Pawlenty to name new Transportation Commissioner Gov. Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to announce his pick for Transportation Commissioner at a news conference this morning. Bob McFarlin has been the acting commissioner since the Minnesota Senate removed Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau from the spot in February. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck discusses this and other news from the Minnesota State Capitol.7:25 a.m.
Arts economy snapshot Regional arts groups haven't yet felt the effects of an ailing economy, but they're concerned about the future.7:50 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Bank of America says its latest quarterly profit was down 77% from a year earlier. Minnesota Public Radio chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses that and other economic news.8:25 a.m.
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Spurred by Rising Seas, Dubai's Floating Ambition
Dubai will try just about anything; the bolder and more outlandish, the better. So two Dutch architects have opened a business there specializing in homes, offices and hotels that float. They hope their floating architecture will help coastal cities around the world survive climate change.
Lucy's Laugh Enlivens the Solar System
We make a lot of noise here on Earth with our TV and radio broadcasts, and some of that sound escapes into space. But how far will our signals travel? Can Lucille Ball's laugh be heard across the universe?
Obama Counterattacks on Eve of Pa. Primary
The Democratic presidential candidates are busy preparing for Tuesday's primary in Pennsylvania in the midst of a long and bitter race for the nomination. Barack Obama has been working to maintain his lead in pledged delegates and is looking ahead to a possible contest with presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.
Blacks in Philadelphia Split over Democratic Race
In Philadelphia, prominent African-Americans are split over the two Democratic presidential candidates. The division reflects both the differences between the two contenders for the nomination and the changing priorities within the city's black power structure.
Colombia Reflects Rising Threat of Nuclear Terrorism
The danger of terrorist or insurgent groups acquiring nuclear materials on the black market could be a looming threat. FARC rebels in Colombia reportedly tried to acquire enriched uranium. They may have been more interested in trading it to a terrorist group than in developing it for their own purposes.
Zimbabwe's Election Standoff Extends to 4th Week
There are still no results from the presidential vote in Zimbabwe as a contested re-tally of the vote drags into a fourth week. Local and international demand has escalated for the results of the vote to be made public.
Home Prices Drop Most in Areas with Long Commute
Median home prices across the nation continue to decline, but some experts are noting a link between falling housing prices and commuting distances. Suburbs where commuters drive an hour or more to work are seeing some of the sharpest drops in prices.
Tampa Woman Sues City for Unpaid Civil War Loan
A 77-year-old woman in Tampa, Fla., is trying to collect on a loan her great-grandfather made to the city during the Civil War. She claims that after 147 years at 8 percent interest, the original $300 debt is now nearly $23 million.
Leaders of Canada, Mexico Meet with U.S. President
President Bush meets Monday with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and they're likely to discuss free trade. President Bush says he wants the partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement to talk about expanding trade in the rest of the hemisphere.