Douglas Ewart in concert
When Minneapolis-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart needs another instrument to augment his sound, he invents it himself. Ewart's philosophy of sustainability permeates his music and his life, and will be fully evident when he takes the stage Saturday night at the Walker Art Center in a rare concert appearance. MPR's Chris Roberts reports.4:49 p.m.
Northwest, pilots reach tentative agreement The possibility of a pilots strike at Northwest Airlines is on hold, with news that pilots and the airline reached a tentative deal late Friday morning. Northwest has now tentatively achieved the labor cost savings it sought from all of its employee groups.5:18 p.m.
Report released on regulation of pesticide use
The Legislative Auditor's office released a report that largely validated the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's work on regulating and monitoring pesticides in the state. The legislative auditor did make some recommendations for improvements to the Ag department's regulation of pesticides. But some legislators say the report and its recommendations fall short.
Minnesota Public Radio's Lorna Benson reports.5:45 p.m.
Brauer on Midwest Hero ads
A recent series of ads in support of the war in Iraq has prompted some controversy in the Twin Cities. In the ads, soldiers defend the war, and state that our enemy in Iraq is Al Qaeda, "the same terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans on nine-eleven." The controversy stems not just from the content, but because one Twin Cities TV station, channel 5 -- KSTP -- refused to air one of them.
The ads are paid for by the conservative Progress for America Voter Group, which has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Twin Cities TV market to bolster dwindling support for the Iraq War. Commentator David Brauer.5:49 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
New Orleans Leaders Look Ahead
City leaders talk with Michele Norris and Robert Siegel about the future of New Orleans. Dr. Norman Francis is President of Xavier University; King Milling is president of Whitney National Bank and Whitney Holding Corporation; and Kim M. Boyle is a partner in the law firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP.
Auto-Parts Maker Dana Corp. Files for Bankruptcy
Dana Corp., one of the nation's largest auto-parts manufacturers, seeks protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court. The company had declining revenue, a result of a market share loss at Ford and GM. Dana's shares plunged this week after the company failed to make bond payments worth $20.8 million.
14 Indicted in Election-Fraud Scandal in Virginia
The mayor of Appalachia, Va., and 13 others have been indicted on more than 200 counts of election fraud and corruption. Melissa Block talks with Kathy Still of the Bristol Herald Courier in Bristol, Va., about claims that cigarettes, alcohol, and even pork rinds were offered in exchange for votes.
New Orleans Awaits FEMA Flood Maps
New Orleans is waiting for important news from FEMA later this month: new flood maps. They'll tell homeowners how high off the ground they should build depending on local elevations. Being any lower than that might make flood insurance prohibitively expensive or unavailable.
Poet Contemplates City's Future in 'Molly's Song'
Residents of New Orleans' French Quarter are drifting back from places where they took refuge from Hurricane Katrina. Some have been away for months. Commentator Andrei Codrescu sings Molly's Song, which he wrote at a bar called Molly's while watching his neighbors come home.
Letter Puts End to Persistent 'Mockingbird' Rumor
New evidence may end the decades-old speculation that Truman Capote -- not Harper Lee -- wrote the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Dr. Wayne Flynt, retired professor of history from Auburn University discusses the basis for the persistent rumor and explains why it is indeed false.
'Joyeux Noel' Celebrates Brief Holiday Truce in WWI
It seems the wrong time of year to release a movie called "Merry Christmas." But the French film, Joyeux Noel, about a celebrated World War I Christmas truce, is nominated for a Foreign Film Oscar at Sunday's Academy Awards. Bob Mondello reviews the film.
India Deal Could Sour U.S. Relations with Pakistan
Under intense security, President Bush arrives in Pakistan, where he is greeted with violent protests. Bush will meet with President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday. The newly announced nuclear agreement with Pakistan's neighbor, India, could affect Musharraf's cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
National Archivist Demands End to Reclassification
Allen Weinstein, the national archivist, wants the Bush administration to stop reclassifying government documents that have entered the public domain. It's not clear whether he could win a confrontation over the issue.