Xcel agreement dims coal's future, critics say Critics of coal-fired power plants say the future of electricity made from coal may be dimmer, following an agreement by Xcel Energy to tell stockholders about financial risks posed by climate change.2:20 p.m.
Movies go underground in Minneapolis The Twin Cities gets a new film festival this weekend: a festival born out of frustration. The organizers of Minneapolis Underground Film Festival will screen movies that mainstream events have shunned.2:50 p.m.
What restaurants will be open during the RNC? A few Twin Cities restaurants and nightspots will be closed for private parties for periods of time during the Republican National Convention. Others say they'll be open for business as usual and they hope local patrons won't stay away.2:54 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.2:57 p.m.
Pawlenty cancels media interviews Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty joined some other Republicans in Denver this morning to rip Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.3:20 p.m.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plays big role at both conventions Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is having a busier two weeks than most of the delegates at the DNC. Rybak co-chairs the delegation in Denver. He's a statewide co-chair for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and he's helping to host the Republican National Convention next week.4:16 p.m.
In Swing-State Tour, Democrats To Target Economy
Barack Obama and Joe Biden will begin Friday a joint bus trip through the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, which have been hard hit by the economic downturn. Obama and his running mate will emphasize the economy.
Florida's Tourism Executives Revisit Offshore Drilling
Florida's biggest business is tourism, and its beaches are the state's crown jewel. The state's tourism industry has strongly opposed offshore oil drilling, but in September, an annual tourism convention will focus on the risks and rewards of this practice.
Obama's Sister: U.S. To See A Family Tapestry
When Barack Obama finishes his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, his extended family will join him onstage — and present America with a tableau unlike anything they've ever seen at a nominating convention. "We are colorful, for sure," Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama's sister, told Michele Norris.
Exports Spur GDP Growth In Second Quarter
The Commerce Department has revised second-quarter growth in gross domestic product to 3.3 percent, up from the previous estimate of 1.9 percent. The rate of increase is the fastest in nearly a year. Higher exports were credited for the increase.
Economic Growth Spurs Concerns Over Inflation
With higher than expected economic growth, economists remain concerned about inflation. Some think the economy is facing enough head winds to keep it in check. Others say the strong GDP numbers mean the economy hasn't slowed down enough yet to curb inflation.
Obama Uses Text Messaging With Eye On Nov. 4
The Obama campaign has used text messaging to communicate with its supporters. Andrew Rasiej, founder of TechPresident, a blog that focuses on technology and the presidential campaigns, says the cell phone numbers can be used to get out the vote on Nov. 4.
Urban Planner Cites Hope, Anxiety In New Orleans
Urban planning miracle worker Ed Blakely was brought in by New Orleans to manage recovery. Criticized for over-promising, he says funding has been a problem but there are bright days ahead. Blakely says New Orleanians should be anxious but hopeful.
McCain VP Pick May Steal Obama Thunder
Barack Obama's speech is expected to focus on where he comes from, what he's going to fight for, what he means by change and how he's different from John McCain. But McCain hopes to steal Obama's thunder with an announcement of his vice presidential pick.
What The Public Wants In Obama's Speech
Barack Obama's speech Thursday comes with sky-high expectations. Some on the streets of Denver say they want him to talk about how he'll be different from President Bush. Other say they want his foreign, domestic and economic policies spelled out.
Rep. Lewis Reflects On King, Obama
Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. Rep. John Lewis, the last surviving speaker from the March on Washington, reflects on the historic nature of Obama's nomination.