Moving from March to April
MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with University of Minnesota climitologist Mark Seeley about the recent tornadic activity and a new class offered by the National Weather Service. Information on this class is in the March 30th commentary on Mark Seeley's WeatherTalk Web page.6:55 a.m.
Crosstown construction afoot
Hold your breath. They're opening bids this morning in St. Paul on the long delayed reconstruction of the Crosstown Commons in south Minneapolis. Yes, that's right. It is possible that by June construction will begin on the state's most famous traffic bottleneck. The good news is the new interchange may help relieve congestion. The bad news, my friends, is the project could take four years.7:20 a.m.
The commissioner is watching Minnesota Public Radio's Bob Collins, the commissioner of the Minnesota Fantasy Legislature, has had his eyes glued to the action at the Capitol for the entire 2007 session. Here's what that kind diligence has taught him about lawmaking.7:50 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Hill Hears Sampson's Account of Attorney Firings
Kyle Sampson — former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales — testifies before a Senate panel. He says his boss was far more involved in the plan to fire eight federal prosecutors than Gonzales has previously acknowledged.
Bush Rejects Senate's Iraq Timetable
The Senate, defying the threat of a presidential veto, approves $122 billion in war funds while setting a timeline for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. President Bush says U.S. military funding should be accomplished with no strings attached.
North Korea Slows Pace of Nuclear Talks
A new wrinkle has emerged in negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program. The reclusive regime is demanding that the U.S. return millions in frozen funds before it moves on to further talks.
The Lived-In World of 'The Lookout' The Lookout, a thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, invests more than the usual amount of effort in developing characters. It marks the directing debut of Scott Frank, known for his writing work.
Saudi King Decries 'Occupation' of Iraq
At a summit of Arab leaders this week, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia said the U.S. is illegally occupying Iraq. What are the political implications for such a statement from a key ally in the region?
Rep. John Lewis Weighs Endorsement Options
As a civil-rights hero, the endorsement of Rep. John Lewis is valued by presidential hopefuls — including Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York. Lewis talks about being courted by two Democratic rivals.
Congress, Bush Honor Tuskegee Airmen
Surviving members of America's first all-black combat flying unit, the Tuskegee Airmen, are awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The ceremony includes thanks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a salute from President Bush.
Fidelity Investments Drops Company Pension Plan
Companies small and large have been phasing out their pension plans and pushing their employees into 401-K plans. The mutual-fund giant Fidelity Investments is following the trend with its own workers.
Florida Copes with Slump in Condo Market
In Florida, real estate busts are nearly as predictable as the state's sunshine and thunderstorms. Now, lots of speculators who bet on the condo market are taking a hit.
Uncle Ben, Serving Up Grains of Wisdom
Uncle Ben has a new role. The smiling black advertising icon has been criticized as a stereotype. Now he has a fictional online office as company chairman, from which he answers letters and dispenses "Benisms."