Pawlenty budget includes cuts to courts Judges and other court staffers are concerned about Gov. Pawlenty's proposal to trim state spending to cover a projected $1 billion budget shortfall. Pawlenty's plan would reduce state funding of district courts by about $7 million a year, or around 2.8 percent.7:50 a.m.
Tales of a fourth grade opera Fourth graders at Linwood A+ Elementary in St. Paul created an opera to celebrate Minnesota's 150th birthday.7:55 a.m.
Injecting culture into Spring Break The spring break season kicks off next week for many Minnesotans, which means parents will be facing the prospect of idle days with their children. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola has some ideas for injecting a little culture into the spring.8:20 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Clinton Says Michigan and Florida Should Count
In an NPR interview, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton discusses the fate of the Michigan and Florida delegates, the role of race in the campaign, foreign-policy credentials and superdelegates.
Iran Elections Exclude Many Reform Candidates
As Iran prepares to elect a new parliament on Friday, hundreds of reform candidates have been disqualified by a non-elected council. Iran's leaders say this is democracy. Critics in Iran say it's hardly democratic.
Ferraro Leaves Clinton Campaign
Geraldine Ferraro has given up her position on the finance committee of Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in the wake of a controversial remark about Sen. Barack Obama.
Croat Generals on Trial at The Hague
Three former generals in the Croatian army are on trial in The Hague. They are accused of driving thousands of Serbs from their homes in the 1990s, during the war in the former Yugoslavia.
Nepal's King Finds Road to Republic Costly
Nepal's 240-year-old Hindu monarchy will be abolished if a new assembly agrees to continue a path toward making the nation a republic. Now the king and his family face a mounting pile of personal debt.
Role of U.S. Military Commands Shifting
Adm. William Fallon resigned this week as commander of U.S. forces in Africa and the Middle East. His post is one of several powerful U.S. commands that increasingly touch on an array of diplomatic functions beyond military concerns.
EPA Sets New Limits on Smog
Environmental regulators say the air in hundreds of counties is too dirty to breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering local officials to pay for a cleanup that will cost billions of dollars. But the EPA's goal for reducing allowable smog levels is less ambitious than the recommendations of its own scientists.
Southwest Grounds Jets After FAA Fine
Southwest Airlines has grounded some of its jets after the Federal Aviation Administration levied a massive penalty on the airline for failing to complete some required inspections.