Commercial air service returns to St. Cloud Allegiant Air announced Thursday it will begin regular flights between St. Cloud's Regional Airport and the Phoenix area. The announcement brings air service back to a community that's been without it for nearly three years.4:55 p.m.
State Fair opens to awaiting crowd Renewing a tradition that now dates back more than 150 years, the Minnesota State Fair opened this morning to the first of nearly 2 million expected visitors.5:20 p.m.
Looming defense cuts: Minn. businesses watch and wait It's called "sequestration" and it's got a lot of Minnesota businesses nervous. When the congressional "supercommittee" failed to reach a deal on reducing the deficit last year, it triggered a set of massive federal spending cuts that will take effect January second. Congress may change or reverse those cuts -- but there's no clear deal in sight.5:51 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Romney's Energy Plan Doubles Down On Fossil Fuels
Mitt Romney unveiled his plan Thursday to eliminate North America's dependence on foreign energy by 2020. The plan would end subsidies for renewable energy sources and instead rely heavily on fossil fuels from the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Not discussed were the immediate or long-term effects on climate change.
Obama's Energy Policy Contrasts With Romney's Plan
Melissa Block talks with Steven Mufson, who covers energy for the Washington Post, about Obama's energy policy over the past four years. They discuss its successes, failures and if the U.S. is any closer to energy independence.
New Project Aims To Map The World's Street Art
Melissa Block talks with Alfie Dennen, who has been curating a database of the world's public art for seven years — both commissioned works and street art. His non-profit Big Art Mob project is about to launch and includes a map-based website and mobile apps.
NIH Takes Extraordinary Steps In Fighting 'Superbug'
When an outbreak of a highly drug-resistant infection occurred at the National Institutes of Health's research hospital, doctors took extraordinary measures to try to stamp it out. Among them was quickly deciphering the entire genetic code of the bug to try to trace how the germ spread. Audie Cornish talks to Rob Stein.
U. Of Colorado To Students: No Guns In Dorms, Please
The University of Colorado, Boulder, is now allowing students with concealed carry permits to carry handguns in almost all campus areas. The policy follows a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned a university ban on all handguns on campus.
Michelle Obama Focuses On Work Still To Be Done
Michelle Obama has pushed nutrition and exercise in her outreach as first lady, especially with children. But as President Obama campaigns for re-election, his wife speaks of unfinished business.
Why Forest-Killing Megafires Are The New Normal
Woodland forest fires are burning with such power and size, no one can remember anything like it. The problem with fires of this intensity is that the forests can't recover — they are completely destroyed.
A City Leveled By Hurricane Andrew Rebuilds, Again
Twenty years ago, Homestead, Fla., was in the eye of what was then the worst storm to hit the U.S. Hurricane Andrew wiped out nearly every building here. After a shaky couple of years, Homestead rebuilt, and by 2007, it was the fastest-growing city in Florida. And then the housing bust hit.