Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
Some stimulus funds might land in unexpected places Over the next few months, billions of dollars will flow into Minnesota from the federal stimulus package. The biggest chunk -- $1.8 billion -- will go to the state's Medicaid program. But then other allocations may be more like $11,000 -- hardly enough to create a new full-time job.7:20 a.m.
Bemidji State's Frozen Four run ends Last night, the Bemidji State hockey team's hopes of going all the way were dashed when they fell to Miami of Ohio by a score of 4 to 1, but the Beavers puck play was put Bemidji on the map.7:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Trade Drop Threatens To Deepen Global Recession
International economic data released this week tell a story of globalization in reverse: Trade is off dramatically. Economists say the effects will be felt everywhere — and if governments aren't careful, trade could fall further and make the global recession even worse.
Banks Balk At Dramatic Rise In FDIC Fees
Complaining that they're being asked to pay for the sins of others, U.S. banks sound the alarm over an increase in FDIC insurance premiums. In the end, says one bank executive, they'll have no choice but to pass the increase on to ordinary customers.
Even 'Green' Trade Not Immune To Economic Woes
With the world in recession, many factories are producing less — and emitting less carbon dioxide pollution. This means the carbon trade market — where companies buy and sell the right to pollute — is experiencing a slump. After a bullish 2008, companies are now refraining from selling carbon credits, waiting instead for prices to rise.
China Puts Fizz In Bid To Reduce Carbon Emissions
A power plant in China is experimenting with ways to capture and recycle its carbon emissions, producing CO2 to put the fizz in soft drinks and fill fire extinguishers. Researchers hope the pilot project will lead to wider efforts to cut industrial carbon emissions and slow global warming.
Two Years After Massacre, Va. Tech Reopens Hall
This month marks the second anniversary of the nation's deadliest campus shooting, when a gunman opened fire at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people before he killed himself. On Friday, the university reopens the section of Norris Hall where most of the deaths occurred.
Afghan Politician Links Corruption, Taliban Rebound
Ashraf Ghani, a likely candidate for the Afghan presidency, has been outspoken about his country's problem with corruption. Ghani, a former finance minister of Afghanistan, says the Taliban's resurgence over the past few years can be attributed to government corruption.
'Anvil': For Heavy-Metal Vets, It's A Hard-Rock Life
At 14, founding members of Anvil, Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner, swore they would rock into their golden years. After Anvil's influential debut album, however, their careers took a nosedive. This documentary finds the softer side of hard rock.
Virgin Mobile Gives Laid Off Customers A Break
Officials at Virgin Mobile have announced what it calls a "Pink Slip Protection" plan. The company says it will waive up to three months of charges if a customer is laid off. The offer is only for monthly prepaid calling plans. The company says customers who use these plans tend to have lower incomes and are more affected by the downturn.
French Workers Kidnap Bosses To Protest Layoffs
In France, some workers have been kidnapping their bosses. Since last month, managers have been held hostage at factories for up to 24 hours by workers who are angry over plans for layoffs.
Utah Finds Surprising Benefits In 4-Day Workweek
Utah last summer became the first state to mandate a four-day workweek for its employees. A recent assessment of the program found the expected energy cost savings haven't materialized, but there have been unexpected boosts to productivity and worker satisfaction.