Roundabouts coming to intersections near you Vehicles are stacking up at an increasing number of Twin Cities intersections controlled by lights or stop signs. During a rush hour it's common for long lines of commuters to wait and then inch ahead. One solution is roundabouts.4:48 p.m.
That's not my handicap, it's my license number
Stephen John talks with Lois Gartland leads the Specialty plate division at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in Madison, where the Wisconsin Legislature has approved a new "Golf Wisconsin" license plate. It would become one of 70 different Wisconsin license plates.4:53 p.m.
Pioneer Press faces unknown owner The McClatchy Co., owner of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, announced Monday it will purchase the nation's second-largest newspaper company, Knight Ridder. Knight Ridder owns 32 daily papers around the country, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press -- which it plans to sell off.5:19 p.m.
Winter makes a mid-March appearance An early spring snowstorm hit the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota Monday, dumping up to 20 inches of snow in some areas, snarling rush-hour traffic, forcing school
closings, delaying flights and knocking out power to tens of
thousands of Xcel Energy customers.5:48 p.m.
No snow day in St. Paul?
Today's heavy snowfall also created headaches for metro-area school districts. Most suburban schools closed for the day, but Minneapolis schools stayed open with a two-hour delay, and St. Paul schools were open at their normal hours. The decision to keep schools open prompted hundreds of angry phone calls from parents who thought the trip was too difficult or dangerous for their kids.
Stephen John talked with Patrick Quinn, executive director of school services for the St. Paul public schools.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Judge Halts Testimony in Moussaoui Sentencing Trial
Judge Leoni Brinkema suspends testimony in the Zacarias Moussaoui sentencing trial after learning that a government lawyer shared trial testimony with upcoming witnesses in violation of court rules. Brinkema calls the action a breach of the defendant's constitutional rights.
Madrid Bombing Victims Frustrated with Slow Justice
Victims of the al-Qaida train bombings in Madrid, Spain, are growing increasingly frustrated. Many are impatient with the Spanish justice system which, two years after the bombings, has yet to issue an indictment even though more than 100 suspects are in custody.
'Da Vinci Code' Author Testifies in Plagiarism Suit
Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code gives testimony in a plagiarism lawsuit filed by co-authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Both books have had a sales surge since the trial began. Katherine Rushton of The Book Seller magazine talks with Michele Norris.
Study: Statin Drug Reverses Coronary Artery Disease
Researchers at eight U.S. hospitals say they've been able to remove artery deposits with a high dose of a statin drug that cut "bad cholesterol" levels by half and raised "good cholesterol" more than any other study has shown. But more research is needed to see if patients suffer fewer heart attacks or deaths.
Former Bush Advisor's Arrest Makes Headlines
Claude Allen, former domestic policy advisor for President Bush, was arrested last week and charged in a felony theft scheme known as "refund fraud." Michael Fletcher of the Washington Post, who has been covering the Allen story, talks with Michele Norris about the case.
Milosevic's Funeral Will Be Held in Serbia
Slobodan Milosevic's funeral will be held in Belgrade but his wife, Mira Markovic, will not attend. She faces arrest on charges of abuse of office if she returns to Serbia, and has lived in Moscow since fleeing there in 2003. Serbian President Boris Tadic says Milosevic will not have a state burial.
Russians Demand Reform After Military Hazing
A Russian conscript is recovering after a hazing attack that forced surgeons to amputate his legs and genitals. The 19-year-old was tied to a chair and beaten for three hours by six servicemen. The incident has caused an outrage in Russia, where the defense minister has promised to end bullying.
Basketball Fans Consumed by March Madness
The NCAA men's basketball tournament begins this week. And what is often called March Madness will go on until April 3, when the last two teams meet in Indianapolis for the championship. Wall Street Journal sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks with Robert Siegel.