200 National Guard members to patrol Mexican border Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he's sending 200 Minnesota National Guard troops to New Mexico to help patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. Pawlenty says he's activating the troops because the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security issued a request for help.7:26 a.m.
Gaborik signs to stay with Wild
The Minnesota Wild have signed their leading scorer Marion Gaborik to a three-year $19 million contract. Gaborik's signing yesterday came just hours before he was expected to file for salary arbitration. If that had happened, the 24-year-old right wing would have become an unrestricted free agent after next season. The signing of Gaborik is the latest move in a busy off season for the Wild. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bill Robertson, Vice President of the Minnesota Wild.7:55 a.m.
Cultural philanthropy in Minnesota
In recent years, philanthropy has helped fund cultural projects in our region like the new Guthrie Theater, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Museum and the Minnesota Council on Foundations is expecting increases in charitable giving this year. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Morning Edition Arts Commentator Dominic Papatola.8:23 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Italians Arrested for Allegedly Aiding CIA Abduction
Two Italian intelligence operatives were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of helping U.S. agents abduct a terrorism suspect in Milan in 2003. An Italian judge also issued arrest warrants for four Americans allegedly involved in the kidnapping. Steve Inskeep talks to BBC Rome Correspondent David Willey.
Palestinians Prepared to Wait for Prisoner Release
The leader of one of the Palestinian militant groups responsible for the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit says that he is alive and will not be harmed. But the militant also said he will not be released until hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are freed from Israeli jails.
Researchers Say U.S. Policy Influenced by Israel
"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" is a controversial paper written by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, professors at the University of Chicago and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. They talk to Steve Inskeep about their view of the influence Israel exerts on Washington. It's a view disputed by many.
Nature Group Attempts to Buy Out Calif. Fishermen
The Nature Conservancy, long known for its habit of buying environmentally sensitive lands and putting them off limits to development, has thrown itself into the ocean. The Conservancy is buying fishing permits owned by California fishermen; it then either retires the permits or leases them out.
Baseball Coach Teaches Kids More than Catch
Coach John McCarthy doesn't believe in keeping score or the curve ball. What he teaches kids in his Washington, D.C. neighborhood baseball league is a mental control and a love of sport.
Soft Drink Rivals Cooperate in Theft Case
Three people were charged Wednesday with trying to sell confidential information from The Coca-Cola Co., including a sample of a new drink, to its rival, Pepsi. John Sicher, editor and publisher of Beverage Digest, talks with Lynn Neary about they case.
Working Teens Are a Dying Breed
Commentator Angela Nissel recalls her summer and after-school jobs. She examines how teenagers who once would have spent their summers working at McDonalds or life-guarding are now spend their time at cello camp or internships.
Protesters Disrupt San Diego Immigration Hearing
In San Diego, verbal fireworks highlighted a House subcommittee hearing on immigration reform. Republican House members claimed that security lapses at the border are creating an open door for terrorists. Protesters called the hearing a sham.
Landscape Changes for Muslims in Britain after Bombing
An imam who's lived in Britain almost all his life, and a journalist who tutors imams on how to better relate to younger Muslims, talk to Steve Inskeep about life in the country one year after the London subway bombing.