Sarah Jane Olson arrives back in Minn. Former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson is back in Minnesota, after serving half of a 14 year sentence in California for her role in a 1975 deadly bank robbery.6:50 a.m.
Mauer's status expected to become clearer The Minnesota Twins are expected to make an announcement today about the health of one of their best players, catcher Joe Mauer. Mauer has not played in a game during spring training because of back pain.6:55 a.m.
Rep. Michele Bachmann on the stimulus Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann will not be in the audience at Vice President Joe Biden's appearance in St. Cloud today -- she's in Washington -- but she does represent St. Cloud and the rest of Minnesota's 6th District in Congress.
She's also an outspoken opponent of the stimulus package Biden is coming to Minnesota to promote.7:25 a.m.
Oil refiner to obtain 7 VeraSun ethanol plants A couple of traditional enemies in the energy field may be moving a little closer together. For the first time, an oil company will independently produce corn ethanol. Valero Energy, the nation's largest oil refiner, has won the right to buy seven bankrupt VeraSun ethanol plants, including one in Minnesota..7:35 a.m.
DFLers suggest sales tax on Internet sales, music downloads The chair of the state Senate Taxes Committee says he's looking at a wide range of revenue options to help balance the state budget. Among them are raising income tax rates to 1990 levels, as well as taxing Internet sales and music downloads.7:40 a.m.
Art Hounds: Week of March 19 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Fed Buying Long-Term Government Bonds
The Federal Reserve says it will spend up to $300 billion to buy long-term government bonds. The move is aimed at lifting the country out of recession by lowering rates on mortgages and other consumer debt. The Fed will also boost its purchase of mortgage-backed securities to $1.25 trillion.
Mayors Ready To Put Stimulus Money Into Action
Mayors across the country are waiting for their share of the economic stimulus. Many mayors are in Washington D.C. for their annual meeting including Ann Campbell of Ames, Iowa, and Jay Jaxon of Eufaula, Alabama. The two tell Steve Inskeep that the stimulus process can be confusing, and in the end, may not fund items that last for generations like the Depression-era projects of the 1930s.
Civilians Trapped By Sri Lanka's Civil War
Concern is growing over the fate of civilians trapped by war on the island of Sri Lanka. U.N. officials say there's evidence that nearly 3,000 of them have been killed in just two months. The civilians are confined to a strip of land where government forces are trying to inflict an all-out military defeat against the Tamil Tiger separatists.
Britain's Hutton: Afghan War Will Define NATO
British Defense Secretary John Hutton is trying to convince his counterparts in NATO that they should commit more troops to Afghanistan. He says that war is the defining conflict for NATO in this part of the 21st century. Hutton explains why to Renee Montagne, and also acknowledges where mistakes have been made in the campaign.
When It Comes To Shampoo, Less Is More
Americans shampoo more than four times a week — twice as much as Italians and Spaniards. And it's not surprising, given all the shampoo ads promising beauty, body and bounce. But some dermatologists and hair stylists warn that too much lather can damage your locks.
A Hair Mystery: Curly Hair Gone Straight
Some people have straight hair and want curly hair. Others have curls and iron them out. But for a few people, their hair actually changes shape and texture on its own — and not just because of the weather.
Investors React To Fed's Buying Spree
International stocks were trading higher, a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a $1.2 trillion spending plan to help end the global recession. Analysts are concerned that the ambitious scope of the Fed's plans could signal the U.S. economy is in bigger trouble than originally thought.
Obama Agenda Expected To Boost Federal Hiring
Amid all of the gloomy economic news lately, at least one sector is poised for growth. The $787 billion stimulus package and the $3.6 trillion Obama budget blueprint mean the federal government is hiring.
R.I. Unemployment Office Rehires Retired Workers
States that are trying to balance their budgets have been cutting jobs across the board. When the wave of job losses hit Rhode Island, the unemployment office had to hired back retired workers to help handle the increased load.
Japanese Women Reassess Marriage Plans
After years of putting off marriage to pursue financial independence, many Japanese women are reevaluating their financial futures in light of the recession. Bloomberg News reports on a wave of women flocking to dating services, marriage-hunting bars and even religious shrines. As jobs evaporated and wages stagnated last year, the number of marriages in Japan surged to a five-year high.