Horner: Cut corporate income tax, lower sales tax Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner said Minnesota needs a tax overhaul that would feature significant cuts in corporate income taxes, as well as lowering and broadening the state sales tax.7:35 a.m.
GOP Sen. Koering faces primary opposition from own party Minnesota's only openly gay Republican legislator faces a tough challenge from his own party in Tuesday's primary. State Sen. Paul Koering of Fort Ripley didn't get his party's endorsement last spring. He's being challenged by former GOP state Rep. Paul Gazelka of Brainerd.7:45 a.m.
Civil rights history takes stage at Guthrie "The Scottsboro Boys," which opens Friday at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, tells the story of a pivotal civil rights case. John Kander, half of the Kander and Ebb team which wrote the musicals "Cabaret," and "Chicago," is in Minnesota working on the show.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Well Plugged, Washington Breathes Sigh Of Relief
Oil is no longer flowing from BP's damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico. The well was plugged with mud, and the federal official overseeing the cleanup says he has given BP permission to reinforce that move by pumping cement into the well from the top. The operation is scheduled to begin Thursday.
Gulf Residents Not Sure Leak's Worst Is Over
It may be generations before the longterm impact of the BP oil spill is known. But for the Gulf Coast, the impact this summer has been a huge financial hit. As Washington and BP try to write the final chapter of the oil disaster, coastal residents are wondering how they're going to weather the fallout from a lost season.
Mexico's Vacation Paradise Marred By Drug Carnage
Tourism is traditionally Mexico's third largest source of revenue. But drug-related violence in the past 3 1/2 years has claimed some 28,000 lives and sent foreign tourists looking for other holiday destinations. In Acapulco, the beaches are still inviting, but international tourists are scarce.
Kenya Poised To Adopt New Constitution
Preliminary results indicate Kenyans have voted in favor of a new constitution. Among other things, the proposed constitution would whittle down presidential powers and give a new senate the power to remove a president. Steve Inskeep talks to BBC reporter Peter Greste about the vote.
Tensions Rise As China Launches Show Of Force
China is holding a series of high-profile military maneuvers, reflecting a new era of tension with the U.S. over operations in the South China Sea. China's military assertiveness is worrying some Southeast Asian neighbors and raising concerns over how far Beijing will go to assert its claims.
Wyclef Jean Ponders A Run At Haiti's Presidency
Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean is expected to announce Thursday night on CNN's Larry King Live that he intends to run for president of Haiti. Jonathan Katz of the Associated Press talks to Renee Montagne about the political climate in Haiti.
Investors Buy Rangers, Billionaires Donate Funds
A group of investors won a federal bankruptcy auction early Thursday morning to buy the baseball team the Texas Rangers. In other business news, 40 of the country's wealthiest families and individuals have pledged to give at least half of their wealth to charity.
Methane Monitors Recovered In Mine Blast Probe
Investigators have recovered three key pieces of evidence in the explosion that killed 29 mine workers in West Virginia on April 5, NPR has learned. The evidence includes two safety devices that sound alarms and shut down mining machines when methane gas approaches explosive levels. Investigators want to know whether the devices were a factor in the blast.
High Schoolers Enjoy CSI Summer Camp
Thanks to TV crime shows, forensic science summer camps are popping up nationwide. There's Stockton CSI camp in New Jersey and at least half a dozen others, according to The Wall Street Journal. Instead of singing around the campfire, high school students spend their break collecting evidence and dusting for fingerprints.