Record highs end the month of April
MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with University of Minnesota climitologist Mark Seeley about the unusual weather in April and the upcoming forecast.6:55 a.m.
Pawlenty wins showdown with Dems over public safety bill In a last-minute concession to Gov. Pawlenty, DFL leaders removed a provision that would have made it easier for people to sue insurance companies. The Republican governor had threatened to veto the entire $2 billion bill over the "good faith" provision.7:20 a.m.
Twin conductors have a corner on choral music The upper Midwest choral community's Minnesota Twins are joining forces this month. Matthew Culloton and his identical twin brother Michael are bringing their two choirs together for the first time.7:53 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
U.N. Report Suggests Ways to Cut Carbon Emissions
A new U.N. study examines ways to combat global warming and suggests strategies for reducing carbon emissions. A conference of 2,000 climate-change experts who worked on the report concludes Friday in Bangkok, Thailand.
Offshore Wind Proposal Gains Fans in Delaware
A Delaware competition last year called for environmentally friendly solutions to the state's energy needs. Among the three bids is a $2 billion project that would use offshore wind to generate electricity. It has much public support.
NBA's Stern Rejects Report on Referees' Bias
A new study found a slight racial bias in the way pro basketball games are officiated. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University wrote the report. NBA Commissioner David Stern disputes the findings.
'Spider-Man' Sequel Spins a Weak Tale
Sam Raimi spent a fortune, and its stars strive for naturalism, but Spider-Man 3 proves dramatically less than the sum of its expensive, ill-unified parts.
ABC to Explore 'D.C. Madam' Case
Deborah Jeane Palfrey says she ran a legal escort service. But unable to afford investigators for her legal defense, she gave her phone records to Brian Ross of the program 20/20. A report is scheduled to air Friday night.
Olmert Defies Growing Clamor for Resignation
Protests in Tel Aviv increase pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down, but so far he is resisting critics. Olmert is under fire for conduct of last summer's war in Lebanon and more recent government corruption scandals.
Remembering the Hindenburg in Verse
Seventy years ago this Sunday, people in New York City looked up in amazement to see the ill-fated zeppelin Hindenburg make its way to an airfield in New Jersey. A poem offers a boy's-eye view of that sight.
Job Creation Shows Signs of Slowing
April's employment report — due Friday — is expected to show that the U.S. economy added the fewest jobs in two years. Job losses have mostly been limited to factories and construction sites, but Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, recently announced it will fire 1,200 salaried workers.
'Spidey' Marketing Tab Put at $150 Million Spider-Man 3 opens Friday, but a marketing campaign has been under way for some time. The film is featured in ads for Target, 7-Eleven, and breakfast cereals. It may be one of the most widely marketed movies ever produced.
Toy Industry Plays on Parental Anxiety
Susan Gregory Thomas, author of Buy Buy Baby, questions the value of the "smart toys" aimed at children from early infancy. A toy market estimated at more than $20 billion preys on parents' fears and ambitions.