Gov. Pawlenty to decide on bonding bill Gov. Pawlenty must decide today what to do about the state bonding bill. The governor has criticized the $925 million proposal, which would borrow money to pay for construction projects around the state. He has said the bill is too big and would bust the state's debt ceiling.7:20 a.m.
Douglas' departure from WCCO just one sign of tough times One of the Twin Cities best-known media personalities will be missing from the evening news. Longtime WCCO meteorologist Paul Douglas was released from the station last week. Morning Edition host Perry Finelli talked with David Brauer, a media analyst in the Twin Cities and a reporter for MinnPost.com.8:25 a.m.
Wild begin playoff run this week The Minnesota Wild will face the Colorado Avalanche at home on Wednesday in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The team begins its march to the Stanley Cup as a No. 3 seed, having clinched its first Northwest Division title since the franchise was born in 2000.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
From Riots to Revival in a D.C. Neighborhood
The 1968, assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sparked rioting across many American cities. In Washington, D.C., the chaos began on the corner of 14th and U streets. The neighborhood only recently has begun to make a comeback.
Deportee Back Home After Near-Death Trip to U.S.
Julio Cuellar is one of a growing number of El Salvadorans who illegally cross into the U.S. and are deported home. Although he had hoped to earn money to help his sick daughter, he suffered a harrowing journey in the Arizona desert that nearly killed him.
California Company Develops Plug-In Hybrid
California has set a lofty goal for a new type of high-mileage car that is still on the drawing board: a "plug-in hybrid" that runs mostly on battery power. Americans can't buy one yet — big automakers are still trying to perfect the technology — but a small company near Los Angeles has gotten a head start.
U.S. Troops Killed as Fighting Reignites in Sadr City
Heavy fighting broke out in the Sadr City section of Baghdad on Sunday. Rockets fired from Sadr City struck the Green Zone and a U.S. military base in the city, killing three U.S. soldiers and wounding more than 30.
Military Officials Focus on Easing Strain on Army
The U.S. top commander in Iraq is due to update Congress this week. He is expected to recommend a pause in troop reductions. But there are continuing concerns about the impact the war is having on the overstretched Army, and military leaders say they're worried about the future.
Heston's Characters Glimpsed America's Future
Actor Charlton Heston died over the weekend in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the age of 84. He did more than star in epic films like Midway and Ben-Hur. Some of his characters glimpsed our future — and our collective nightmares.
Kan. Court Weighs Medical Records in Abortion Case
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving a Wichita doctor who performs abortions. A grand jury is seeking thousands of George Tiller's medical records in an effort to see whether he broke the law by performing illegal third-trimester abortions.
Strategist Quits Clinton Post over Colombia Flap
Mark Penn, chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, stepped down Sunday. Penn quit the campaign after it was revealed that he met with a Colombian diplomat about passing a free trade deal that Sen. Clinton opposes.
Airline Study Shows Industry Deteriorating
An annual study of airline quality shows that the industry deteriorated in every major area last year. Not surprisingly, passenger complaints rose at 15 out of the 16 airlines in the study.