Court system short of cash The Minnesota judicial system is reporting a deficit, and a group is studying the possibility of closing county courtrooms.5:20 p.m.
It's agreed: Hastings bridge needs replacement, but how to pay for it? There are renewed calls for the Hastings bridge to be replaced, after a new MnDOT report downgraded the bridge's condition. The span is slated for replacement, but not until next decade. Replacing the bridge would cost nearly $100 million, and at this point that money isn't available.5:24 p.m.
Xcel asks to increase generation at Monticello plant Xcel Energy wants to make more electricity at its nuclear power plant in Monticello. Company officials asked state regulators to allow more power generation to meet a growing need for electricity in Minnesota.5:50 p.m.
The sacred side of Ellington Duke Ellington is considered one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Many of his songs are enduring standards. On Sunday, the choral group VocalEssence explores a lesser-known side of the legendary jazz pianist and bandleader.5:53 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Loyalty vs. Voters: A Superdelegate's Dilemma
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri is supporting Hillary Clinton for president, but Democrats in his state went for Barack Obama. He discusses the challenges that face those whose personal allegiances run counter to the political will of their constituents.
Democrats Eye Working-Class, White Men
In Wisconsin next Tuesday and Ohio two weeks later, white, working-class males are a key voter group that both Democratic campaigns are working hard to win. Some say they could become the "soccer moms" of this election cycle — the demographic that tips the balance.
Alaska Law Change Helps Kidney Donation
Alaska State Rep. Richard Foster won't run afoul of state law after the legislature voted to do away with a $250 limit on compassionate gifts. In this case, the gift is a kidney, to be donated by a legislative staffer. Melissa Block talks with Alaska State Rep. John Coghill, who sponsored the change.
To the Candidates: What About Primary Care?
Dr. Douglas Kamerow says all of the major presidential candidates omit a very important issue from their health care proposals. The former assistant surgeon general's search of the health care platforms of the candidates failed to find a single mention of the term "primary care."
If It Feels Like a Recession ...
A slumping housing market, sluggish retail sales, sagging consumer confidence suggest the economy could be heading into a recession. While it may already feel like a recession to millions of Americans, by the time we know for sure, the recession may already be over.
Unraveling the Mysteries of the U.S. Seal
Look at the back of a $1 bill and you'll see the two sides of the Great Seal of the United States. In one circle, an unfinished pyramid, topped with an eye in a floating triangle. in the other, a bald eagle clutching an olive branch in one talon and 13 arrows in the other. What does it all mean? Melissa Block talks with Priscilla Linn, senior curator of the State Department's U.S. Diplomacy Center.
Presidential Signing Statements and the Constitution
In many cases, statements released by President Bush as he places his signature on legislation essentially say he reserves the right to ignore legislation if he decides it conflicts with his constitutional powers. An American Bar Association task force calls these statements "contrary to the rule of law."
Devout Flock to 'Holy Highway'
A prayer movement has broken out in a handful of churches along Interstate 35, which stretches from Texas to Minnesota. Participants say that if people pray hard enough, God will touch communities along the highway. The movement is based on a reference to a "highway of holiness" in Isaiah 35:8.
Illinois University Shooter Halted Medication
The gunman in Thursday's shooting at Northern Illinois University had stopped taking his medication and became erratic before opening fire inside a lecture hall, police say. Five people were killed before Stephen Kazmierczack killed himself.
Remembering the Victims in School Shootings
In piles of snow on the Northern Illinois University campus lie roses and candles, small makeshift memorials to the five students killed Thursday. The dead included aspiring teachers and students majoring in finance and anthropology.