Pawlenty may be more aggressive with cuts to schools this year State leaders are focusing on education today as Gov. Pawlenty heads to New Orleans to chair a meeting of the Education Commission of the States and in St. Paul, a Minnesota House committee will hold a hearing to discuss a plan to secure more federal funds for schools.6:20 a.m.
Pink bag caused brief scare at MSP The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is expected to operate normally again Wednesday after Tuesday's brief bomb scare.
The false alarm caused a partial shutdown of the Lindbergh terminal. A bomb-sniffing dog triggered the alert when it called attention to a piece of luggage in the airport's baggage claim area.7:20 a.m.
Restitution issue emerging in child porn cases Federal prosecutors have until January 29 to respond to an unusual order issued this week by a federal judge in St. Paul. On Monday Judge Patrick Schiltz demanded the U.S. Attorney's office explain why it had not requested restitution for the victim in a child pornography case.7:25 a.m.
2010 predictions in arts and culture What will 2010 bring for arts and culture in Minnesota? Hopefully something better than 2009, when the tough economy dragged down arts organizations both large and small.8:25 a.m.
Wisconsin couple attacked in Mexico where U.S. has a Travel Alert Did you hear the interview on Morning Edition with Susan Thill of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin?
We talked to her yesterday and she told us about how she and her husband Al were attacked by carjackers last week while driving in northern Mexico. Al Thill was shot, then treated in a Mexican hospital. The two of them are safely back home now, but the attackers made off with their car and everything in it. And that same day, another American -- a school board member from California -- was shot and killed in the very same Mexican State of Durango. That area of Mexico is the subject of a State Department Travel Alert.8:35 a.m.
Training bomb-sniffing dogs The bomb scare that closed down parts of Twin Cities international airport yesterday is putting the focus on bomb sniffing dogs.8:45 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama: System Failed In A Potentially Disastrous Way
After the failed attempt Christmas Day to blow up a domestic airplane near in Detroit, President Obama ordered a full review of the security systems that should have prevented the would-be bomber from boarding a U.S.-bound plane. The president heard from his national security team Tuesday about what they learned.
New Regulations: Safer Flying Or Privacy Intrusion?
It's been less than two weeks since a passenger attempted to bring down a transatlantic flight using explosives he'd hidden in his pants. For air security officials the event has aggravated the already fraught process of moving people onto planes safely. As travelers face even more scrutiny, security and civil liberties experts are asking: What will it take to screen passengers effectively?
A Depression Diary, Sotomayor's Style, An About-Face Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown shares with NPR's Steve Inskeep the three best things she has read lately: An ordinary man's first-person account of the Great Depression, a profile of the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and a surprising change of heart about how to prosecute terrorists.
Co-Working Offers Community To Solo Workers
No longer do freelancers, entrepreneurs and other independent workers have to face the solitude of working from home. Now, they can enjoy the communal and social atmosphere of shared office spaces.
Karzai's Cabinet Should Be 'Acceptable' To Afghans
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told lawmakers they must stay in session until they approve his list of Cabinet ministers. Lawmakers have rejected 17 of Karzai's 24 nominations. Parliament member Daoud Sultanzoi tells Steve Inskeep, now that Karzai's choices have been rejected, he should "create a team that is acceptable to Afghans."
Eco-Tourism Holds Promise, Peril For Egyptian Oasis
A quietly growing eco-tourism movement in Egypt is beginning to bring smaller groups to more out-of-the-way areas where package tour operators don't visit. In the remote Dakhla Oasis, new eco-lodges have sparked both hope and apprehension among local villagers.
Cold Weather Squeezes Citrus Crops, Businesses
The snowy, cold weather gripping most of the county is starting to affect the economy. It has disrupted travel and helped push up energy prices. Citrus growers also are working to try to protect their crops. Merchants report retails sales are down.
Mr. Bossman: What's My Motivation, Money?
Madeleine Brand talks to author Daniel Pink about his latest book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Pink's 21st century business model is based on scientific evidence that when people are given more autonomy in their jobs, the rewards for both employee and employer are enormous. He says money can actually cause someone to work less effectively.
Facebook Blocks Web 2.0 Suicide Machine
A Netherlands-based computer group has designed a program that helps people quickly sever all their connections to services like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The site, Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, doesn't just erase your account, it deletes all your friends and messages. Then it changes your user-name and password so you can't get back in. It also changes your profile picture to a noose. Facebook says the group is violating its policy.