Central Corridor finds an ally in Washington The head of the Federal Transit Administration says he's doing everything in his power to push forward a light-rail line connecting the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis.6:20 a.m.
Students compete to keep snowmobiles running clean Nineteen universities will participate in a big competition next week on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The challenge for engineering students is to reduce emissions and noise, and create a more environmentally friendly snowmobile.6:25 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
How tea party politics might play out in Minnesota Minnesota "Tea Party Patriots" plan a rally Saturday outside the State Capitol to protest federal health care reform. There's some debate over how the tea party movement will influence the political debate in Minnesota.7:20 a.m.
Judge blocks St. Croix bridge The St. Croix bridge bridge project -- in the works for half a century -- is going back to the drawing board again. Businesses and residents in the Stillwater area and in western Wisconsin are still digesting a federal court ruling that puts the planned bridge on hold. The Sierra Club brought the suit.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Do Big Quakes Increase Global Seismic Activity?
There have been three deadly earthquakes already this year — in Haiti, Chile and Turkey — and a fourth that caused damage in Taiwan. Is this a coincidence? Seismologists can't answer that question directly, but they say there's a growing realization that big earthquakes can trigger other earthquakes many thousands of miles away.
Dream Of A Tropical Resort Inspires Midwest Town
If you build it, they will swim — that's the vision of Elkhart, Ind., where nearly 1 in every 5 people was unemployed a year ago. Situated close to Chicago and Indianapolis, the town is a few hours' drive for 35 million people. So Elkhart is exploring the idea of building a type of tropical resort popular in cold climates in Europe, such as this one in England.
Rabbi Kushner: An 'Accommodation' With God
The author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People reflects on his life and his relationship with God. He says God has gotten used to the things that he's not capable of and he's come to terms with what God's not capable of.
Charges Of 'Re-Segregation' At N.C. High School
A high school in Wayne County, N.C., has a student population that is poor and 99 percent black. That's not the case at other public high schools in the same county. The disparity has prompted a civil rights inquiry — and complaints about what one leader calls "re-segregation."
Battle Over Ivory, Tuna Expected At Wildlife Meeting
Wildlife experts convene next week in the city of Doha in Qatar to consider how to control the trade in rare animals and plants. Trade in elephant ivory continues to be a contentious issue. And this year sees a brand new effort to move offshore and protect some of the ocean's most charismatic and sought-after species.
Suicide Explosions Strike Lahore, Pakistan
Suicide bombers targeted the Pakistani military in Lahore Friday. It was the fourth major attack in Pakistan this week, indicating Islamist militants are stepping up violence after a period of relative calm.
Thriller 'Green Zone' Takes Series Look At Iraq
Less than a week after The Hurt Locker won the Oscar for best picture, a new Iraq war movie is in theaters. Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon — the director and actor from the last two movies in the Jason Bourne franchise — are back together with a film that combines action and a political message.
Administration Turns Eye Toward Big Agribusiness
Top Obama administration officials launch a series of workshops Friday delving into agriculture antitrust issues. Some big agribusiness firms say the forums will showcase a well-functioning, free market, but some producers think the probe will expose a system increasingly hostile to traditional family farms.
Most States Have No Laws Against Freelance 'Repos'
The auto repossession industry is big business. Two million cars were repossessed last year. A report from the National Consumer Law Center says most of those are done without the involvement of courts or police. These so-called self-help repos have caused at least six deaths in recent years.
Pink Floyd Wins Battle With EMI Over Online Sales
A British Court ruled record label EMI may not sell Pink Flloyd songs individually without the band's permission. The band insisted its contract prohibited those sales. EMI said the contract didn't apply to Internet sales.