Weather comments from Mark Seeley
University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley discusses how much snow has fallen so far this winter, and looks ahead at the seasonal outlook for our region.6:55 a.m.
Tim Dolan considered a contender for Minneapolis chief The man Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants to name as interim Minneapolis police chief is considered a contender for the permanent job. Assistant Chief Tim Dolan was recommended for the interim job the day after William McManus accepted an offer in San Antonio.7:25 a.m.
Wolves to be delisted Federal officials have a new plan to take wolves off the endangered species list. Unlike previous proposals, the plan today only affects wolf management in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and parts of bordering states.7:45 a.m.
Young people say MySpace.com should be private
Teens and college students are flocking to MySpace.com. It is a social networking site where they post photos, music, and written stories about their lives. Anyone can gain access to the information, including parents and teachers. But many young people using the site say they want it to be their private space. Minnesota Public Radio's Sea Stachura reports.7:50 a.m.
Pastor who recorded Sen. Johnson's comments has no regrets A pastor who secretly recorded State Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson's recent comments about gay marriage and the State Supreme Court, says he has no regrets he did so. Rev. Brent Waldemarsen of the Harvest Community Church in Willmar spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Joshua's Tough Questions for His Mother
Joshua Littman was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, when he was 5. When he was 9, he joined MENSA. Recently, Joshua, 12, wrote a list of questions to ask his mother.
'Lord of the Rings' Takes the Stage
After proving immensely popular on page and screen, The Lord of the Rings is about to take another leap. When J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy of fantasy novels makes its debut as a stage production in Toronto, audiences will hear Hobbits and elves sing. Just don't call it a musical, its producer says.
Doubt Cast on Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Video
It is the Zapruder film of birding: Four seconds of what some scientists say is proof that the ivory-billed woodpecker is not extinct. Now, skeptics have deconstructed every frame and say the bird caught on film is just a common pileated woodpecker.
U.S. and Iraqi Military Push Forward with Offensive
Dozens of people have been detained by the U.S. and Iraqi militaries as the press forward with an offensive near Samarra. More than 1,500 troops are deployed in what the military is calling an anti-insurgency sweep. Renee Montagne talks to BBC reporter Jim Muir.
Lobbying Reform Proposal Attracts Skeptics
Since the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal broke, the GOP has promised to reform rules on lobbying. House Republicans introduced some reform proposals Thursday. But the reforms face criticism from inside and outside the party.
Palestinian Leader Abbas Grows Politically Weaker
Israel's raid on a Palestinian prison in the West Bank this week has further eroded Palestinian support for president Mahmoud Abbas. He was already reeling from parliamentary rise to power of the militant Islamist party Hamas. Now many analysts say Israel's jail siege underscores Abbas' continued weakness.
Gov. Schwarzenegger's Sinking Fortunes
California's Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may be staking his political future on a controversial bond measure to fund massive infrastructure improvements in the state. Despite days of wrangling and negotiation in Sacramento, Republicans and Democrats have not been able to come up with a compromise package. John Myers of member station KQED reports.
California Seeks Federal Money for Levee System
Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has highlighted the dismal state of the California levee system. He's declared a state of emergency and is asking for millions of dollars to repair the system. Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff will visit and inspect the levees on Friday as he weighs Schwarzenegger's request for more federal dollars. Tamara Keith of member station KPCC reports.