Pawlenty orders planning for Minn. cash crunch Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered state agencies
on Friday to take an inventory of their programs and identify
discretionary payments that can be put off in case of a cash crunch
after a court ruling threw budget negotiations into turmoil.5:14 p.m.
Despite Unemployment Bump, Jobs Report Strong
The government's official jobs report released this morning shows employers did a lot of hiring in April. The number of jobs on government and business payrolls increased by a net 290,000 -- that's the biggest increase in four years. The improvement drew more people into the labor force, pushing the unemployment rate up a bit.
Week In Politics: British Election, Oil Spill, Rep. Obey
Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the British election, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the surprising announcement by Wisconsin Democratic Rep. David Obey that he will not seek reelection after 21 terms in office.
Tennessee Covered In River-Mud Glaze
Floodwaters from the Cumberland River have left a skim of brown over much of downtown Nashville and at least a billion-dollar cleanup. Nearly a week after more than a foot of rain fell in Tennessee, concern is growing over the environmental impact of sewage and oil in the water. Some more remote areas are finding out they will be without tap water for months.
Pakistan's Militants: Who May Have Helped Shahzad?
Experts say a number of militant groups in Pakistan could be under suspicion for allegedly helping Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of the Times Square bomb attempt. The Pakistan Taliban and other groups cooperate closely and keep recruiting people, passing them along for hard-core training.
Letters: Ernie Harwell, Devra Kleiman
Robert Siegel reads from listeners' e-mails about stories on the death of baseball commentator Ernie Harwell and the life of biologist Devra Kleiman.
My Grandfather's Execution
When Bridgette McGee-Robinson was growing up, she didn't know anything about her grandfather -- who he was, where he was from, why no one ever talked about him. So she set about digging for the truth about the black man who was executed in 1951 for raping a white woman in Mississippi.
3rd Place Party May Be Real Winner In Britain
The Conservatives won more seats than Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party, but fell short of a majority in Britain's general election Thursday. Now the two parties are trying to woo the third-place Liberal Democrats to form a coalition government.
British Election Creates Hung Parliament
Robert Siegel speaks with Simon Hoggart, a columnist for The Guardian, about what it means to have a hung British parliament after neither the Laborites nor the Tories won enough seats to form a government without a partnership with the Liberal Dems.
Are Greece's Debt Woes Contagious?
Markets are worried that Greece's debt problems may spread across Europe with global reverberations. Spain is one of the top 10 economies in the world, and a bailout would strain the global economic system like nothing previously attempted. Credit ratings agencies recently downgraded Spain's debt, in part because of doubts that the Spanish government is prepared to make deep reforms that may be needed.
Nasdaq, NYSE Heads Trade Blame For Wild Sell-Off
President Obama said regulatory authorities were examining "the unusual market activity" closely, but industry and government officials are trying to figure out what caused the 16 minutes of chaos Thursday that left the Dow industrials down almost 1,000 points.