They're the first to go to college A quarter of Minnesota's college and university students are the first from their family to go on to higher education and this requires more from the schools to support them.4:49 p.m.
Minnesota State Fair: What's that sound? The Minnesota State Fair has been going since last Thursday and it's always a feast for the senses. You might even say, sensory overload. Great people watching and visual distraction everywhere. The smells of the deep fryer, and the swine barn.4:57 p.m.
Senate candidate Al Franken holds fundraiser in Denver DFL Senate candidate Al Franken in Denver at the Democratic National Convention. Franken held a fundraiser at a Denver law firm, but unlike some other candidates he will not be addressing the full convention.6:07 p.m.
Not all Minnesotans are in Denver to support Obama Why is Hillary Clinton so popular with Republicans? The Republican National Committee today tried to counter the good feelings among Democrats in Denver by highlighting Democrats who are supporting John McCain.6:11 p.m.
Silence and meditation amid convention chaos Just like the DNC, Meditate 08! brings in high-profile speakers to inspire attendees. But instead of roaring cheers, the sign of approval here is contemplative silence.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Michelle Obama: Family Is Focus Of Denver Speech
Michelle Obama delivers the keynote speech on the first day of the Democratic convention. She'll focus on the story of her husband, Barack Obama, and their family. "I want people to understand who we are as a family, what our values are," she tells NPR.
Dems Woo South With Conservative Candidates
After winning special congressional elections in Louisiana and Mississippi earlier this year, Democrats are running hard in other longtime GOP strongholds in the Deep South. Democrats may be gaining ground with candidates who extol Christian values and tax cuts.
Residents Of Gary, Ind., Look Up To One Another
Fans of the Gary RailCats, a minor league baseball team from Gary, Ind., nominate people in their community who make a difference and aren't running for public office. Answers in the RailCats' stadium range from mothers to the team's general manager.
Biden's Link To Credit-Card Firm Questioned
Joe Biden's son Hunter received consulting fees from Delaware-based credit-card company MBNA from 2001 to 2005 for work on online banking issues, a time Sen. Biden helped the credit-card industry push through key legislation.
Airlines Tweak Rules For Frequent-Flier Miles
Airlines are making changes to their frequent-flier programs, introducing new fees and making it harder to get free tickets. Tim Winship, publisher of frequentflier.com, offers a strategy: Book that award ticket before the price goes up.
Democrats Kick Off Convention
Democrats will officially nominate Barack Obama as their presidential candidate. Publicly, they have been stressing party unity, but it's yet to be seen how Hillary Clinton will use her time on the stage, and just how wholehearted her support for Obama will appear to be.
Obama Campaigns In Midwest
While the Democratic Convention gets under way Monday, the party's headliner, Barack Obama, isn't in Denver. He's busy stumping across a handful of Midwestern battleground states. He held a town hall meeting in Davenport, Iowa.
McCain Campaigns In Phoenix High School
Republican John McCain urged students at a Phoenix high school to vote. He also received the endorsement of Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee, who called the Republican presidential candidate a "fighter for the immigration issue."