Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to a weekend warmup.6:50 a.m.
Authorities question driver's record and background The woman driving the van that plowed into a school bus in southwestern Minnesota this week has been arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation. The news came on the same day that the community of Cottonwood gathered to mourn the four children killed in the accident.7:20 a.m.
Remembering the school bus crash victims The four Lakeview School students killed in Tuesday's school bus crash near Cottonwood, Minn., were Emilee Olson, brothers Hunter Javens and Jesse Javens, and Reed Stevens. Relatives and friends share memories of the children.7:25 a.m.
Transportation bill headed to governor's desk Supporters and opponents of a transportation funding bill will be stepping up their lobbying efforts now that the Minnesota House and Senate have both passed it. The Senate passed the bill with enough votes to override a gubernatorial veto. The House came up one vote short.7:40 a.m.
Oscar nominees -- are they really Minnesota's? This weekend, many Minnesotans watching the Oscars will root for "Juno" or "No Country for Old Men." A great deal has been made of the moviemakers' Minnesota roots. But how deep are those roots, and what would Oscar wins really mean for Minnesota?7:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Democrats Debate Best Candidate to Replace Bush
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama squared off Thursday night in a mostly civil debate in Austin, Texas. The two sparred over health care, experience and talking to Raul Castro. Democratic primaries in Texas and Ohio on March 4 are veiewd as must-wins for Clinton.
Is McCain's Reputation at Issue? The New York Times says the point of an article that implied John McCain had an improper relationship with a lobbyist was about his inability to see how his behavior might look to others. His behavior in financing his campaign is also being questioned.
Mass. Law Uncovers More Uninsured Than Expected
How to achieve universal health coverage is a major issue in this year's presidential campaign. Massachusetts has implemented a 2006 law requiring nearly every citizen to sign up for health insurance or pay a tax penalty.
Plot Tricks in 'Vantage Point' Make It Implausible
Morning Edition and Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan reviews the thriller Vantage Point. It's the story of an attempted assassination of the president told from the point of view of eight people. Turan says that it's trying to be like the classic Japanese film Rashomon, but it's more like the story of the blind men and the elephant.
Area Mourns Victims in Georgia Sugar Refinery Blast
It's been two weeks since a sugar refinery explosion in Port Wentworth, Ga., killed nine people and burned more than three dozen. Plant workers are coping with the explosion and fire, which burned for a week. Neighbors are preparing for a memorial service in Savannah.
Democrats Take Sides in Ohio
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are focusing on Texas and Ohio, which hold primaries March 4. An Obama supporter and a Clinton supporter in Youngstown, Ohio, illustrate what the two sides are looking for in a president.
Labor Issues Stall Delta, Northwest Merger
Delta and Northwest are talking about merging, but they must wait for their pilots to hammer out a deal on union seniority should they merge into one union. The merger, if approved, would create the biggest airline in the world.
T-Mobile Wants Customers to Cut the Cord
T-Mobile is testing a plan to allow customers to use their regular landline phones through its wireless network. Customers could then ditch their local landline service.
Credit Woes Seep into Student Loan Market
The student loan market is feeling the pinch of the faltering credit market. Students still have access to loans for college, but it's costing them more to borrow. David Wessel, economics editor for The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about what's in store for American students.
Scientists Create Coffee-Making Robot
Scientists in Italy this week unveiled a robot barista named Justine. She's part of a European project to develop robots that can use two arms together.