Whistleblower in Petters fraud learns sentence today It was Deanna Coleman -- more than anyone else -- who helped put disgraced business tycoon Tom Petters in jail for more than 40 years. She exposed the $3.5 billion fraud led by her long-time mentor, friend and boss.6:40 a.m.
University Avenue property owners fight condemnation efforts The Minnesota Department of Transportation heads to court Thursday to begin condemnation proceedings for more than a dozen slivers of land needed for the Central Corridor project. The light-rail line will connect St. Paul to Minneapolis.7:45 a.m.
State Department Hosts Formal Mideast Peace Talks
Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams are getting down to work at the State Department Thursday -- with low expectations and amid more violence in the West Bank. President Obama hosted a dinner Wednesday night for the visiting Israeli and Palestinian leaders and other would-be peacemakers. The President challenged them to walk the path of peace.
Settlement-Building May Tear Down Peace Talks
Jewish settlers broke ground on new construction projects Wednesday in the West Bank, defying a ban imposed by Israel that expires at the end of the month. Settlers and their government supporters have been pushing to end the freeze. But Palestinians say they'll walk out of peace talks if that happens.
Lively Living Aboard Congo's River-Bound 'Villages'
Travel by water is the cheapest mode of transport in the Congo, and hundreds go by barge. From open-air ablutions and barter and trade on the water to the threat of rebel unrest, barge travel along the nearly 3,000-mile-long Congo River is full of activity punctuated just as often by delays.
Boy Howdy! You Can Deep Fry Beer
Amateur chef Mark Zable from Texas has a new culinary invention: fried beer. Zable tells Steve Inskeep this is the first time anyone has successfully deep fried a liquid. He'll debut his fried beer at the Texas State Fair later this month.
Community Near Ground Zero Almost Like Any Other
The neighborhood around the site where the World Trade Center once stood -- which now includes the site of a proposed Islamic community center -- is like many others in New York City. It has Starbucks, ethnic restaurants, churches and strip clubs. There's also a small mosque. But the gaping hole where the buildings crumbled is ever present.
Mideast View On The Proposed Islamic Center
Morning Edition wants to know how people in the Middle East view the debate over the proposed Islamic center near the site of the former World Trade Center in New York. Ramez Maluf, professor of journalism at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, talks to Steve Inskeep about how the debate.
Blair's Key To Success: 'Skills Of Persuasion'
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is out with a memoir called A Journey: My Political Life. Steve Inskeep asks him to relate one story about a quality Blair realized he had in common with the late Princess Diana -- one that had a hand in his own political success.
Regulators Sue Former WesCorp Executives
Federal regulators this week filed suit against two former executives of failed Los Angeles credit union WesCorp, according to published reports. It was seized by the government in March after it racked up $7 billion in losses -- most related to bad mortgage investments.
Ex-Lehman CEO Fuld Blames Regulators
The former head of Lehman Brothers said the company could have survived, if regulators offered the same kind of help it did to Lehman's competitors. Richard Fuld testified before the commission that's investigating the financial crisis Wednesday. Fuld said it was regulators -- not bad investments -- that did Lehman in.
British Villages Rescue Vital Community Services
Village life in Britain is under threat, with the closure of the pubs and stores that form the center of small communities. In the Oxfordshire village of Appleton, local people have set up their own "community shop" staffed and managed by volunteers. The British government is introducing legislation to make it easier for rural communities to manage their own affairs.