Minnesota Rocks! revisited Artists from around the world have been hard at work in St. Paul as part of an international stone carving symposium. The results of their work will become public art all over the city.6:50 a.m.
Keith Ellison dogged by his past If elected, Rep. Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim congressman in the nation's history. But Ellison's past, in particular his relationship with the Nation of Islam, are causing some Jewish activists and others to question if he's the best candidate.7:20 a.m.
Captain Stanek talks about past and present police and state trooper partnerships
Minnesota State Troopers will join the Minneapolis Police force this weekend in a temporary deployment to help fight violent crime in the city.
Cathy Wurzer talked with Minneapolis Police Captain Rich Stanek, who has been involved with these partnerships every time the city has called upon the state troopers for assistance.7:55 a.m.
Duluth's layoffs raise questions and concern
One of the top stories in Duluth is Mayor Bergson's plan to cut 25 to 30 probationary city employees in an effort to trim its public payroll, but former and current police and fire cheifs in the city say they're worried about safety in the city, if the layoffs occur.
Cathy Wurzer talked with Stephanie Hemphill, a reporter in our Duluth bureau, for details on this story.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Texas Icehouses Melt Away
Texas Icehouses — part town hall, part tavern, icehouses have been a South Texas tradition since the 1920s. Once a vital part of everyday local culture, a cornerstone of every neighborhood in San Antonio and Houston, they are a rapidly diminishing, endangered species. A journey into this Mexican, German, Tejano, Anglo tradition.
Religion, Politics a Potent Mix for Jerry Falwell
Fifty years after he attracted his first few dozen followers to his church, the Rev. Jerry Falwell prepares to open a giant new church building. In an interview, Falwell explains that his controversial comments were made with a singular goal -- getting attention.
A Dream to Teach, Born in the Philippines
Lourdes Cereno Markley was born in the Philippines. As a young woman in the 1960s, she was determined to attend college in the United States. She recently talked with her daughter, Julia, about the bold move that made it happen.
Palestinian-Israeli Gaza Confrontation Simmers
Israeli planes have blasted the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza City. Israel is intensifying pressure on Islamic militants to order the release of a captured soldier. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that Israel's offensive in Gaza was part of a premeditated plan to bring down the Hamas-led government.
Guantanamo Prison's Future Unclear After Ruling
Despite a Supreme Court ruling against a system of military tribunals for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it is unclear what will become of the prison. The Bush administration has said it wants to close the facility. But the government has not shelved plans to expand the prison.
Interrogator Questions Stressful Techniques
Former Army interrogator Tony Lagouranis talks with Steve Inskeep about the tactics he used on Iraqi detainees, such as isolating them for weeks at a time. Lagouranis says that, overall, very little intelligence was gained through stressful interrogation tactics.
Schwarzenegger Back on Track with Budget
After suffering political defeats, and watching his popularity plummet, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be in the midst of a comeback. The mostly-Democratic state legislature is adopting a bold new budget that gives the Republican Schwarzenegger most of what he wants. Ina Jaffe reports.
Wayne Hale's Insider's Guide to NASA
The general public might recognize Wayne Hale as that NASA manager on TV who talks about ice-frost ramps and the aerodynamics of foam. But for thousands of NASA workers and their friends, Hale is known for his thoughtful and lyrical emails reflecting on life at the space agency.
NASA Attempts to Eradicate Vulture Problem
NASA has addressed many problems in the year since shuttle Discovery last flew, and one involves vultures. During last summer's launch, a vulture struck Discovery's fuel tank. It did not cause major damage. But NASA has set up a "road kill roundup" program to clear as many carcasses as possible from the site in hopes of cutting off the vultures' food supply.
Independence Valued in Billionaire Buffett Family
Billionaire Warren Buffett made big news this week by pledging most of his fortune to charity. Jennifer Ludden talks to his granddaughter, Nicole Buffett, an artist in San Francisco, about his decision not to pass the bulk of his wealth on to his children.