DFL Senate candidates agree and disagree The three candidates competing for the DFL endorsement for U.S. Senate had one final chance today to reach voters before Tuesday night's caucuses. They took part in a live debate on Minnesota Public Radio. One of them will face Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in November.5:20 p.m.
Home builders get creative to make sales Twin Cities area home builders are trying to keep their businesses alive while the Builders Association of the Twin Cities reports 2007 was the toughest year in about a decade for the industry.5:24 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Drought May Keep Georgia Pools Shut for Summer
A splashless summer? That's what may happen in Georgia, where an almost two-year drought has called into question whether thousands of outdoor pools in 61 counties will open this summer.
Army Offers $40K Recruiting Bonus to H.S. Grads
The Army will soon run radio ads that trumpet a new recruiting bonus program: $40,000 for five years of active duty. The program is aimed at recruiting traditional high school diploma graduates — as opposed to GED recipients — because, the Army says, grads stay in the Army longer.
Once-Socialist Damascus Displays New Wealth, Glitz
The Syrian capital of Damascus is booming, due to economic reforms, high oil prices, investments from the Gulf and Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon. The government is encouraging citizens to shop and play at home. But it also faces a growing income gap.
Markets Dive After Economic Activity Report
Recession worries shook Wall Street on Tuesday. Major stock indices were all down on a report from the Institute for Supply Management that showed a stunning drop in economic activity in the service sector. The ISM number has its problems, however, and isn't always a reliable indicator.
Retailers Struggle to Rebound After Weak Holidays
It's shaping up to be a tough year for retailers, following the weakest holiday season in several years. Even individuals who aren't hurting financially perceive that they are worse off and are holding back.
Missouri Voters Have a History of Picking Presidents
Linda Wertheimer is in the St. Louis area, talking to voters in a Super Tuesday state contested in both parties. Missouri also figures to be a key swing state in November — and it has a particularly good record of choosing presidents in the general election.
Navigating California's Labyrinthine Primary Rules
Melissa Block talks with Bruce Cain, a political science professor at University of California-Berkeley, about California's Democratic primary and the labyrinthine rules that determine how the state awards its 441 delegates.
Report: Al-Qaida Remains 'Pre-Eminent' U.S. Threat
Members of the nation's intelligence agencies delivered their annual threat assessment Tuesday to the Senate Intelligence Committee, saying al-Qaida "remains the pre-eminent terrorist threat against the United States" and providing details of U.S. use of the interrogation technique known as "waterboarding."
Making the Call: Peril in the Election-Night Newsroom
The media will report tonight on wins and losses in presidential nominating contests in 24 states. But the race is for delegates to the parties' national conventions this summer, not wins in the states tonight — and the rules for awarding those delegates vary by party and by state. How will the media handle the muddle?
Trombone Shorty Stays True to New Orleans
While many musicians love the Crescent City, few choose to stay after they become successful. The New Orleans-raised Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews comes from a long line of brass-band greats, but is quickly coming into his own with a jazz-funk group — and plans to stay.