The"working crunched" struggle despite a growing economy Many middle class families find themselves squeezed and feeling financially insecure. Minnesota Public Radio set out to profile some working Minnesotans whose financial circumstances are crimping their confidence in the future.6:50 a.m.
Rybak calls public safety top priority
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak ranked public safety as his top priority in his state of the city address. The mayor said more police officers will be on the streets in north Minneapolis and in high density areas like Uptown and downtown by the end of next month.7:20 a.m.
Farm installs robotic milkers Robotic milking machines could help reduce the often crushing workload of operating a dairy farm. At least one Minnesota family is experimenting with the new technology.7:50 a.m.
Minnesota's High Tech Industry ranked Seventh in the Nation
Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)released the ninth annual Cyberstates report detailing national and state trends in high-tech employment, wages, exports, and other key economic factors. Kate Rybenm president of The Minnesota High Tech Association is local chapter of the group. Kate Ruben, President of MHTA, talks about the study and high tech industry in Minnesota.7:55 a.m.
Timberwolves play their last game of the season
The Timberwolves play their final game of the regular seaon tonight. They take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:00pm in the Target Center. The Wolves have long been out of the Western Conference playoff hunt. They're coming off a 103-to-90 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.8:24 a.m.
Minnesota Women dropping out of the workforce
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reports an increase of 8 thousand jobs in March, bringing Minnesota's unemployment rate down to 4.1 percent. Meanwhile, women in the state have been leaving the workforce. After a 71 percent peak in 2002, Minnesota's employment rates for women have dropped to 69 percent. Executive Director of Jobs Now Coalition, Kris Jacobs, talks about this trend.8:53 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
High Court Reviews Insanity-Defense Case
The Supreme Court reviews Clark v. Arizona, a new test of the insanity defense. The parents of an Arizona man who killed a police officer want their son declared guilty but insane. The state does not want his mental state considered in court.
Moussaoui Defense Paints Picture of Mental Instability
Defense lawyers show Zacarias Moussaoui's notebooks as evidence of his insanity. But the prosecution says Moussaoui was lucid enough to make it to the U.S., take flying lessons and lie to the FBI. The testimony came during the sentencing phase of the confessed Sept. 11 conspirator's trial.
Cyclists Say USA Coaches Pushed Performance Drugs
Two former elite cyclists say they were coerced by American coaches into taking performance-enhancing drugs during a five-month period when they were teenagers. Their suit against USA Cycling is headed to trial.
Fate of Nepal Rests with King
A sixth person dies in Nepal's two-week long protest campaign against the country's King. The enigmatic Nepalese monarch holds the future of the kingdom in his hands.
New Pope Surprises American Catholics
One year ago, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and was introduced to the world as the next Pope. He took the name Pope Benedict XVI. The former German cardinal has reshaped the papacy, and its relationship with American Catholics.
DuPont Under Fire for Teflon Fumes
Teflon may make a great plate of scrambled eggs, but it also may make for a kitchen full of toxic fumes. That is the issue behind a class action lawsuit against the maker of the non-stick coating, DuPont.
The Dilemma of Working and Looking for Another Job
Stephen Viscusi talks with Renee Montagne about whether you should tell your employer when you are looking for a new job. Viscusi is CEO of The Viscusi Group, a recruiting firm in New York City. He also is the author of On The Job: How to Make it in the Real World of Work.
Gates Hosts China's President
The president of China arrives in the United States and drops in on the richest man in the world, Bill Gates. The Microsoft magnate hosted a reception for Hu Jintao at his mansion in the Seattle area. Hu will move on to meetings with President Bush in Washington, D.C.