Spring snowstorm moving through the state Winter's back, and parts of Minnesota are
feeling its bite. The National Weather Service reported zero visibility and winds up to 55 miles per hour in northern Minnesota, with a blizzard warning in effect until Saturday morning.3:48 p.m.
Pawlenty's LRT veto -- good negotiating strategy? Some say Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of funding for the Central Corridor project may force Democrats to negotiate on the state budget, and that could help bring the legislative session to a smooth end.5:24 p.m.
Wintery weather stops mail delivery in Duluth A storm once predicted to dump 20 inches of snow on Duluth appears to be coming up a little short in that department, but what the April blizzard has held back in snow, it's more than made up for with wind.5:52 p.m.
Tutu brings message of peace to Twin Cities youth Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archibishop Desmond Tutu is in the Twin Cities for a series of events centered around promoting peace among young people. He spoke to a capacity crowd in Minneapolis this morning, saying young people bring about important changes that improve society.6:20 p.m.
Another Bankruptcy Shakes Ailing Airline Industry
Frontier Airlines is the fourth U.S. carrier to declare bankruptcy in the past two weeks. The discount airline says it will keep flying. But Frontier — like other airlines — is under tremendous financial pressure as the economy slows and fuel prices soar. Carriers are likely to pass along more of their costs to fliers as they struggle to remain in business.
Olympic Torch Touches Off Global Wave of Protests
The Olympic torch heads to Argentina on Friday, after protesters disrupted its journey in Paris and San Francisco. The torch's 20-nation global route has been attracting activists angered over China's human rights record — in particular, its grip on Tibet and its arming of Sudan's government.
Dreams of Free Tibet Will Go Unrealized
Ted Koppel says the global efforts to draw attention to China's human rights record as the Olympic torch continues its rounds is working. But, he says, as far as bringing real change in Tibet is concerned, the protests surrounding the torch are doing little.
Congress Poised to Enact FDA Oversight of Tobacco
With Philip Morris' blessing, Congress appears ready to empower the FDA to regulate tobacco. Bills passed by House and Senate committees would give the agency authority to mandate changes in the manufacture and sales of cigarettes, but stop short of allowing outright bans.
Letters: Airline Industry Woes; Civil Disobedience
Listeners find fault with both the FAA and American Airlines for their roles in the latest crisis plaguing the ailing airline industry. Also, one listener praises ex-Navy lawyer Matthew Diaz's decision to leak the names of prisoners being held at Guantanamo in 2005.
Radio Rookies: 'Aging Out' of Foster Care
Shirley Diaz grew up in foster care. Now almost 21, she's on the verge of aging out of the system. As part of "Radio Rookies," a project at WNYC that teaches teenagers to tell radio stories in their own words, Diaz takes listeners into her world as she looks ahead to an uncertain future and back to the violent tragedy that shaped her teenage years.
'The Visitor,' Finding a Welcome in His Own Home
Sleepwalking through his days, a widowed New York economics professor finds an unlikely friendship — and a way back toward happiness — with an immigrant who teaches him how to play the djembe drum.
A Pricey Investment, Even for Jay-Z
Last week, reports emerged of a deal between rap mogul Jay-Z and concert promoter Live Nation. It's said to be worth as much as $150 million over 10 years. But some observers wonder if Live Nation is getting its money's worth.
In Sadr City, Transcendent Bonds of Friendship
Abu Haider is the leader of a Mahdi army cell in Sadr City. His best friend from childhood, Hassan, works for Iraq's national police. The story of their complex friendship shows the difficulty for U.S. and Iraqi forces to disentangle the "good guys" from the "bad guys" in the militant stronghold.
Crocker Stresses Iraqi Progress, Iranian Influence
Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, says that progress is being made in Iraq, but he warns of Iranian attempts to influence Iraq through militia groups. This week, Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus testified on Capitol Hill about the state of the Iraqi government.