Pawlenty, Rybak pledge to cooperate Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak are pledging to work together to fight crime in the state's largest city. They met Friday afternoon to smooth over their public disagreement about paying for public safety.5:19 p.m.
Crime in Minneapolis: Perception vs. reality The coverage of two high-profile homicides in Minneapolis has renewed the debate about crime in the state's largest city. One of the biggest concerns is the perception that the city is not safe for visitors. Media analyst David Brauer talks with MPR's Tom Crann about how media coverage influences those perceptions.5:22 p.m.
Dueling candidates There's always some politics in every policy debate at the Legislature. Republican Reps. Phil Krinkie and Jim Knoblach are taking that to a higher level at the Capitol, because they're running against each other for the same Congressional seat. Some say they're trying to "out-conservatize" each other.5:45 p.m.
Holy hip hop hits town Does this seem familiar? A music style that captivates young people, but is condemned by the larger society. Once it was rock and roll. Now it's hip hop.5:50 p.m.
He's back and he's bad
Prince's new album, "3121," debuted at the top of the charts, his first No. 1 album in 17 years. Critics have largely praised the album as a return to what Price does best. Prince got his start in the Twin Cities and still performs here periodically. Minnesota Public Radio's Mary Lucia follows Twin Cities music including the music and career of Prince, and she's here now to talk about the Purple One.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Pressed on Leaks, White House Restates Policy
The White House is besieged with questions regarding President Bush's role in leaking sensitive data related to Iraq. Former vice presidential aide Lewis Libby has stated that Bush authorized leaks. Press secretary Scott McClellan defended leaking information "in the public interest."
Republicans End a Week of Divisions
Melissa Block talks with David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation, and David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times. They'll discuss the White House leaks authorized by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, and the GOP tension over the immigration bill.
U.S. Diverts or Suspends Money for Palestinian Aid
The United States is canceling or suspending more than $400 million in projects in the Palestinian territories and shifting some of that money to help meet basic humanitarian needs. The change was made after Hamas, which the United States considers a terrorist organization, assumed the Palestinian leadership.
Egyptian Temples Endangered by Rising Water
Scientists are scrambling to figure out a way to protect ancient temples in Luxor, Egypt -- among the world's most valuable archeological finds. The 4,000-year-old sandstone marvels are crumbling because of a rising water table. Local farmers say they need the water for irrigation.
Democrats Eye Cunningham's Abandoned Seat
On Tuesday April 11, voters in San Diego go to the polls to choose a replacement for Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who retired in the face of a criminal investigation. The district is usually a safe Republican stronghold, but this time, Democrat Francine Busby is leading a crowded pack of contenders.
Heisting, and Hoisting, a Cannon in Prank War
In the latest development in the CalTech-MIT prank war, MIT students stole a two-ton Spanish-American war cannon from a courtyard at Cal Tech and set it up in their courtyard back at MIT. David Somers participated in a heist of the very same cannon, 20 years ago.
Personal Maps Emerge as Visual Mix Tapes
For some people, hearing a particular song immediately conjures up thoughts of an old boyfriend or girlfriend. For others, it's a place -- a park, a street corner or a restaurant. At platial.com, a new Web site founded by "psychogeography hobbyists," the result is something like Wikipedia crossed with Rand McNally.
State's Student Loan Sparks Fear in Borrowers
When Missouri's governor proposed selling the state's student loan operation and using the $400 million in proceeds to fund a campus building boom, the plan was roundly panned. Student groups say the demise or weakening of the state student loan system would make student loans more expensive.
Blasts Kill Dozens at Shiite Mosque in Baghdad
At least 70 people have been killed and more than 140 wounded in a deadly suicide bombing at a Baghdad mosque. A bomber struck as worshippers left the Shiite Buratha mosque following afternoon prayers. Reports describe at least two explosions, one inside and one outside the building.