JoAnn Verburg relates to the world through her camera St. Paul's JoAnn Verburg says she's awful at taking family snapshots. Which is a little strange, because Verburg's art photographs, which often feature her husband, are in museum collections around the country. A retrospective of her work opens at the Walker Art Center this weekend.6:50 a.m.
Target CEO Bob Ulrich to retire Minneapolis-based Target is getting a new chief executive officer. Bob Ulrich, who has led the retailing powerhouse for more than a decade, is stepping down. Under Ulrich's leadership, Target nearly tripled its sales -- and the retailer's profits jumped almost ninefold.7:20 a.m.
Wind farmers want their two cents Supporters of wind energy are watching to see if Congress renews a tax credit for the industry that expires at the end of the year. Without the credit, construction of new wind farms could slow substantially.7:25 a.m.
Students face discipline based on Facebook pictures Some students at Eden Prairie High School may walk out in protest. They're responding to discipline against students whose Facebook pictures appeared to show them partying with alcohol. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Charlie Kyte, executive director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators.7:50 a.m.
Ordway Center ends year with another balanced budget
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts said this week that it has finished its fifth consecutive year with a balanced budget. That's a promising sign for the downtown St. Paul showplace, but it's not out of the woods yet. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola.8:20 a.m.
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Republicans Descend on South Carolina
Republican presidential hopefuls are meeting Thursday night in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a debate. The first primary in the South, due Jan. 19, will be a tough test for Sen. John McCain after his New Hampshire victory.
Obama Heads South, Clinton Goes West
Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are back on the campaign trail Thursday. Clinton heads to Nevada; Obama has a campaign event planned in South Carolina.
Progress of Iraq's Army, Police Inspires Optimism
Last year, President Bush sent more U.S. troops to Iraq, hoping the move would help Iraq's army and police take over their own security. In September, a report concluded that Iraqi forces were still dysfunctional. Now, some on the ground say the security forces are improving.
Harvesting Rainwater by Not Letting It Go to Waste
Instead of letting rainwater flow off their roofs and yards, more people are looking at ways to capture and reuse it. In drought-prone areas, wastewater from sinks and washing machines can also be rerouted for landscaping.
Seattle Suburb Endures Growing Pains
Once upon a time, Kirkland, Wash., was a quiet bedroom community on the east side of Seattle. Now condos, restaurants and boutiques are popping up, attracting many high-tech employees with discretionary income.
Going Long in the Tooth for a Younger Smile
The makings of a young smile now go beyond whitening your teeth. For those who have the means and the inclination, cosmetic dentists now offer subtler improvements, such as lengthening or reshaping your pearly whites.
A Huckabee-Colbert Ticket?
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee makes a tongue-in-cheek vice-presidential offer to Stephen Colbert, whose TV character lampoons right-wing talk-show hosts.
Ultra-Cheap 'Nano' Car Debuts in India
The Indian car company Tata unveils a four-seat automobile that will sell for just $2,500. The Nano would be available later this year, and is aimed at people who might otherwise purchase a motorcycle.
Fears of a Recession Grow on Wall Street
Investment firm Goldman Sachs is predicting the U.S. economy will sink into a recession this year. The report says the economic retreat could extend over two financial quarters and would likely push the unemployment rate up.
Set-Aside Plan Angers Women Business Owners
The Small Business Administration is proposing to reserve some government contracts in four industries in which firms owned by women are not well represented. The four? Cabinetmaking, engraving, intelligence and certain motor-vehicle sales. Women business owners say they're at a disadvantage in many other areas, as well.