Walker looks forward to crowds for British TV commercials Of all the many ways you can celebrate the holiday season, one of the stranger traditions in the Twin Cities is to watch British television commercials. This year the Walker Art Center has scheduled 62 screenings of award-winning commercials from across the pond.4:44 p.m.
Preparing the plows The winter storm forecast to hit Minnesota on Saturday is poised to drop more than six inches of snow. Keeping the roads open is a big job. MnDOT officer Kent Barnard explains how the department prepares for all the snow.4:51 p.m.
Biodiesel industry sputtering These are tough times for farm-based renewable fuels. Biodiesel producers are being squeezed by high soybean prices. Some plants have closed.4:55 p.m.
Budget shortfall at $373 million State Finance officials say a struggling economy is forcing Minnesota's budget into a deficit again. Forecasters say the state will see a $373 million deficit by mid-2009. Gov. Pawlenty and state lawmakers are now faced with raising taxes, cutting spending or spending a part of the budget reserve to balance the state's budget.5:18 p.m.
Food shelves hungry for donations There was news this week about food shelves on Minnesota's Iron Range running short of food. It turns out that food shelves across Minnesota are short of supplies.5:50 p.m.
Soldier: 'If I was to die, it would've been an honor' Another Minnesota soldier died this week in Baghdad. Sgt. 1st Class John Tobiason of Hayfield was 42. Little is known about how Tobiason died. It's reported that he stepped out of a tent and shots were fired.5:55 p.m.
Is 'Learning Life' the MySpace for baby boomers? The University of Minnesota is about to launch an online social networking project called "Learning Life" which targets baby boomers. The project will try to combine Facebook or MySpace-like social networking with university level education.6:20 p.m.
Tim Penny describes getting flip-flopped
This week's edition of In The Loop explores the political phenomenon called "flip-flipping". Former Minnesota Congressman Tim Penny was followed around by a character known as Waffleman during his run for Governor in 2002. For the full program, selece "In The Loop" from the Programs menu.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Retired Officers Urge Leniency on Gays in Military
On the 14th anniversary of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" legislation, a group of retired military officers release a letter opposing the policy and urging leniency on gays and lesbians in the military. On the National Mall on Friday, gay and lesbian groups protested the legislation.
Wrapping Up the Week in Presidential Politics
Robert Siegel talks with political commentators E.J. Dionne and Rich Lowry about the Republican CNN/YouTube debate, the rise of Mike Huckabee, and the GOP's growing unpopularity. They'll also assess what it means that Barack Obama is picking up momentum on the Democratic side.
Former GM Chief, Subject of 'Roger and Me,' Dies
Former General Motors chief executive Roger Smith has died. He was 82. Smith led the automaker during the 1980s, when the company created the Saturn brand. He was the subject of Michael Moore's documentary Roger and Me.
Mix of Factors Weakened Hurricanes This Season
The Atlantic hurricane season has come to an end, and it was a quiet year in the United States. But in Mexico and Nicaragua, two Category 5 storms did a lot of damage. Scientists argue about whether global warming is affecting hurricanes, and this year won't help settle the question.
FEMA Moves Trailer Residents to Apartments
FEMA has begun its final clear-out of its trailer camps in Louisiana. Thousands of residents are being moved to unfurnished apartments, leaving people scrambling to figure out how they'll pay their part of the new housing.
India's Doctors Returning Home
No other country has exported as many physicians as India. But the needs of India's growing middle class are luring doctors back. They're trading their lucrative U.S. incomes for a chance to reunite with family and build India's medical system.
Doctor Outlines West's Role in India's 'Brain Drain'
Fitzhugh Mullan, a professor of health policy and pediatrics at George Washington University, says the West undertrains doctors and nurses, creating a vacuum — "an irresistibly appealing vacuum to ambitious, well-trained people in the developing world," including India.
Fall Out Boy Rewrites the Gender Roles of Rock
As the frontman for pop-punk band Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz glories in remaking the rules. He playfully subverts gender roles to undercut homophobia by wearing eyeliner, kissing his male bandmates on stage and wearing girls' jeans, yet somehow makes it all mainstream.
Mom Frets Over Her Son's Attachment to Baby Doll
Commentator Emily Wylie is the mom of a son who loves a doll that his grandmother bought for him. No big deal, right? Well, even though Emily teaches at an all-girl school and considers herself a feminist, she is wrestling with gender issues related to her little boy and his love for a doll.
Lenders Consider Freezing Rates on Subprime Loans
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is leading talks with major mortgage lenders. About 2 million subprime loans are scheduled to "reset" to higher interest rates during the next two years. Lenders are talking about freezing rates to hold down rising defaults and foreclosures.