Barge traffic caught in a logjam Flooding across the Midwest has forced the Army Corps of Engineers to close several locks along the Mississippi River, halting barge traffic from St. Louis to St. Paul.7:25 a.m.
Sisters act Minnesota wouldn't be what it is today without the help of a small, but dedicated group of nuns.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Mementos Honor Sons Lost to War
A group of mothers build shrines on the Arlington National Cemetery graves of their sons killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ribbons in the trees, photographs leaning up against the stones and wind chimes keep the memories of their sons alive.
Nigella Lawson: Simple, Not Plain, Summer Fare
Now that summer is here, food lovers will be gathering outdoors for all sorts of celebrations. Most people like to keep it casual, but food writer and cook Nigella Lawson says there's room for a little bit of elegance, too.
Chinese Fans Follow American TV Online — for Free
Political censorship is a way of life in China. Watching pirated U.S. television shows, on the other hand, is one freedom many in China have grown used to — and increasingly, the distribution channels are moving online.
Zimbabwe's President 'Beyond Normal Restraint'
The U.N. Security Council condemned election violence in Zimbabwe, but journalist Peta Thornycroft says that won't affect the crisis. President Robert Mugabe and his generals "don't care what the world says" and are "beyond normal restraint," she says. Meantime, refugees in Harare are living in squalid conditions.
U.S. Looks to Ease Barriers in Baghdad Market
Many parts of Baghdad are enjoying relative calm. But the price of improved security is concrete walls, checkpoints and armed guards. In one formerly violent Baghdad market, the U.S. military is experimenting with ways to open up the walls so that merchants can flourish.
Volunteers Greet, Send Off Troops at Maine Airport
Hundreds of thousands of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars travel though Bangor International Airport in Maine. Often soldiers are allowed to enter the terminal as their airplanes clear customs or refuel, and that's where they'll encounter people like Bill Knight — a Maine troop greeter.
Soaring Food Costs Hit School Lunch Programs
In addition to home cooks and restaurant chefs, food prices are a growing problem for schools. And the fact that the school year is at an end isn't relieving concerns for a district in Massachusetts.
Poll: Most Americans Aren't Dogmatic About Faith
A survey of Americans about their religious beliefs finds many of them are highly religious. But most aren't dogmatic about their faith. The survey was conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.