Loan program repopulating areas hit by foreclosures, but slowly As the tide of foreclosures in Minneapolis recedes, it has left several hundred unoccupied homes in its wake. Now, through a program called the Minneapolis Advantage, parts of the city hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis are slowly getting repopulated.6:25 a.m.
Winter exhibition offers a 'Holiday in the Sun' The irony in Andrea Stanislav's artwork is evident even in the title of her latest show. It's called "Holiday in the Sun," and it's opening on the coldest week in Minnesota in over five years.6:50 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota Meteorologist and Climatologist Mark Seeley looks back at what happened with the weather in December and what we can expect this weekend.6:55 a.m.
Three-judge panel to decide on timeline for Senate court case Lawyers for Republican Norm Coleman say the two parties will have their first meeting today with the three judge panel that will decide the Senate election contest. Both campaigns have submitted timelines for how they want the election challenge to move along in court, and now it's up to the panel to make a decision. That ruling will be the first of many in shaping a legal proceeding that is expected to look like a civil trial but will have key differences as well, such as the three-judge panel.7:25 a.m.
Birds a constant problem at Twin Cities airport Officials say the U.S. Airways plane that crashed into the Hudson River in New York yesterday apparently hit a flock of birds. Birds also are a major issue at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.7:35 a.m.
MnSCU reacts to Pawlenty's tuition cap proposal Gov. Tim Pawlenty specifically focused on tuition at insitutions of higher education in part of his State of the State speech yesterday, proposing a firm cap on tuition increases. University officials are concerned about that idea.8:35 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
155 People Walk Away From Jet's Water Landing
The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into what caused the two engines on a US Airways jetliner to fail shortly after takeoff Thursday from New York's LaGuardia Airport. The plane ditched in the Hudson River near midtown Manhattan. All 155 people aboard were quickly pulled to safety aboard rescue craft and private boats.
Hearings Continue For Obama's AG Pick
Attorney General-designate Eric Holder says "waterboarding is torture." He spoke about it at his confirmation hearing Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hear from other witnesses Friday.
Does U.S. Need A Culture Czar?
The idea of a Cabinet-level official for the arts has gotten some buzz lately. After all, many other countries have ministers of culture. High-profile artists such as Quincy Jones think it's necessary in the U.S., but not everyone agrees.
Fashion Writer: Michelle Obama More Than A Dress
On Inauguration Day, all eyes will be on Barack Obama. When the sun goes down, that gaze will shift to his wife, Michelle. But Simon Doonan, a fashion writer and the creative director of Barneys, says Michelle Obama should be known for something more than what she wears.
Eagles Soar Into NFC Championship Game
The Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals will meet in this Sunday's NFC championship game. It has been an up-and-down year for the Eagles, who are one game away from the Super Bowl. Coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb have been the focus of fan ire.
Obama Faces Calls To Tighten Interrogation Rules
During his campaign, Barack Obama spoke out against the use of anything like torture in the interrogation of suspected terrorists and said he would order interrogations to be carried out in accordance with the U.S. Army Field Manual. It's up to the new president to decide which methods will be off-limits. So far, he's getting conflicting advice.
Sorting Out A Clear Strategy For Afghanistan
When Barack Obama takes office next week, he'll inherit an increasingly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. A troop increase has already begun, but some question the signals that strategy sends. In addition, analysts urge Obama to take a regional approach.
Mortgage Rates Reach Historic Lows
Mortgage rates dropped to another record low this week. According to Freddie Mac's weekly survey, the interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell below 5 percent for the first time. That is the lowest level since the survey began in 1971.
Like Obama, Companies Sell Own Brand Of Change
During his election campaign, Barack Obama branded a message of change with the word "hope" and the slogan "Yes We Can." Now companies such as Ben & Jerry's, PepsiCo and IKEA appear to be riding the Obama wave by using themes of change and optimism to sell products.
Wireless Carriers Caution Of Blockages Tuesday
Wireless companies are asking people among the huge crowd expected to attend the inauguration to text rather than make phone calls. Carriers say despite added capacity, mobile phone users are still likely to run into blockages. Carriers also ask that if people take photos, they wait until later in the day to hit the send button.