Ballpark draws development interest Construction activity at the Twins ballpark site in downtown Minneapolis is slowly picking up. And so is planning for additional development around the area.6:20 a.m.
Montessori education turns 100 Montessori education celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and Montessori educators say this method of teaching is thriving in Minnesota.7:20 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bush to Woo GOP Senators on Immigration
President Bush is expected to use a Capitol Hill lunch meeting to urge Senate Republicans to help resurrect a bill aimed at overhauling immigration policy. The president says the bill is too important to be permitted to languish.
Immigration Stalemate Frustrates Arizona
Washington's deadlock over an overhaul of immigration policy prompts exasperation in Arizona, a border state with a lot riding on the debate. About half of all the illegal immigrants in the U.S. enter through Arizona.
Las Vegas Water Battle: 'Crops vs. Craps'
Officials in southern Nevada hope to build a 300-mile pipeline to carry water to Las Vegas. But ranchers who count on that water fear the project will mean an end to their rural way of life.
Loggerhead Turtles Draw Georgia Tourists
The nesting season for loggerhead turtles along the eastern seaboard has become a big draw for tourists at Jekyll Island, Ga. For $10, people can walk the beach with experienced guides and also support the island's new Turtle Center.
Crooked Cops Weaken Mexico's War on Drugs
Even as Mexico intensifies its war on drugs, law officers undermine the effort by taking bribes from drug cartels. It starts when a detainee offers a large amount of money to a law officer. Once accepted, the official slowly becomes a part of the mafia.
Apple, Google Target Microsoft
Apple CEO Steve Jobs says he will release a powerful new version of Apple's Web browser that runs on Microsoft's Windows operating system. And Google files a suit alleging that Microsoft's Vista operating system is stifling competition.
Cheating Suspected in Stock-Picking Games
Allegations of cheating are investigated by the people running separate stock-picking contests sponsored by a financial news Web site and by CNBC. One theory is that participants are hacking into the contest's database to make late changes in picks.
Rising Interest Rates Spark Inflation Concerns
The recent rise in long-term interest rates has caused anxiety not just on Wall Street, but also on Main Street where mortgage rates have been steadily heading higher. The 10-year Treasury note is one of the main drivers of the mortgage market and last week it moved above 5 percent. In just the last several weeks mortgage rates have risen by a half a percentage point, meaning a $300,000 loan will now cost $100 more a month than in mid-May.
Feed Prices Give Steakhouses a Beef
Rising feed prices are causing steakhouse chains some trouble by driving up the price of beef cattle. The online magazine Slate reports that the price of strip steaks at some high-end joints have gone up by $2 as a result.
Justice Department Suffers Double Blow
The Senate bashes Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (before Republicans block a no-confidence vote). And a federal appeals court in Virginia issues a scathing opinion regarding U.S. policies on "enemy combatants."