Moroccan voters go to the polls on Friday in a nationwide referendum on political changes proposed by the king. Morocco, like other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, was swept by pro-democracy demonstrations at the beginning of the year. Demonstrators protested a lack of freedoms, weak economy and political corruption.
Steve Inskeep talks to former Libyan ambassador Ali Aujali, who quit his official post with the government to become the U.S. representative of Libya's Transitional National Council. He is baffled and angered by the lack of progress toward convincing Washington to hand over the Gadhafi regime's frozen assets to the Libyan rebels.
Thousands of state workers in Minnesota are being told to stay home Friday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a new state budget. That also means tax refund checks will not be going out and zoos and parks will likely be closed this holiday weekend. This is the second shutdown for Minnesota in six years.