Art Hounds: Week of April 9 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.4:45 p.m.
Gaertner: Terrorism charges would be a 'distraction' The Ramsey County Attorney's Office said today it will drop terrorism charges against eight people charged with conspiracy to commit riots during last year's Republican National Convention in St. Paul. But other charges against the "RNC 8" will stand.5:20 p.m.
Minneapolis money transfer businesses nervous after FBI raid
MPR's Tom Crann speaks with reporter Laura Yuen about how local money wiring businesses are reacting to the FBI raids Thursday. The FBI says the raids are not related to missing Somali men, but there may be some overlap in investigations.5:24 p.m.
No more WorldPerks from U.S. Bank Throughout the Twin Cites many people carry the Northwest Airlines WorldPerks Visa credit card. But that card will disappear as Delta Air Lines absorbs Northwest. And that's ignited a battle to put new credit cards in the wallets of consumers who've long packed the WorldPerks credit card.5:50 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
FBI Joins Navy In Pirate Standoff
FBI hostage negotiators joined U.S. Navy efforts today to free an American cargo ship captain held captive on a lifeboat by Somali pirates. A U.S. destroyer and a spy plane kept a close watch in the high-seas standoff near the Horn of Africa.
Should U.N. Step Into Pirate Fray?
U.N. Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah believes the United Nations should take a more active role in combating piracy. Somalia's fragile government does not have the resources to combat the pirates, he says.
U.K. Counterterrorism Chief Resigns
Scotland Yard's counterterrorism chief has resigned after he inadvertently revealed plans of a police raid against a suspected al-Qaida cell. Bob Quick's blunder forced police to act more quickly than they had planned.
White House Marks Passover With Seder
President Obama will host a seder at the White House tonight in celebration of Passover. It is believed to be the first time an American president has attended a seder while in office.
Alabama Community Tries To Draw Jewish Families
Some Jewish families are being offered up to $50,000 to move to Dothan, Ala., to strengthen the Jewish community there. Though initially hesitant, one family says it has made a smooth transition and is enjoying the community.
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Takes Hit
Investor Warren Buffett's holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been downgraded by the credit-rating agency Moody's. Buffett happens to be Moody's largest shareholder.
Tying Together Coats, Ships And Pita Bread
People talk about "the global economy," but many connections are hard to see. "Planet Money" establishes the ties between clothing buyers in England, a shipping company in Copenhagen and a bakery in Egypt.
A Morel Quandary? Where To Find Them
Across the northern tier of the US, mushroom hunting--particularly for the prized morel mushroom--is coming into full swing. Commentator Julie Zickefoose revels in the mushrooms that populate her woodland and sizzle on the stovetop.
Frank Zappa: A 'Lumpy' Legacy
Zappa put out more than 60 records in his lifetime, and unreleased music is still coming out more than 15 years after his death. It's part of an effort by his widow to keep Zappa's legacy alive, but she's become controversial for her efforts to keep her husband's music away from those she deems unfit to carry its weight.
Banking On The Upswing? Two Views
Will Aston-Reese, a vice president at Tradition Asiel Securities, talks about bank-to-bank lending, which he says remains slow. And Robert Kelly, CEO and chairman of the Bank of New York Mellon, talks about the TARP funds his bank has accepted, impending "stress tests" and his outlook for a viable and healthy financial sector.