Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history, the cold week, and a coming warm-up.6:50 a.m.
Weak dollar fuels growth in ag exports A weaker dollar is helping exports of farm equipment. North Dakota firms exported nearly $500 million in implements last year, double 2000 numbers.6:55 a.m.
Governor's climate group makes recommendations The Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group has approved a long list of suggestions on how the state can reduce its carbon footprint. Some ideas are more controversial than others, but they all mean changes in how we do things.7:20 a.m.
Lawmakers to weigh mining jobs against sulfuric acid Minnesota's prospects for expanding the mining industry get a hearing before state lawmakers Friday afternoon. Legislators will weigh the benefits of large scale mining for gold and other metals against predictions of dire environmental consequences.7:25 a.m.
Families in limbo over adoptions from Guatemala Many Minnesotans who adopt internationally choose children from Guatemala. But this year, would-be parents in Minnesota and every other state are finding their pending adoptions threatened, because of a new effort to prevent child trafficking in adoptions from Guatemala.7:50 a.m.
Minnesotan to be inducted into Figure Skating Hall of Fame A Minnesotan will be inducted Friday night into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Janet Carpenter, who competed as Janet Gerhauser, skated at the 1952 Olympics in Olso. She is the only woman in U.S. figure skating history to have been an Olympic competitor, team leader, and judge.8:25 a.m.
Northwest merger would impact Minnesota businesses A merger between Northwest and Atlanta-based Delta Airlines is still only a possibility, but there's been plenty of concern about what would happen if a merger occurs. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, about how a merger would affect Minnesota businesses.8:40 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
GOP Hopefuls Push Tax Cuts at Florida Debate
The economy took center stage as Republican presidential candidates held a debate Thursday in Boca Raton, Fla. They supported the Bush-Congress deal to stimulate the economy, but pressed for deeper tax cuts.
Several States Abandon Electronic Voting for Paper
Only a few primaries have happened so far, but already questions are being raised about the reliability of electronic voting equipment. In New Hampshire, two candidates asked for a recount. In South Carolina, some voting machines didn't start up on time.
French Muslim Women Forge New Islam, Activism
French Muslim women are in the forefront of grassroots political activism. Some say it's not religion but social and economic discrimination that threatens this society's cohesion.
Ailing Bond Insurers May Make Markets Queasy
The subprime mortgage crisis has now hit two major bond-insurance firms. Both underwrote risky mortgage-backed securities, resulting in big losses, with an impact that could ricochet through the bond market.
Berlusconi Seeks New Elections in Italy
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned Thursday after the center-left coalition he led lost a confidence vote in the Senate. Opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, a former prime minister, demanded immediate elections. David Willey of the BBC reports.
Must-See Films at the Sundance Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is under way in Park City, Utah. Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan combs the movie lineup for the most promising offerings.
Collegians Act as Sundance Film Scouts for Sony
Each year battalions of studio executives descend on the Sundance Film Festival, looking for the next indie hit. Sony Pictures is also using college students to gauge how a movie will play in the real world — in exchange for party invites and goodie bags.
Futures Trader Blamed for French Bank Fraud
More details emerge from France about a futures trader who may be at the center of a $7 billion bank fraud. Jerome Kerviel, 31, worked for the Paris-based international bank Societe Generale.
Will Fed Rate Cut Help Stem a Recession?
The U.S. Federal Reserve's dramatic cut in a key interest rate has calmed market anxiety in the short term. New York Times economics writer David Leonhardt gauges the rate cut's potential impact on a looming recession.
Traders Have Been Tempted Before
The Societe Generale banking scandal joins a long list of rogue trading cases, from Baring Banks' Nick Leeson in the mid-'90s to a $750 million theft in 2002 by a trader at Ireland's largest bank.