South Dakota tests program that'll pay kids to learn The National Math and Science Initiative gave $2 million to reach out to rural kids. The program encourages high school students to take Advanced Placement classes online in exchange for a cash bonus if they pass the final test.6:25 a.m.
Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley discusses the snowy weather and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
St. Cloud residents worry about bridge closure After safety concerns on Thursday prompted MNDot to close the Highway 23 bridge in St. Cloud, residents were faced with the news that road detours would remain in place indefinitely. Neighbors near the bridge are wondering what kind of disruption the closure will create.7:20 a.m.
Two conductors in one As part of a collaboration with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, music students at the University of Minnesota are getting the rare opportunity to work with a professional conductor.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
From the Beginning: A Look at Five Years of War
NPR's Anne Garrels, who has been traveling back and forth to Iraq since before the war began, recalls some of the key moments and memorable people of the last five years — from looting in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein to the U.S. troop surge.
Housing Crisis Deepens Across Britain, Europe
In Europe, the financial markets are laying off employees, homeowners are worried that house prices might start to fall, and businesses are concerned by a potential recession. Most observers blame financial insecurity in the U.S. for the downturn.
Some Efforts to Safeguard Economy Boosted Risk
Market jitters may have worsened this week with Bear Stearns' collapse, but it isn't the first time Wall Street has seen tough times. Ten years ago, the Federal Reserve stepped in to bail out the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management. A journalist who wrote a book about it discusses whether history is repeating itself.
Oil-Driven Land Proposal in Alaska Stirs Controversy
The pursuit of new oil and gas reserves in Alaska is alarming local tribes. In the Yukon Flats region, north of Fairbanks, the tribes are concerned by negotiations involving a land swap with a federal agency to cash in on vast oil and gas deposits in a national wildlife refuge.
Publishers Post 'Sneak Peeks' of New Books Online
As an experiment, HarperCollins has posted complete electronic editions of a few books for free on its Web site, including titles by some of its well known authors. The publisher plans to post a fraction of new titles online before their publishing date as a "sneak peek."
Writers Respond to a 'Faux Memoir' of Gang Life
Writers respond to the revelation that a memoir describing a woman's childhood as a half-white, half-Native-American girl on the streets of South Central Los Angeles was actually written by a white girl from an affluent suburb.
Aloha Airlines Files for Bankruptcy, Blasts Rivals
Hawaii's second-largest airline has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it's being driven from the skies by a new discount airline. Aloha's chief blasted its competition for what it calls "illegal" and "predatory pricing."
Airlines Cut Unprofitable Flights as Fuel Prices Rise
It's been a difficult time for the airline industry. The soaring price of jet fuel forced United to announce flight cutbacks. Delta also eliminated flights and plans to slash 2,000 jobs. Other carriers increased ticket prices, and that still won't be enough to offset what's expected to be another year of multibillion-dollar losses for the industry.
FedEx Blames Economy, Pricey Fuel as Profits Dip
FedEx saw its profits dip last quarter. The overnight shipping company warns that the year ahead may be more of the same as it feels the pinch of an economic slowdown and high gasoline prices.
Skycaps Sue Airlines over Baggage Fees
Baggage fees are increasingly popular among airlines, as a way to squeeze more money out of passengers. But the surcharges are affecting skycaps' curbside tips, and now they're suing the airlines for compensation. Apparently, travelers think the fees go into skycaps' pockets, but they don't.