Pawlenty won't seek third term; mum about 2012 Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Tuesday that he will not run for a third term, fueling speculation that he's preparing for a 2012 presidential bid and creating a wide-open race for governor next year.5:20 p.m.
Minn. boating industry focusing on survival, not profits Minnesota has one of the highest rates of boat ownership in the country. But people in here and the rest of the country aren't buying new boats like they used to, not in this recession, and that's causing great pain for boat manufacturers and dealers in the state.5:50 p.m.
Charges dropped in shooting of Augsburg student A teenager charged with fatally shooting a Somali-American college student in Minneapolis eight months ago has been released from jail. The student's family says the case was dismissed because key witnesses were not willing to testify.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
GM CEO On Automaker's Plan For Survival
Automaker GM, which filed for bankruptcy Monday, has taken a key step toward downsizing. CEO Fritz Henderson discusses his company's plans to restructure itself and says he sees GM's bankruptcy as an opportunity.
Tennessee GM Plant Fights To Stay Alive
As part of GM's bankruptcy announcement, the automaker said it will idle or close 14 manufacturing plants, including one in Spring Hill, Tenn., where the Saturn brand was developed in the mid-1980s. The last of Saturn production left town in 2007. The brand's exit from its birthplace was tempered by GM's commitment to invest a billion dollars in retooling the plant.
Letters: GM, Downloading Movies, Opera Ball
Listeners respond to the coverage of the GM bankruptcy, downloading movies at home and the Opera Ball in Washington. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' comments.
The Bride Wore Vera Wang; The Groom A Codpiece
The wedding announcements of the Sunday New York Times — so careful in their cataloging of academic degrees and parents' professions — presented Rob Baedeker and his fellow members of the Kasper Hauser's comedy group with a perfect opportunity for satire.
For Some, Work Seems Never-Ending
More Americans over age 65 are working than ever before. Even for those who are well-off, retirement is becoming a luxury many feel they can no longer afford. Robert Brindley, of Davies, Fla., says he miscalculated when it came to retirement — and now he's looking for a new job.
Expert Still Backs Investing In Stock Market
Jeremy Siegel, professor of finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Stocks for the Long Run, says he still thinks the best investment in the long run is the stock market. He says he is "virtually sure" it's not going to be a long wait for a good return on stocks.
As Obama Visits, Some Saudis Hope For Change
President Obama will visit Riyadh for a meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. Prospects for Middle East peace will likely top the agenda, but Saudi political reformers will also be looking for some sign of American support.
The Corrido Of The 'World's Best Accordionist'
At 70, Esteban "Steve" Jordan is a legend of Tejano music -- an illiterate, eye-patch-wearing, hard-knock prodigy of the button accordion. Even as liver cancer encroaches, he's still preparing to issue nine CDs' worth of unreleased material.
Senators Grill Lt. Gen. McChrystal On Record
Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who has been nominated to command U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, faced some tough questions about past assignments, including reports of the abuse of detainees by troops under his command in Iraq several years ago. McChrystal appeared before the Senate Armed Services committee for his confirmation hearing.
N. Korea's Leader Names Third Son As Successor
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il reportedly has picked his third son, Kim Jong Un, to succeed him. In his mid-20s, the younger Kim is believed to have been educated in Switzerland, where he learned to ski and speak English, French and German. But he lacks political experience.