Poll shows Minnesotans fear economic outlook A Minnesota Public Radio News and University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll indicates nearly one quarter of Minnesotans are scared because of the turmoil in the financial markets.5:19 p.m.
Walz, Davis spar in Minn.'s 1st District Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and his
Republican challenger Dr. Brian Davis clashed on Social Security, oil drilling and other issues in their first one-on-one debate.5:23 p.m.
Mille Lacs stands by decision on ousted executive The Mille Lacs Band Assembly stands by yesterday's decision to remove Melanie Benjamin as chief executive of the tribe. A petition with supporting Benjamin's removal, outlines several instances where she allegedly used tribal money for personal use.5:51 p.m.
Twin Cities surrounded by composer Portman's music Academy Award winning composer Rachel Portman may live in London, but her work is all over the Twin Cities right now. She wrote music for "The Duchess", the Kiera Knightley period drama showing at area movie theaters.5:55 p.m.
Edward Curtis, driven by a dream The American photographer thought big and he set out to document the North American Indian, and made it his life's work. Author Alan Cheuse has written a new novel based on Curtis' and will be in the Twin Cities as part of the Twin Cities Book Festival.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Dow Falls Below 8,600 For First Time Since 2003
The Dow Jones industrial average has fallen below 8,600 points for the first time since 2003. Cary Leahey, senior economist with Decision Economics, says many of the Bush administration's moves have come too late and the market is trading off of "fear and just more fear."
Treasury Department Grapples With Options
The Treasury Department is considering options as it continues to grapple with the financial meltdown. In addition to buying up toxic mortgage assets, it may buy equity stakes in major commercial banks.
After The Bailout
For $700 billion, every able-bodied American could have a chain saw, a solar-powered generator and a stake in a communal well and windmill. Also, red dirt and plum trees.
In Iraq, Those Displaced By Violence Return Home
After the holy month of Ramadan, hundreds of families displaced by sectarian fighting began returning to the divided neighborhood of Ghazaliyah. To help the process, the U.S. military has been visiting the returnees.
Letters: Kitchen Table, Nevada Treasurer, Potatoes
Listeners responded to the story on the impact of the financial crisis on the lives of Americans of different circumstances. They also wrote in about the interview with Nevada's state treasurer and about the story on the potato pageant in Palmer, Alaska.
McCain, Obama Spar On Economy
The economy has taken center stage again with both John McCain and Barack Obama promising to help homeowners. In Ohio, Obama criticized McCain's plan to buy mortgages. In Wisconsin, McCain said Obama was opposed to helping homeowners.
Obama Outspending McCain On TV Ads
Last week alone, Barack Obama outspent John McCain by about $6 million in television advertising. Jonathan Martin of Politico says there are two elements to the story: Obama's enormous fundraising advantage over McCain, and how much money the Democrat is pouring into advertising in red states.
Amid Campaign, 'SNL' Must-See Status Returns
The presidential election has drawn intense media attention and much satire — none cutting closer to the bone than Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live as Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. SNL is riding high in the ratings with its political spoofs.
After Debate, Chicago Planetarium In Spotlight
In Tuesday's presidential debate, John McCain said Barack Obama supported a earmark of $3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago. The money was, in fact, for an overhaul of the theater system at Chicago's Adler Planetarium.
Celebrating Grace Paley's Uniquely Feminine Voice
Writer Alix Kates Shulman remembers the 1960s as an age where men dominated the literary scene — that is, until Grace Paley's quirky urban voice and modernist short stories began to challenge the notion of what constituted great reading.