Cost a bigger consideration in college choices this year For students and parents, financial concerns are an even bigger part of the decision over which college to attend. That has colleges offering even more financial help then usual, in hopes of attracting students to their campuses during tough economic times.6:55 a.m.
MnDOT ahead of schedule on federal stimulus allocations State officials say they are ahead of schedule meeting a federal deadline for spending stimulus dollars. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials say they've committed more than half the stimulus money allocated to the state for transportation.7:20 a.m.
State unions, lawmakers busy at the Capitol Today could be another long day for lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate as they continue to debate spending bills. And there's word of a tentative contract agreement between top state employee unions and the state.7:25 a.m.
Art Hounds: Week of April 23 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
For Downsized Actors, Performance Anxiety Looms
The recession has fewer people going to the theater, which means less work for stage performers. That's because many American theater companies are shrinking their seasons — and their casts.
Budget Casino, Restaurant Survives In Vegas
Business is down noticeably at the Ellis Island Casino and Brewery, but it is doing much better than other places in Las Vegas. Some tourists seeking cheap eats and entertainment find their way here, but it is the locals who really keep the budget-minded casino going.
GM May Force Workers To Take Part Of Summer Off
Troubled automaker General Motors is said to be discussing the idea of closing most of its U.S. factories for up to nine weeks this summer. Slumping sales and growing inventories of unsold vehicles are the reason.
Venture Capitalists, Entrepreneurs Bet On Detroit
As Detroit's "Big Three" keep getting smaller, the challenge is to somehow create jobs as fast as the auto industry loses them. To do that, Michigan is making a series of bets on smaller companies like defense contractors and biotech firms.
Interrogation: Extreme View Of Constitutional Law
When lawyers at the Justice Department during the Bush administration said that certain interrogation techniques like waterboarding were not torture, at least one lawyer at the State Department disagreed. In 2005, Philip Zelikow was a counselor for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He explains to Renee Montagne why he disagreed.
India Takes Shoe-Throwing And Runs With It
India's monthlong elections are in full swing, and there's a new phenomenon afoot on the campaign trail. It's something borrowed from that moment when former President Bush proved his reflexes were still good in the face of flying objects.
Somalia Asks International Donors For Aid
Somalia's fragile government is asking international donors meeting in Brussels for help defending itself from violence and lawlessness that plague the country. Ken Menkhaus, a professor of political science at Davidson College in North Carolina, talks with Reene Montagne about what kind of aid is needed in Somalia, and what has to be done to make it work.
Obama Pledges New Credit Card Rules
President Obama meets with top executives from the credit card companies on Thursday. The administration is planning to crack down on the companies that commit unfair practices.
Dealers: Bankruptcy Shouldn't Be An Option For GM
The National Auto Dealers Association meets with a White House task force Thursday in hopes of staving off a General Motors bankruptcy. But there are increasing signs that the company may end up in court anyway.