MnDOT fires manager accused of improper travel Sonia Morphew Pitt has been on administrative leave and under
investigation over travel expenses, including an out-of-state trip
she declined to cut short in the days following the Aug. 1 bridge collapse.4:50 p.m.
125 years of great music During its 125 year history, the Schubert Club has drawn an impressive list of the world's greatest classical artists to St. Paul. As the organization marks its birthday this week, musicians and friends are celebrating the club's contributions to cultural life in the Twin Cities.4:54 p.m.
MnDOT falls far short on goals for hiring women and minority contractors Women and minority-owned businesses in Minnesota have missed out on tens of millions of dollars worth of state highway and transit contracts, in possible violation of federal law. The federal government has launched an investigation, and a MnDOT employee filed a whistleblower lawsuit, saying she was threatened with firing because she brought the issue to her supervisor's attention.5:16 p.m.
A pollster's perspective on Election 2008 Nearly a year before a single vote is cast, candidates and the media have been closely following the polling data. According to Bill Morris, president of the polling firm Decision Resources, there's a lot more to come.5:46 p.m.
Youth Symphony gets chance to perform with a latin flair
The musicians of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies have been getting a lesson in latin this week. On Nov. 11, Manny Laureano leads the young players in a program with a special guest, the Cuban Jazz Pianist Ignacio "Nachito" Herrer. Conductor Laureano has been working with Herrer and the students to get the them to play the Latin music as naturally as possible.6:20 p.m.
In The Loop: People "Moo" at me
More than a third of Americans say they have been bullied at work. This week, Minnesota Public Radio's "In The Loop" takes a look at where people encounter adult bullies -- from the military to their own families. Minneapolis writer Amy Salloway shares her experience of being bullied.6:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bhutto's Brief Detention Prompts Concerns
Friday morning in Pakistan, a detention order was imposed on former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. By the end of the day, it was lifted. The United States expressed concern about her detention and urged Pakistani authorities "to quickly return to constitutional order and democratic norms."
Could Pakistan's Nuclear Stockpile Be Vulnerable?
Political turmoil in Pakistan is stoking fears about its nuclear weapons stockpile. Analysts say the concern isn't so much that al-Qaida will breach facilities, but that disgruntled scientists may gain access. There's also concern about what India may do if Pervez Musharraf is toppled.
Comet Flares Unexpectedly in Northeast Sky
A strange glow in the sky is surprising amateur and professional astronomers alike. It's Holmes Comet, a periodic visitor near Earth. During this visit, it has blazed brightly and grown larger — a fuzzy point in the Northeast sky that's visible to the naked eye.
Thirst for Energy Fuels Controversial Power Project
A massive hydropower project in northern Quebec will divert the Rupert River to generate electricity for Canada and the United States. In the process, it will also flood an area long sacred to Cree Indians.
Janet Huckabee's 4 Fs: Faith, Family, Friends, Fight
Janet Huckabee is wife of GOP candidate Mike Huckabee and the former first lady of Arkansas. Fighting to get her husband the attention she thinks he deserves, Huckabee says she's learned her husband is quite the fighter, too.
States with Late Primaries Find Ways to Count
Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire may be getting their fill of the 2008 candidates for president. But what about states with primaries after Feb. 5? In Washington state, a few major candidates are swooping through to collect cash, and a few minor candidates have die-hard fans.
Sen. Joe Biden on Health Care
In continuing our series of presidential candidates' stump speeches, we hear from Democratic candidate Sen. Joseph Biden. The tape comes from a speech in late October, when the senator from Delaware unveiled his health care plan.
Outlook Dicey for World's New Gambling Capital
The Chinese territory of Macau surpassed Las Vegas in revenues from gambling for the first time last year. American companies are rushing in to open new hotels and casinos, but some observers are already wondering how long the gold rush can last.
Rare Spanish Coin Found in Nashville Cemetery
"Mortuary archaeologist" Pat Cummins found a rare Spanish coin — "8 Reales," or pieces of eight — in a Nashville cemetery. The coins circulated widely in the United States in the first half of the 19th Century.
Plaintiffs Must Drop Cases in $4.85B Merck Deal
The pharmaceutical company Merck announced Friday that it will pay nearly $5 billion dollars to settle claims involving the painkiller Vioxx. The settlement only goes into effect if a large number of plaintiffs agree to drop their cases, but that looks likely.