Senate bill aims to cut prison sentences to save state funds A bill introduced in the Minnesota Senate this week would cut prison sentences across the board and lower penalties for specific crimes. The bill's author said she's proposing the changes to help balance the state's budget. But some public safety advocates say the changes go too far and the savings could be found elsewhere.7:20 a.m.
Sun Country profits soaring, while others sink Mendota Heights-based Sun Country is doing pretty well right now, even as other airlines are expected to lose billions of dollars. Sun Country earned a profit of $8 million in the first three months of 2009, despite filing for bankruptcy just last October.7:25 a.m.
MSP International Film Festival 27 launches Every year many Minnesotans celebrate the arrival of spring by heading inside to watch movies. Tonight, the 27th Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival kicks off with a screening of the romantic comedy "500 Days of Summer."7:45 a.m.
Art Hounds: Week of April 16 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.
Geologist shines light on Twin Cities caves If you've ever eyed a cave entrance, a storm drain or sewer somewhere in the Twin Cities and wondered what's inside, University of Minnesota geologist Greg Brick has the answer. Brick, author of "Subterranean Twin Cities," spent two decades researching and exploring all the area's underground spaces.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama's Trip To Support Mexico's Anti-Drug Effort
President Obama travels to Mexico, which is torn by drug violence as warring cartels battle for control. The visit on Thursday is meant as a show of support for President Felipe Calderon, and to underscore the importance his administration places on relations with Mexico.
Mexican-Americans Count On Obama To Connect
Many Mexican-Americans have high hopes for President Obama's trip to Mexico. They believe he can connect with the Mexican people in a way that few other U.S. leaders have. Many compare the trip to when President Kennedy visited Mexico City in 1962.
Corporate Jet Business Struggles With Bad Image
Business aviation became a symbol of corporate greed last November, when Detroit's chief executives were shamed for flying private jets to Washington to ask for financial help. Since then, the industry has been slowing production, laying off workers and looking for a strategy to repair its image.
Letters: Bank Insurance Fees Hit Home
A story on bankers who complained that their FDIC insurance payments were going up received several comments. One banker said his small bank will have to let someone go pay the assessment. But a woman in Florida said she's used to paying for others mistakes — in the form of high homeowners insurance premiums.
Clinton: U.S. To Freeze Pirates' Assets
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she's looking for 21st century solutions to a centuries old problem: Piracy. She says the U.S. will work with its partners to freeze the assets of pirates who have been raiding ships off the coast of Somalia. She's also trying to work with officials on land in a lawless country in the horn of Africa.
Drug Addiction, And Misery, Increase In Afghanistan
A growing number of Afghans, including women and children, are escaping the pain of war and poverty by using opium or heroin, for as little as a dollar a day. A new U.N. survey is expected to show that at least 1 in 12 Afghans abuses drugs. Experts say the government isn't addressing the problem.
Mall Operator Files For Bankruptcy Protection
The nation's second-largest mall operator has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth Properties was forced to file after it failed to persuade a majority of its debt holders to give it more time to refinance billions of dollars in debt racked up during the housing boom.
Recession Survivors Capture Competitors' Business
Tens of thousands of businesses across the country have declared bankruptcy since the start of the recession. That can mean more business for those that survive. Another reason some thrive is by simply paying attention to customers.
Fed's Beige Book: Economic Weakness Slowing
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that there are some signs that the drop in economic activity that began last fall is starting to level off. The Fed's latest survey of business conditions — known as the Beige Book — found five of its 12 regional banks reporting a moderation in the pace of the economic decline.