Climatologist Seeley on the weather turning cold MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the dip in the temperatures around Minnesota this week. He also looks back at just how warm it was during the first half of January.6:55 a.m.
Some officials push for more courtroom security Officials and law enforcement in Hennepin country met Thursday to push for tighter security measures at three suburban courtrooms. Some worry that a courtroom conflict could erupt into serious violence, like the recent shooting in a northern Minnesota courthouse that injured a prosecutor and a witness.7:25 a.m.
Long-time reporter remembers Bill Janklow Former South Dakota governor and congressman Bill Janklow's body will lie in state at the Capitol in Pierre on Tuesday. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Sioux Falls. Janklow died Thursday at age 72 of brain cancer. In 2002, Janklow was elected to Congress, but he never completed the term. He was convicted of manslaughter for his role in a traffic accident that killed Minnesotan Randy Scott. Janklow served 100 days behind bars. Before that, Janklow was South Dakota's longest serving governor.7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Kodak Retirees Worry Amid Bankruptcy Talk
About half of Kodak's 38,000 retirees still live in Rochester, N.Y., where the company is based. Many of them are anxious about their pensions and retiree health care coverage amid reports that the company is preparing for a Chapter 11 filing.
In GOP Campaign, Private Equity Firms Draw Flak
The public relations problem for private equity capitalists at firms such as Bain, KKR and Blackstone is that they are the agents of the creative-destruction part of capitalism. They aim to take over underperforming firms and operate them more efficiently. In that process, people do lose their jobs.
In Russia's Far East, A Frayed Link To Moscow
For Russian residents on the country's Pacific Coast, the capital of Moscow and the major cities thousands of miles away can feel less important than the dynamic Asian cities nearby.
Mild Winter Could Hurt Western States Water Supply
Across much of Colorado, Utah, Montana and northern California, the snowpack is at less than half the average. There are concerns the skimpy snowpack won't fill the reservoirs and rivers. Millions of people depend on melting snow for their drinking water and farms.
Court-Martial Could Put Manning In Prison For Life
An Army investigator has recommended that Pvt. Bradley Manning face court-martial on charges of theft and aiding the enemy. Manning is accused of downloading nearly one million field reports and diplomatic cables while on duty in Iraq, and passing them to the website WikiLeaks.
Investors Show Confidence In Spain, Italy
Spain and Italy have held their first bond auctions of 2012. Spain raised double its target amount, at interest rates a full point or more lower than last month. Italy did somewhat the same. One analyst said the painful austerity programs appear to be bearing fruit.
Layoffs Hit Wall Street As Financial Needs Change
Big banks announced around 60,000 job cuts in 2011. With businesses and consumers still focused on reducing debt, there isn't the same need for financial services as there was before, says one banking analyst. The outlook in the years ahead is for a smaller, more stable and less profitable industry.
Murdoch Tweets About Myspace Failure
On Twitter, News Corps. Chief Rupert Murdoch confessed: "We screwed up in every way possible." He added the company learned a lot of valuable and expensive lessons from the purchase of the social networking site.
GOP Primary Campaign Inundates South Carolina TV Viewers
With South Carolina's GOP presidential primary a week from Saturday, TV viewers in the state are getting an eyeful of political ads. It seems almost everyone who is running has bought time. And so have the superPACs, which are forbidden to coordinate with the campaigns.