Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. appeals 1980 conviction An attorney for Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. asked a Minnesota Court of Appeals panel to order a new trial for a Minnesota conviction from 26 years ago. Rodriguez goes to trial next month in North Dakota on charges he kidnapped and killed Dru Sjodin.7:50 a.m.
More dads stay home to raise kids Sunday is Father's Day, and an increasing number of fathers are defying traditional gender roles and redefining what it means to be a dad. Tom Vytlacil is one of those fathers. He is a stay-at-home dad and an organizer of a group called Minnesota Dads at Home.8:20 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
House, Senate Focus Squarely on Iraq
Iraq stirs heated debate on Capitol Hill. In the Senate, a bid to force a vote calling for a withdrawal of troops is rebuffed. House Republicans and Democrats square off over a non-binding resolution to tie the Iraq conflict to the war on terrorism.
Ruling on Police Searches Divides Justices
After a bitter debate, the Supreme Court issues a 5-4 ruling that protects evidence gathered by more aggressive police-search techniques. Justices split over a case where police -- armed with a warrant -- paused only briefly before entering a home.
Immigrants and the Importance of English
Traci Hong understands the frustrations and ambitions of immigrants. Hong, an immigration advocate who herself emigrated as a child from South Korea, says proposals to make English the official language are misguided.
Benton Harbor Gropes for Ways to Restore Hope
Three years ago, the death of a black motorcyclist after a police chase in Benton Harbor, Mich., led to civil unrest. Now, as Erin Toner of member station WKAR reports, community leaders say they're trying to attack Benton Harbor's many problems: poverty, joblessness and a sense of despair.
Center Revives Shanghai's Jewish History
Shanghai was once home to thousands of Jews, serving as a refuge during World War II. Now a new Jewish center has opened, the first in China in 50 years, amid efforts to preserve the city's Jewish history.
Letters: Failure to Launch; Spanish Speakers
Steve Inskeep and Linda Wertheimer read from listeners' letters. This week, many people wrote in about coverage of 20-somethings who still live at home and about Spanish speakers who live in the United States.
Dow Higher After Bernanke's Energy Remarks
The Dow Jones industrial average climbed back above the 11,000-mark Thursday after a recent sell-off. The upward move came after a speech in which Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke addressed the subject of energy prices. Jim Zarroli reports.
Banks Hit Overdrafts with Higher Penalties
Banks are devising new ways to make money off from customers who don't keep a tight eye on their finances. As many consumers turn to debit cards instead of cash for purchases, banks are increasing penalties for some overdrafts.
Metropolises Seek More Disaster-Planning Money
A House Government Reform Committee meeting focuses on distribution of grants for urban disaster-response planning. New York and other large urban centers complain that they got less money this year than last.
Heroin-Spiking Trend Focus of Chicago 'Summit'
Authorities from several large U.S. cities meet in Chicago with federal law enforcement officials to discuss a new threat on the drug front: heroin laced with the painkiller fentanyl. At least 100 recent deaths are blamed on the lethal combination.