into nation's emergency reserve has not yet stabilized prices. Oil hits a new high at $127 a barrel, and drivers now pay $3.79 a gallon for regular gas. Supply appears to be driving the spike, as the oil cartel OPEC says it will not increase output before its meeting in September.
Private Companies Bid on Pennsylvania Turnpike
A Spanish firm and Citigroup offered Pennsylvania $12.8 billion to manage the state's turnpike. Gov. Ed Rendell has endorsed the deal, which some say could be the largest toll-roads deal ever. Lawmakers must now decide if a for-profit company should oversee the turnpike.
'Death Note' Gets Furious, Albeit Brief Screen Debut
When it comes to marketing a movie, the new Indiana Jones movie almost sells itself. But if you're backing a Japanese film adapted from a comic book, you have to be a bit more creative. Beth Accomando reviews the new film, Death Note, which opens in 300 U.S. multiplexes — but only for two days.