Commentator ponders stuff emerging from melting snow The weather forecast calls for the temperature to get above freezing across much of the state today. It may be jumping the gun to call it a spring thaw, but soon melting snow banks all around will begin to reveal long lost stuff. Commentator Peter Smith says it is not just stuff. It is stuff worthy of meditation.6:50 a.m.
Arts advocates argue for financial reality Hundreds of people are expected at Arts Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol today. The lobbying comes as Gov. Pawlenty is recommending the zeroing out of the State Arts Board's funding.7:45 a.m.
How do Minnesotans see the state of the union? When President Obama gives his first speech before a joint session of Congress tonight, it won't technically be billed as a State of the Union address, but Obama will likely use part of his speech to assess how America is doing.7:50 a.m.
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Obama: 'We Can't Simply Spend As We Please'
President Obama will deliver his first speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. During his first month in office, he has been preoccupied with the massive economic stimulus package. Obama says he's also thinking about reducing the budget deficit. At Monday's White House summit, he said the consequences of unlimited spending could not be put off to the "next budget, the next administration or the next generation."
Stimulus Puts High-Speed Rail On The Fast Track
Among the winners in the $787 billion stimulus package that President Obama signed into law last week are backers of high-speed rail. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says high-speed rail could be a signature issue for President Obama.
Though Numbers Unclear, Iraqi Deaths Touch Many
Estimates of the number of Iraqis killed since the start of the war vary wildly, from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. And, in some cases, those numbers have been deliberately shrouded.
Bordelon Family Tones Down Mardi Gras Party
Donald and Colleen Bordelon have been interviewed on Morning Edition since their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Steve Inskeep checks in to see how things are going for the Bordelons. Their Mardi Gras celebration will be muted this year because of the down economy and the death of Donald's father, Jerome.
Status Of Iran's Nuclear Program Seems Less Clear
U.S. intelligence agencies reported a little over a year ago that Iran had stopped its development of nuclear weapons. But recent statements suggest the Obama administration is not so sure that's still the case.
Tribunal Probes Death Of Lebanon's Prime Minister
Next month in The Hague, a special U.N. tribunal will get under way to examine the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Many Lebanese insist Syrian leaders were behind the assassination. But Syria denies any role in Hariri's death.
Wall Street Stocks Approach 12-Year Lows
In the fall of 2007, the Dow Jones industrial average peaked at more than 14,000. Now, stocks are at roughly half that level. Dow components — including aluminum maker Alcoa and credit card company American Express — saw big drops in their stock prices Monday.The overall index dropped more than 3 percent, to 7,176.
American Express Offers $300 To Close Accounts
American Express is offering some customers $300 if they'll pay off their bills and cancel their credit cards. It's making the offer only to those it no longer wants to do business with. American Express says it will notify those eligible for the offer by mail.
Consumers Spurn Dining Out For Prepared Foods
As consumers look for ways to trim spending, many are eating out less and turning to the ready-to-eat meal sections in grocery and convenience stores. Some retailers have added in-store chefs, tables and prominent displays of prepared foods.
Foul Economy Has City Residents Raising Chickens
The recession has some city residents campaigning to raise chickens in their backyard — basically to save a little cash by growing their own food. So more and more cities are passing laws allowing them to do that. In Maine, Portland's City Council voted to allow residents to keep up to six hens — but no roosters.