Who is Flatiron Construction? The selection of Flatiron Construction to rebuild the I-35W bridge may seem like a surprise. The company has never built a bridge in Minnesota and its bid was more expensive and requires more time than competing bids. So, why Flatiron?4:45 p.m.
Funding request sparks new bridge kerfuffle State transportation officials are asking a special legislative panel for the authority to spend an additional $195 million. But a key DFL lawmaker accuses the Pawlenty administration of using a backdoor maneuver to avoid a broader debate of transportation funding.4:50 p.m.
Unrest in Ethiopia worries local Oromo Minnesota has one of the largest Oromo populations in the country. The Oromo is an ethnic group from Ethiopia. The estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Oromo in the Twin Cites are trying to make new lives for themselves. But they say, their thoughts are often elsewhere -- as they monitor what's happening to family and friends in Ethiopia.4:53 p.m.
Minnesota Orchestra names new president The Minnesota Orchestra has named Michael Henson as its new president and CEO. Henson currently is managing director and CEO of the Bournemouth Symphony in England.5:24 p.m.
The Discomfort Zone Anyone who's gone through adolescence has those moments. Just remembering them can make you cringe inside even 20 or 30 years later. Most of us just hide them away mentally. But not Jonathan Franzen.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Battle on the Slopes: World War II's Ski Troops
The U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division served in World War II combat for only four months, but it had one of the highest casualty rates. Veterans of the ski troops recall their arduous training and a punishing assault to take Italy's Mount Belvedere.
Jaco Pastorius: 20 Years Later
In his short but brilliant career, he pioneered a new standard of rapid-fire virtuosity on the electric bass and helped bridge the jazz and pop music of his day. Close collaborators offer a retrospective on Jaco Pastorius.
Giuliani Cheered at NRA, Amid Some Skepticism
As mayor of New York, the Republican presidential hopeful was critical of the National Rifle Association and the gun industry. Speaking to the NRA Friday on the campaign trail, he struck a less confrontational tone, emphasizing his support for the Second Amendment.
S.C. Forum Joins Candidates, Christian Right
Christian conservatives invite Republican presidential candidates to a forum in South Carolina. It's an opportunity to take the temperature of religious conservative voters in an early primary state.
Monks' Protests Target Burmese Generals
Monks in Myanmar — the nation also known as Burma — have been holding demonstrations seeking the release of political prisoners held by the nation's military regime.
Mattel Apologizes to China for Toy Recalls
Toy company Mattel apologizes to China, taking full responsibility for recent toy recalls. The U.S.-based company said its own design flaws were primarily at fault. The recalls cast aspersions on Chinese-made products.
Central Park Show Marks 40 Years of 'Hair'
When the musical Hair opened 40 years ago, its spirit and music had a major influence on pop culture. New York's Public Theatre is presenting a concert version of Hair in Central Park this weekend.
World War II's Ski Troops: Fight for Mt. Belvedere
During World War Two, 13,000 soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division were sent to Italy to fight the Germans. Close to 1,000 would die. This is the second part of an audio history of the 10th Mountain Divison, including the fight to take Mount Belvedere.
Visit by Iran's Leader Stirs Emotions in New York
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to visit the U.N. Monday, but he will get a cool reception in New York. He has been rebuffed in his bid to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site. Columbia University is being criticized for asking him to speak.
Political Satire Flourishes on Iraqi TV
Family gatherings during the celebration of Ramadan create prime opportunities for TV programming in the Middle East. This year, at least three satire shows have aired in Iraq, all deeply critical of political leaders. The audience loves the shows.