11 killed in deadly weekend on Minnesota roads Six people, including four teenagers, were killed early Sunday in a head-on collision. It was one of four separate crashes over the weekend that left a total of 11 people dead, seven of them teenagers.6:20 a.m.
Vigilant on the prairie, researchers log spring's earlier arrival A Fargo researcher is carefully watching for signs of spring on the Minnesota prairie. He's comparing what he sees with records going back 100 years.
Based on several years of observation, it appears flowers are blooming earlier, and migrating birds are arriving sooner than in the past.
Researchers think the changes are a result of a warming climate.6:25 a.m.
Party endorsements shorten time at the Capitol The DFL party gubernatorial endorsee, and Minnesota House Speaker, Margaret Anderson Kelliher travels around the state today to campaign. Kelliher beat out seven other challengers in a six-ballot endorsement battle Saturday in Duluth. Minnesota Republicans are preparing to gather in Minneapolis later this week to endorse their candidate for governor. And that means another abbreviated week at the Capitol.7:20 a.m.
Future of cellulosic ethanol remains uncertain The idea of a biofuel made from something other than food was one of the stars of both the Bush and Obama administration's energy programs, but the future of cellulosic ethanol is in doubt.7:25 a.m.
Monday Market report with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest.8:25 a.m.
Minnesota native gearing up to be a Viking When the Minnesota Vikings open rookie camp later this week, one of the new players will be a former Minnesota Gopher. Nate Triplett is a linebacker who the Vikes drafted this weekend in the 5th round. He was the Gopher's second-leading tackler last year. His Minnesota roots go even deeper than the U campus. He's a graduate from Delano high school.8:45 a.m.
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Dutch Church Promises Full Abuse Investigation
Reports by Dutch media about sexual abuse from the 1950s through the 1970s have prompted a wave of new allegations against the Catholic Church there. Some who say they were abused by priests at Catholic boarding schools across Holland want to ensure it's sufficient and independent.
Vatican Set To Rule On Legionaries Of Christ
The powerful Legionaries of Christ has admitted sexual abuse by its founder Father Marcial Maciel. The Vatican ordered an investigation into the group last year, and results are expected to be released soon.
Will GOP Use Filibuster To Upend Finance Bill?
The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on legislation re-regulating Wall Street — a top priority for President Obama. Republicans say it is too soon to take up the bill. That amounts to a filibuster; and Democrats will need 60 votes to override it — one more than the 59 they control. Democrats say it's time to consider doing away with the procedural move.
Trucking Rivals Fight Lobbying Battle Over Legislation
Lobbying dollars are flying over a legislative provision that would make it easier for FedEx Express workers to unionize. FedEx says the measure is a bailout for UPS. But UPS counters that its rival will do anything to maintain its special interest.
Discord Over Election, Recount Cloud Iraq's Future
Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's electoral bloc won two more seats than that of sitting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. But just as that result was to be confirmed, an Iraqi judge ordered a recount of votes cast in Baghdad — which could erase Allawi's lead. In an interview with NPR, Allawi has threatened to reject the court's decision.
A Life Without Fear
Isabelle, 9, was born with a rare genetic disorder that, among other things, means she is biologically incapable of not trusting people. Her pathological trust of everyone has made for some serious challenges in raising her, but Isabelle's parents say there are also rewards to a child with boundless love and trust.
Hertz to Buy Dollar Thrifty For $1.2 Billion
One of the biggest car rental companies in the world is buying a competitor. Hertz is paying $1.2 billion for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. The deal was announced Monday after the boards of the two companies reached agreement.
And The Award For Convoluted Legalese Goes To ...
A new award recognizes the worst in "official" writing — and attempts to shame governments and companies into communicating better. The Center for Plain Language hopes its new award will encourage clear and useful writing.
Post-It Notes Evolve In Size And Color
Post-It Notes were introduced across the county in 1980. Scientists at 3M had discovered a new kind of adhesive that could stick to many surfaces and be easily repositioned. The little sticky pads come in eight sizes, and dozens of shapes and colors.
Senate's Reid Makes Immigration A Bigger Priority
Majority Leader Harry Reid has surprised his colleagues by announcing that the Senate will take up immigration after overhauling financial regulations. Reid is trailing in the polls in his bid for reelection in Nevada, and critics charge his decision on immigration is just a political move.