How to take advantage of weatherization money The federal economic stimulus package includes $132 million for Minnesota to pay for improvements to make homes more energy efficient. The city of Minneapolis will get about $13 million, and officials plan to start spending that money soon.7:20 a.m.
Mortgage rescues happening, but slowly New numbers from the federal government reveal a tiny glimmer of hope that lenders are doing a better job of helping homeowners avoid foreclosure, even though help is slow in coming.7:40 a.m.
Art Hounds: The Big Slam, Yo Gabba Gabba art & After the Burial This week's Art Hounds are excited about a premiere poetry slam at Pepito's Parkway Theater, the art behind the trippy TV show for kids called "Yo Gabba Gabba," and the ground-shaking progressive metal of the Twin Cities' own "After the Burial."8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Need For Campaign Cash Opens Door For Lobbyists
Lawmakers juggle the work of crafting legislation with their other big job — raising money to get re-elected. And that money often comes from the industries that will gain or lose from that legislation. Is it just the way the system works, or is it bribery?
Terrorists, Taliban And Traffickers: New Axis Of Evil?
Opium harvested from poppy fields in Afghanistan is helping to fund the insurgency throughout the country. Author Gretchen Peters says the growing alliance between drug traffickers, terrorist groups and the Taliban has made the Taliban richer and more ruthless.
Veterans Call Out Obama On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Nearly six months into his presidency, Obama has yet to make good on a promise to end the long-standing ban on openly gay service members. Now a group of veterans has launched a national campaign to push for the repeal of the policy.
Big Economies Agree To Global Warming Accord
G-8 summit leaders have pledged to combat global warming. For the first time, the United States has joined European countries in seeking to keep average temperatures from climbing more than two degrees celsius above their pre-industrial levels. The leaders were less specific about plans to achieve that goal over the next 10 years or so. Some environmentalists complain the group hasn't gone far enough.
Earthquake Ravaged Town Hosts G-8 Summit
The leaders of the G-8 nations are staying in the historic mountain town of L'Aquila, which was devastated by a major earthquake three months ago. President Obama and his host, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, toured the town on the first day of the economic summit.
Sotomayor: Tough Kid Turns Unintimidated Judge
The Senate Judiciary Committee holds confirmation hearings next week on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, she would be the 111th justice to serve, the third woman and the first Hispanic. Sotomayor grew up in a tough New York neighborhood but demonstrated that with hard work, she could change her circumstances.
New Honduran Government Accused Of Censorship
Coup leaders who overthrew Honduran President Manuel Zelaya are defying international pressure to reinstate him. Outside Honduras, the circumstances of Zelaya's removal seem clear — a military coup ousted the democratically-elected leader. But many Hondurans see if differently. Press freedom groups say that's because the Honduran media has openly sided with de-facto President Roberto Micheletti's government.
China Pins Violence On Uighur Activist In D.C.
When violence erupted in western China on Sunday, the government blamed someone who wasn't even there. Rebiya Kadeer, who has been accused of masterminding an uprising by ethnic Uighurs, says she's never encouraged violence, but she is fighting from Washington, D.C., for the freedom of her fellow Uighurs.
Professor: China Changes Protest Strategy
China is trying to maintain stability in the western region of the country, after deadly riots killed 165 people. Robbie Barnett, a professor of modern Tibetan studies at Columbia University, says the government handled this unrest differently than it did with last year's crackdown in Tibet. He says Tibet was locked down, while journalists were taken to Urumqi to see the damage.
Prominent Lawyer To Be Sentenced For Fraud
Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence a prominent Manhattan lawyer to 145 years in prison, after he admitted to defrauding hedge funds of more than $400 million. Marc Dreier is to be sentenced on Monday. He is free on bail until his sentencing.