Movie "Thank You for Smoking" opens in the Twin Cities
The film "Thank You for Smoking" opens in the Twin Cities as St. Paul's smoking ban takes effect. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr about the movie.6:25 a.m.
Carleton College devotes a day to Katrina Seven months after Hurricane Katrina shredded the Gulf Coast and drowned the city of New Orleans, Carleton College in Northfield hopes to find a way to keep the public's attention trained on the disaster. Carleton cancelled classes Friday to devote time to reliving, discussing and studying Katrina.6:50 a.m.
Climatologist Mark Seeley
University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley sums up the weather in Minnesota for the month of March.6:55 a.m.
Has gay marriage changed Massachusetts? Gay couples in Massachusetts say allowing gay marriage in that state has strengthened their relationships. They say gay marriage has done little to change the lives of others. But opposition to the issue remains.7:50 a.m.
Gov. Pawlenty to visit flood preparations
Gov. Tim Pawlenty visits the Red River valley today to get a first-hand look at flood preparations. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Bob Reha.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
North American Leaders Talk Immigration, Trade
President Bush is in Cancun wrapping up a summit with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. Immigration with Mexico and trade with Canada were the two issues that took up most of the president's time. Steve Inskeep talks with David Greene.
Sudan Sued by Families for Sponsoring Terrorism
Seventeen families representing USS Cole bombing victims are suing the government of Sudan in federal court. A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., has scheduled the case for trial. This lawsuit is one of many attempting to make it very expensive for countries to sponsor terrorism.
'Devil and Daniel Johnston' Indulges Singer's Fans
A new documentary follows Indie singer-song writer Daniel Johnston's decline into mental illness. It combines standard documentary fare with Johnston's own recordings, taped over the course of 20 years. Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition critic Kenneth Turan reviews The Devil and Daniel Johnston.
Election Leaves Likud's Netanyahu to Pick Up the Pieces
Israel's parliamentary elections are now over and the Likud party didn't receive many votes, even though it has dominated Israeli politics for decades. Some people blame Benjamin Netanyahu, the Likud party leader and Israel's finance minister. Others say he is the only hope for the party to survive.
Italian Courts Consider Putting Berlusconi on Trial
An Italian court is holding preliminary hearings to decide whether Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and British lawyer David Mills should stand trial on corruption charges. Milan prosecutors have accused Berlusconi of paying Mills $600,000 for giving false testimony during two trials where Berlusconi was accused of corruption.
Territorial Tensions Build Between Russia and Georgia
Relations between Russia and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia have reached dangerous new lows. Georgian officials suspect that Russia wants to annex two areas of their republic. Observers say a worst-case scenario would involve a direct war between Russia and Georgia over the territory.
Cooling Housing Market Means Changes for Buyers and Sellers Wall Street Journal columnist June Fletcher talks with Steve Inskeep about how the cooling housing market will affect home buyers and sellers. The combination of over-valued houses and rising interest rates means that houses are staying on the marker longer.
Delphi Seeks to Cancel Labor Contracts
Auto parts maker Delphi wants to cancel existing labor contracts. The United Auto Workers union is calling the idea an insult. The former General Motors subsidiary is expected to ask a federal judge for permission to cancel the labor agreements. Delphi is in bankruptcy, and says it needs to cut its wages and benefits to survive.
Republicans Tackle Split Over Immigration
Senate Republicans are dealing with the same division over immigration as the rest of the country. They're debating a controversial bill that would change laws covering illegal immigrants. Some want an easier path to citizenship. Others say that the rule of law must be respected.