British ad awards return to the Twin Cities One of the stranger Twin Cities holiday traditions gets underway this weekend. The arrival of the British Television Advertising Awards Show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will feature drumming gorillas, hapless surfers and clay bunnies swarming New York City.4:44 p.m.
Pawlenty, lawmakers warn of huge spending cuts Gov. Pawlenty and state lawmakers are warning residents that big spending cuts will be needed to balance a huge state budget shortfall -- $5.27 billion over the next two and a half years.5:20 p.m.
Franken's attorney: 'Find the ballots' DFLer Al Franken's U.S. Senate campaign says the fate of the recount could hinge on finding 133 apparently lost ballots from a precinct in Minneapolis. Also today, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman withdrew hundreds of ballot challenges -- one day after Franken did the same thing.5:45 p.m.
Health care programs might see cuts as state tightens budget belt The health and human services budget accounts for more than a quarter of the state's general fund spending. With the projected $5.2 billion state budget deficit, it is very likely that state-sponsored health care programs will be one of the first areas lawmakers review as they try to close the budget gap.5:50 p.m.
School superintendents fearful of expected budget cuts Public education in Minnesota takes up the largest portion of the state's general fund. About 40 percent of the state's budget goes to Preschool and K-through-12 spending. So school districts around the state may be thinking their budgets could get cut first and most deeply.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Gore Group, Industry Butt Heads Over 'Clean Coal'
An organization headed by former Vice President Al Gore released a television ad Thursday that takes on so-called clean coal technology. A debate is raging between environmental advocates and industry officials over the technology — and even the definition of the term "clean coal."
The Man Who Predicted The Economic Meltdown
As one in a small group of analysts who publicly predicted the collapse of the American financial system, Peter Schiff was a lonely — and much maligned — voice on cable's financial news shows.
100-Year-Old Gears Up For Obama's Inauguration
Lillian Allen, who turned 100 in April, says she never expected to see a black man sworn in as president in her lifetime. The Pittsburgh native who volunteered for the Obama campaign plans to travel to Washington, D.C., for the historic inauguration.
Automakers Get Second Chance To Pitch For Bailout
The Senate banking panel has held a hearing on why Congress should give the troubled automakers $34 billion in federal loans. The CEOs of the Big Three automakers, United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger and economist Mark Zandi testified.
Recession Puts Dent In Auto Body Shop's Business
Quality Colors, a well-regarded auto body shop in Dallas, has taken some dings since the economic downturn. While it recently has done roughly $1.3 million a year in business, its bosses expect the nine-person shop will bring in only $800,000 for 2008.
Test-Driving A Hummer H3, In Baghdad
The American Hummer, made known to Iraqis through U.S. military operations, is now being advertised and sold as a status symbol to young, wealthy Iraqis. NPR's Ivan Watson test-drove an H3 on the streets of Baghdad and picked up compliments along the way.
Freshman Lawmakers Offer Take On Auto Bailout
Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) are two freshmen members of Congress who have checked in periodically since they arrived in Washington in January 2006. Both have been re-elected and offer their take on the auto bailout.
In Times Of Cheap Gas, Hybrid Sales Stall
With gas prices under $2 in some places, the sales of hybrids such as the Toyota Prius have fallen. Toyota has sold about half as many Priuses in November as it did in November 2007. Fans of the cars say they are not worried, however.
'Rent' Gets A High School Makeover
More than 50 student groups across the country are performing Jonathan Larson's edgy rock opera Rent this school year. Like the Broadway show, Rent School Edition is centered on a group of friends in the 1990s dealing with AIDS, gender identity, homosexuality, drug addiction and poverty.
GM CEO Outlines Company's Plans
GM CEO Rick Wagoner is back on Capitol Hill this week with the chief executives of Ford and Chrysler to convince Congress that the automakers need federal help and are prepared to make sacrifices in return for taxpayer money.