New communication tools keep flood victims in touch People living through the flood of the Red River in the Fargo-Moorhead area are much more connected than they were during the last big flood in 1997. Kids especially, have found new ways to stay in touch with their family and friends.6:40 a.m.
Markets with Chris Farrell Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest in the financial markets.8:25 a.m.
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Factory And Auto Towns Shift Gears
Some of the hardest-hit communities in this recession are the towns and cities that have lost jobs in the automobile industry — or worse, saw an entire auto plant close. It's a predicament the steel towns around Pittsburgh know well.
Bend's Highflying Economy Takes A Nose Dive
Two years ago, the jobless rate in Bend, Ore., was at a record low, thanks to urban refugees drawn by the region's scenery and recreation. Now unemployment is at an all-time high, and workers are heading back to school to learn new skills in hopes that new jobs will appear.
Nixon, Khrushchev And A Story Of Cold War Love
Washington and Moscow have often inched toward rapprochement. Amid the Cold War, one iconic episode of detente took place 50 years ago this summer. It has special significance for NPR's Moscow correspondent.
GM's Wagoner To Leave At White House Request
The White House is giving General Motors and Chrysler one last chance to convince Washington they deserve more bailout money. The administration has found neither submitted acceptable restructuring plans. Meanwhile, GM's Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner has been forced out as part of the last-ditch effort to save the auto giant.
Pollster Examines Clinton's Health Care Efforts
Stan Greenberg was the in-house pollster for the Clinton administration. In his new book, Dispatches from the War Room, he reflects on President Clinton's efforts to overhaul health care — what worked and what didn't.
Colleges Work Harder To Lure New Students
A down economy usually means a bump in enrollment at colleges and universities: Applications tend to go up as job prospects go down. But in this recession, private colleges especially are finding themselves working harder to fill freshman classes.
Obama Seeks To Change Federal Student Loans
President Obama's higher education agenda includes major changes to the federal student loan program and a push to make Pell grants for lower income students an entitlement. Similar proposals were pushed by Presidents Bush and Clinton. But they went nowhere on Capitol Hill. So is this the year they will finally pass?
Red River Still Above Flood Stage
Officials continue to monitor water levels along the Red River, which separates North Dakota from Minnesota. The river has stopped rising for now. However, it is still above flood stage and is expected to remain dangerously high for a week.
Gunmen Storm Pakistan Police Academy
Gunmen stormed a police academy near Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday. At least 11 officers were killed and dozens more wounded during morning drills. The assault bears a striking resemblance to other attacks — including one less than a month ago in Lahore in which the Sri Lankan cricket team was ambushed.
South African Election Tests ANC's Hold On Power
South Africans go to the polls next month in the most contentious election since the country's first all-race poll in 1994. That's because the African National Congress, which has dominated politics for the past 15 years, has split. The voting is expected to be the biggest test yet of the country's young democracy.