Lawmaker proposes last call at 4 a.m. during the RNC A Minnesota House proposal would let bars stay open until 4 a.m. during the Republican National Convention in September. The bill would apply to businesses within 10 miles of the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul.4:54 p.m.
Markets react as farmers say they will plant more wheat, soybeans If you've noticed the price of food going up, you may be interested in what the U.S. Agriculture Department reported today. The USDA said farmers plan to put more soybeans and wheat in the ground and ease up on corn. That could slow the rise in food prices.5:50 p.m.
Keep April Fool's Day out of the office, execs say Tom Crann talks with MPR's Family Desk reporter Nanci Olesen about the possible origins of April Fool's Day and why a survey of business executives showed there should be no pranks in the office.5:54 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
As Fighting Eases, Sadr City Returns to Routine
With a truce in place, Sadr City, the vast Shiite slum on Baghdad's eastern edge, is springing back to life. Despite continued tension in the "no-man's land" just outside the neighborhood, at the headquarters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, "candy of jubilation" was handed out.
Stalemate Changes Dynamic Between Iraqi Factions
Ghassan al-Atiyyah, founder and director of Iraq Foundation for Development and Democracy, and Miami University professor Adeed Dawisha discuss with Robert Siegel how Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was weakened politically when his attempt to wrest Basra from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's militia failed.
HUD's Crisis Management Evaluated
Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post discusses how the Department of Housing and Urban Development has handled the crises brought on by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita through the subprime mortgage meltdown.
Penguins Helped and Hurt by Changing Climate
Exactly 100 years ago, scientists started studying a penguin colony at Cape Royds, Antarctica. What they've learned since then suggests that climate change will reshuffle life on the planet in complicated ways.
Hybrid SUVs Are Missing in Action
Manufacturers are blitzing the airwaves with ads for hybrid SUVs, but they aren't actually making very many. Orders can take months, and some dealers are adding big markups.
Gore's 'We' Campaign to Fight Climate Change
Former vice president Al Gore's non-profit organization on Monday launches the "We" campaign, a $300-million effort to push policymakers to adopt tough legislation to combat climate change.
Dust Up in San Francisco over Wheelchair Ramp
San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Michela Alioto-Pier is vowing to sue the city unless it builds a wheelchair ramp to enable her to reach the board chamber's main podium. The city says the cost, estimated to top $1 million, is prohibitive.
League Catches Fans Using Quirky Names, Mascots
Minor League Baseball draws fans to the game with unconventional team names and funny mascots. Fun figures such as Conrad the Crawdad (of the Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads) helped bring in close to $175 million in ticket sales last year.