Illness means final harvest for family farmer Fall is a time for endings, as the growing season concludes and farm families gather their harvest.
For one southern Minnesota farmer, illness has added an extra measure of finality to the season.4:50 p.m.
Haunted basement attracts while it scares People are flocking to the Soap Factory gallery in Minneapolis to be scared. The gallery, just across the river from downtown, is making use of its 125-year-old building to present an artist-designed Haunted Basement.4:54 p.m.
U of M sets flu shot record of over 10,000 The University of Minnesota has apparently earned a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records today for vaccinating the most people in one day against influenza. MPR's medical analyst, Dr. Jon Hallberg, was among the thousands vaccinated today.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
GM Seeks Government Loan To Buy Chrysler
General Motors is asking the government for a loan that would make it possible to acquire rival carmaker Chrysler. There is a growing list of industries that would like to be included in the Treasury Department's financial bailout and it's not clear yet how Treasury will respond.
Critic Blasts Plan to Rescue U.S. Carmakers
Peter Morici, professor of logistics, business and public policy at University of Maryland's Smith School of Business, opposes a government bailout for General Motors. He says without a viable plan for future profitability, neither GM nor other Detroit automakers should get help.
Boeing, Machinists Union Reach Tentative Deal
Chicago-based Boeing Co. and its machinists union struck a tentative deal to end a seven-week strike that has shut down the company's commercial airplane operations. The deal gives workers a 15 percent pay raise over the four-year life of the contract.
St. Louis Voters Discuss Struggles, Election Hopes
A group of workers at the nonprofit Manufacturing Training Alliance in St. Louis, which trains people for skilled manufacturing jobs, all say they support Barack Obama. For some, this will be the first time they plan to head to the polls.
Obama's Candidacy Angers, Excites Hate Groups
Two neo-Nazi skinheads were accused this week of plotting to kill Barack Obama. Although Obama was never in real danger, law enforcement agencies worry that his success could galvanize white supremacists.
Letters: Toni Morrison
Listeners responded to Monday's interview with author Toni Morrison about her new novel, A Mercy. Morrison talked about her realization while writing the book that many white Americans have ancestors who were slaves. Not all listeners were surprised by that revelation.
Oil-Rich Kirkuk Could Hold Key To Iraq's Problems
The northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk has become a symbol for one of the country's most intractable problems: debate over who should control Iraq's oil riches. The Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens are all vying for demographic and political control.
'Inverted Jenny' Stamp On Auction Block
The stamp — which features an upside-down biplane — will be sold this week by the Robert Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City. Though a similar stamp sold for nearly $1 million last year, this one is not centered and is not expected to fetch as much.
Ramirez Heirs Seek To Reclaim Artist's Lost Work
Martin Ramirez was a Mexican immigrant who spent more than 30 years in California psychiatric hospitals. At the time, much of his work was thrown away, but today, he is hailed as one of the giants of 20th century art.
Dow Soars Nearly 900 Points
The Dow Jones industrial average has closed up 889 points. Cheap stocks and a thawing out in the credit and commercial paper market contributed to the spike. The Dow is still down 36 percent from its high, however, and economic indicators are still weak.