Managing priorities at the Capitol A day before the State of the State address, Minnesota Public Radio Capitol reporter Tom Scheck tells us what we can expect to hear from Gov. Pawlenty.7:20 a.m.
Will a mileage tax replace the gas tax? Money collected from the 20-cents-a-gallon state motor fuels tax has flattened out after decades of steady increases. Some politicians say the state needs to explore an alternative.7:25 a.m.
Tim Brewster is hired A window into the qualities that earned Tim Brewster the position as new head coach for the University of Minnesota football team.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Madeleine Peyroux's Nearly 'Perfect World'
Madeleine Peyroux gained fame for sounding like Billie Holliday and putting an idosyncratic touch on old standards. This time, she interprets more recent material (Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan).
Jury Selection to Begin in Libby Trial
The only prosecution associated with the leak of Valerie Plame's status as an undercover CIA agent moves forward. Lawyers will begin questioning potential jury members for the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former aide to Vice President Cheney.
Baker: Texas City Blast Shows BP Safety Issues
A panel led by former Secretary of State James Baker says the oil company BP is not doing a good job of keeping U.S. workers safe. The panel investigated the horrific explosion two years ago at BP's Texas City refinery that killed 15 people.
A Navajo Student Feels the Tug of Home
Like most of her siblings, Coleen Cooley has left the Navajo reservation to attend school. But she often makes the three-hour journey back to the "rez," where her parents hope she'll return to live after college.
Warm Winter Pushing Oil Prices Down
Speculative bets helped push up the price of oil to more than $77 a barrel last year. But the price of crude has fallen sharply in the first two weeks of the year, in part due to unusually warm winter weather.
Divisions Tear at South Africa's ANC
The party of Nelson Mandela has supplied the nation's president since apartheid gave way to majority black rule, must elect a new leader at the end of the year. It's not a clear choice.
U.S. Students' Vietnam Visit Draws Fire
An innovative effort to send a small group of low-income American students was opposed by U.S. foes of the Hanoi government. Organizers of the San Jose City College trips fear future troubles.
Virgin America Appeals to Discount U.S. Fares
The air carrier Virgin America, a subsidiary of Richard Branson's UK-based business empire, wants to offer discount fares in the U.S. The company is appealing a move by the Department of Transportation to block Virgin America's plan.
GE Bids to Expand Aviation Manufacturing
General Electric has made a deal to buy the aerospace division of a major British conglomerate, Smith Group. The $4.8 billion purchase would allow GE to expand its own aviation business into landing gear, propellers and flight-management systems.
Auto Show Hints at GM Comeback
If results of the Detroit Auto Show are any indicator, General Motors might be making a comeback. The new Saturn Aurora and a new version of the Chevy Impala impressed industry observers.