Climatologist Mark Seeley talks about this winter's huge snowfalls With the storm front that ripped through the Midwest this week, some places in the state saw their snowfall rise to over 70 inches for the season. Cathy Wurzer spoke with MPR's Mark Seeley about this week's weather and the continuing cold we can expect in the week ahead.6:55 a.m.
Building Ice-Henge for the Luminary Loppet The 9th annual City of Lakes Loppet will be held this weekend in Minneapolis. In recent years, frozen art has become a big part of the Luminary Loppet. Jim Bickal was there as the latest creation in ice was being unveiled.8:40 a.m.
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Egyptian Protesters Gather For 11th Day Of Protests
Many demonstrators fear that the regime of embattled President Hosni Mubarak will use Friday, the start of the Islamic weekend, to send thugs to attack them — touching off a battle as fierce as the one that raged earlier.
No Longer A Candidate, Mubarak Gains Support
Journalist Issandr El Amrani tells Steve Inskeep some Egyptians were swayed to support President Mubarak after he said he would not run in the next election. El Amrani covers culture and politics in the Middle East on the blog The Arabist.
The Bank Regulators' Book Club
Three women walk into a large carpeted office with their sweaters, coffee and reading glasses. Each woman is carrying under her arm a copy of The Book: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Coca Compost Boosts Bolivia's Anti-Drug Campaign
The government in Bolivia has come up with a novel use for decommissioned coca leaves. It's using the leaves as fertilizer. The government hopes it will deprive drug traffickers of coca's raw material for making cocaine.
Budget Wars: A Standoff Escalates In Congress
Republicans are demanding big cuts in all spending that isn't defense-related. Democrats say the economic recovery is still too fragile to do that. Now Democrats warn that the GOP could shut down the government and allow a default on the national debt if it doesn't get the cuts it wants.
Ronald Reagan's Legacy Clouds Tax Record
Ronald Reagan is an icon among anti-tax conservatives. The late president's rhetoric is clear but his record, not so much. Reagan still casts a long shadow over political debate in the U.S.
Is There Room For Bullishness On Jobs Data?
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has expressed guarded optimism on the unemployment front ahead of Friday's release of numbers for January. Most economists are forecasting that hiring picked up last month.
There's No Business Like Snow Business This Winter
This year's heavy snow is bad news for many businesses, such as retailers and airlines. But other firms are profiting from the storms. Among them are the obvious — ski resorts and hardware stores. But it's also a good time to own a liquor store.
Ad Industry Geared Up For Super Bowl Months Ago
Since last summer, ad man Tor Myhren has been toiling away on a Super Bowl commercial for the online broker E*Trade. The ad will feature one of the talking babies. Thanks to Twitter, Facebook and other technologies, Myhren says he'll know within 10 or 15 seconds whether his commercial is a hit.