Cities paying more to borrow money There are signs the tight municipal bond markets are loosening up, which would be good news for local governments. Public agencies from Minnesota cities to sewer districts to schools, rely on bonds to finance things like new buildings and equipment.4:49 p.m.
Wisconsin brothers drum to a Brazilian beat Two Wisconsin brothers who love samba, started a Brazilian drum group in the Twin Cities a couple years ago. But unless you know them personally, you might never suspect their fascination with the music of a country that's so far from home.4:54 p.m.
Bachmann, Tinklenberg spar in final debate Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann says voters are not interested in her "anti-American" comments about Barack Obama and liberal members of Congress. Bachmann tried to set aside the lingering controversy today during a final debate with her Democratic challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg.5:20 p.m.
Northwest, Delta begin integration The end of Northwest Airlines has begun. Late yesterday afternoon, Delta Air Lines closed on its purchase of Eagan-based Northwest.5:24 p.m.
Author takes democracy to the doorstep James Read, author of 'Doorstep Democracy', ran for a Minnesota House seat back in 1992. However, instead of hiring door-to-door canvassers, Read did the work himself. Read ended up knocking on 7500 households and lost the election by only 98 votes.6:20 p.m.
Commentary: Small acts of political patriotism The Sunday after this election, many churches will face a problem, some of their members will be happy, and some will be disappointed. Guest Commentator Peg Guilfoyle says her congregation, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in Mahtomedi, is planning to celebrate not the winners, but the participants, in this year's democratic process. And participation can take many forms.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Missouri Farming Couple Worries About The Future
Bryan and Christina Truemper live on the "brink of poverty" with their two young children in Frohna, Mo. They don't have health care and worry about the country falling into a depression. But they also say a new presidency could make a difference.
How Credit Default Swaps Spread Financial Rot
If bad mortgages made the financial system ill, credit default swaps helped spread the sickness. Now the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is calling for the CDS market to be regulated to try to add transparency to the process.
Law School Past Shapes Obama's View On Justices
If Democrat Barack Obama wins the presidency, he will bring a decade of experience as a constitutional law lecturer to the White House. Analysts say that promises an active role in picking Supreme Court nominees.
In Ohio, McCain Attacks Obama on Taxes
Republican presidential candidate John McCain has told supporters in Ohio that his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, will raise taxes on the middle class. With five days left for the presidential election, McCain is touring swing states.
In Fla., Obama Urges Supporters To Vote Early
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has campaigned in Sarasota, Fla., before heading to the swing states of Virginia and Missouri. Obama's campaign is hoping to match the massive crowds at his campaign events with over-the-top excitement from his supporters.
Amid Large Fla. Turnout, Fears Of Irregularities
Early voting in Florida appears on track to break records, but some have raised concerns about systems in place to verify voters' identities. Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning offers his insight on voting in the state.
Consumers Wary As U.S. Economy Shrinks
The nation's gross domestic product went negative in the third quarter, falling by 0.3 percent. Consumer spending was especially weak, falling more than 3 percent in the period. That's the sharpest drop in spending in 28 years.
On Fears Of Obama's Stand, Gun Sales Spike
Concerns by gun owners and supporters that an Obama presidency will mean a new crackdown on gun ownership has created a mini-spike in gun purchases. Despite a shrinking economy, sales of firearms are up by 10 percent nationwide this year.
Big Easy Art Event Aims to Heal City
The Prospect 1 New Orleans project is slated to open in November. Dan Cameron, the director of the Contemporary Arts Center, aims to create a citywide, international art event akin to the Venice Bienanle. He sees it as a promotional and healing tool for the city.
Second Graders Take On 'Macbeth,' Halloween
On the eve of All Hallows Eve, second graders at Washington D.C.'s Maret School read Double, double, toil and trouble from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Adults also render a version of the passage from the play.