ELCA feeling backlash from controversial vote on gay clergy Just a month after the nation's largest Lutheran denomination voted to accept non-celibate gay clergy, a backlash is taking shape in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as some Minnesota congregations are considering plans to sever ties with the church.6:20 a.m.
Wetlands loss outpacing restoration efforts Even though Minnesota is spending millions to restore wetlands as part of the state's 50-year plan to add 2 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the state, the state is still losing more than it restores.7:20 a.m.
Zandra Rhodes turns from clothes to opera If you have been in downtown St. Paul over the last few days and seen a diminutive older women with bright pink hair - well, you've just had a brush with an international fashion icon.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Ahmadinejad: 'No One Goes To Prison For No Reason'
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks with Steve Inskeep about the country's disputed presidential elections in June. Following demonstrations, protesters were rounded up and put in prison. Ahmadinejad says no one is in jail for opposing his re-election. He says security forces who tortured prisoners "may lose their jobs."
'Giant Pool Of Money' Mortgage Crisis Follow Up
A year and a half ago, NPR News and This American Life teamed up to produce "The Giant Pool of Money," a program that explored what was thought at the time to be the worst financial crisis the U.S. had experienced in decades. After that show aired, in May 2008, the crisis got much worse. How are the people profiled in last year's program doing now?
Senate Panel Slogs Through Health Bill Amendments
The Senate Finance Committee is working though more than 500 amendments offered to the health care bill proposed by Chairman Max Baucus. One of the amendments defeated Thursday would have unraveled a key element in the deal struck between the Obama administration and drug companies — a deal that helped the bill get this far.
U.S. Troops Withdraw From Isolated Afghan Areas
The U.S. military is starting to pull its troops from some of Afghanistan's more remote areas and shift them to more populous towns and cities to better separate the Taliban from the Afghan population. But there are concerns that the insurgents could capitalize on the move.
Officials To Audit Sampling Of Suspect Afghan Ballots
Five weeks after Afghanistan's presidential elections, it's still unclear who will lead the country. Afghan and international officials are now hoping to break the logjam by agreeing to review ballots at about 10 percent of the nearly 3,100 polling stations flagged as suspicious by a U.N.-backed watchdog.
Homebuyer Tax Credit Set To Expire In November
An $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers is part of the government's effort to boost the housing market. It is set to expire in November so homebuyers are scrambling to find properties by then. Some lawmakers are calling for an extension to the deadline. Critics say the subsidy is only speeding up purchases that would take place anyway.
Is Twitter Really Worth $1 Billion?
A group of investors is reportedly about to give Twitter as much as $100 million in new funding. The deal values Twitter at $1 billion, and investors are betting that the Internet's fastest growing social networking site will turn into a financial powerhouse.
Stars Celebrate Communist China's 60th Anniversary
A state-run film studio has released a movie to mark the 60th anniversary of Communist China. The producers wanted to appeal to younger generations in the film The Founding of a Republic. So they recruited more than 100 Chinese movie stars, including Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The film grossed nearly $20 million — a new record for a domestic film in its first week.
G-20 Summit Leaders Push For Economic Reforms
Leaders of the world's major economies meet in Pittsburgh Friday. They hope to set the stage for a sustained economic recovery. The G-20 summit is aimed at preventing another financial meltdown like last year's. Leaders also hope to plant the seeds of more balanced economic growth in the years to come.