Pawlenty's travel extensive during Minn. legislative session An MPR News analysis of Pawlenty's travel found that the governor has made 11 out-of-state trips since Feb. 4, the day session started. Pawlenty defended his travel by saying his work is done, while the work of DFL legislative leaders is not.7:20 a.m.
Stone Arch bridge a good spot to enjoy spring With a forecast for sunny skies and warm temperatures today, lots of people will be looking for an excuse to be outside. Essayist Peter Smith says spring is a good time to get out and reconnect -- with each other and with some of our favorite places.7:45 a.m.
Enslaved by the cello Forget trying to put Jelloslave's music into some neat little category. In fact, experimental jazz saxophonist George Cartwright of Roseville, won't even take a stab at it.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Afghan Militant Leader's Motives Under Scrutiny
Insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar recently sent advisers to talk with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about a possible peace deal. But many people in Afghanistan don't trust Hekmatyar. They see him as a ruthless war criminal, and even his allies question his motives.
Overeducated And Unemployed? Try The Census
If the count is more accurate and efficient than usual this year, it may be due to the economy. Thanks to the recession, the Census Bureau has more highly qualified people helping to carry out the count than ever before. Now, work is getting done faster than anticipated — and under budget.
Salina, Kansas, Counts On Its Census Tally To Grow
When it comes to the Census, 50,000 appears to be a magic number. That's the number of residents that many restaurant chains and other businesses look for when deciding where to locate. It's also the population level that makes it easier for a community to qualify for federal funding to support infrastructure projects like streets, water systems and parks. That's why Salina, Kansas, is making sure all of its citizens are counted.
Congress Fails To Fund Settlement For Black Farmers
The president vowed to pay $1.25 billion to thousands of black farmers who complained of discrimination by the Department of Agriculture. But Congress left for its spring recess before approving money for the payments.
On Pakistan's Border, Progress And Challenges
Pakistan's military has made a point of highlighting what they call a success story: driving Taliban forces out of Bajaur, in the region bordering Afghanistan that has long been a sanctuary for militants. There are signs of progress there, but Pakistan now faces the challenge of keeping them out.
North Korean Economic Crisis Complicates Transition
Economic upheaval in North Korea may have cost one of the country's top economic policy officials his job, and maybe even his life. The economic reforms he presided over appear to have failed disastrously, complicating North Korea's leadership transition.
Apple Reportedly Working On Verizon iPhone
Apple plans to begin producing the Verizon version of the iPhone this year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple's popular phone currently only works with AT&T — an exclusive agreement that's proved a huge boon for the phone company. For Apple, making phones for other networks means access to tens of millions of potential customers.
Treasury Could Profit From Citigroup Stock Sale
The Treasury Department announced Monday it will sell its stake in Citigroup — 7.7 billion common shares. The government bought the shares during the height of the financial crisis. Barring a collapse in Citigroup's stock price, the government could profit more than $8 billion.
Blockbuster Struggles To Stay In Movie Rental Game
Competition from Netflix and rental kiosks is threatening movie rental chain Blockbuster. But the end of the road might not necessarily be around the corner. Blockbuster gets many new movies sooner than Netflix and offers a variety of delivery methods for its customers.
'Motherhood' Flops At The British Box Office
The movie Motherhood starring Uma Thurman came out last October. It's the story of a stressed-out Manhattan mom. In the U.S., the film didn't even gross $100,000. When the movie opened in Great Britain recently, only a dozen people showed up at the one theater where it was showing.