Two energy companies square off over Iron Range power plant The fate of an Iron Range coal gasification power plant is in the hands of the state's Public Utilities Commission. The question is whether Xcel Energy should be required to purchase the energy produced by the plant. Xcel says it doesn't want to.6:20 a.m.
The Rake's Brit Robson on the Garnett trade When the Minnesota Timberwolves open their season this fall, they will be without the best player in franchise history. Kevin Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for five Boston players and two first-round draft picks. The Rake's Brit Robson gives his take on the trade.7:50 a.m.
Wolves owner: Garnett trade was 'best alternative' Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor says he needed to do something drastic to turn around his moribund basketball team. Trading his top player, Kevin Garnett, is about as drastic as you can get.7:55 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
On Becoming Joe Biden
In a new memoir, Promises to Keep, presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) shares the sometimes painful experiences that shaped him — from a childhood stutter to his failed first run for the White House.
Can Sweet Lou's Cubs Save Sour Sports Year?
After a rocky start and a promise — since broken — to behave with the umps, fiery manager Lou Piniella has long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans dreaming post-season dreams. It's an upbeat story in a time when front-page scandals have spoiled the fun for the fun-and-games crowd.
Iraq War Disquiets Dems Vying to Be President
The war in Iraq is causing trouble for Democratic presidential candidates. All say they want to end the war but they don't agree on how they want to exit. And some of the leading candidates aren't too eager to talk about the details of their withdrawal plans.
Thompson's Backers Unhappy With Fundraising
Former Sen. Fred Thompson, who's considering a formal run for the White House, reports raising $3.5 million dollars — short of the $5 million his camp had predicted. Some blame his delayed entry into the race; others consider the somber mood in the Republican Party.
American Home Mortgage Nears Bankruptcy
The mortgage lending giant American Home Mortgage is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The Long Island-based firm says its credit lines are cut off and it may have to liquidate assets. The company has been badly hurt by the downturn in the mortgage market.
New Orleans Property Taxes Rise
New Orleans residents face new property assessments. The new assessments influence how much people pay in taxes; for many residents the number is rising. Nancy Marshall, a tax assessor for the 6th District of New Orleans, talks about the new assessments with Steve Inskeep.
Firefighting Choppers Take Risky Flights
Fighting fires with water-dropping helicopters requires skills as sharp as ground fighters. Besides the smoke, pilots of those choppers have to brave shifting winds and tricky terrain, and still fly low enough to drop the water.
China's Military Turns 80 With Flourish
China marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of its military with fanfare and a public-relations blitz. To show that its military modernization drive is transparent, foreign journalists were invited to a People's Liberation Army base.
Reporters in China Struggle to Get to the Story
For journalists working in China, obstacles can include bureaucracy, the weather, and even Chinese etiquette. Sometimes the hardest part of the story is simply getting to it. Distance can be one of the less obvious challenges to reporting.
Automakers Turn Profit but May See Sales Dip
General Motors reported nearly $900 million in the second quarter compared with a $3.4 billion loss in the same period a year ago. Last week, Ford reported it made money too. But the good news may not last long. Both GM and Ford are expected to report significant declines in auto sales for July.