Developer scraps plans for sober housing A nonprofit developer behind a large sober-housing proposal in St. Paul said Tuesday it's scrapping its plans because of intense opposition from neighbors. Opponents created an anonymous Web site that featured photos of drug syringes and people passed out in yards.5:50 p.m.
SPCO names new president The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra today named Sarah Lutman as its new president and managing director. Lutman currently serves as a senior vice president at Minnesota Public Radio.5:54 p.m.
Why do we vote on Tuesdays? This week's Electionwise podcast asks why Americans hold elections on Tuesdays. The answer dates back to agrarian times, and governments are slow to change the rules. But some states are making it easier to vote before Election Day.6:25 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
What People Want To Hear In The Debate
John McCain and Barack Obama debate Tuesday at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. People from Iowa City, Concord, N.H., Birmingham, Ala., and Los Angeles talk about what they want to hear from the candidates.
Audience Holds Key In Second Debate
John McCain and Barack Obama are clashing at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., in front of a crowd of undecided voters. Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll, says the way the candidates answer the questions may be more important than the audience's questions themselves.
Economy Likely To Dominate Presidential Debate
Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama will meet in a town hall-style meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Topics are supposed to be divided between the economy and foreign policy, but given the financial crisis more questions are expected to focus on the topic.
Judge: Release Detained Chinese Muslims To U.S.
A federal judge said the government has no authority to hold the 17 detainees, who are Chinese Muslims. The government has conceded the men would be tortured if they are returned to China.
Dow Falls More Than 500 Points
Stocks had another dismal day. The Dow Jones industrial average has fallen by more than 500 points. Cary Leahey, senior economist with Decision Economics in New York, says though it may seem the Fed and Treasury have done all they can, the markets want more immediate action.
In New York, An Unusual Dance Performance
In New York this week, two unlikely groups came together: war veterans and modern dancers. Dancers kicked, twisted and jumped on and around retired airplanes from the 1930s and 1940s in a hangar at Floyd Bennett Field.
Europe Unifies Over Bank Deposit Guarantees
Finance ministers from the European Union settled on a modest agreement to guarantee bank deposits in all EU countries during a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday. The ministers also decided to take "all necessary measures" to improve the stability of European banks.
As Iceland Reels, Finance Minister Explains Crisis
The global credit crunch is threatening the Icelandic economy. Its financial sector has assets worth 12 times the country's gross domestic product. Finance Minister Arni Mathiesen says a total bankruptcy, which has been predicted, would pull a large portion of society down with it.
Scandals Plague Japanese Sumo Culture
Allegations of drug use and game rigging are troubling fans of Japan's national sport. Some blame foreigners for the problems, but one retired wrestler says the younger ones have left fame go to their heads.